Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Versatile use of borescope

Fiberscopes are useful inspection devices in the automotive field. Auto technicians and automotive warranty inspectors are discovering new uses for fiber optic borescopes everyday. Engine combustion chambers are accessed through the spark plug holes to check for damage to valves and pistons without the removal of the heads. Some of the less obvious uses for automotive applications are:

  • Inspecting water pump weep holes for a coolant leak
  • Inspecting radiators for restrictions
  • Pinpointing coolant leaks around intake manifolds
  • Retrieving serial numbers from Honda radio's without removal, for anti-theft code look up
  • Preliminary brake pad inspection without removing the wheels
  • Checking evaporators for refrigerant leaks with UV Dye in the system
  • Locksmiths view numbers on the rear of door lock cylinders without removal, for key code look up
  • With a magnet attachment auto technicians retrieve dropped nuts, bolts and tools
  • While performing smoke tests on an evaporative system, inspection around the fuel tank is possible without lowering the tank

  • We have noticed an increase in sales to other fields besides automotive. HVAC technicians use fiberoptic borescopes to inspect for mold in ducts and on evaporator coils. Law enforcement uses them to check for contraband and controlled substances under rear seats, consoles and trim panels. Plumbers use fiber optic bore scopes to pinpoint the source of leaks and identify the cause of blocked drains. Electricians use fiberoptic borescopes to see snaked wires through walls, some even attach a hook to retrieve the wire once it is spotted. Exterminators and home inspectors use fiber optic borescopes for termite inspections. Exterminators also use this tool for follow up after an application to verify its effectiveness. Welders use borescopes to check inside vessels or tanks to look for "burn through". Carpenters use them to check walls for plumbing or electrical before using fasteners.

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