Friday, December 17, 2010

Orion Video Borescope

 Portable Orion videoscope is an ideal tool for inspection of car engines, other parts, machinery, building and other areas. This videoscope has very interesting features: you can choose any from dozens of probes! Probes are interchangeable in a wide range from 10 mm diameter to 4 mm diameter. Besides Digital zoom allows you to view all the details of inspection area. 
Here you can find more information about the scope

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Portable semi-flexible Videoscope

Voyager Video Borescope Systems are great for basic industrial applications which require a portable inspection device to capture images and video. The 5.5mm (0.22”) or 11mm (0.44”) diameter probes feature a flex and stay, semi-obedient design to complete inspections in automobiles, pipes, walls, industrial machinery, plumbing, duct work, construction sites, and any other areas which are difficult to access.

These portable Voyager Videoscopes feature inter-changeable probes, with various diameters and lengths, to access a wide range of inspection areas. Each probe features a CMOS Video Camera chip in the tip, which produces a live image displayed on the portable 3.5” TFT LCD Monitor, which will capture 720 x 480 pixel JPEG images, and AVI video recorded at 30 frames per second, with a defined focal range of 20mm (0.8”) to 280mm (11”). The portable monitor features an ergonomic design, with an adjustable screen which stands up or lays flat against the handle, and a handle that can also move from straight out, to down 90 degrees, for comfortable inspections at different angles.

Additional features for these units include 4 LED lights to illuminate the inspection area, with intensity control buttons on the handle, a 2 GB SD memory card for file capture, a USB port to transfer captured files to a computer or laptop, video output to export the live image from the portable monitor to a larger TV, a microphone to record findings, and power supplied by 4 AA batteries, which last for up to 3 hours of portable use. A set of tips is also included with each set, including a mirror tip, hook, pin and magnet. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Industrial Fiberscope with New Powerful LED light source

Industrial Fiberscope set includes a new portable LED light source. Now Fiberscope set allows efficient work with mobility. The light intensity of the light source is comparable with Metal Halide light source, however with immense portability. Please see short video comparing this light source with Metal Halide one:  Comparison of light sources
The Fiberscope set with this light source can be used in severe climatic conditions, where other light sources cannot work.  One of the most important features of this LED light source is a very durable LED bulb with practically endless resource.
 Some features and specifications of the light source –
-          Intensity more than 50 000 Lux
-          Light Intensity Switch
-          Light weight Aluminum body
-          Waterproof IPX 7
-          Rechargeable battery
-          Battery life (at full illumination) 45 min.
-          Battery charger included

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Articulated Videoscope

Videoscope PEGASUS
  • 3.5” TFT LCD monitor
  • 2X Digital zoom
  • Stainless steel braiding
  • Camera tip temperature display
  • Direct USB file transfer
 Industrial applications, law enforcement inspections and more are made easy with Joystick type Videoscope Systems. 
This videoscope is used for situations that require a small portable hand held unit with a narrow-diameter probe. Single handed control allows for precise articulation of the tip in 4 directions with the joystick, while the inspection area is lit by 4 white LED lights. The live image is displayed on an integrated TFT LCD monitor with images or video captured to a micro-SD memory card, or directly to your hard drive via a USB cable
 More info here

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Comparison video captures by MEDIT videoscopes

There is a wide range of videoscopes presented in the market, and sometimes it is hard to understand which one to choose.
 Here is video that compares 3 videoscopes offered by MEDIT INC

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orion Videoscope with Small Diameter of Probe

ORION Video Borescope Professionals often need a videoscope with small diameter of probe.
Portable Flexible Orion Videoscope with Image/Video Capture has an ultra-narrow probe that’s useful anywhere a small portable inspection device is required, and is ideal for small spaces like the spark plug holes of gasoline or diesel engines.
The Orion Videoscopes have a 4 mm insertion probe with an integrated CMOS Video Camera chip to provide an exact view of the inspection area. Four LED lights provide brilliant illumination and even lighting, while light intensity is controlled by a simple dial on the monitor, so glare is virtually eliminated when viewing reflective or metallic surfaces.
Enjoy ease of use even when wearing gloves with the convenient ergonomic controls and portable design. The insertion probe can be safely used in water, diesel, gasoline, brake fluid, antifreeze, motor oil, gear oil and kerosene, and the unit itself is skid-proof with quality anti-shock construction. The ability to exchange different probe lengths makes this highly useful tool almost indispensable.
The rechargeable LI-polymer battery provides up to 4 hours of continuous video capture on a full charge, and requires only 2 hours to recharge.

You can find more portable videoscopes at

Monday, August 9, 2010

Medit ImagePRO USB video camera

ImagePRO USB Borescope CameraMedit just has lunched ImagePRO USB video camera
This is a compact, high performance, video camera with a new ¼” Sony CCD image sensor which enables it to achieve its small size, low power consumption, and high quality output. Meet the next generation of CCD Pro camera providing cutting edge technology.
Medit’s ImagePro USB video camera features a universal eyepiece coupler, with a focusable optical system. This optical coupler easily connects to the eyepiece of any fiberscope/borescope, and streams the live color image directly to your computer.

Sample video can be watched here

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Video Camera for Borescopes

Borescope Camera ImagePRO
Medit’s ImagePro high resolution video cameras feature a universal eyepiece connection, with a focusable optical system. This optical coupler creates an easy connection to the eyepiece of any fiberscope/borescope.
A Sony 1/4” COLOR CCD image sensor provides over 470 TV lines of resolution. The analog output from the camera is fed directly to a TV monitor via an RCA video cable.  Setting up the ImagePRO camera is easy requiring a 12 volt power adapter (included), RCA video cable, to connect to either a TV or USB Capture box, and a F=28 focusable coupler, to connect the camera to your scope and to adjust the focus to produce a sharp, crisp image of the inspection area.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Videoscope Inspection of Car Engine

Videoscopes are great for a wide range of applications which require a small portable inspection device with the ability to articulate around corners while capturing images or video. The narrow 6mm diameter is great for accessing spark plug holes in gas or diesel engines.
Now please watch video about inspection of cylinders inside the car engine. 

Find more about such kind of videoscopes here 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Comparison of New LED Light Source for Borescopes with Metal Halide light source

This is a compare test of 3 watt Xtreme LED Light source with 24 watt Metal Halide light source. Here it shows that Xtreme LED source give near the same light intensity as Metal Halide and give superior portability for easy and express inspections. 
Find more info HERE  


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Videoscope for Car Inspection

RIGEL Articulated Video Borescope
Monitor-type Articulated Video Borescope Systems by MEDIT are great for a wide range of applications which require a small portable inspection device with the ability to articulate around corners while capturing images/video. The narrow 6mm diameter is great for accessing spark plug holes in gas or diesel engines, a wide variety of pipes, and machined parts. These units also have the added ability of being able to articulate the tip 150 degrees in 2 directions, and to rotate the insertion probe in a 330 degree circle.

Please visit for more details here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Borescopics – Insight in even the most remote areas

This extract is taken from the article published at

The complete article:

Engines are one of the most complex components of an aircraft. Some types might be big enough for a human to stand upright in the air intake, but their inside is filled up with complex technical devices hard to see and even harder to reach from the outside. To inspect or repair for example a compressor blade within the engine it sometimes takes a complete disassembly, resulting in high costs and a loss of time.
To avoid the expensive dismantling of the engine, most visual inspections at Lufthansa Technik are carried out with a so called borescope. This special inspection tool was adapted from its primary use in medical applications and consists of a thin tube containing an array of optical lenses. It can be inserted deep into the cavity of an engine part to be inspected. The optical array is surrounded by a fiber-optic that transports light from a connected source directly to the area of inspection. From there the light is reflected back, and through the optical array it pictures the image of the examined area directly in the operator’s eye or a camera attached to the borescope. This function allows the qualified personnel of Lufthansa Technik to gain an incomparable insight in hidden structures normally invisible without disassembly of the engine.
For examination with a borescope, aircraft engines are equipped with numerous sealable notches which provide access to all different sections, from the combustion chamber to every single compressor stage. For the latter, only one aperture per stage is needed, because all blades can easily be rotated into position before examining them with the borescopics equipment. For fixed components, which are not accessible in a direct line, Lufthansa Technik uses a special type of borescope, the so called flexoscope. Instead of lenses it uses a glass fibre optic within a bendable hose. With several meters in length it allows the operators to access even those parts that can not be turned into position.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Economical Portable Flexible Borescope

Portable flexible fiberscope fast facts:

  • Inspect and explore inaccessible areas using one-hand operation.
  • Clearly focus on objects as close as 1.2 inch to 15 inch away.
  • Mirror adapter 70, 90, 120° view for various angled viewing add even more inspection value.

low cost borescope
  • Integrated focus ring for smooth, continuous focusing
  • 920mm or 460 mm long insertion tube will reach deep into walls, drains, vents, engine blocks, etc. and requires only a 4mm opening
  • Flexible, cable bends in every direction to allow precise viewing
  • Durable insertion tube is both rugged, water and oil resistant, allowing you to get in the most difficult places.
  • Convenient, adjustable eyepiece Super Bright Xenon lamp illuminates dark locations for clear viewing
  • Rugged ALUMINIUM carrying case, sealed lens and cable are submersible for underwater use
  • Operates on 2 AA batteries

  • Checking blocked air conditioner evaporator coils
  • Examining heat exchangers
  • Feeding thermostat wires
  • Insect and rodent inspection
  • Building and houses inspection
  • Checking for ductwork clearance
  • Verifying duct integrity during installations and renovations
  • Automotive
  • Aircraft
  • Safe and locksmiths
For more info please visit

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Here are some parts of article "APPLICATIONS OF OPTICAL DEVICE DURING MAINTENANCE OF AIRCRAFT" Mohammed Mahi Uddin Khan Biman Bangladesh Airlines

During aircraft maintenance ‘Optical technique’ is contributing a significant role to detect discontinuities on aircraft structure, components and installed engine. With the minimum part preparation this technique has proven the most effective nondestructive method in aerospace industry.
Optical instruments are widely accepted during aircraft maintenance, mainly for two reasons i) to magnify discontinuities that can not be detected by the naked eye and ii) to permit visual checks of critical areas not accessible to unaided eye and difficult for other nondestructive tests.
Several types of optical instruments are used during the specific ‘optical inspection’ technique. These are, magnifying lenses, borescopes, micro borescopes, flexible fiber optic borescopes, microelectronic video borescopes & diffracted light etc.
Magnifying devices and lighting aids are used to detect general area for cleanliness, presence of foreign objects, security of the component, corrosion and cracks or other damages.
In maintenance program Borescope inspections are reducing or eliminating the need for costly teardowns.
In this paper details description of ‘various optical devices’ and their application techniques in different areas of aircraft structure and engines will be highlighted.
Introduction: The human eye is an important element for performing visual nondestructive tests. But in many cases the human eye is not sensitive enough or cannot access the test site. As a part of maintenance program and to ensure the safety and structural integrity of aircraft, ‘Optically aided visual methods’ are frequently used, where access is poor for other nondestructive tests. Such tests includes the magnifiers and borescopes
Devices for viewing the interior of objects are called endoscopes, from the Greek words for ‘ inside view’. Industrial endoscopes are called borescopes because they are generally used in machined apertures and holes.
Probably in1946, an ultraviolet light borescope was developed for fluorescent testing of the
interior of hollow steel propeller blades of aircraft engine. The 100W-viewing instrument detected interior surface discontinuities as glowing green lines. Later in 1958 the USAF B-47 Bomber fleet was grounded because of metal fatigue cracks resulting from low-level simulated bombing missions. Visual testing with borescopes was proved the effective method for the first step to resolve the problem. In 1950s, a system was developed for automatic testing of helicopter blades. The borescope supported by long bench could test the blades while the operator viewed results on a television screen.
In 1960s Mr. Lang developed the radiation optics in a project to keep functional the borescope system in high temperature environment. He also pioneers the use of closed circuit television with borescopes for testing the inner parts of jet engines and wings, hollow helicopter blades and nuclear reactors. In 1965 a borescope was invented whose mirror could precisely controlled and this borescope could zoom to high magnification and could intensely illuminate the walls of chamber by means of a quartz incandescent lamp containing iodine vapor.
Since then various optical devices are using during aircraft maintenance.

You can find and shop for more devices using for aircraft maintenance here 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Push Camera for Pipe Inspection

What is a push camera?
These inspection cameras consist of a long insertion probe with a flexible "goose-neck" for getting around corners.
Push cameras are used for pipeline, pipes inspection in plumber, repair of inspection work. LED lights give adequate illumination and camera on the tip capture clear images and allow image and video saving.
You can see an example of a nice pipe camera. The 26mm (1”) diameter is great to inspect wider pipes, machinery or castings, ducts, wells, or disposal areas, and industrial lines. The live color image is provided by a ¼” CMOS video camera chip in the tip. Illumination comes from 12 LED lights positioned around the camera chip protected by a solid steel head. Live images are displayed on the portable monitor.
You can review more features of this pipe camera here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Choice of Light Source for Borescope Inspection

Metal halide lamps, a member of the high-intensity discharge (HID) family of lamps, produce high light output for their size, making them a compact, powerful, and efficient light source.
Illumination of areas under inspection is very important. Here is the choice between halogen, xenon, metal halide and LED lighting. Each light source technology has its advantages and disadvantages. 

A halogen lamp is an incandescent lamp in that is affordable but produces yellowish light.
A Xenon lamp is another type of lamp that produces a vivid white light with a high color temperature and volume but is large and heavy.

LED lighting is becoming more popular as the technology improves its ability to produce sufficient light. 

If you need portability and small size of light source you may pay attention to LED powered videoscopes while when you require to inspect large gas turbines you would prefer a videoscope powered by a metal halide lamp. 

If you're looking for a convenient borescope light source you can find a good selection at light source category page.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Super Thin Fiberscopes Inspect the Smallest Areas

Super thin fiberscopes are used to remotely inspect the smallest areas. 
Sometimes applications require access through the smallest holes less than 1.0 mm. Typically these super thin borescopes are limited in length and direction of view is forward.
These small inspection areas provide remote visual inspection professionals with many challenges. The access dictates the inspection requirements more than any other factor. The smaller the inspection area the more limited the choice of borescopes available and the number of manufacturers of these micro borescopes.

Applications for Micro Borescopes:

• Engineering  Manufacturing. Super thin Fiberscopes provide cost-effective examination of internal structures without tear down.

MEDIT's Micro Borescope• Quality Control. Super thin Borescope instruments allow manufactures to inspect components for defects. Mini borescopes provide the ability to inspect internal components, bore holes, castings and other manufactured items such as turbine blades, automotive components, circuit boards, rifle barrels and welds.

• Castings. Super thin Fiberscopes can be used to inspect inside casting of engine blocks and other high quality casted components.

At you can find a full range of micro borescopes for remote visual inspections.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

LED light sources for Endoscopes

LED light source with a borescope

No wonder today innovations touch every area of our life.  
The best and most useful discoveries are devoted to cure and save people. LED light sources stand out of this long list. What can be more familiar to us than a usual bulb? For decades we have used simple electric bulbs, but now they are rapidly being substituted by new LED bulbs.
What is a LED? LED – light-emitting diode – consists of a semiconductor diode. LED was discovered yet in 1927 by Russian scientist Losev, but enjoyed its practical application only in 1962, when the production of red light emitting diodes launched. One of the first LED indicators was used in calculators in 1968.

Gradually LED light sources penetrated into many spheres of industry and medicine.  Scientists developed new very bright light sources based on super efficient  LED bulbs, which at a higher current emit thousands of lumens. Now we can say that LED light sources have more advantages than any other, including Halogen or Metal Halide light sources. 

LEDs produce more light per watt than other bulbs. Just with the help of 3V battery you can receive power of a good multiwatt bulky Halogen light source.

LED light source for borescopeLEDs can emit light of an intended color without the use of color filters. Now LED handles for endoscopy emit a very powerful white light. This light is “cleaner” and “whiter” than Halogen and stands near Xenon light sources, which helps at the most complex operations.

LEDs can be very small (smaller than 2 mm). Based on this feature LED light sources (or LED handles) become more and more compact. Their weight is getting less. Everything is handy. You can easily take it and adjust light intensity and focus just with a slight touch of finger!
LEDs light up very quickly. You don’t need to wait long for the efficient work. The brightest light starts emitting in microseconds, and often these very microseconds can be decisive.
LEDs can very easily be dimmed either by modulation or lowering the forward current. Now LED light sources get a light intensity switch to decrease or increase illumination easily.
In contrast to most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat in the form that can cause damage to sensitive objects or tissues. Wasted energy is dispersed as heat through the base of the LED. 
LEDs can have a long useful life. One report estimates 35,000 to 50,000 hours of useful life, though time to complete failure may be much longer.
LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock.
The solid package of the LED can be designed to focus its light. Incandescent and fluorescent sources often require an external reflector to collect light and direct it in a usable manner. This feature results in LED light sources with adjustable focus. This helps to illuminate either a large are of inspection, or to concentrate on a small spot.
The development of LED technology has caused their efficiency and light output to increase exponentially, with a doubling occurring about every 36 months since the 1960s, in a way similar to Moore's law.  Soon LEDs will completely substitute all the other light sources.
To see MEDIT's range of Borescope LED Light Sources, please go here

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Does My Borescope Need a Camera?

ImagePRO TV borescope camera
Optical borescopes and fiberscopes can record video with the help of a CCD camera. The CCD camera is attached to the eye piece of the borescope with a C-mount video coupler. You get a very convenient device - both for optical (eye) inspection or to view the video on a TV monitor.
Sony CCD borescope camera
Various adapters can transform analog signal to digital. They are so called Image Capturing devices or boxes. With the help of such a set - Fiberscope + CCD Camera with a coupler + USB Capturing device - Inspections can be viewed and recorded on a laptop.

For more information about borescope cameras see this page, or please email me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Borescope Application at Power Plants

During maintenance works at Electric Power Plants borescopes sand videoscopes are used to reduce maintenance costs and avoid outages. Videoscopes can be used in the following areas:
  • Steam and gas turbines - turbines are checked for foreign object damage, erosion, burning and cracking. Combustion chambers are inspected for cracks, combustion deposits and burning. Turbine section nozzles and blades are checked for cracks and erosion.
  • Heat Exchangers - cooling tubes are checked for scale deposits, corrosion and cracking.
  • Boilers are remotely inspected with long videoscopes. 

For more information on videoscopes using at power plants go here, or email me

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Borescope LED Light Source - New and Innovative

LED Light source for borescopeAs a skilled professional looking for the best tools for remote visual inspections, the Xtreme LED is exactly what you need. Essential improvements include - portability, as there are no cords to plug in unlike metal halide light sources, increased illumination with 50,000 Lux, higher then any other 3W light sources and bright enough to use with most flexible fiberscopes.

Borescope light source with a chargerProfessionals often meet situations when the weight of equipment is vitally important. The Xtreme LED light source is the best solution at such complex tasks, as high-altitude works, field works, areas without electricity and others.

The Xtreme light source can be widely used under severe climate conditions, where other light sources cannot be operated. One of the most important features of the Xtreme LED light source is a very durable LED bulb with practically endless resource (over 1,000,000 hours of lamp life per bulb) unlike HID or Halogen bulbs.

For more info and FREE brochure please email me, or go to light source category page of

Monday, January 4, 2010

Borescope Field of View - What? Why? How?

Borescope field of view
It is important to understand some terms when choosing the right inspection tool - borescope. The field of view (FOV) is the angular extent of the observable inspection area that is seen at any given moment. Borescopes, fiberscopes, videoscopes and other remote visual inspection equipment should all list field of view in their specifications.
A wide field of view allows conducting a turbine inspection to complete each section in one pass while a narrow field of view may require the inspector to inspect the same section of turbine blades twice and take more time to conduct the inspection.
It is also worth attention to evaluate how a different field of view affects the depth of field (the distance from the target a clear image can still be seen). Typically, the wider the field of view a borescope has, the shorter the depth of field.
See more information about borescopes at industrial store