Fiberscopes are borescopes which use fiber optic technology to relay images to an observer.   Basic Information   Fiberscopes use optical fiber to transmit an image from the end of a flexible tube to a viewer's eyepiece. Fiber optic technology is one of two prominent methods of facilitating flexible bore inspection, the other of which is the image sensor technology used in videoscopes.   Like all borescopes, fiberscopes consist of the three main parts described below.
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Q & A on Fiberscopes

We asked our users for their input on Fiberscopes. Here are the results of 51 users familiar with Fiberscopes.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing fiberscope design?
8 answers
Answers:
Parallel fiber viewing, improved light sources.
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID
Videscope is replacing the Fiberscope.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Better cameras and life of fibre optic cables.
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Portable system and lower price.
~Marketing/Sales, Seaoul, Korea (South)
Minature CCD cameras.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore
Electronics
~Engineering, Other, Biloela, Australia
Video
~Engineering, Consulting, Greenbank, Australia
CCD
~Other, Bassano del Grappa(VI), Italy

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative fiberscopes?
8 answers
Answers:
Richard Wolf GmbH, Olympus, GE
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Everest Machita Olympus
~Engineering, Consulting, Greenbank, Australia
EVEREST VIT ( NOW GE )
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Storz, Olympus
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID
GE or Olympus
~Marketing/Sales, Seaoul, Korea (South)
Olympus.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore
Olympus
~Engineering, Other, Biloela, Australia
Olympus
~Other, Bassano del Grappa(VI), Italy

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used a fiberscope for?
15 answers
Answers:
Looking into casting defects of both the raw casting and machined parts.
~Mike W, Lab Manager, Mankato, MN
GasTurbine, Aero Engine, Headers (Coal Fired Thermal Power Plant).
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Internal engine evaluation, endososcopic surgery, robotics.
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID
Remote Visual Inspection of all industrial application.
~Marketing/Sales, Seaoul, Korea (South)
Boilers, piping, heat exchanges, burners valves.
~Engineering, Other, Biloela, Australia
To analyze the inner part of material /leather.
~Bruce Ou, Vice President of Technology, Chung Hua, Taiwan
Regarding check of fiber in oil cables.
~Quality Control/Assurance, Bergen, Norway
Engine maintenance ( liner, valves)
~Technical Support/Services, Chateauneuf les Martigues, France
Aircraft turbine engine inspection.
~Engineering, Consulting, Greenbank, Australia
Gastrointestinal endoscopy
~Other, Bassano del Grappa(VI), Italy
Industrial inspection
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Diesel engine control
~Technical Support/Services, CHATEAUNEUF LES MARTIGUES, France
Engine Inspection.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore
Internal welding
~MIKE G., Quality Control, Strongsville, OH
Fault analyzing
~Engineering, Consulting, Bratislava, Slovakia

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that a fiberscope has been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
Retrieval of O ring from Vacuum chamber, Grinding the Crack in Compressor Blade.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Claim settlement; to use fiberscope to analyze the reason of defects.
~Bruce Ou, Vice President of Technology, Chung Hua, Taiwan
Plumbing.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of a fiberscope?
3 answers
Answers:
The tip usually getting dislodged and damaging many camera wires with it.
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Yes, if the tip gets stuck inside, do not panic about it. Keep use of tip articulating knob and put gentle pressure to pull it. You will find the position through it gone inside and will come easily at the same position you will move the tip.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Burn, "clean" contamination due to carrier defects.
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
7 answers
Answers:
Improvement in LED light, lightweight battery for longer operation time, improvement in electronics.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Small tube size with better camera resolution and reduced camera wire count.
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
1) portable 2) lighting source 3) USB connectable 4) image recordable
~Bruce Ou, Vice President of Technology, Chung Hua, Taiwan
Digital Recording and handling of image or video files.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore
Built-in lighting that can improve viewing conditions.
~Engineering, Other, Biloela, Australia
3-d imagery, autonomous visualization.
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID
User friendly.
~Mike W, Lab Manager, Mankato, MN

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of a fiberscope?
2 answers
Answers:
People are impressed with lots of electronic features & functions and compromise with the basic needs of image quality and ease of use. Stick to getting the best image quality and selecting the simplest instrument.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Articulation knobs should be used judiciously. Take care taken when inserting and removing the inspection head, especially for flexible fibroscopes.
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using fiberscopes?
5 answers
Answers:
Yes, but it is based on application. If you can use rigid Instruments go for it, it is much better in resolution and quality of image compared to flexible instruments.
~K M, Marketing/Sales, New Delhi, India
Select the proper product for your application. Avoid using flexible scopes if you have a rigid scope and the application can be taken care of.
~Rajiv Sangole, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Make sure costs of buying is justified.
~KwokHwa T, Technical Support, Singapore, Singapore
To see is to believe and fiberscope can help us to see deeply and thoroughly.
~Bruce Ou, Vice President of Technology, Chung Hua, Taiwan
Test device in real world application
~Rod K, MD, robotic design, Twin Falls, ID


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