Videoscopes (or video borescopes) are advanced borescopes which use image sensors to relay images to an operator.   Basic Information   While videoscopes share the same physical design as borescopes, they are disparate products in terms of capabilities, quality, and operation. While simple borescopes use optical lenses to project an image from the tip (or distal end) to a viewer's eyepiece, videoscopes use an image sensor to send the image to a video screen. Note that this...
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Q & A on Videoscopes

We asked our users for their input on Videoscopes. Here are the results of 66 users familiar with Videoscopes.

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 videoscope design?
10 answers
Answers:
USB connection which allows the users to connect the videoscope to a computer for quick easy image/video capture and storage.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Entomologists, pest control inspectors, termite and bed bug problems and solutions.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Nano Technologies which can provide smaller design and innovation
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore
Fiber optic and digital LCD monitor
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
LED the size and lumination.
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Duct inspection reporting
~General Corporate Mgmt, Ashland, VA
Nano design
~Engineering, Design, HK, Hong Kong
Display
~Siegfried V, Marketing/Sales, Lenzkirch, Germany
LED's,
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
Sensor
~New York, NY

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative videoscopes?
6 answers
Answers:
Richard Wolf has developed a product which uses a very simple USB 2.0 interface which allows the user to plug the VIPAQ videoscope into any Windows based computer and quickly and easily store images and video directly to the PC.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Extech and some China company.
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore
Not familiar with brand names.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Rigid, Milwaukie
~Don T, Tank Inspector, Mechanic, Anchorage, AK
GE & Olympus
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
Olympus
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used videoscopes for?
16 answers
Answers:
Heat exchanger examination compressor internal inspections finding & retrieving a dangling wire in wall cavity other inspections that are impossible without dis assembly
~General Corporate Mgmt, Ashland, VA
Inspections of gas turbines, aircraft and building structure, gearbox, casting, piping, welds, underwater observation. The list is nearly endless.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Entry points for rodents under siding and foundations, noises in walls, looking for insect nests in obscure places.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
I have a need to understand if they might be useful when inspecting large injection molds.
~Daniel C, Technical Support, Akron, OH
Buildings, ecology, rotating machinery, masts, pipes, .......
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
To sell to customer which use it for repair work.
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore
Looking for liquid leaks in confined spaces.
~New York, NY
Technical inspection of the confined spaces
~Barkat A, Engineering Consultant, Sadikabad, Pakistan
Inspection scopes on engines, cargo tanks.
~Don T, Tank Inspector, Mechanic, Anchorage, AK
Servicing and repairing videoscope
~Technical Support/Services, Singapore, Singapore
Info for prototype trial
~Engineering, Design, HK, Hong Kong
To check the function
~Engineering, Other, ShenZhen, China
Checking boilers
~Siegfried V, Marketing/Sales, Lenzkirch, Germany
As above
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Interest
~Engineering, Consulting, Elsenfeld, Germany
Olympus
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that videoscopes have been used for.
5 answers
Answers:
Animal burrows, well inspections, engine inspections, gas tank examinations, rodent entry points in structures, bat harborage in confined or limited access environments, and environments to hostile for human entry.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Looking up under car dash boards looking at heater and cooling servo operation.
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Videoscope (borescope) that can not save the image and measure defect.
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
Checking for birds in burrows, and bats roosting.
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
What is "standard"?
~New York, NY

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of videoscopes?
5 answers
Answers:
Yes - trying to watch rotating machinery whilst it rotates and the scope getting drawn in; valves being shut when scope not fully withdrawn as no-one knew length; trying to lift aircraft flap with the scopes articulation - Duh !
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
Heard, don't know of mistake inspecting blower assy & blower drive motor was energized
~General Corporate Mgmt, Ashland, VA
Hitting a live voltage connection, burned out the camera, saved the home.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Could be damage the tools due to hot surface object, especially
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
Never insert a videoscope into a hot area.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
10 answers
Answers:
Self-correcting (position) imaging, compactness,battery life, length (options) of camera head. Again, I am speaking in terms of Inspection or Borescopes.
~Don T, Tank Inspector, Mechanic, Anchorage, AK
Flexible length, and field of view from close up to distant, wide angle to narrow focus.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Smaller in size and if possible with wireless built-in.
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore
A very small outside diameter cam around 6-7 mm.
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Wireless "bluetooth" compatibility with laptop
~General Corporate Mgmt, Ashland, VA
On-site trial test operation monitoring
~Engineering, Design, HK, Hong Kong
Cold running sensor chip
~New York, NY
Small size and reliable
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
High temperature CCD
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Dye Pen Applicator
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of videoscopes?
8 answers
Answers:
Think about where you are going to stand to use the instrument - as well as how far you want to enter the subject - that way you can optimize the length of scope you require.
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
Buy from a reputable source and make sure you test the product prior to making the purchase to insure it meets your needs.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Prepare correctly before using the tools, avoid using tools on hot surface. Wait until cold or same as outside temperature.
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
The device is very sensitive. Not that robust, be careful and keep it maintained.
~Barkat A, Engineering Consultant, Sadikabad, Pakistan
Make sure the cam will do what you want to do with it and the clarity.
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Try them out and see if they meet your needs, even in the store.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
Adaptability
~Don T, Tank Inspector, Mechanic, Anchorage, AK
Test, test
~New York, NY

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using videoscopes?
6 answers
Answers:
Look at various options. Don't buy the first product you see and remember you get what you pay for. Many companies are now building cheap low cost scopes which do not have the resolution, features, or robust design of more expensive units. Always consider support after the sale which you may not see when buying a cheap product via the internet. Always ask for a demonstration to insure the product meets your specific needs.
~Greg B, Marketing/Sales, Westfield, MA
Choose videoscope tools with small size and these features : having light with fiber optic wire, precise measurement object, long life battery and wider videoscope.
~Nur Kholiq, Engineer, Jakarta, Indonesia
Don't scrimp on the initial cost for a quality and features.
~Douglas B, General Management, Burlington, WI
They are an instrument not a tool - treat them as such!
~Cailean F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, UK
Get one with a high resolution picture.
~Graeme H, Automotive engineer, Gunbower, Australia
Take one with a big display.
~Siegfried V, Marketing/Sales, Lenzkirch, Germany


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