New Video Borescope Developer Plans Aggressive 2009 Tradeshow Schedule

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A new, full-featured video borescope will be unveiled at more than a dozen trade shows in the first six months of 2009. The VJ, from Japanese technology company RF System Lab., is a breakthrough product that puts micro-camera and lens technology into the hands of industrial inspection and maintenance personnel across a wide range of industries.

VJ Articulating Video Borescope

Because of their high cost, and the potentially disastrous consequences of a failure, high-tech video borescopes have historically been used only in airplane and helicopter maintenance. While their usefulness is obvious -- they allow users to see into places they could never fit any other tool, let alone their eyes -- their high price tag has always precluded their wider use outside of aviation.

RF System Lab. has changed all that with their new video borescope, VJ. Adapted from RF's medical imaging technology and expertise in micro cameras and optics, this new video borescope delivers all of the critical features found in more expensive scopes, at a price that is well within reach of nearly everyone who maintains large industrial or transportation equipment.

This ground-breaking inspection tool will be shown at the following trade shows and exhibitions over the next six months:

  • Great Lakes Aviation Conference, January 30 - 31, Novi, Michigan
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technology Show, February Feb 18, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Northwest Aviation Conference, February 20 - 22,    Seattle, Washington
  • Helicopter Exposition, February 22 - 24, Anaheim, California
  • NAVAIR Non-Destructive Inspection Working Group, February 23-25, San Antonio, Texas
  • Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference, March 2 - 4, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Greater Southwest Aviation Maintenance Symposium, March 12-13, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Aviation Industry Expo, March 10 - 12, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technology Show, March 18 -19, Columbus, Ohio
  • US Navy Aviation Safety Conference, April 6 - 10, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Michigan Oil and Gas Association, April 16, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Turbo Expo, June 9 - 11, Orlando, Florida

The VJ video borescope uses a 6.9mm diameter insertion tube, which houses the 1/6 inch CCD camera module and LEDs. Joystick-controlled four-way articulation allows the user to point the camera in any direction, and the image is displayed on the integrated color monitor in 379,000-pixel resolution. An onboard image processor allows the user to capture and record photos and video, which is useful in obtaining a second opinion, showing a customer a potential defect, or for archiving and record-keeping purposes.

Video borescopes with these features have been available for some time, at prices ranging from $12,000 to $40,000. The new videoscope from RF System Lab. retails for $5,800 with a 1.5 meter insertion tube, or $6,400 with a 3.0 meter insertion tube. The combination of the low price, portability -- it weighs just 20 ounces and comes in a hard-shell briefcase -- and onboard image processing, means that industrial maintenance technicians and inspectors will soon be performing their jobs easier, faster and better than ever before.

For additional information about the VJ video borescope, or to request a demonstration unit, please contact Sean O'Connor at 989-731-5083 or visit

RF System Lab., based in Nagano, Japan, is a leading developer and manufacturer of micro imaging products for medical and industrial applications.


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