What is a flexible fiberscope?
Flexible fiberscopes are a type of borescope or visual inspection instrument that uses a high-quality fiber bundle to transmit a clear visual image of the inspection area back to the user via a focusable ocular eyepiece. Unlike a rigid borescope, a fiberscope flexible borescope allows users to navigate through small and challenging areas. As a visual inspection tool, flexible fiberscopes enable users to conduct a complete and thorough visual examination of small diameter structures such as those found in tiny components, mechanical chambers, small cavities, castings, and surgical instrumentations.
Due to its ease of use and control, the flexible fiberscope is a top inspection tool of choice for many professionals across many industries. Remote visual inspections have grown in popularity through the years, as they’re non-invasive and non-destructive. Articulating fiberscopes, in particular, are ideal for inspecting casings, tubing, medical equipment, and precision manufactured parts. With such a wide range of application possibilities, it’s no wonder flexible fiberscopes have become so instrumental across industries.
What are the different features and benefits of flexible fiberscopes?
Possessing many benefits, the flexible fiberscopes can come in a variety of sizes and features for all inspection needs. The main type of fiberscope flexible borescope is the articulating fiberscope which is used to inspect narrow or limited access points with help from its articulation or maneuverable function. Flexible fiberscopes primarily come with 2-way articulation but the 4-way articulation fiberscope is available as well. You can find flexible fiberscopes in a variety of sizes ranging from 2.4mm (.09 inches) in diameter up to 6mm (.236 inches).
Considered one of the more durable types of inspection tools, flexible fiberscopes contain a well-protected and entirely enclosed optical image bundle that is shielded in a housing of braided flexible stainless steel or tungsten to protect against outside elements while still providing users the ability to direct and navigate the inspection probe around corners and elbows for a clear inspection visual.
Whether you are looking for a fiberscope flexible borescope to inspect dark or poorly lit areas or add additional lighting for visual clarity, there is a large variety of light sources to match your exact needs. LED light sources available as either a portable light source or stationary are the most popular option due to being brighter and more energy-efficient than the traditional halogen light sources. Fiberscope video camera attachments & adaptor kits are also available which allow users to not only connect their fiberscope to their computers for an enhanced inspection visual but it also provides users the ability of image capture and video recordings. A camera attachment can be added to a fiberscope by attaching the camera to the ocular eyepiece via a C-mount adapter.
One of the key benefits of using a flexible fiberscope is the opportunity for non-destructive inspections. Before this technology emerged, professionals often needed to completely disassemble key pieces of equipment in order to perform thorough inspections. This took a lot of time – add on the task of reassembly after inspection and it’s easy to see why borescopes have risen in popularity. Now, technicians can simply insert the scope of their choice into the space needing inspected. With the click of a few buttons, operators can capture live footage of hard to reach spaces. They can even share their findings with colleagues, thanks to new Bluetooth capabilities.
A Flexible Fiberscope for Every Occasion
Over the years, fiberscope cameras have proven incredibly versatile and incredibly in-demand. Advancements in technology mean there’s always a new tool or application for fiberscopes being introduced. The aviation industry uses fiberscope cameras constantly. From engine inspections to turbine maintenance, there’s no job too big or small for flexible fiberscopes.
The manufacturing world also frequently relies on fiberscopes to perform regular inspections of their equipment. Disassembling key pieces of equipment for inspection takes valuable time, and these tools help provide non-destructive alternatives. Why break down a key piece of machinery when you can insert a fiberscope instead?
Why Get A Flexible Fiberscope From USABorescopes?
When it comes to fiberscopes flexible borescopes, there are as many options available as there are applications. No matter your industry, there’s a tool that’s right for the job. Feeling overwhelmed by the options? Our team of experts is happy to guide you in the right direction.
At USABorescopes your customer satisfaction is our mission. With a wide selection of borescopes such as premium-quality flexible fiberscopes, videoscopes, and accessories, you will be sure to find the inspection tool for your specific needs.
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