Hazardous Environment Borescopes

What Is A Hazardous Environment Borescope?

There are times where inspection cameras are needed for hazardous environments. Class I Div II classification borescopes or hazardous portable inspection cameras are an invaluable inspection tool which are very useful for inspecting many hard to reach areas, such as in natural gas lines, fuel tanks, or in other process piping that could contain volatile conditions. Class I Div II borescopes are uniquely designed so that they do not adversely interact with the environment during an inspection and are utilized by multiple industries such as law enforcement, Coast Guard, gas tank inspectors, and oil and gas professionals.

What Is A Class I Division II Hazardous Area?

An area that is classified as Class I, Division 2 or Zone 2 means that there are ignitable concentrations of combustible or volatile gases, vapors, or liquids that are not likely to exist in normal operating conditions.

What Is A Zone 0 Hazardous Area?

An area that is classified as Zone 0 means that there are ignitable concentrations of combustible or volatile gases, vapors, or liquids that are consistently present or present for long periods of time.

What Are The Benefits Of An Intrinsically Safe Camera?

A Class I Div II and Class 0 inspection system provides many benefits for professionals who require visual inspections in small hazardous locations. At present, the P374 Inspection Camera is the only certified Zone 0 intrinsically safe inspection camera on the market. The P374 camera is only available with the 1-inch diameter probe and 200 feet of working length. Cold LED lighting and manually adjustable focus are standard features. At present, there isn’t a smaller diameter intrinsically safe borescope or a micro borescope available to inspect hazardous environments for zone 0. If you require a smaller diameter hazardous environment borescope you often can find certified Class I Div II borescopes with 4 mm borescopes, 6 mm borescopes, or 8 mm diameter borescopes. In addition to borescopes that are smaller diameters, these portable inspection systems will offer articulation or steering at the probe tip. The XP series Rated by UL, ATEX and tested to MIL-STD-810G method 511.6 in accordance with UL standards for NFPA 70.

Although the majority of borescope inspections do not require to be intrinsically safe or Class I Div II certified, there are applications that do. There might be times where professionals require explosion-proof borescopes because of its versatility, reliability, and for the added safety to the end-user. In the past, many gas turbine inspectors would utilize a standard borescope for their turbine inspection and over the past years, we have seen more turbine inspections performed with the explosion-proof portable videoscopes.

Why Get A Intrinsically Safe Borescope From USABorescopes?

At USABorescopes your customer satisfaction is our mission. With a wide selection of borescopes including intrinsically safe inspection cameras, fiberscopes, videoscopes, and accessories, you will be sure to find the inspection tool for your specific needs.

Looking for a more advanced inspection tool? Try shopping our large selection of videoscope inspection cameras as well as fiberscopes. Not sure what inspection tool you need? Contact us today and speak to one of our knowledgeable borescope experts. Allow one of our team members to guide you through the process and determine which borescope you need.


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