Your borescope is designed to give you the most accurate view into the inner workings of an aircraft and engine. However, there are adjustments you can make while using it to ensure that you get the best inspection results possible. Here are some tips for improving the results from your borescope.
Choose the Right Borescope
There are several types of borescopes available and each one is designed to do specific jobs better than the others. Selecting the right borescope for your inspection can help ensure the accuracy of your results. For instance, a flexible borescope, otherwise known as a fiberscope, is best when you need extra flexibility to maneuver through a myriad of turns and twists. By contrast, a rigid borescope can provide you with the best image in areas that do not require flexibility.
Pay Attention to the Lighting
The amount of light in the area can have an impact on the results of the inspection. If you are in an area that is brightly lit, artificially or naturally, you need to wait a few seconds before attempting to conduct an inspection. Your eyes need time to adjust to the change from bright light to the darker images that are portrayed through the borescope.
Be Aware of the Available Space
Sometimes, features such as depth of field and field of view, can be distorted or misinterpreted when using the borescope. This can lead to problems, such as moving the scope in closer than it needs to be and damaging it by hitting it against a part of the aircraft or engine. Not only are mistakes time-consuming, but they can result in expenses related to repairing the borescope or an engine part.
When conducting an inspection, you need to be mindful of the space that you have. Even though you want to continue to move in closer to get a more accurate inspection of the parts, you should avoid it if you are uncertain of the room you have. You can instead re-position the scope and try a different angle to get a closer look.
Maintain the Articulation Cables
An important part of your borescope is the articulation cable. The cable helps in transmitting the images that you see. If the cable is damaged or has stress on it, the images can be distorted or you might experience a lag in receiving images. To resolve this issue, ensure that you are maintaining your cable. Part of that is repositioning the guide occasionally to alleviate the stress on the cable and occasionally lubricating the cable. Your borescope dealer can recommend a good brand of lubricating oil to use on the cable.
Taking steps, such as maintaining the articulating cable, is essential to receiving the best results from your borescope. Talk to your dealer about other things you can do to improve your results.
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