In many manufacturing and industrial environments, inspection of parts and components is often times a vital necessity. The problem is, in many cases the components to be inspected are not visible to the naked eye — they may be buried deep inside of the machine, and it is time-consuming and expensive to totally disassemble a machine just to gain access to the area to be inspected.
This is where borescope inspection can be a lifesaver. Borescope inspection allows you to go places that are normally hidden from view. It is even possible to do a borescope inspection deep inside a machine where no light can penetrate — as a borescope is typically equipped with a light-emitting device.
As mentioned before, borescope inspection saves both time and money — it saves time because complex equipment will not need to be stripped down and taken apart. It saves money because borescope inspection reduces the chance of components being damaged during disassembly, it eliminates the need to have others help you with the dismantling work, and it allows one inspector to inspect many more components than would be possible if each unit had to be dismantled beforehand.
And because borescope inspection can be done quickly and less expensively, you can do inspections more frequently — and this will allow you to spot potential problems with your equipment much more frequently. And because you are doing your borescope inspections more frequently, you will be able to detect small problems before they become big ones!
Another benefit of doing borescope inspection is that the inspector can be located some distance away from the area they are viewing — and this introduces a safety factor into the inspection process. For example, police and military units may perform borescope inspections underneath automobiles in an effort to locate hidden explosives, drugs or weapons. Or if there is a fire or an electrical short inside of the components of a machine, a borescope can be used for inspection so that the inspector can view an image at a safe distance.
A final major reason for doing a borescope inspection is that it allows for quick and easy documentation. This is because a video recording device can be easily attached to the borescope which is capable of taking either still photographs or video tape images. The still photographs or video tape can be kept as a permanent record of what was discovered during the inspection. Medical personnel, who use a type of flexible borescope, called an endoscope, will typically document their medical examination in this way. In a medical application, the documentation provided by these borescope inspections will become of critical importance in making a diagnosis, or as information provided for future surgeries or medical treatments.