One of the leading manufacturers of borescopes today is the Olympus Corporation. This innovative company manufactures videoscopes, fiberscopes, image recording devices, borescopes, as well as other devices.
In many ways, the foundation of the Olympus borescope line is their “Series 5” industrial rigid borescopes. These Olympus borescopes are designed to work very well when attached to a video screen, providing clear, detailed images of the target area. These Olympus borescopes feature an easy to use focus adjustment control mechanism, with a 370° orbital scan area. The Series 5 industrial Olympus borescope line also features a new end-tip design that provides more even lighting in the target area. The specific model of Olympus borescope that you choose will depend upon the diameter of tube, the overall length, and the viewing angle and direction that you will need.
Another important part of the Olympus borescope line are their videoscopes. These models use a system of optical lenses, and a high-resolution, color closed circuit camera. For example, in the Olympus borescope line, if you need a videoscope, you can choose the IPLEX II-R and IPLEX SA II-R. These models can provide you with both still pictures as well as movie capture — as well as 3-D stereo measurement. If you need an Olympus borescope videoscope which is completely portable, you should choose the IPLEX MX-R. This model, weighing in at 10 pounds, is battery powered, and is available in either 4.4 mm or 6.0 mm tube diameters, in various lengths.
A great innovation from Olympus, is their borescope software package. It is called the IPLEX Manager, and allows you to capture and record your inspection data — and even includes a report-writing module to help with the inevitable paperwork. Through this software application, you can also remotely control your Olympus borescope videoscope system.
If a straight-line-of-sight borescope is not what you need, then you can purchase a fiberscope. These Olympus borescopes are manufactured using the bundled fiber-optic technology, which allows them to transmit a very precise image, but which also allows the instrument to be flexible. These Olympus borescope fiberscope models can also be connected to a closed-circuit TV or digital imaging equipment. With these attachments, you can take whatever still pictures or video tape recordings might be necessary to document your inspection findings.
In addition to borescopes, Olympus manufactures a full line of borescope accessories: an engine turning tool (used when using an Olympus borescope to inspect gas turbine engines) which automatically rotates the engine so that only one inspector, instead of two, is necessary to carry out turbine engine inspections. In addition to your Olympus borescope, you can also purchase viewing adapters, light guide cables, various battery systems, guide tubes, and retrieval tools.
Finally, in addition to Olympus borescopes, you can purchase a wide variety of light sources, monitors and image recording equipment, to meet your specific situational requirements.