Using A Borescope To Inspect Orbital Welds

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Small Diameter Flexible Borescope Inspects Orbital Welds

Inspecting very small diameter welded piping requires a highly flexible borescope. Welded sections of sanitary piping or other high purity piping requires a borescope that can make the sharp bends, look at the wall and rotate 360° to view entire welds. A side view borescope should normal be used. Although a forward view borescope with a wide field can be used, but the detail is not as good, and some of the weld can be shadowed depending on the shape of the weld bead.

AIT now offers the super-flex scope which has a range of centering tools that can be added to the tip to maintain alignment in the pipe and focus distance to the weld. These small diaper and highly flexible borescopes can inspect 1/4”Ø pipe to 4”Ø pipe. Standard diameters are 2mm, 4mm, 6mm and 9mm. The 9mm diameter is built with sheathing that is stiffer than the 2mm, 4mm and 6mm diameters. This allows it to be pushed into larger piping.

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About Paul Fitzgerald

Paul C. Fitzgerald, President and CEO, Advanced Inspection Technologies Inc. has been involved in the remote visual inspection industry (RVI), Since leaving the US Marines in 1992. He has a background in business with an economics degree from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Florida Metropolitan University. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an artillery officer. Mr. Fitzgerald is a veteran of Desert Storm. Mr. Fitzgerald began his remote visual inspection career with Schott Fiber Optics where he was responsible for sales throughout the southeastern United States. He was a founding member of Everest Imaging (later GE Inspection Technologies) in 1996 and took on responsibility for sales in Florida and the Caribbean. Mr. Fitzgerald founded Advanced Inspection Technologies in 2008 to offer remote visual inspection solutions throughout North America. His background and experience have given him an excellent overview of the remote visual inspection industry. He has years of experience with RVI applications across multiple industries, applications and geographical areas using a wide variety of available instruments and technology. Now Mr. Fitzgerald is able to share his knowledge and experience through this Blog.
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