Company provides borescopes for a variety of applications, including inspecting hard-to-see spaces inside aircraft engines and components.

As aircraft systems and engines become more sophisticated and expensive, identifying any sign of corrosion, fault, or damage early, easily, and economically is increasingly important. Borescopes can meet that need, giving maintenance technicians the ability to inspect tough-to-reach and hard-to-see spaces in an aircraft, including the belly of a turbine engine. And borescopes have evolved to meet the changing requirements of maintenance teams as new technology comes on line.

ViewTech Borescopes of Traverse City, Michigan, provides remote visual inspection and video borescope products to maintenance operators around the world. The company’s video borescopes are designed to save commercial, industrial, and military operators time and money by offering sizes and capabilities that meet specific requirements and budgets.

Four Generations of Borescopes
The history of ViewTech Borescopes traces back to the 2008 founding of RF System Lab, which offered the VJ borescope as its first product. RF System Lab soon followed the original VJ borescope with the VJ-Advance, which featured a larger display monitor, brighter illumination, and a wider variety of options, including a 3.9 mm–diameter insertion tube.

In 2016, the company began designing a third-generation borescope after collecting user insights and suggestions and 18 months later brought the VJ-3 to market. In 2018, RF System Lab changed its name to ViewTech Borescopes and moved into a larger building. Since then, ViewTech has released a fourth-generation, articulating borescope, the VJ-4, whose enhanced capabilities include a large, interactive video touchscreen with pop-up menus, on-screen annotation, and a reference measurement function. Today, ViewTech borescopes are used in everything from aviation maintenance to zinc mining.

Options for Every Job
ViewTech borescopes come with a variety of capabilities and features, providing operators with a multitude of choices based on their needs. The VJ-3 and VJ-4 range in size from 2.2 to 6.0 mm and include one or two cameras with zoom capability. The units feature light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and can perform far-focus, infrared, and ultraviolet inspections. Depending on the model, the borescopes can also capture still and video imagery, articulate between 180 and 360 degrees, and connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi. In addition, the company offers a borescope rental service for all versions, diameters, and lengths of the VJ-3 model.

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Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.