Rev-volutionizing Engine Inspections with IPLEX™ GX/GT Videoscopes
When people think about industrial videoscope inspections, they typically think of large machinery and components, such as aircraft engines or wind turbines. But did you know videoscopes also play a valuable role in looking at the inside of a car engine?
Soon after we launched our new IPLEX™ GX/GT videoscopes, the research and development (R&D) team of a major automotive OEM in Germany used our new scope to look inside their new engines after overnight test runs.
Today’s blog will share how our videoscopes helped with their inspection.
Testing an engine in tough conditions can cause many different small defects inside the engine. Despite being small, these defects are often an important early warning sign that something’s gone awry in the manufacturing or setup of the engine. Videoscopes are a quick and easy way to look inside, especially when you don’t want to disassemble the engine.
click to enlarge
Here’s an example of a videoscope image the team captured during the evaluation. You can see carbon build-up, which is one cause of inefficient combustion. It’s clearly visible thanks to the bright light source and high-quality optics in the videoscope’s tip.
The IPLEX GX/GT series offers scopes that are both rugged and easy to change—convenient when your inspection requires scopes with different diameters. The image above was taken using a 4 mm scope with a 120° angle direct-view near-focus tip adaptor.
When asked about the equipment, the R&D team commented, “The IPLEX GX displayed excellent image quality, specifically for a small diameter 4 mm scope.” They also added that the videoscope was “very compact and intuitive, making it very easy to use”.
Engine inspections are an excellent example of how versatile videoscopes, such as Olympus’ IPLEX GX/GT series, are an asset in the automotive industry. And not just in R&D—manufacturing, quality control (QC), and in-service inspections can all benefit from the high light intensity and easy maneuverability the IPLEX has to offer.
These benefits can help you streamline inspections and ensure durable, reliable engines (and ultimately help to generate rev-venue).
To learn more about using our versatile videoscopes for engine inspections, read this application note next, IPLEX GX/GT—Fast and Reliable Inspections for Automotive OEMs.
You can also discover more IPLEX GX/GT videoscope benefits here.