A Fibrescope is a flexible inspection device that is made of a fibre optic bundle that transmits an image from a lens at one end to the user’s eyepiece at the other. The greater the number of individual fibres that are included in the bundle, the better the resolution of the image.
Fibrescopes are designed for tough industrial handling and are used in a variety of remote visual inspections, often in places which cannot be easily inspected by man. They are ideal for capturing bright, clear images from inside turbines, pipes, tanks, tightly packed equipment and other small or difficult to reach places.
They can either be articulating, non-articulating or semi rigid based designs. In some instances the eyepiece is replaced with a camera to capture and record what is being inspected. They can also be fitted with an additional fibre which allows light to be transmitted to the inspection lens from an external source.
Articulating Fibrescopes use coherent image bundles (or guides) to transmit the image from the inspection site to the user’s eyepiece. This allows the user to control the lens by using knobs and levers on the handle. Depending on the diameter of the Fibrescope either two or four way controls are available.
The diameter of an articulating Fibrescope can be as small as 0.5 mm (0.019 in) and reach a length of up to 2.7 m (8.9 ft). A good articulating Fibrescope has a range (how many degrees the working ends can move in any given direction) which exceeds 90º in any direction. The range generally reduces as the distance increases due to the tension on the wires and controls.
For more information on the range of Fibrescopes we have available on a rental or contract basis to please contact us directly