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NDT.net Issue - 2008-07 - NEWS

Revolutionary Portable Video Borescope from GE


GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH303, Hürth [Germany]
Visual and Optical Testing (VT/OT), video borescope, instrumentation
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NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2008-07
The XL Go’s extreme portability enables users to easily tackle non-destructive visual inspections in small, hard to reach places

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Billerica, MA, USA — July 1, 2008 —GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies announces the release of its revolutionary XL Go VideoProbe®. Weighing only 3.8 lbs., the XL Go is the most portable, lightweight, high-resolution video borescope available to tackle inspections in small, hard to reach places. Applications include the inspection of windmills, pipelines, gas turbines, steam turbines, aircraft engines, underground sewer lines, steam generators or heat exchangers to detect any damage or defects without disassembly.

Powered by a lithium ion battery, the XL Go is cordless and has no tethers, offering increased access and flexibility during inspections. Its compact design and shipping case is small enough that it can be classified as carry-on luggage. The system’s durable tungsten braided insertion tube has 360-degree articulation, allowing for navigation in tight applications.

The XL Go uses the latest LED technology to transmit high quality light by a fiber optic bundle to the camera head and a VGA LCD screen provides high-resolution data display. Storage of data, in the form of jpegs, bitmaps and Mpeg video, is via a 1GB internal flash drive and a USB 2 flash memory stick. An extra USB port provides additional memory and the flash memory sticks are used for data transfer. Embedded file manager software supports file and folder creation to allow systematic data management, while a VGA port allows easy connection for external video viewing. Output images can be handled by GE’s Rhythm data capture, processing and archiving software platform, allowing comprehensive data storage and management and subsequent comparison with inspection data obtained from other inspection modalities.

The XL Go is also extremely easy to use, another important feature in areas of restricted access. It has just five operating buttons and intuitive, drop-down menus combine with on-screen cues. Its functionality is increased with exclusive measurement features including ShadowProbe®, and StereoProbe®. Inverse and zoom features allow precise cursor placement and optical camera tip adapters alter field-of-view, depth-of-field and direction-of-view.

The new borescope is housed in high impact resistant polycarbonate for great durability in harsh environments and its compact design allows it to be fitted in a shipping case is small enough to be classified as carry-on luggage.

Learn more about XL Go VideoProbe inspection system

About GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, a $5 billion business helping customers compete and win in a changing global environment by combining the power of GE’s unique expertise and intelligent technology to drive customers’ productivity and profitability. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is a leading innovator in advanced measurement, sensor-based and inspection solutions that deliver accuracy, productivity and safety to its customers. The company designs and manufactures sensing instruments that measure temperature, pressure, moisture, gas and flow rate for demanding customer applications. It also designs, manufactures and services inspection equipment, including radiographic, ultrasonic, remote visual and eddy current, that monitors and tests materials without disassembly, deforming or damaging them. GE Sensing & Inspection’s products are used in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. The company has 4,700 employees at more than 40 facilities in 25 countries worldwide.

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH

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