Another Look at Visual Inspection

Another Look at Visual Inspection By Fred Workley November 1999 Fred Workley is the president of Workley Aircraft and Maintenance Inc. in Manassas, VA. He is on the technical committees of PAMA and NATA and participates in several...

Everest VIT Inc., 199 Hwy 206, Flanders, NJ 07836, (973) 448-0077 ext. 822; Provides a full line of remote imaging products and services. Our products are designed to help you take a look in areas that are inaccessible, dangerous or too expensive to look at by other means. Visit our web site at

Foerster Instruments Inc., 140 Industry Dr., RIDC Park West, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, (412) 788-8976; Utilizing technology relied upon by the Non-destructive Testing (NDT) industry throughout the world, we employ a variety of electromagnetic test methods: eddy-current; magnetic induction; flux leakage; and magnetic field measurement. Foerster offers comprehensive, customized training programs and customer support that continues long past installation. Our web site is

Hellier, 2051 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806 (714) 956-2274; Offers non-destructive testing training, qualification examinations and consultation, and is an ASNT and AWS examination center. Hellier also has facilities in Niantic, CT and Houston, TX. Please see our web site at Krautkramer Branson, 50 Industrial Park Rd., Lewistown, PA17044, (717) 242-0327; Designer, manufacturer, and marketer of high technology ultrasonic and eddy current instruments, transducers, and probes. The Krautkramer instrument product line includes flaw detectors, thickness gauges, hardness testers, and inspection systems. Our web site is

Lenox Instrument Co. Inc., 265 Andrews Rd., Scottsville Industrial Pk., Trevose, PA 19053, (800) 356-1104; Manufacturer of flexible, rigid, and extendable borescopes and remote video monitoring systems for visual inspection of otherwise inaccessible areas, such as the interiors of airframe fuselages, engines, pipe tubing, valves, and castings. Lenox offers the only videoprobe with remote focus.

Machida Inc., 40 Ramland Rd. South, Orangeburg, NY 10962, (914) 365-0600; Offers flexible borescopes and approved kits designed for the internal visual inspection of various engine models, including turbine and turboprop engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, Garrett, Allison, Turbomeca, AlliedSignal, and others. Kits contain flexible borescopes with accessories, light sources with adapters and a carrying case.

NDT Engineering Corp., 19620 Russell Rd., Kent, WA 98032, (253) 872-3565; Manufacturer of eddy current probes, ultrasonic transducers and both metallic and non-metallic reference standards. NDT's specializes in custom designs to fit customer application requirements and our product line has over 10,000 different style of probes and transducers.

NDTec Inc., 8385 SW 188 St., Miami, FL 33157, (305) 378-4992 or (888) 638-3248; Offers select training that meets or exceeds the requirements SNT-TC-1A, MIL-STD-410E, NAS 410, and ATA-105. Our instructors are Level III Certified by ASNT. Convenience of arranging training around your schedule — at your facility or ours — with a choice of training in English or Spanish.

Olympus America, IPG, 2 Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY 11747; Manufacturers of borescopes, fiberscopes, videoscopes, and portable inspection systems for inspecting turbines, airframes, and other critical components. New 3-D stereo measuring system gives highly accurate results without calibrating or aligning. Results are not skewed by surface contours, or by the angle or distance of scope to object. Visit our web site at

OPTIM Inc., 64 Technology Park Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566, (508) 347-5100; Manufacturer of flexible fiberscopes for aircraft maintenance and inspection. Models: FS126 (3.2mm); FS155 (4.0mm); FS200 (5.3mm); FS236 (6.0mm); and IFS-8 (8.0mm).

Panametrics Inc., 221 Crescent St., Waltham, MA 02155, (781) 899-2719; Manufacturer of ultrasonic non-destructive testing equipment for the aircraft maintenance industry. For details on the Model 25DL Precision Thickness Gage and Epoch III and IIIB Flaw Detectors, visit our web site at Our School of Non-destructive Testing conducts classes in ultrasonic testing.

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