Handheld Endoscope Allows Easy Assessment of Difficult to Access Equipment

SKF, the leading knowledge engineering company, has developed a handheld endoscope that allows users to assess the condition of difficult to access equipment simply and quickly. Unlike more conventional endoscopes, the TKES 1 incorporates an LCD screen and can display and record both photos and video for more user friendly, effective condition monitoring.

The innovative instrument allows users to view applications in restricted spaces that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This prevents machinery having to be taken apart for inspection, saving considerable production downtime and maintenance resources. A flexible, metre long insertion tube, incorporating a miniature camera and powerful variable LED lighting, provides a clear 67° field of view for use in even the most restricted spaces.

The unit’s high quality optical technology and 3.5” LCD screen provide a superior resolution image to fibre optic type endoscopes. The screen is protected by oil and scratch resistant tempered glass, making it suitable for everyday use in industrial environments. Both still and video images can be viewed on the device or a TV screen, stored and later transferred to a PC for analysis.

A 1GB SD memory card is provided with the TKES 1, which can store up to 30,000 photos or 4-5 hours of video. Recorded images and video can be transferred to a PC simply, using the USB cable supplied, with no special software required for most MS Windows® operating systems.

The TKES 1 can be used as a valuable first line inspection tool in a wide range of industrial sectors, including automotive, aerospace, HVAC, marine, petrochemical, and power generation.

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