The World's Smallest Diameter Videoscope with Articulation
Olympus to Launch the IPLEX TX Industrial Videoscope
IPLEX TX Industrial Videoscope (left) and Scope Tip (right)
July 2, 2012
Olympus Corporation announces the global launch on July 2, 2012, of new IPLEX TX industrial videoscope designed for
the inspection of confined spaces such as castings, molds or other parts with small cavities.
The IPLEX series of industrial videoscopes is part of our portfolio of non-destructive testing equipment and
features a high level of maneuverability, refined image quality and an extensive range of functions.
The new IPLEX TX is the world's only articulating videoscope with a 2.4 mm diameter tip*1. It also features excellent durability,
with an abrasion strength 200 times*2 greater than previous models. Its large 6.5-inch LCD monitor displays clear and bright images
of areas under inspection.
1.The world's only articulating videoscope with a 2.4 mm diameter tip
2.The special high-durability resin tube achieving 200 times*2 greater abrasion resistance
3.Displays clear and bright inspection images on a 6.5-inch wide-screen LCD monitor
Reasons for Introduction
Industrial videoscopes are non-destructive testing instruments that are used to perform visual inspection inside objects such
as aircraft engines, machinery, pipes, tanks, and automotive parts. They provide high-quality images even under harsh environments.
Meanwhile, the industrial fiberscope is another type of non-destructive testing instrument, and features a range of ultra-thin
scopes which can reach in more confined spaces where industrial videoscopes are difficult to insert.
In recent years, molds and other parts used in a wide variety of industries such as the automotive have become more
intricately-shaped. As a result, there is an increasing demand for scopes that feature not only small diameter insertion
tubes but also offer enhanced image quality and durability. To satisfy this demand, Olympus developed the new IPLEX TX to
provide high-image-quality inspection and excellent durability in a unit as thin as an ultra-narrow industrial fiberscope.
This enables the operator of an IPLEX TX to provide inspection images of high quality in very confined spaces, such as narrow
spaces in castings, molds and other components.
Details of Main Features
1. The world's only articulating videoscope with a 2.4 mm diameter tip
The ultra-thin, 2.4 mm diameter scope of the IPLEX TX enables to inspect confined spaces difficult to view using conventional
videoscopes. Despite having a very thin scope, the bendable scope tip allows to observe inside objects with intricate shape.
2. The special high-durability resin tube achieving 200 times*2 greater abrasion resistance
The special resin tube protecting the insertion tube of the IPLEX TX achieves a 200 times greater abrasion resistance compared
with existing ultra-thin industrial fiberscopes, providing reliable inspections of castings, molds, or other objects with rough
surfaces. The IPLEX TX is designed for IP55 compliance rating to resist moisture and dust, making it suitable for use in harsh
3. Displays clear and bright inspection images on a 6.5-inch wide-screen LCD monitor
Using the 6.5-inch large LCD monitor, the high-sensitivity imaging sensor can provide clear and bright images of cracks or other
small defects difficult to identify using an industrial fiberscope. Our proprietary WiDERTM image processing technique brings out
detail in shadowed and highlighted areas to produce bright and contrast-balanced image across the entire depth of field.
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