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348082000 Hazardous or inaccessible 89
20090309964PORTABLE VIEWING DEVICE - There is a portable viewing device for viewing difficult to view areas, wherein the portable viewing device includes a telescoping wand. The wand includes a body housing. The body housing includes a wireless transmission module, a first end including a selectably rechargeable power module configured to dock with a recharge module and a second end. The portable viewing device also includes a color camera coupled by a ball and joint swivel camera mount to the first end of the telescoping wand. The portable viewing device further includes a display device in communication with the color camera and configured to display visual information therefrom. The portable viewing device also includes a docking station having a recharge module, coupled to the display device and configured to selectably couple to the first end of the telescoping wand, thereby allowing the wand to dock thereto and be recharged.12-17-2009
20130083187SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HANDS FREE INSPECTION - Systems and methods for inspecting a device are disclosed. The method includes arranging the device in a known position relative to a plurality of movable cameras. The plurality of movable cameras is mounted on a controllable actuator. The plurality of cameras is pointed at the device by controlling the controllable actuator to position the camera with a user interface. An image of the device generated by the camera is displayed on a mobile and wireless display. The computing device also causes a rendered virtual image of the device to be displayed on the mobile and wireless display. A stream of interest and a region of interest is selected at the mobile and wireless display from the images generated by the cameras.04-04-2013
20130050466METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC AND HAZARDOUS VAPORS USING AN INFRARED LIGHT SOURCE AND INFRARED VIDEO IMAGING - An enhanced infrared (IR) imaging based method for detecting volatile organic and hazardous vapors using the infrared spectral absorption properties of these vapors, and using a tunable infrared light source and a plurality of cameras tuned to particular frequency ranges to detect spectral absorption properties corresponding to the respective vapors. Illumination by an IR light source is used to enhance the visibility of vapor plumes in LWIR and MWIR cameras because ambient light may not have enough power in the specific absorption band of the VOC vapor. Plume regions are automatically determined by image and video processing methods by the system. Specific vapors can be detected by using tunable IR light sources because leaking plumes from a damaged component causes dark regions in images of LWIR and/or MWIR cameras depending on the absorption wavelength of the plume.02-28-2013
20130088587HOUGH TRANSFORM APPROACH TO GAP MEASUREMENT IN BLADE INSPECTION - Two adjacent objects with a gap between the objects rotate in a hot atmosphere with a temperature greater than 300 F in a gas turbine. Automatic and accurate contactless measurement of the gap is performed by taking images of the gap. An image, preferably an infra-red image is taken from the gap, a processor extracts the two edges from the image of the gap. The processor also determines a line through the pixels of an edge by applying a Hough transform on the pixels. The edges are substantially parallel. A line substantially perpendicular to the lines is also determined. Using the substantially parallel lines and the line substantially perpendicular to the substantially parallel lines the processor determines a width of the gap.04-11-2013
20120218401CABLE APPARATUS - A cable apparatus is provided and includes a cable to assume discrete positions, an actuator operably coupled to the cable and including a power source and a cable unit, which, when activated, causes the cable to translate and draws power from the power source and, when deactivated, draws no power and permits cable translation and a housing operably disposed along the cable and including a first element that rotates and translates with respect to the cable and a second element fixed to the cable, the first element being configured to cause the second element to rotate.08-30-2012
20120224047VISUAL INSPECTION DEVICE - A visual inspection device includes a body having a support portion and a grip portion extending from the support portion. The device also includes a flexible cable having a first end portion coupled to the body and a second end portion, and a camera assembly coupled to the second end portion of the flexible cable. The camera assembly includes an image sensor operable to transmit image data through the flexible cable. The device further includes a display supported by the support portion of the body. The display is electrically connected to the flexible cable to display image date from the image sensor. The device is powered by a rechargeable battery pack removably coupled to the body.09-06-2012
20120224046HAZZARD DETECTION AND MITIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Provided as a system and method for providing monitoring of hazardous materials, including collecting environmental data via one or more sensors directed at the hazardous materials source, the environmental data including one or more environmentally detectable reference points; comparing the environmental data to current ambient conditions, the environmental data detectable in a reference frame by the sensors directed at the hazardous materials source, the reference frame including at least one of the one or more environmentally detectable reference points; performing an alert determination according to the comparison of the environmental data to the set of ambient conditions; and transmitting the alert determination to an existing fault detection system for the hazardous material source to enable the existing fault detection system to override a status rating of the hazardous materials source. Also included is a sensing system including modules operating on a processor.09-06-2012
20120224045METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REAL TIME VIDEO IMAGING OF THE SNOUT INTERIOR ON A HOT DIP COATING LINE - An apparatus and method for imaging the interior of a hot dip melt pot snout of a hot dip steel coating apparatus through the snout thereof. The system provided for high visual contrast and high resolution imaging, without the need for external illumination. The inventive apparatus and method image the interior of the hot dip melt pot snout at infrared wavelengths, and preferably in a wavelength range of 0.7 to 3 microns. The inventive apparatus and method provide valuable information about the condition of the hot dip melt pot snout and steel coating process which may be used to improve the quality of the produced coated steel.09-06-2012
20120113244METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR MARKING MATERIAL COLOR DETECTION IN CONNECTION WITH LOCATE AND MARKING OPERATIONS - Systems, methods, and apparatus for determining a color of marking material dispensed by a marking device onto a surface to mark a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area that is planned to be excavated or disturbed during excavation activities. In some embodiments, one or more camera systems (e.g., digital video cameras) are mounted on a marking device to capture information (e.g., one or more of image information, color information, motion information and light level information) relating to the surface being marked. The camera system(s) may be mounted near a nozzle of a marking material dispenser, so as to capture information relating to freshly dispensed marking material on the surface being marked. The captured information may be analyzed to determine a color of the freshly dispensed marking material, which may then be correlated with a type of facilities being marked.05-10-2012
20120293647METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTI-FUNCTIONAL EMBEDDED SENSORS - A system and method for monitoring system including a three dimensional embedded sensor coupled to an article, wherein the three dimensional embedded sensor is a direct write embedded sensor using a high temperature light emitting material. A camera system detects illumination signals from the embedded sensors. A processing section processes the illumination signals and determines gas/surface temperatures and strain data for the article.11-22-2012
20100033562METHOD OF MAPPING CONDITIONS IN A LIQUID STORAGE TANK - A method of mapping characteristics of a stored liquid and the liquid storage tank in which the liquid is stored us a remotely operated vehicle. Steps of the method include (a) maneuvering the ROV through a stored liquid, (b) recording camera-based data; and recording sensor-based data. The recorded data is preferably synchronized to gain a map of the characteristics in the storage tank.02-11-2010
20110090331ARTICULATING IMAGER FOR VIDEO BORESCOPE - A borescope includes a flexible cable having a signal carrier disposed throughout a length of the flexible cable. An imager head illuminates an object proximate to the imager head. An articulating member is disposed between the flexible cable and the imager head. The articulating member includes a spring having a coiled wire defining a central cavity, and an axially incompressible member positioned in a spring central cavity extending from a connector attached to an end of the flexible cable to the imager head. The incompressible member permits angular deflection of the imager head with respect to the flexible cable while precluding axial compression of the coiled wire and individual coil-to-coil contact.04-21-2011
20120293646METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTI-FUNCTIONAL EMBEDDED SENSORS - A system and method for monitoring system including a embedded sensor coupled to an article, wherein the embedded sensor is a direct write embedded sensor using a high temperature light emitting material. A camera system detects illumination signals from the embedded sensors. A processing section processes the illumination signals and determines gas/surface temperatures and strain data for the article.11-22-2012
20100091103USER INTERFACE OF MINERAL MATERIAL PROCESSING EQUIPMENT - User interface of a mineral processing equipment governs a mineral processing line having several units (crushers, screens) connected in series. The user interface comprises a display screen (04-15-2010
20110169938INSPECTION SYSTEM AND INSPECTION PROCESS UTILIZING MAGNETIC INSPECTION VEHICLE - An inspection vehicle configured to inspect steam generators includes a front chassis having two independently driven magnetic wheels, a rear chassis having two independently driven magnetic wheels, and a connecting member flexibly connecting the front chassis to the rear chassis to permit relative motion between the front chassis and the rear chassis along at least one axis. The connecting member, front chassis, and rear chassis collectively define a receiving area. The inspection vehicle also includes a navigation camera disposed on the front chassis and a pan and tilt inspection camera assembly including a first rotatable arm driven by a first motor, a second rotatable arm disposed on a distal portion of the first rotatable arm, the second rotatable arm being driven by a second motor, and an inspection camera rotatably disposed on a distal portion of the second arm, the inspection camera being driven by a third motor, the camera assembly being dimensioned to be received within the receiving area in a stowed position.07-14-2011
20100201801IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device 08-12-2010
20090278924Inspection arrangement - It is necessary to provide inspection arrangements in order to facilitate prototype design of assemblies such as gas turbine engines as well as insitu testing of such assemblies. Previously endoscope type arrangements have been utilised, but the flexible or rigid stems in such endoscopes can cause fouling and snagging in use. By providing an inspection arrangement in which the inspection element is combined with a positioning tool such that the inspection element can be detached from the positioning tool through a releasable element, it is possible to avoid such snagging problems. The inspection element will be relatively self-sufficient and incorporate possibly a camera or other sensor for temperature of otherwise. The inspection element will typically incorporate a wireless link arrangement, or possibly incorporate a storage device for data such that the inspection element can be retrieved later with that data.11-12-2009
20110169939Bridge Inspecting Device And Method - The present invention relates to a bridge inspecting device for inspecting a structure of a bridge. The device includes a vehicle, a pendulum mechanism and at least one image sensing device. The vehicle has an arm and is stably parked at an edge of the bridge. The pendulum mechanism has an end movably secured to the arm and the pendulum mechanism has at least one pendulum element. The at least one image sensing device is connected to another end of the pendulum mechanism.07-14-2011
20090167851Imager Assembly For Remote Inspection Device - An imager assembly for a remote inspection device includes an imager body. A circuit board retainer is slidably received through an end of the imager body. The circuit board retainer has deflectable legs separated by a slot. A circuit board assembly has an imager device connected to a first circuit board. A second circuit board is electrically connected to the first circuit board. The second circuit board is received in the slot of the circuit board retainer and frictionally engaged by the deflectable legs. A flexible tube has a first end connected to an end of the imager body using a first ferrule. A male connector is connected to a second end of the flexible tube using a second ferrule. A wiring harness is disposed through a bore of the flexible tube.07-02-2009
20080291270TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR MONITORING INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES - A system transports a device into a piece of industrial equipment for the purpose of collecting data inside of the industrial equipment. In an embodiment, the industrial equipment is a furnace and the device is an IR camera. The system opens a door covering an opening on the furnace, moves the IR camera inside of the furnace for a short time, the IR camera captures images, and the system removes the camera from the furnace and closes the door.11-27-2008
20090015667In-Cylinder Imaging Apparatus and Method - An in-cylinder imaging apparatus is provided for an internal combustion engine defining a combustion chamber. The in-cylinder imaging apparatus includes a high-speed imaging device such as a high-speed digital camera. A borescope is provided in communication with the combustion chamber and is operable to communicate images of the combustion chamber to the high-speed imaging device. A high intensity light source, for example, a xenon light source, is operable to substantially illuminate the combustion chamber. The high-speed imaging device and borescope are in axial alignment with respect to each other and are mounted with respect to the internal combustion engine. A method of imaging the combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine during engine operation employing the disclosed in-cylinder imaging apparatus is also provided.01-15-2009
20090231423VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE FOR A WELDER'S HELMET - A weld recording system mounted in or on a welding helmet is provided. The weld recording system includes a camera assembly unit, a power supply unit, a processor, and removable memory. The weld recording system interfaces with lens control circuitry, an optical sensor, a welding power supply, and a helmet position sensor. Logic is provided for the triggering and recording of video and audio signals, which are eventually stored in a file for future reference. Transmission of signals from one or more welders to a monitoring station for eventual display is presented. An image processing algorithm is provided to combine multiple images with varied exposure times into a visual image of the weld and its surroundings.09-17-2009
20120105619SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING IN REAL TIME, A GAP BETWEEN PORTIONS IN A MACHINE - A monitoring system for monitoring, in real time, a gap between a rotating portion and a stationary portion of a machine. The monitoring system includes an imaging device for forming a reference image of the gap and one or more next images of the gap, the imaging device including a portion disposed within the machine and a portion external to the machine. The system also includes an image processor coupled to the imaging device configured to monitor whether the gap is increasing or decreasing by comparing the reference image to the one or more next images.05-03-2012
20110069165Flexible Imaging Fiber Bundle Monitoring System for Combustion Turbines - An imaging system for on-line imaging of a component in a gas turbine engine. The imaging system includes a flexible imaging bundle formed by a plurality of optical elements. An imaging end of the optical elements images a component in a hot gas path of the engine during operation of the engine and a viewing end provides an image of the component at a location displaced from the hot gas path. The optical elements are surrounded by a flexible metal sheath that is permeable to air to provide cooling air the optical elements from an air source surrounding the flexible imaging bundle.03-24-2011
20080284846PROHIBITED MATERIALS VEHICLE DETECTION - A device for inspecting the underside of a vehicle includes a carriage supported by four swivable wheels and a forwardly extending arm with a light source and upwardly extending camera on a forward portion thereof. A second arm extends rearwardly and upwardly from a rear portion of the carriage and includes a video monitor for viewing an image generated by the video camera and a control unit. The device also includes a video transmitter for sending a picture from the camera to a remote location and three 12 volt batteries for powering the device.11-20-2008
20130093876HOLE INSPECTION METHOD AND HOLE INSPECTION DEVICE - While an insert shaft (04-18-2013
20100321485Intrinsically safe video inspection system - An intrinsically safe video inspection system intended for use in a Class I, Zone 0 area is capable of visually surveying hazardous area locations; where the potential for fire or explosion exists because of gases, dust, or easily ignitable fibers in the atmosphere. The intrinsically safe camera of the present invention has the distinct ability to be used all areas that require increased safety and works in various hazardous environments, allowing users the ability to remotely view and inspect various mines, silos, and storage tanks. The inspection system includes a low power, high 3.2 megapixel resolution camera with digital zoom capability that allows for the close inspection and examination and utilizes an LED fiber light pipe for illumination needs. The video inspection system of the present invention provides for the illumination in various cavity sizes, while reducing the risk of unintended accidents.12-23-2010
20120307039Apparatus for Providing a View of an Area that is Hard to Reach or Inaccessible - An apparatus for use in providing a view of an area is provided. The apparatus has a handle that can be gasped by a user and a screen for displaying a live image. Control members are present and are used to make selections. A freeze image is present and is capable of being displayed on the screen. Actuation of a single one of the control members causes the screen to toggle between the live image and the freeze image.12-06-2012
20110050877HEAD SEPARATED CAMERA APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a head-separated device has an imaging unit, a control unit configured to control the imaging unit and a connection unit configured to connect the imaging unit with the control unit, wherein the imaging unit comprises sensor configured to capture an image, and a transmitter configured to transmit a video signal, a sync signal (HD, VD) and a clock signal to restore or to reproduce the image captured by the sensor, and the control unit comprises a determining module configured to determine whether a waveform of the video signal has a level that the video processor is processable, and a setting module configured to set the transmitter to perform enhancement correction to the video signal, if the determining module determines that the waveform of the video signal does not have the level that the video processor is processable.03-03-2011
20130222573PERIPHERAL MONITORING DEVICE FOR WORKING MACHINE - This invention includes: an obstacle detection unit 08-29-2013
20120002035MULTI-SPECTRAL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL TEMPERATURE DATA - In one embodiment, a system includes an imaging system configured to receive an image of a gas and a surface observable through the gas from an interior of a turbine, to split the image into a first two-dimensional intensity map of wavelengths indicative of a temperature of the gas and a second two-dimensional intensity map of wavelengths indicative of a temperature of the surface, and to output signals indicative of the first and second two-dimensional intensity maps.01-05-2012
20130222572LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR VACUUM APPARATUS - A lighting apparatus for a vacuum apparatus that allows light to enter the inside of the vacuum apparatus through an observation window and makes it possible to see the inside of the vacuum apparatus through the observation window by illuminating the inside of the vacuum apparatus includes a coupling adapter that is removably coupled to the observation window via a coupling unit, an opening that is formed in a central part of the coupling adapter and allows the inside of the vacuum apparatus to be seen through the observation window, and a plurality of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that are placed in the coupling adapter and face the observation window. The lighting apparatus is attached to the observation window for seeing the inside of the vacuum apparatus and illuminates the inside of the vacuum apparatus.08-29-2013
20120013729RADIATION TOLERANT CAMERA - A Radiation tolerant camera, including a camera module and having an electronic image sensor. The camera module is arranged in a radiation shielding enclosure, the enclosure having an opening for allowing passage of light into the image sensor. Furthermore, the camera module is connected to a heat absorbing cooling element dissipating heat from the camera module.01-19-2012
20130222571TEREHERTZ IMAGING IN BOILERS - An imaging system with the ability to produce clear images of deposits inside operating high temperature process equipment such as kraft recovery boilers and power utility boilers uses a terahertz/mm-wave imaging system. This system allows direct inspection capability and the ability to directly measure deposit thickness on tubes and other interior surfaces at all locations within the boiler and precipitator. Terahertz and mm-wave imaging systems employ active imaging in which a beam of terahertz or mm-wave radiation generated within the imaging system is used to illuminate a region of the scene under investigation. The reflected radiation is collected by a lens or mirror system and focused onto a detector that converts the collected radiation into an electrical signal. Both the illuminating beam and the receiving optics are scanned across the scene in a raster fashion to produce a time-varying signal that is converted into an image of the scene.08-29-2013
20120206591VISUAL INSPECTION DEVICE - A visual inspection device includes a housing with a support portion and a grip portion extending from the support portion, a flexible cable having a first end coupled to the housing and a second end, a camera assembly coupled to the second end of the flexible cable and operable to transmit image data through the flexible cable, and a display movably coupled to the support portion of the housing and operable to present an image derived from the image data.08-16-2012
20120062724ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - Provided is an endoscope apparatus for measuring a subject. The endoscope apparatus including: an elongated insertion unit; an image capturing unit being provided on a distal end part of the insertion unit, the image capturing unit configured to obtain an image of the subject: an illumination unit comprising a first light source and configured to illuminate an observation viewing field of the image capturing unit; and a fringe projection unit comprising a second light source configured to emit a light, which differs from a light of the first light source and a fringe pattern generation unit configured to form the fringe pattern and configured to project the fringe pattern on the subject.03-15-2012
20120075459Miniature viewing camera and remote receiver unit - A miniature camera and remote receiver unit for viewing, observing and photographing small, confined and hard-to-get at spaces or areas includes a miniature wireless camera pivotally mounted to the end of a rod or wand with the power being provided by a power cord plugged into an outlet or being provided by an optional 9 volt power supply and the camera capable of transmitting images in real time a distance of at least several hundred feet to a remote handheld receiver unit that includes a display screen for viewing the images with the receiver unit being multi-channel to accommodate different data transmitting conditions and the receiver unit can also include an earphone as the receiver unit will include volume control buttons among its control functions.03-29-2012
20100020166Environmental hazard warning system - A system, including a radiological or other environmental hazard detector, has means to overlay graphical and or alpha numeric text video of the hazard status, alarm annunciation, and or hazard level information, onto the video output of a pre-existing surveillance camera installation. The surveillance camera installation can be fixed or mobile. The system, contained in a field installable module, may utilize power available from the surveillance camera installation. The analog video coaxial cable from the camera is interrupted, such that the video signal is run through the module. This system permits low cost installation of environmental hazard monitoring into an existing analog video surveillance system.01-28-2010
20110122243IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR DETECTING CONTRAST TRANSITION, PARTICULARLY IN A MACHINE TOOL - An image processing device for detecting contrast transition comprises a digital imaging unit as an optical sensor unit, the digital sensor signals of which are processed in an evaluation unit.05-26-2011
20120242823RETRIEVING DEVICE - A retrieving device for retrieving an object may be provided. The retrieving device may include a retriever pole that may include a scooping device positioned at one end of the retriever pole. The scooping device may be configured to retrieve the object when positioned over the object. Additionally, the retrieving device may include a camera configured to record image data of an area within a viewing range of the camera and image data associated with the object. The retrieving device may also include a monitor positionable at the other end of the retrieving pole, which may be electrically coupled to the camera via an insulated electrical wire. The monitor may display the image data of the area and the image data associated with the object recorded by the camera. Furthermore, the retrieving device may include a power source that may be electrically coupled to the monitor and the camera.09-27-2012
20130176417METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STEERING AN INSERTION TUBE OF A VIDEO INSPECTION DEVICE - A method and system for steering an insertion tube of a video inspection device is disclosed for detecting a precise steering request made by displacing a pointing device from its stationary position and then returning the pointing device to or near its stationary position within a short interval of time. This precise steering request is then used by the video inspection device to steer the insertion tube a fixed distance in a direction based on the direction of the displacement of the pointing device for precise positioning of the camera head of the insertion tube.07-11-2013
20130113915Method and System for Position Control Based on Automated Defect Detection Feedback - A computer program product and method for performing position control on device members that have been identified as defective. The method may include providing a storage medium that stores data and programs used in processing images and a processing unit that processes the images, receiving, by the processing unit from an image capture device coupled to the processing unit, a set of images of a plurality of members inside of a device, detecting, by the processing unit, a defect in a first member of the plurality of members, and providing instructions to move the first member to an inspection position in the device. The device may be an engine and the members may be blades within the engine.05-09-2013
20130113914System and Method for Automated Borescope Inspection User Interface - A system and method for improving human-machine interface while performing automated defect detection is disclosed. The system and method may include an image capture device for capturing and transmitting data of an object, performing automated analysis of the data and reviewing results of the automated analysis by a human inspector and providing feedback. The system and method may further include refining the automated analysis of the data based upon the feedback of the human inspector.05-09-2013
20130100274ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - Provided is an endoscope apparatus including an illumination unit and an image acquisition unit, wherein the illumination unit has a light emission unit at which a light source is installed, and a mask configured to shield some of the light emitted from the light emission unit, and when an irradiation angle of the light measured when an optical axis of the light emission unit is set to 0° is set to θ, a function of the irradiation angle θ representing angular distribution of the light emitted from the light emission unit is set to f(θ), and a maximum angle defined to be vignetted by the mask when the optical axis of the light emission unit is set to 0° is set to θ04-25-2013
20130113913System and Method for Data-Driven Automated Borescope Inspection - A system and method for performing automated defect detection of blades within an engine is disclosed. The system and method may include an image capture device capable of capturing and transmitting images of a plurality of blades of an engine, creating a normal blade model of an undamaged one of the plurality of blades and determining defects within the plurality of blades by utilizing the normal blade model.05-09-2013
20130135457APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF INSPECTING A TURBOMACHINE - An apparatus for inspecting a turbomachine includes a plurality of horoscopes, a device to rotate the rotor of the turbomachine and a processor having reference measurements of the rotor blades and/or reference measurements between the rotor blades and the horoscopes. A boroscope is inserted in a casing aperture upstream of the blades to view the leading edge and a portion of one of the surfaces of each blade as the rotor is rotated. A boroscope is inserted in a casing aperture downstream of the blades to view the trailing edge and a portion of one of the surfaces of each blade as the rotor is rotated. The boroscopes supply the images of each of the blades to the processor. The processor analyses the images of the blades and uses the reference measurements to determine the position and size of any defect on any of the rotor blades.05-30-2013
20110273555INSPECTION VIDEO RADIATION FILTER - A method for filtering radiation on a CCD based camera inspection video, the method including: capturing video signals via the camera; converting the video signals to a plurality of digital video frames; identifying radiation bright spots, defined as xnoids, in a pixel of at least one of the frames, replacing the xnoids and surrounding pixels with corresponding pixels of another of the frames to create a filtered frame. A system for the inspection of a nuclear power plant comprising: a camera; and a computer, the computer configured to execute identifying xnoids in a pixel of at least one digitized video frame and replacing the xnoids and surrounding pixels with corresponding pixels of another of the frames to create a filtered frame.11-10-2011
20110234787OPTICAL ALIGNMENT SYSTEM, SUCH AS FOR AN ORBITING CAMERA - A system and method for adjusting an optical system, such as that of a telescope in a satellite where the optical system is misaligned after launch of the satellite, includes obtaining at least one image captured by the optical system of the telescope, wherein the captured image is of at least one star. The system and method then analyzes the at least one image captured and generates adjustment signals to control at least one actuator to move at least one movable element in the optical system and perform positional correction of the optical system. Other details of the system and method are provided herein.09-29-2011
20130188036CAMERA SYSTEM FOR HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS - A camera system is provided for use in a high-radiation environment includes a camera assembly with a housing enclosing an image sensor for generating a digital signal of a detected image and a first serializer/deserializer (SERDES) for converting the digital signal from the image sensor into a serial bit stream. A transmission medium transmits the serial bit stream to an image processing module located outside of the high-radiation environment where a second SERDES deserializes the serial bit stream to generate a decoded image signal which is processed by an image processor to generate an output at a display device corresponding to the detected image.07-25-2013
20130194412SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED OPTICAL INSPECTION OF INDUSTRIAL GAS TURBINES AND OTHER POWER GENERATION MACHINERY WITH ARTICULATED MULTI-AXIS INSPECTION SCOPE - Internal components of power generation machinery, such as gas and steam turbines are inspected with an optical camera inspection system that is capable of automatically positioning the camera field of view (FOV) to an area of interest within the machinery along a pre-designated navigation path and capturing images without human intervention. Automatic camera positioning and image capture can be initiated automatically or after receipt of operator permission. The pre-designated navigation path can be defined by operator manual positioning of an inspection scope within the power machine or a similar one of the same type and recording of positioning steps for future replication. The navigation path can also be defined by virtual simulation. The inspection system includes an articulated multi-axis inspection scope.08-01-2013
20130194413SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED OPTICAL INSPECTION OF INDUSTRIAL GAS TURBINES AND OTHER POWER GENERATION MACHINERY - Internal components of power generation machinery, such as gas and steam turbines are inspected with an optical camera inspection system that is capable of automatically positioning the camera field of view (FOV) to an area of interest within the machinery along a pre-designated navigation path and capturing images without human intervention. Automatic camera positioning and image capture can be initiated automatically or after receipt of operator permission. The pre-designated navigation path can be defined by operator manual positioning of an inspection scope within the power machine or a similar one of the same type and recording of positioning steps for future replication. The navigation path can also be defined by virtual simulation.08-01-2013
20130194411SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONLINE INSPECTION OF TURBINES INCLUDING TEMPERATURE AND VIBRATION COMPENSATING LENS MOUNT - Optical camera systems for nondestructive internal inspection of online, operating power generation turbines, including gas turbine combustor and turbine sections that are at high operating temperatures in the range of over 600° C. (1112° F.). The system includes one or more temperature and vibration-compensating lens systems in the optical tube mount. The lens is circumferentially retained within a lens mount, with a mounting ring in contact with only the lens axial face. A biasing element exerts axially oriented biasing force on the first lens face through the first mounting ring, allowing for mount flexure in response to operational turbine vibration and temperature changes. The lens mount is advantageously combined with aspheric lenses capable of withstanding continuous operating temperatures above 600° C. The aspheric lenses, alone or in combination with spherical lenses, establish a wider field of view, and require fewer lenses in combination than lens mounts incorporating only spherical lenses.08-01-2013
20130265409Imaging Methods and Systems for Controlling Equipment in Remote Environments - Imaging methods and systems for controlling equipment in remote environments are disclosed herein. An example system disclosed herein to control equipment in a remote environment includes an imaging assembly to determine feedback data based on measurement data obtained from a plurality of remote imaging systems controllable to process different respective optical fields-of-view in the remote environment, a flushing assembly controllable to project fluid to clear the optical fields-of-view in the remote environment, and a controller to process the feedback data to determine a control signal to control operation of at least one of (1) the plurality of remote imaging systems or (2) the flushing assembly.10-10-2013
20130278747OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD - An optical system in a video probe assembly includes a plurality of lenses configured to refract separate linearly polarized rays under different refractive indexes to form a plurality of different focal lengths. The optical system includes at least one light modulating element that modulates a polarization state of the linearly polarized rays passing through the at least one light modulating element in response to a control signal. The optical system includes a polarizer element that filters out some of the modulated linearly polarized rays passing through the polarizer element. A method of inspecting a target with an optical system of a video probe assembly is also provided.10-24-2013
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20130033594SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR VISUAL INSPECTION OF A NUCLEAR VESSEL - Embodiments provide a system and apparatus for visual inspection of a nuclear vessel. The system includes a submersible remotely operated vehicle (SROV) system that is movable to an area within a nuclear vessel. The SROV system includes a maneuverable inspection camera assembly for visual inspection of nuclear vessel components, where the inspection camera assembly is maneuverable in relation to the SROV system. The system also includes a control system located in an area remote from the area within the nuclear vessel. The control system is configured to control the movement of the SROV system and the maneuvering of the inspection camera assembly.02-07-2013
20120113245DEVICE FOR OBSERVING THE INSIDE OF A HOT CELL, HOT CELL PROVIDED WITH SAID DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING SAID DEVICE - The invention provides a method of maintaining a cell including a wall pierced by a cavity fitted with a monitoring or observation instrument, the instrument comprising a dome projecting into the inside of the cell, a protection shield, an observation sensor arranged between the dome and the shield, and a travel mechanism for moving the sensor between a position retracted inside the cavity and a deployed position. The method comprises the following operations:05-10-2012
20100220182SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING ENGINE PARAMETERS BASED ON FLAME VISUALIZATION - In one embodiment, a system includes an engine that includes a combustion chamber and a viewing port into the combustion chamber. The engine also includes a camera configured to obtain an image of a flame in the combustion chamber through the viewing port and a controller configured to adjust a parameter of the engine based on the image of the flame.09-02-2010
20130176418CONTINUOUS INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY MONITORING AND LIFE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATORS - A method for continuously monitoring the working condition of a heat recovery steam generator (“HRSG”) using infrared thermography, comprising the steps of identifying target locations inside the HRSG, positioning one or more infrared cameras to continuously monitor and record the temperature at each target location, generating continuous thermographic images corresponding to selected components and locations at each target locations, comparing the continuous thermographic images to corresponding, stored base line images and generating a set of comparative data reports in real time for each target location in order to predict the life span or potential failure of HRSG components.07-11-2013
20120281084INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR A COMBUSTOR OF A TURBINE ENGINE - An inspection system formed at least from an inspection system housing including at least one internal chamber that supports an extendible camera support shaft extending distally through a pilot nozzle port into a combustor of a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The inspection system may include a camera capable of capturing high quality images together with position coordinates. Thus, the inspection system enables images in a combustor of a gas turbine engine to be captured and recaptured at a subsequent outage so that the images may be analyzed and compared for preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and the like. The inspection system may include three degrees of freedom for the camera mounted on the extendible camera support shaft.11-08-2012
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20130057675METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MEASURING FLOW RATE OF OPTICALLY NON-HOMOGENEOUS MATERIAL - A method and arrangement are disclosed for measuring a flow rate of optically non-homogeneous material in a process pipe. The non-homogeneous material can be illuminated through a window. Images are taken with a camera, through a window, of illuminated non-homogeneous material. Correlation between temporally successive images determines travel performed by the non-homogeneous material in the process pipe between capture of temporally successive images. Velocity of the non-homogeneous material is determined by the time difference between the successive images and the travel.03-07-2013
20120307040TECHNIQUE FOR CYLINDRICAL PART INNER SURFACE INSPECTION - A system and method for inspecting inner surfaces (12-06-2012
20120236138MONITORING APPARATUS HAVING A DETACHABLE DISPLAY AND A POWER FAILURE PROTECTION - The present invention discloses a monitoring apparatus having a detachable display device and a power failure protection, wherein the monitoring apparatus comprises a main body and the display device. When the display device is installed to the main body, a second terminal socket of the display device and a first terminal socket of the main body are inlaid, such that corresponding connecting terminals exposed out of the main body and display device can be electrically conducted with each other. When the display device is detached from the main body, a second switch of the display device and a first switch of the main body are in an opened status respectively, such that the connecting terminals exposed out of the main body and display device cannot receive electric power, however, the main body and display device can still be electrically coupled by a transmission line through corresponding ports thereof.09-20-2012
20100208056Pipe Inspection System with Replaceable Cable Storage Drum - A pipe inspection system includes a cable storage drum and a housing configured to removably receive and rotatably support the cable storage drum. A push-cable with a plurality of conductors is stored in the cable storage drum. A camera head is connected to a distal end of the push-cable. A slip-ring assembly has first and second mating portions that when mated provide conductive paths between the plurality of conductors at a proximal end of the push-capable and a display device. The first portion of the slip-ring assembly is mounted on the housing and the second portion of the slip-ring assembly is mounted on the removable cable storage drum. The system connection cable joining the inspection system with a display unit is removable and may be replaced with cables compatible with various alternate image display systems.08-19-2010
20130215255PIPELINE CLEANING SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system can include a first vehicle operating a mobile pipeline cleaning device for cleaning a pipeline, a second vehicle operating a mobile camera device configured to enter said pipeline and capture video data corresponding to an interior of said pipeline, and a mobile video unit device. The second vehicle can have a transmitter configured to transmit the video data over a communication path, and the mobile video unit device can have a receiver configured to receive the video data from the transmitter over the communication path. The mobile video unit device can visually present to a user a video feed corresponding to the video data.08-22-2013
20100033563Light Pipe For Imaging Head of Video Inspection Device - A light dispersal unit or light pipe for a video imaging device includes a transparent body. The body includes a tubular ring having an outer diameter and a through bore defining an inner diameter. Four equidistantly spaced raised portions are homogenously joined to the tubular ring. The ring has a semi-circular shape corresponding to the outer and inner diameters of the tubular ring. The raised portions each include a slot created between opposed first and second extending portions, the slot having an end wall and opposed first and second slot walls. A rounded end face defines a free end of each of the first and second extending portions facing away from the tubular ring. The rounded end face includes at least two curved portions each having a different radius of curvature. The light pipe can be a tapered light pipe having a flange portion for mounting the tapered light pipe.02-11-2010
20110169940CAMERA MANIPULATING DEVICE FOR VIDEO INSPECTION SYSTEM - A camera manipulating device for a camera attached to a cable includes a first member, a second member, and a connecting member disposed therebetween. The first member is attached to the camera so that the camera moves with the first member. The second member is rotatably mounted over the cable. The camera is movable in a first plane when the connecting member defines an angle relative to the second member. The camera is movable in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane when the second member is rotated around the cable.07-14-2011
20120069172CAMERA-BASED PIPELINE INSPECTION SYSTEM - A camera head is provided that is adapted to interface with an existing host camera supported on an existing inspection vehicle of an analog-based pipeline inspection system. The camera head allows for capture, processing and storage of digital image data in a memory at the camera head. The camera head includes a digital-to-analog signal converter, and a control module causing selected images to be converted from digital format to analog format, and to be transmitted for navigation purposes via a conventional analog control cable to conventional analog video monitoring equipment in a conventional operator station. Digital Image and other data may be retrieved directly from the digital data memory of the camera head. This approach provides numerous advantages with respect to capture and review of images in digital format, while also permitting control of the vehicle for navigation purposes using an operator's existing analog-based monitoring and control equipment.03-22-2012
20110228076Multifunctional monitoring apparatus - A multifunctional monitoring apparatus includes an operating portion, two flexible tubes and two camera modules. The operating portion includes a handle, a controller, a display screen and two connecting ends. The handle provides a grip for users and facilitates the operation of the monitoring apparatus. The controller is connected to the display screen. Each flexible tube is coupled to each connecting end. Each camera module includes a sleeve, a camera and a circuit board. Each camera is installed in each sleeve and connected to each circuit board. Each circuit board is connected to the controller through a transmission line, such that after the controller has received image data captured by the cameras, the image data can be transmitted to the display screen. Users simply need to place the two camera modules at two desired observing locations to observe and compare the environments of two different locations.09-22-2011
20130286184APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND MEASURING CYLINDRICAL SURFACES ON FIREPROOF CERAMIC COMPONENTS IN METALLURIGAL APPLICATIONS - The invention relates to an apparatus for detecting and measuring cylindrical surfaces on fireproof ceramic components in metallurgical applications.10-31-2013
20090244276Pipeline Inspection System - An inspection system configured for “no-blow” use in a pressurized gas pipeline includes a push rod wound around a spool for convenient deployment and portability. A camera disposed on one end of the push rod is configured to relay images back to a monitor. A motor is configured for remote actuation by an operator, and provides for self-propelled movement of the camera in the pipeline. An entry tube is configured for sealed entry into the pipeline to facilitate entry of the camera and push rod. A guide shoe at the end of the entry tube provides a smooth transition for the camera and push rod as it leaves the entry tube and enters the pipeline. An automatically deployable and retractable positioning system is used to keep the camera away from an interior surface of the pipeline, and in the case of smaller pipelines, centers the camera within the pipeline.10-01-2009
20120314053SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROUTING, MONITORING REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE OF UNDERGROUND GAS INSULATED TRANSMISSION LINES - An underground gas insulated transmission line (UGIL) system is provided that includes a first compartment having a gas insulated transmission line, a first camera slider disposed on a wall of the first compartment, a camera moveably coupled to the camera slider, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver disposed in the first compartment, and a gas sensor disposed in the first compartment.12-13-2012
20110175996Pipeline Inspection System - An inspection system configured for “no-blow” use in a pressurized gas pipeline includes a push rod wound around a spool for convenient deployment and portability. A camera disposed on one end of the push rod is configured to relay images back to a monitor. A motor is configured for remote actuation by an operator, and provides for self-propelled movement of the camera in the pipeline. An entry tube is configured for sealed entry into the pipeline to facilitate entry of the camera and push rod. A guide shoe at the end of the entry tube provides a smooth transition for the camera and push rod as it leaves the entry tube and enters the pipeline. An automatically deployable and retractable positioning system is used to keep the camera away from an interior surface of the pipeline, and in the case of smaller pipelines, centers the camera within the pipeline.07-21-2011
20130293699DEVICE FOR INSPECTING AND/OR REHABILITATING PIPELINES - A device for inspecting and/or rehabilitating pipelines includes a camera or a tool arranged at a carrier that can be passed through the pipeline. To enable the device to pass through pipelines having bends, as used in house service connections, a first cross section of the carrier, taken in a first plane, which includes a central longitudinal axis of the carrier, an essentially straight or concave underside with outer ends. End-side sections of a top side extend upwardly in an arc-shaped and convex manner and away from the respective outer end of the underside in the direction of the opposite end thereof. The radius of curvature or radii of curvature of the end-side sections of the top side of the first cross section, equals (equal) more than 50% of the maximum distance of the underside from the top side.11-07-2013
20120147173HAND-CARRYABLE PUSHROD-BASED CAMERA SYSTEM - A hand-carryable pushrod-based camera system includes a storage cage rotatably supported on a manually-graspable handle, a semi-rigid pushrod having a distal end, at least a portion of the pushrod being coiled within the storage cage, an image monitor supported on the handle, a camera comprising an illumination system, the camera being supported on the distal end of the pushrod and being capable of capturing at least one of video and still images; and a cable extending along and supported by the pushrod, the cable comprising a first conductor carrying a power signal to the camera and a second conductor carrying an image signal from the camera to the image monitor. The cable may include no more than four conductors in a low-voltage system. The camera system may include a port permitting physical detachment of the image monitor, and a controller board wirelessly communicating image signals to the image monitor.06-14-2012
20120098955WATER MAINS INSPECTION AND SERVICING - An inspection system for internal pipe inspection, comprises a feed cable (04-26-2012
20100208055Push-Cable for Pipe Inspection System - In accordance with the present invention a push-cable comprises a central core including a least one conductor, a plurality of non-metallic resilient flexible stiffness members surrounding the core, and a layer of sheathing surrounding the stiffness members.08-19-2010
20120257042System for scanning, mapping and measuring conduits - The present invention relates to a system for scanning, mapping and measuring conduits. The system includes a data collection subsystem having a carriage assembly sized to fit within a conduit for travel therethrough and equipment module supported on the carriage assembly. The equipment module includes a housing, a video capture system and a lighting assembly accommodated within the housing, and a laser beam emitting and diffusion assembly attached to the housing forwardly of the video capture system. The laser beam emitting and diffusion assembly is operable to emit a laser beam and diffuse the laser beam along a plane P substantially perpendicular to the laser beam so as to trace a visible light contour where the plane P intersects the inner surface of the conduit. The laser beam is a light of a first colour. The video capture system is operable to record images of the conduit and the visible light contour generated by the laser beam emitting and diffusion assembly. The lighting assembly includes at least one LED light capable of emitting light of a second colour. The light of the second colour is different than the light of the first colour. The light of the second colour is selected so as provide sufficient illumination within the conduit to reveal features of the conduit when the at least one LED light is activated, while not substantially lessening the contrast of the visible light contour against the dark background formed by the conduit thereby allowing the images of the visible light contour of a sufficient quality to be captured for further processing. The system is further provided with a data processing subsystem that is in data communication with the data collection subsystem. The data processing subsystem being operable to process the images of the conduit and the visible light contour and to generate therefrom digital views of the conduit.10-11-2012
20110157351Apparatus and Method for Analyzing Fluids in Vessels and Pipelines - Apparatus for analyzing fluid or surfaces within a pipeline or vessel includes a probe positioned to capture or record images through a viewing port of the pipeline/vessel and an illumination assembly arranged to illuminate the fluid/surfaces within the pipeline/vessel adjacent the port with visible, infrared or ultraviolet light of a predetermined wavelength or within a predetermined range of wavelengths. Depending upon the type of fluid, light or radiation of a particular wavelength may be required to capture an image of high contrast and clarity. Accordingly, an electronic controller communicates with the probe and the illumination assembly for automatically controlling operation thereof so that images are captured and recorded of the fluid illuminated with light of different predetermined wavelength or predetermined range of wavelengths. An analyzing unit analyzes the images and identifies an image of greatest level of contrast or clarity and the wavelength or predetermined range of wavelengths of the light used to illuminate the fluid for the image of greatest level of contrast or clarity. A method is also disclosed.06-30-2011
20110310240DETECTION OF NON-PROTRUDING POTABLE WATER CONDUIT OR WATERMAIN SERVICES USING THERMAL IMAGING - A method and system of detecting a service entrance in a conduit having a rehabilitation liner, comprising generating heat using a heat source; introducing the heat into the lined conduit; allowing the lined conduit to cool; generating a thermal image of the lined conduit using an infrared camera system; detecting temperature differentiations in the lined conduit in order to detect a service entrance wherein the service entrance is a non-protruding service entrance, a partially-protruding service entrance or a service entrance in a saddle fixed to the conduit.12-22-2011
20120300057SELF-CONTAINED SIGNAL CARRIER FOR PLUMBING & METHODS OF USE THEREOF - A device is provided for remotely locating an obstruction in a plumbing system. The spring assembly may include (i) a connector having a sewer cable connection portion at a proximal end and a retaining collar portion at a distal end; (ii) a spring having a proximal end, a medial portion and a distal end, the proximal end of the spring connected to the distal end of the connector; (iii) an end cap connected to a distal end of the spring. A signal transmitter may be removably housed within the spring. A cable may be connected to the connector at the proximal end of the connector to push or drive the spring assembly through a pipe system. A receiver may be used to detect wireless signals from the signal transmitter, thereby determine a location of an obstruction in the pipe system.11-29-2012
20100157043SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF A PIPELINE - An inspection system for inspecting an interior surface of a pipeline has a frame adapted to travel in the pipeline and an imaging means for imaging a selected portion of the interior surface of the pipeline. The imaging means has a field of view and is mounted in a rotatable manner on the frame. The inspection system has with a two-dimensional pattern generator for generating a two-dimensional pattern projection. The generator is mounted with the imaging means to project the two-dimensional pattern projection in the field of view thereof. The imaging means provide images of the selected portion of the internal surface comprising the two-dimensional pattern projection for monitoring a perpendicularity of the optical axis of the imaging means with respect to the selected portion of the interior surface of the pipeline thanks to a shape of the two-dimensional pattern projection prior to inspection of the internal surface.06-24-2010
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20130088588BORESCOPE SLEEVE - A sleeve for a borescope is disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, the sleeve includes: an elastic material expandable to receive the borescope, the elastic material having an electrical resistance less than approximately 1 giga-ohm per square centimeter.04-11-2013
20120224048PORTABLE BOROSCOPE FOR INSPECTING TURBOMACHINE BLADES - An example portable boroscope assembly for inspecting passages within a turbomachine blade includes a boroscope probe and a display screen. The display screen is configured to show images of areas inspected by the boroscope probe. A battery powers the display screen. A protective case holds at least the display screen and the battery. The protective case defines an aperture. The display screen is viewable through the aperture.09-06-2012
20110221883METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING BOREHOLE IMAGE DATA - A method of transmitting borehole image data from a borehole location to a remote location includes obtaining a set of image data describing formation surrounding a borehole using a logging tool at a selected depth or range of depths in the borehole, extracting one or more image features from the set of image data downhole, and transmitting a representation of the extracted image features to the surface.09-15-2011
20100053317System and method to illuminate and image the inside diameter of a stent - An optical system is effective to illuminate and scan an interior wall of an object having an interior bore, such as a stent. The system includes a light source, an object support having a light conducting portion, an image taking lens, and a line scan camera. The interior bore and the light conducting portion of the object support are in axial alignment with a center optical axis of the image taking lens. A drive mechanism engages the object without impacting the axial alignment. Various aspect of this optical system include a rotating wheel or transparent plate as the drive mechanism. The object support may be an opaque rod having a light conducting portion or a transparent rod. Electronics associated with this optical system include a rotary encoder engaging the drive system to drive an electric circuit capable of triggering the line scan camera in response to rotation of the object, thereby building a line by line image of the interior bore and the line scan camera connected to a computer-based imaging system effective to identify cosmetic and functional manufacturing defects.03-04-2010
20120026314METHODS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC MIGRATION IMAGING OF GEOLOGIC FORMATION - Methods and systems for imaging-while-drilling and look-ahead imaging of a geological formation using a borehole devices measuring multi-component vector and/or tensor logging data. An electromagnetic field transmitter generates an electromagnetic field. Electromagnetic receivers measure the response from the geological formation around the borehole and ahead of the device at various receiving positions. A central processing unit may compute a migration field by simulating the replacement of the receivers with conceptual transmitters, calculate an integrated sensitivity of the recorded electromagnetic field data, compute a reference field, and calculate a cross power spectra of the reference and the migration fields or cross correlation functions between the reference and the migration fields. A spatial weighting of the cross power spectra or cross correlation functions produces a numerical reconstruction of directional images and look-ahead images of the conductivity distribution around the borehole and/or ahead of the device located within the borehole.02-02-2012
20130113916System and Method for Multiple Simultaneous Automated Defect Detection - A system and method for performing automated defect detection using multiple image capture devices is disclosed. The system and method may include providing a plurality of image capture devices, the plurality of image capture devices capturing and transmitting a plurality of images of an object. The system and method may further include determining a feature correspondence between the plurality of images of the plurality of image capture devices, creating mosaiced images of the plurality of images if the feature correspondence is found or known and performing at least of an automated analysis and a manual inspection on the mosaiced images to find any defects in the object.05-09-2013
20110273556INSULATOR DESIGN FOR VIDEO INSPECTION DEVICES - A method is provided for manufacturing a remote video inspection device. The method includes: applying an insulating coating to an exterior surface of a conduit; forming an imager housing on one end of the conduit using an overmolding process, the imager housing having a cavity configured to receive a circuit board assembly having an imaging device disposed thereon; feeding wires through the conduit and electrically coupling the wires to the circuit board assembly; inserting the circuit board assembly into the cavity of the imager housing; affixing a cap over the cavity of the imager housing; sliding an insulating finger guard over an opposing end of the conduit; affixing the finger guard along the conduit at a location proximate to the opposing end of the cable, such that the finger guard extends radially outward from the cable; and attaching a connector to the opposing end of the conduit. In this way, the remote inspection device has been designed to meet certain electrical safety standards.11-10-2011
20130182098Downhole Digital Survey Camera - A digital camera surveying system and method allows digital images of other surveying tools, such as an inclinometer and gyro compass, to be captured during surveying. The digital camera provides a protective housing securing a lens assembly and flash lap positioned to capture images of other surveying tools. Further, the protective housing may also provide an interface window that allows an operator to command operation of the digital camera and to connect external devices to the digital camera.07-18-2013

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