How to Take Care of Your Borescope

A borescope can be used for visual inspections in a wide range of industries, including and especially the oil industry. This tool is very useful and necessary. However, it can also be costly, which is why you'll want to take good care of it to enable it to last for as long as possible. Fortunately, borescopes are fairly sturdy and easy to take care of as long as you can follow a few basic tips.

Care for the Articulation Section

One of the most important and sensitive parts of your borescope is the articulation section, the part near the end of the insertion tube that can move. While this part can move, you should never attempt to move it by bending or twisting this section by hand. Instead, this section should only be moved via the articulation controls. Care and proper use of this section will ensure a longer life for your borescope.

Check the Power Cords

Because of the heavy-duty ways in which borescopes are often used, damage to power cords is not uncommon. Each day, before using your borescope, check for any wear, fraying, or other problems with the power cords. Do not use a cord that is not fully intact or that has problems, as this could cause damage to the borescope, as well as pose a risk of fire or electrocution.

If your borescope has cords that can be disconnected, always remove them before storing the borescope. Store the cords properly according to the manufacturer's instructions to reduce the risk of problems with your cords.

Clean the Optical Surfaces

After using your borescope, you should always clean it carefully using a soft cloth. While all areas of the borescope should be cleaned, take special care with the optical surfaces. This is important since any dirt or fingerprints on these surfaces can keep the mirror surface and the borescope itself from performing correctly. Excessive dust and dirt could eventually even make the borescope stop functioning. Thus, thorough cleaning each time the borescope is used is a must.

Clean Moving Parts

Finally, just as you should clean the surfaces and outside of the borescope, the internal parts also need regular cleaning and lubrication. Be sure to service the bearings, bushings, and other moving parts as recommended by the manufacturer. 

If you can follow these simple maintenance tips, your borescope should stay in great shape and last you for many years to come. For more assistance, contact local borescope services.