A high-end industrial videoscope system combining portability with advanced functionality, and ease of use with durability. From high image quality inspection to retrieval operation, the versatility achieves various benefits beyond your experience.
The IPLEX FX introduces new levels of durability to industrial videoscopes with its shock-resistant case design and wear-resistant scope exterior. Adding "strength-of-construction" to a frequently used, job-essential tool produces one tough, reliable and long-lasting piece of industrial inspection equipment.
Cast Magnesium-Alloy Chassis for Impact Resistance
The main component of the IPLEX FX base unit chassis is Magnesium - renowned for its strength and light weight. A typical material used for industrial environment equipment, Magnesium was chosen to provide the impact resistance and solid base that withstands the knocks and bumps that commonly occur to industrial videoscopes. In addition to a crush-resistant chassis each corner is protected by rubber bumpers, further softening a drop and maximising product reliability while reducing potential for damage. The IPLEX FX survived the repetitive 4 feet drop test for compliance to MIL-STD 810G.*
*MIL-STD (The United States Defense Standard) is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Chassis corners are protected by rubber bumpers to reduce the impact force created by the typical bumps and knocks of an industrial workplace.
The crush resistant cast magnesium chassis is the core of the IPLEX FX mechanical design strength. The extra durability in construction results in extra protection against equipment damages.
Abrasion Resistant Insertion Tube
The most critical component of any remote visual inspection tool is the insertion tube. It performs the basic requirement of accessing the inspection area and frequently navigating through narrow paths with abrasive and rough surfaces.
Tough TaperFlex coil
The Olympus Tough TaperFlex coil features graduated flexibility for easy scope manoeuvrability and navigation.
Inside resin tube
Articulation wires and electronics only. With LED illumination at the scope tip, fiber optic bundles are not necessary.
High-density braided exterior
High density outer braid fulfills durability and 3x greater fray resistance without compromising the flexibility and ability to navigate through the most difficult inspections.
Pliable distal end
To navigate through tight bends or corners, minimum bend radius and shorter rigid tip sections are an essential design criteria for our scope tip, optics and tip adapters.
The simplicity and portability of Olympus videoscopes has seen their usage extend to areas not considered 'traditional' application areas. Go to these harsher environments, but take a system designed for the job… IPLEX FX.
True Portability - Compact, Lightweight, Battery-Powered
Resistance to harsh environments
To prevent the ingress of debris, all mechanical joints are hermetically sealed and input/output connectors are covered.
IPLEX FX complies with internationally recognised Military Standards (MILSTD 810F/G*1). This compliance assures a greater level of environmental performance than regular industry standards and provides increased reliability against dust and fluid. The inventive design of the FX has removed the need for a cooling fan, and therefore no air intake is required. This results in even greater environmental resistance.
IPLEX FX is MIL-STD 810F/G and MIL-STD 461F tested.
MIL-STD 810F Tests:- Vibration Test
- Blowing Rain Test
- Humidity Test
- Salt Fog Test
- Icing/Freezing Rain Test
- Explosive Atmosphere Test*2
MIL-STD 810G Tests:- Drop Test at 4 feet
- Sand and Dust Test
MIL-STD 461F Test:- EMI Test
*1 MIL-STD (The United States Defense Standard) is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense. Reference specification page for MIL-STD compliance details.
*2 IPLEX FX is not explosion-proof.
In support of this enhanced environmental resistance, the new daylight-Viewing high resolution LCD monitor provides clear observation of the inspection result when working outdoors, in strong sunlight.
Excellent insertion characteristics
The new, ultra-thin videoscope with a diameter of 4.0mm * is now available, greatly enhancing insertability due to its narrow tip. Navigating tight paths such as the insides of engines has never been easier.
*IPLEX scope diameters are specified as the minimum ring gauge diameter that the scope can pass through.
As a leader in the photographic camera market, Olympus understands what is needed to deliver accurate and colour-rich images and this experience continues to be transferred to Industrial inspection equipment.
Daylight-view High Resolution LCD Monitor
|Clear observation in strong sunlight is made possible with the new 6.5" daylight-viewing LCD monitor - the minimum recommended screen size for accurate and reliable observation of fine detail. Color reproduction and contrast are maintained, ensuring the inspection decision is not compromised when working outdoors.|
|Image comparison under strong illumination|
Optimised optical system with interchangeable LED tip adaptors
To meet the requirement for high quality, true image reproduction and colour, the IPLEX FX features an optimised optical system and WiDER™ Wide Dynamic Range* image processing.
This Olympus-unique technology allows bright, contrastbalanced images to be produced across the entire depth of field..
*The WiDER TM image processing algorithm greatly expands the dynamic range to bring out details in shadows and highlights and allow much more accurate inspection
New LED illumination with SmartTip™ tip adaptors
Now the light source is in the SmartTip™ optical adaptor with LED's providing illumination, meaning lamp changes are no longer required.
This revolutionary new design contributes to reduction in overall system size and power consumption, while maintaining the ability to change direction of view and field of view.
Additionally, Hi-Beam mode boosts illumination up to 1.5x for expanded inspection capability.
The IPLEX FX can perform almost any kind of inspection thanks to a wide range of interchangeable scopes, including models up to 18 m long and one with a working channel. More than just another inspection tool, the IPLEX FX is a reliable, feature-rich system capable of precise, real-time measurement and foreign object retrieval.
The IPLEX FX uses Stereo Measurement technology for accurate, three-dimensional defect measurement at any target angle. With the addition of Olympus' unique Multi and Offset Measurement modes, the IPLEX FX offers a more intuitive measurement environment with eight different modes for accurate evaluation of most inspection targets
IPLEX FX Stereo Measurement Modes
- Offset (New)
Multi Measurement mode is a quick two-point defect identification technique that simultaneously calculates point-to-line, area and distance results.
Our unique IPLEX Spot-Ranging™ feature provides the industry's only live, real-time tip-to-target distance measurement. As a rule, videoscope measurement accuracy is dependent on the scope's distance from the measurement target. With the IPLEX FX, the user can easily determine whether the scope tip is close enough to calculate the most accurate and confident measurement on the first try.
The IPLEX FX offers a range of interchangeable scopes, allowing you to choose the right one to fit the job. This means a single IPLEX FX can be configured for a variety of inspections. Scopes are available in diameters of 4.0 mm and 6.0 mm and in various lengths ranging from 2 m to 18 m.
A 7.5 m scope with a smooth outer coating is also offered. This scope is ideally suited to nuclear and pharmaceutical plant inspections where ease of cleaning and decontamination are priorities.
Foreign Object Retrieval
Adding to the array of versatile IPLEX FX benefits is a new 6.2 mm diameter scope featuring an internal working channel.
Six retrieval tools allow you to remove foreign objects from inside inspection areas - ideal for helping avoid costly overhauls - and perform hook and drag inspections in engines.
Both forward and side view Stereo Measurement tip adaptors are also available with the working channel scope, providing a complete inspection solution.
These days, inspections don't end when you've packed up your borescope. It's just the beginning. The IPLEX FX is equipped with an array of recording options and external interface solutions for a seamless transition to post-inspection analysis, archiving and measurements.
ImageNotepad™ for Extended Image Annotation
Information frequently needs to be added to a videoscope image to aid post-inspection diagnosis and report creation. IPLEX FX makes this process an integral part of the inspection, with the easy-to-use ImageNotepadTM tool. A title and multiple text fields are available for entering key words and phrases to enable extended descriptions of the inspected object to be documented.
This valuable data is then immediately available as part of the image when transferred to a PC.
Inspection Recording Options
Archiving, sharing and reporting inspection results are made simple with the IPLEX FX. The IPLEX FX features still image and movie recording to internal memory, removable compact flash card or USB flash drive. Due to the rigours of the industrial inspection workplace, the IPLEX FX is designed to store images on solid-state media devices, ensuring that valuable data is not lost due to the instability of recording devices with movable parts. All recording formats are compatible with standard Windows operating systems and can be easily used in many report templates or attached to emails for instant sharing of inspection results. For other recording formats, the IPLEX FX is also compatible with many external recording devices through standard s-video and composite video outputs.
InHelpTM Inspection Assist Software
With the IPLEX FX quick access control buttons and intuitive software menu, inspectors of all skill levels can easily utilise the advanced software features that produce accurate and confident inspection results.
One-handed scope control and interface
The ergonomic 750g scope handset is comfortable to use even during prolonged inspections and provides quick access to all frequently used menu commands. The unique IPLEX FX dual joystick design separates tip articulation and menu navigation, providing a more intuitive and comprehensible interface.
TrueFeel TM Scope Tip Articulation
The IPLEX FX features TrueFeel TM scope tip articulation for power-assisted manual articulation and precision control. With instant movement and accurate feel, the user takes full control of the scope position resulting in easier and faster inspections.
Quick-Access Hot Buttons
The all-new controller maximizes the use of buttons, levers and joysticks for quick access to all essential menu functions. Image enhancements, recording buttons and measurement features are among the many basic- to-advanced features that are at the tip of your fingers.
SmartTip™ Automatic Recognition Technology
The IPLEX FX introduces the industry's first intelligent tip adapters. SmartTip optical tip adapters are uniquely identified allowing instant system settings change to match the tip adapter optics and features without the need for manual user selection.
With the mechanical reliability of double-threaded construction and the intelligence of automatic tip recognition, SmartTipTM adaptors also enable a warning message to be displayed should the tip start to become detached - giving you the opportunity to withdraw the scope and check the security of connection.
|Scope diameter||φ4.0 mm (0.157 in.)||φ6.0 mm (0.236 in.)||
|φ6.0 mm (0.236 in.)|
|Exterior||High durability tungsten braid||High durability tungsten braid|
|Tube flexibility||Uniformed stiffness||Tapered Flex™ tube with flexibility gradually increasing toward the distal end.||Uniformed stiffness|
|Approx. weight||1.7 kg (3.7 lb)||1.9 kg (4.2 lb)||1.7 kg (3.7 lb)||1.9 kg (4.2 lb)||2.0 kg (4.4 lb)||2.2 kg (4.9 lb)||2.6 kg (5.7 lb)||3.1 kg (6.8 lb)|
|Articulation mechanics||TrueFeel™ scope tip articulation with electronic power-assisted, manual articulation|
|Temperature sensor||2-stage indicator for high temperature warning|
|Illumination||Multiple ultra-high intensity LEDs, 2-stage setting for extra-bright illumination|
|Optical Tip Adaptor Identification||SmartTip™ automatic recognition technology|
|Optical Tip Adaptor Locking Mechanism||Double threaded attachment with O-ring seal|
|Dimensions||311 mm x 93 mm x 192 mm|
|Quick access buttons||The following features have dedicated quick access buttons, levers or joysticks on the hand control unit: Live mode, WiDER™ Gain Control, Brightness, Zoom, Freeze Image, Record Still/Video, Articulation Control, Articulation Lock, Menu Access, Saved Recording Index Access, Quick Last Image Recall.|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||250 mm x 160 mm x 285 mm (9.8 in x 6.3 in x 11.2 in)|
|Approx. weight (with battery)||4.9 kg (10.8 lb)|
|LCD monitor||6.5-inch daylight-view LCD, anti-reflective type|
Internal battery: 14.8 V nominal, 150-minute operating time
AC power: 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz (with supplied AC adaptor)
|Hardware connectors||Video output||S-Video, Composite BNC|
|Audio input||External microphone, 3.5 mm mono jack|
|Auxiliary connector||Two-way communication connector|
|USB||One USB connector|
|Software controls||Image controls||3X digital zoom, 9 step digital brightness control, 5 step contrast adjustment for frozen and retrieved images|
|Adjustable gain control||4 step adjustable gain control with exclusive WiDER™ brightness level balancing technology.|
|Exposure control||Adjustable CCD exposure time. PAL: 20 ms to 500 ms, NTSC: 17 ms to 500 ms|
|Colour enhancement||Monochrome mode or Colour Emphasis of red, blue or all primary colours|
|Recording management||Recording media||
Compact Flash card (1 GB standard, compatible with recommended Compact Flash cards up to 4 GB).
USB Flash Drive recommended.
|Internal memory||1 GB standard|
|Image management functions||Search by date, Live/Saved image comparison|
|Overlay||30-character title with date, time and system settings. ImageNotepad™ allows up to 10 descriptions to be added to an image, displayed by categories and contents.|
|Thumbnail image display||Recorded images can be displayed as thumbnails.|
|Still image recording||Resolution (pixel) -- NTSC: 640 x 480, PAL: 768 x 576|
|Recording format -- JPEG: Super high quality, high quality, standard quality, TIFF: Uncompressed (for Stereo Tip Adaptors only)|
|Video recording||Resolution (pixel) -- NTSC: 320 x 240/640 x 480, PAL: 384 x 288/768 x 576|
|Recording format -- AVI format, Motion JPEG compression, Windows Media Player compatible|
|Audio recording||Recording format -- WAV format, 60 sec max.|
|Stereo measurement||Distance||Distance between two points.|
|Point-to-Line||Perpendicular distance between a point and a user-defined line.|
|Depth||Orthogonal depth/height distance between a point and a user-defined plane.|
|Area/Lines||Multiple point circumference and area measurement|
|Profile||Plot of cross section between two points|
|Multi||Multiple measurements (distance, point-to-line, area and line) between two points|
|Offset||Point-to-Line measurement with a parallel line passing on a measurement point|
|Scaler measurement||Distance between two points based on a known measurement in the same plane.|
|Operating temperature||Insertion tube||
In air: -25 to 100°C (–13°F to 212°F)
In water: 10 to 30°C (50°F to 86°F)
|Other parts||In air: -21 to 49°C (-5.8°F to 120°F)|
|Relative humidity||All parts||15 to 90%|
|Liquid resistance||All parts||Operable when exposed to machine oil, light oil or 5% saline solution.|
Operable under water with viewing tip adaptor attached.*1|
Up to a water pressure equivalent to 7.5 m (24.6 ft) depth.
Not operable underwater with stereo measurement tip adaptors.
Operable in blowing rain conditions (Battery compartment must be closed).
Not operable underwater.
*1 Excluding IV8675X1
|The operating environment performance is confirmed by the following MIL-STD-810F/G and MIL-STD-461F under battery operation.|
|Vibration||MIL-STD-810F, Method 514.5, Procedure I|
|Shock (Drop)||MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.5, Procedure IV|
|Rain and Blowing Rain||MIL-STD-810F, Method 506.4, Procedure I|
|Humidity||MIL-STD-810F, Method 507.|
|Salt Fog||MIL-STD-810F, Method 509.4.|
|Blowing Dust||MIL-STD-810G, Method 510.4, Procedure I|
|Icing/Freezing Rain||MIL-STD-810F, Method 521.2.|
|Electromagnetic interference (EMI)||MIL-STD-461F, RS-103, (Radiated susceptibility test for non-metallic below deck shipboard conditions).|
|Explosive atmosphere||MIL-STD-810F, Method 511.4, Procedure I|
|OPTICAL TIP ADAPTOR VARIATION|
|Optical system||Distal end|
|Field of view||Direction of view||Depth of field*1||Outer diameter*2||Distal end*3|
|6.0 mm Viewing Tip Adaptors||AT40D-IV86||40°||Forward||200 to ∞ mm||φ6,0 mm||19,8 mm|
|AT80D/NF-IV86||80°||8 to ∞ mm|
|AT80D/FF-IV86||35 to ∞ mm|
|AT120D/NF-IV86||120°||4 to 190 mm|
|AT120D/FF-IV86||25 to ∞ mm|
|AT80S-IV86||80°||Side||18 to ∞ mm||25,2 mm|
|AT120S/NF-IV86||120°||1 to 25 mm|
|AT120S/FF-IV86||5 to ∞ mm|
4.0 mm Viewing Tip Adaptors
|AT120D/NF-IV84||120°||Forward||4 to 190 mm||φ4,0 mm||19,7 mm|
|AT120D/FF-IV84||25 to ∞ mm||19,6 mm|
|AT120S/NF-IV84||Side||1 to 20 mm||22,2 mm|
|AT120S/FF-IV84||6 to ∞ mm|
|6.2 mm Viewing Tip Adaptors||AT120D/NF-IV86X1||120°||Forward||4 to 190 mm||φ6,2 mm||20,6 mm|
|AT120D/FF-IV86X1||25 to ∞ mm||20,5 mm|
|AT80S-IV86X1||80°||Side||18 to ∞ mm||24,7 mm|
|AT120S-IV86X1||120°||6 to ∞ mm|
Stereo Tip Adaptors
(4.0 mm, 6.0 mm and 6.2 mm)
|AT50D/50D-IV84||50°/50°||Forward/Forward||5 to ∞ mm||φ4,0 mm||25,0 mm|
|AT50S/50S-IV84||Side/Side||4 to ∞ mm||28,8 mm|
|AT60D/60D-IV86||60°/60°||Forward/Forward||5 to ∞ mm||φ6,0 mm||25,9 mm|
|AT60S/60S-IV86||Side/Side||4 to ∞ mm||32,2 mm|
|AT60D/60D-IV86X1||Forward/Forward||5 to ∞ mm||φ6,2 mm||25,9 mm|
|AT60S/60S-IV86X1||Side/Side||4 to ∞ mm||32,9 mm|
*1. Indicates the viewing distance with optimal focus.
*2. The adaptor can be inserted into a φ4.0 mm, φ6.0 mm or φ6.2 mm hole when it is mounted on the scope.
*3. Indicates the length of the rigid portion at the scope's distal end when mounted.
You can change the field of view, direction of view, and depth of field by switching the optical adapter on the scope tip.
NP-L7S (Li-ion battery)
One battery lasts approximately 2.5 hours under normal operating conditions.
Charges two batteries sequentially.
(for Φ4.0mm dia. insertion tube)
(for Φ6.0mm dia. insertion tube)
Useful as an auxiliary insertion tool and also makes the scope easier to handle. Simply fit and lock the sleeve onto the insertion tube.
Allows the handheld controller to be affixed to a tripod, making it useful for prolonged inspections.
LCD Monitor Extension Cable
Allows you to set the LCD monitor at the most suitable position for your inspection.
Note: The LCD monitor shown in this photo does not come with this cable.
Guide Tube for Inspection of JT8D Engines
Provides a second movable joint for incredibly flexible control, which is ideal for inspecting the combustion chamber of JT8D engines. Available on IV8620, IV8635, IV7635, and IV7650.
Note: Pratt & Whitney approved for JT8D engine inspection.
Guide Tube for IPLEX FX long scopes
MAJ-1824-50 (for IV8650)
MAJ-1824-75 (for IV8675 series)
MAJ-1824-120 (for IV86120)
MAJ-1824-180 (for IV86180)
Protects the scope and assists in smooth entry when inserting it into a wide pipe.
High Temperature Guide Tube
MAJ-1867 (for 4mm insertion tube)
The High Temperature Guide Tube is able to operate at temperatures up to 250 ℃ (482 F), which makes it ideally suited for inspections of hot aircraft engines, boilers, and furnaces. The benefit of utilizing this guide tube is that inspections can start at a higher temperature, thereby reducing the waiting time for the inspected area to cool down.
Demonstration of Stereo Measurement
What is Stereo Measurement?
Stereo measurement tip adapters have two lenses like human eyes, which allow accurate measurements in three dimensions at any angle.
These movies show the versatility of the Stereo Measurement modes.
By specifying two points, the cross-section shape between the points is displayed on the right screen.