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Videoscope solution for working at heights when inspecting the main rotors of helicopters

Videoscope solution for working at heights when inspecting the main rotors of helicopters

Application—Borescope inspection of helicopter main rotors

During maintenance of helicopters, inspectors use industrial borescopes to check for any damage or cracks in the strap pack located at the base of the main rotor. As the main rotor of the helicopter is located at the top part of the airframe, inspectors often use scaffolding or a platform to access it. If the instrument is small enough, inspectors can place it on the platform or scaffolding. Sometimes they rest the instrument on top of the airframe, but depending on the helicopter model, there may not be enough room. Limited space often forces inspectors to hold the inspection instrument in one hand and maneuver the borescope in the other. However, holding it in one hand can be cumbersome and even painful if the instrument is heavy.

Olympus’ IPLEX G Lite videoscope in use on a platform
Olympus’ IPLEX G Lite videoscope in use on a platform

Solution Using the IPLEX G Lite Industrial Videoscope

Olympus’ IPLEX G Lite industrial videoscope was designed for one-handed operation. It enables inspectors to perform remote visual inspection of motor rotors in restrictive workspaces where their only choice is to hold the instrument for the entire duration.

IPLEX G Lite videoscope
IPLEX G Lite videoscope

  1. You can hold it comfortably with one hand for extended periods.
    The touch screen and control unit of an IPLEX G Lite videoscope is not only lightweight but also optimally weight balanced, so the load is easier to bear.
  2. All operations can be easily performed with one hand.
    The IPLEX G Lite videoscope is equipped with ambidextrous controls that enable you to perform all operations with one hand, including image recording/playing, articulating the tip of the scope, as well as other menu prompts.
  3. The only cable is the insertion unit.
    The videoscope controls are integrated into the handheld unit along with the touch-screen monitor. It is battery operated, so no power cable is required.


The IPLEX G Lite videoscope can be held easily with one hand during the entire duration of remote-visual inspections of helicopter rotor motors, enabling inspectors to get reliable and accurate images and results, even in the restrictive and elevated working conditions of scaffolding and platforms.

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Products Used for This Application

The IPLEX NX videoscope combines our highest-quality images with an intuitive user interface, ergonomic design, and durability for efficient inspection in nearly any environment. Its clear, bright images and powerful measurement features are built to exceed expectations.

The IPLEX G Lite industrial videoscope packs powerful imaging capabilities into a small, rugged body. Lightweight and able to go almost anywhere, users working in challenging applications have a remote visual inspection tool with the image quality and ease of use to get the job done.

If you’re inspecting in the cramped quarters of a wind tower nacelle, the wind version of the IPLEX G Lite videoscope’s combination of portability and powerful imaging features can make your job easier.

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