PRODUCT

RMS-1 TruVue video scope sees connectors in more detail

Fibre-optic connector inspection can be enhanced with the RMS-1 TruVue fibre optic video scope, now available for Windows-7, Windows-8, and Windows-10 operating systems.

The RMS-1 uniquely records both still digital and motion video images. Images such as this are critical to identify that cleaning processes are being carried out correctly. The instrument can be used for field service, production lines, and as an essential tool for training applications.

“This device is not intended to compete with existing video inspection … I see it as a very different tool,” commented the inventor, Edward J Forrest Jr.

The RMS-1 TruVue fibre optic video scope is the only device that can ‘see’ beyond the customary and limited field-of-view as noted in IEC-61300-3-35, he explains. This is an important advance as debris present in many sectors of the fibre-optic connector, outside the usual field of view, can contribute to reflectance and insertion loss.

In addition to the customary flat end face, RMS-1 can easily see the vertical parts of the ferrule as well as ‘soil points’ of the fibre-optic connection. RMS-1 is the only device on the market able to capture direct digital images of fibre-optic connector surfaces beyond the limited areas commonly understood as Zone-1-2-3, according to its inventor.

RMS-1 can be used to inspect both ‘military style’ and all commonly used telecom fibre-optic connectors. Patent-pending rotating adapters are 3-D printed for lower cost and versatility. As of this time there are twelve configurations with others being added regularly. Special adapters are available on request.

The ability of RMS-1 to be configured for Windows-8 and Windows-10 machines means users can view the images directly on their computer platforms running the latest version of Windows. Previously, RMS-1 was only available on Windows-7 devices. A mobile app, RMS-2 for IOS and Android devices, is planned.

The product is being shipped by its inventor direct from the US at this time. A European distributor is being sought.

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