Olympus announces the IPLEX UltraLite Industrial Videoscope

With an integrated control unit and LCD monitor, the IPLEX UltraLite combines excellent durability with high image quality

Press Release

The IPLEX UltraLite Industrial

December 12, 2011

Capable of being operated in one hand, it is the lightest and most compact model in the IPLEX series.

On January 1, 2012, Olympus Corporation will commence worldwide sales of the IPLEX UltraLite Industrial Videoscope. The lightest and most compact model in the IPLEX series, the UltraLite allows observation of hidden locations inside engines, factory facilities and plumbing in buildings, without the need for dismantling.

The IPLEX series of industrial videoscopes have earned a reputation for excellent portability, superb image quality and a range of functions to support precise inspections.
While providing similar capabilities to the advanced model, IPLEX LT, the new IPLEX UltraLite features a compact design with an integrated LCD monitor and controller that can easily be operated with one hand. The UltraLite is extremely compact. "IV8420U" whose diameter is φ4.0mm and effective length is 2.0m weighs only 700g including the battery. Yet it also combines ease of operation with sophisticated functions and is protected against dust, moisture and impacts for superior durability in harsh environments.

Reasons for Introduction
Industrial videoscopes are typically used for internal inspections of engines in vehicles and airplanes, turbines in power plants and wind tower gear boxes, and pipes or tubes in buildings and manufacturing facilities. They are also used to inspect wind turbine gearboxes, which are playing an increasingly important role in eco-friendly power generation. In addition to excellent image quality and sophisticated functions, scopes used in these situations frequently require portability to allow inspections in confined or elevated sites, and durability to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including exposure to rain, dust and machine oil. To meet these field inspection needs, Olympus has given the IPLEX UltraLite a compact, lightweight design by integrating the LCD monitor into the controller. The IPLEX UltraLite also provides the same durability and image quality as advanced models.

Details of Main Features

1. Major reduction in size and weight through integration of LCD monitor and controller
By integrating the 3.7-inch LCD monitor with the controller, Olympus has for the first time created an user-friendly industrial videoscope. Ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of the hand, the IPLEX UltraLite can be used comfortably and with minimal fatigue even during prolonged inspections. "IV8420U" whose diameter is φ4.0mm and effective length is 2.0m weighs only 700g including the battery. It can easily be transported to a variety of sites. The IPLEX UltraLite is ideal for efficient facility inspections in confined spaces and steep inclines.

2. Simple, clear menu icons and control buttons for enhanced inspection efficiency
Simple, clear menu icons ensure that any function can be quickly identified and activated. For optimal inspection, the menu buttons are positioned for one-handed scope operation and easy access to various functions.

3. Excellent durability and image quality, despite compact design
The IPLEX UltraLite complies with the IP55 standard and is dust and splash-proof. It can be used with confidence even in locations where there is a risk of sudden rain or exposure to sand and dust. Thanks to its rugged design and the high-strength Gorilla Glass used in the LCD monitor, the IPLEX UltraLite can withstand impacts and drops from 1.2 m.
An image processing algorithm exclusively developed by Olympus ensures crystal clear image quality. Even minute scratches and corrosion are clearly visible. A wide variety of optical adapters can be used to achieve optimal field of view, magnification and viewing direction for each inspection target. Inspection images can be saved as JPEG still images or MPEG-4 video files on SD or SDHC cards.

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