Interview With a Product: General Tools and Instruments' video borescope inspection system

This weekly Q&A will feature some of your favorite products uncensored and without their packaging.

Welcome to Interview With a Product. This weekly Q&A will feature some of your favorite products uncensored and without their packaging. Today, our interviewee is the DPS16 Video Borescope Inspection System from General Tools and Instruments. Thanks for joining us.

General Tools and Instruments DPS16 Video Borescope Inspection System: Salutations.

Plant Services: So what exactly do you do?

G: I am designed for examining and documenting the interior conditions of ductwork and water and sewer pipes. I am built to be one-part probe and reel, one-part recording borescope.

PS: What sets you apart from the competition?

G: I feature a 72-foot-long camera-tipped probe, a take-up reel and accessories for centering the probe in two-, four- and six-inch I.D. pipes. My 1.1-inch camera has a depth of field of 0.4 inch to infinity, a 150° viewing angle and eight white LEDs that are designed to yield 640 x 480 pixel (VGA) resolution.

PS: Interesting. Tell us more about yourself.

G: My probe is engineered to maneuver through two 90° bends, is waterproof to IP68 standards (to a depth of 50 feet) and is immune to toilet cleaners and oils.

PS: Why should someone buy you?

G: My Video Borescope Handheld Recording Console features a 3.5-inch LCD color monitor for real-time viewing and a 2GB MicroSD card. My controls are built to adjust the brightness of the camera LEDs and manage all recording functions. Video and images stored on my MicroSD card can be viewed on a computer and/or shared via the Web.

PS: Tell us more about General Tools and Instruments.

G: General Tools and Instruments began as the brainchild of Abe and Lillian Rosenberg in New York City, 1922. Originally dubbed General Hardware Manufacturing Co., the company specialized in the wholesale of "hard goods," offering a full-range of domestic and professional items from clothesline pulleys and screen-door hardware, to specialty hand tools.

PS: And now it's time for a fun question. What is your favorite TV show?

G: Inspector Gadget.

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