Borescopes sometimes referred to as inspection cameras, are optical devices inserted into the target object being evaluated, offering up-close access to classified areas without destroying or dismantling the object. Borescopes are valuable tools for inspections and therefore are readily used for examining the condition and quality of manufactured parts, equipment, and other industrial systems. Similarly, in law enforcement, borescopes are used for contraband, intelligence, and safety. The global borescopes market is expected to witness strong growth due to expected advancements in optical technology and steady demand from the automotive industry. The need for precise supervision at manufacturing facilities to get a comprehensive view of minute parts and components in machines and equipment is identified as one of the key factors propelling demand for borescopes across the globe. In addition, constant developments and technological adoption by enterprises in the machine vision market are predicted to further boost market demand.
With automobiles becoming more advanced, smart, and complicated, the importance of remote visual inspection of modules, finished components, and subassemblies have become critical. The use of borescopes has helped automotive manufacturers save money and time and improve quality by identifying out-of-spec or faulty parts before they are integrated into a larger system. The proliferation of boroscopes and video copy is gaining traction in the automotive industry for the inspection of automotive components, including engine cylinders, hydraulic systems, fuel nozzles, valve seats, and welded tubing.
Borescopes, which function similarly to a telescope or microscope, enable end-users to identify those areas that are not visible to the naked eye or are excessively cramped. Further, the rising need for 2-way and 4-way articulating cables that allow camera heads to move in different directions and give a 360° angle is also expected to contribute to market growth during the forecast period (2018–2026). Rising demand for borescopes for the purpose of the surface vision is anticipated to create a significant opportunity for borescope manufacturers in the coming years. However, sensitivity to extreme heat and moisture may hinder the operations that are carried out via borescopes, which in turn can act as a restraint on market growth.
The global borescopes market is classified as follows:
- Rigid Borescopes
- Semi-rigid Borescopes
- Video Borescopes
- Flexible Borescopes/Fiberscope
- Defense and Aerospace
- Law Enforcement
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Oil and Gas
- Power Generation
- Others (mining, transportation, etc.)
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
Key players identified for the borescopes market include, but are not limited to:
FLIR Systems, Inc., Extech Instruments, W.W. Grainger, Inc., Media, Inc., Teslong Technology Limited, Botasy Technology Co. (Potensic), Klein Tools, Inc., GE Digital Solutions, Koolertron, Oasis Scientific, Inc., Olympus Corporation, Lenox Instrument Company, Omega Engineering, REED-Direct, and Nexxis, among others.