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  • Page 1 To buy, sell, rent or trade-in this product please click on the link below: http://www.avionteq.com/GE-Everest-XLG3-VideoProbe-NDT-Video-Borescope.aspx www.avionteq.com Everest XLG3 ™ ® VideoProbe System Operating Manual...
  • Page 2 MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson. GE Inspection Technologies, LP, assumes no responsibility for any injury to anyone, or for any illegal or improper use of the product, that may result from failure to use this product in accordance with the information published in this manual.
  • Page 3: Contact Information

    Return Materials Authorization Number (RMA) for shipment to the service center. Always contact a GE Inspection Technologies service center for an RMA prior to returning any products for service or repair.
  • Page 4 GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Contact Information ........iii 1 - Introduction .
  • Page 6 GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 5 - Capturing Images and Videos ......47 Process Overview.
  • Page 7 User Manual 9 - Troubleshooting ........127 Image .
  • Page 8 GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 9: Introduction

    Beyond this manual you can get product help in several ways: • Training Introductory in-person training is free with your system purchase. Additional training is available for a fee. Contact GE Inspection Technologies. • Phone For phone numbers, see “Service”...
  • Page 10: System Overview

    Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System System Overview ® The rugged and dependable Everest XLG3™ VideoProbe system is an advanced video- based flexible borescope used for remote visual inspection. Working through access passages, the XLG3 system delivers high-resolution images of internal details of turbine engines, airframes, automotive engines, piping, vessels, wind- turbine gear boxes, underwater structures, etc.
  • Page 11: Frequent Tasks

    User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Frequent Tasks Setting Up the System — Summary For details, see “Setting Up the System” on page 27. 1. Open case’s lids and front door. 2. Verify safe powering and grounding. Inspect ground prong on power cord. 3.
  • Page 12: About The Battery

    Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System About the Battery Batteries for the XLG3 system are optional. Two sizes are available: one-hour and two-hour. To learn about removing, charging, or installing the battery, see “Maintaining the Battery” on page 122.
  • Page 13: About The Network Package

    User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction About the Network Package The optional network software package — which delivers communication, file sharing, and network functions for the XLG3 system — includes the following features. Feature Description Details PC and network You can communicate between the XLG3 “Communicating to a PC Through a Router communications system and a PC via a wired or wireless...
  • Page 14: About The Menu Directed Inspection Package

    Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System About the Menu Directed Inspection Package Menu Directed Inspection (MDI) is the first software tool to standardize the inspection process in the NDT industry. MDI software helps guide inspectors through the inspection process and intelligently auto-generates a report—saving time, improving quality and...
  • Page 15: Controls, Indicators, Connectors, Etc

    User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Controls, Indicators, Connectors, etc. This section describes the controls, indicators, connectors, and other key elements for each main system component: • “Handset” on page 7 • “Control Buttons” on page 8 • “Probe” on page 9 •...
  • Page 16 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Control Buttons The control buttons are conveniently located directly below the handset display. The same controls are available on the optional remote control. Handset Remote Control (Optional) Everest XLG3 Everest XLG3 A.
  • Page 17 User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Probe The probe is the flexible eye of the system. Various probe models are available, with insertion tubes of different diameters and different lengths. Diameter (mm) Length (m) 2.0, 3.0 2.0, 3.0, 4.5 2.0, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0, 8.0, 9.6 6.2 Working Channel 2.0, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0, 8.0, 9.6 You can change probes quickly.
  • Page 18 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Base Unit The base unit is the XLG3 system’s communications center. It processes still images and video, manages data, and connects to the external world with the optional network package (via the front panel).
  • Page 19 User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Item (cont.) Description (cont.) I. VGA video output connector For connecting a PC-type monitor. J. DVD drive (optional) For storing video files. K. Headset/external speaker 3.5 mm phone jack for a standard stereo headset or an external speaker. The menu-driven volume connector control affects this output.
  • Page 20 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Base Unit, Sides Right Side Left Side A. Funnel B. Shoulder-strap hooks C. AC power inlet I. Internal memory card D. AC fuse E. Ground lug F. AC output G. Battery (DC) H.
  • Page 21 User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Base Unit, Top and Bottom Bottom E. Battery connection A. Funnel points B. Socket for handset holder C. Power switch D. Shoulder-strap F. Lamp hooks Item Description A. Funnel Guides the insertion tube into the storage reel. B.
  • Page 22 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Case Available in two sizes, the rugged XLG3 case protects the components and accessories during storage, shipping, and operation. The system may be shipped in the storage case without additional overboxing.
  • Page 23: Navigating The Menus

    User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Navigating the Menus You can navigate the menus using the control buttons on the handset or remote control. For complete menu structure, see “Menu Trees” on page 141. Example menu Live Image Menu Directed Inspection Lamp Probe Shut Down Live Annotation...
  • Page 24: Restoring Factory Defaults

    Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Restoring Factory Defaults To restore factory defaults press and hold the Save and Record Buttons for five seconds. Then confirm restoration of factory defaults. Performing this action restores the following options.
  • Page 25: Safety Information

    User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Safety Information Before using or servicing the system, you must read and understand the following safety information. Symbols and Terms When the following symbols and terms appear in this manual, they have the following meanings: Symbol Term Meaning...
  • Page 26 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System General Warnings The following warning statements apply to use of the system in general. Warning statements that apply specifically to particular procedures appear in the corresponding sections of the manual. WARNING ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD — PROPER GROUNDING REQUIRED.
  • Page 27 User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction General Cautions The following caution statements apply to use of the device in general. Caution statements that apply specifically to particular procedures appear in the corresponding sections of the manual. Caution ALLOW ADEQUATE VENTILATION. Otherwise, the base unit might overheat.
  • Page 28: Informations Sur La Sécurité

    Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Informations sur la sécurité Avant l'utilisation ou l'entretien du système, vous devez lire et comprendre les informations de sécurité qui suivent. Symboles et termes employés Voici la signification des symboles et termes suivants employés dans ce manuel : AVERTISSEMENT TENSION DANGEREUSE.
  • Page 29 User Manual Chapter 1 Introduction Avertissements généraux Les avertissements suivants s'appliquent à l'utilisation du système en général. Les avertissements qui s'appliquent spécifiquement à des procédures particulières sont indiqués dans les sections correspondantes de ce manuel. AVERTISSEMENT RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE - RACCORDEMENT À LA TERRE OBLIGATOIRE.
  • Page 30 Chapter 1 Introduction GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Mentions générales Attention Les mentions Attention qui suivent s'appliquent à l'utilisation de l'appareil en général. Les mentions Attention qui s'appliquent spécifiquement à des procédures particulières sont indiqués dans les sections correspondantes du manuel.
  • Page 31: Safe Powering And Grounding

    Safe Powering and Grounding Overview of Safe Powering and Grounding ......23 Verifying AC Earth Ground Path ........24 Grounding With a DC Source (Battery) .
  • Page 32: Verifying Ac Earth Ground Path

    Chapter 2 Safe Powering and Grounding GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Verifying AC Earth Ground Path In most cases when using an AC power source, safe use of the XLG3 system requires verifying a protective earth ground path. To Verify AC Earth Ground Path 1.
  • Page 33: Grounding With A Dc Source (battery)

    Ground lug Special Grounding Situations Contact GE Inspection Technologies Technical Support for guidance prior to using the XLG3 system in any situation where the probe may come into contact with energized wires or parts. For example, inspecting buried pipes that are electrically energized to prevent galvanic corrosion may require special grounding techniques.
  • Page 34 Chapter 2 Safe Powering and Grounding GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 35: Setting Up And Putting Away The System

    Setting Up and Putting Away the System Setting Up the System ..........27 Changing the Probe.
  • Page 36 Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 7. Remove the insertion tube. 8. Attach the handset to the handle. a. Slide the handset holder into either of the sockets. (There are sockets on both sides of the handle.) The holder clicks into place.
  • Page 37 User Manual Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System 10. If using the system in a dusty environment, install a dust filter. Slide the air filter between the perforated grill and the grill frame’s five tabs. Filter Frame tabs 11.
  • Page 38: Changing The Probe

    Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Changing the Probe To Remove a Probe 1. Shut down the probe. a. While viewing a live or frozen image, press b. Select Probe Shut Down.
  • Page 39: Changing The Optical Tip

    User Manual Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System Changing the Optical Tip Optical tips are threaded onto the probe with a double set of threads to prevent them from falling into the inspection area. Each optical tip provides a unique depth of field, field of view, and direction of view.
  • Page 40: Putting The System Away

    Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Putting the System Away To Put the System Away Everest XLG3 1. Press and hold the button just below the joystick. The bending neck straightens.
  • Page 41 User Manual Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System 8. Wrap handset cable around the top of the base unit. Holding the loop in your hand, wrap the cable clockwise under the first lug. Tuck the cable under the insertion tube. Hook it around the other lug. Lugs 9.
  • Page 42: Communicating To A Pc Through A Router Or Network

    Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Communicating to a PC Through a Router or Network PC and network connectivity — wired or wireless — are part of the optional network package. (See “About the Network Package”...
  • Page 43 User Manual Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System To Connect the XLG3 System to a Wireless Network The instructions that follow include both “open” (non-encryption) and WEP and WPA encryption. 1. Press . Select Setup Menu > Communications > IP Address > Automatic. 2.
  • Page 44 Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 5. Select or enter a network access point. • If at least one wireless network name (SSID) - access point is listed under the Auto Detect tab (shown previously), select the desired access point. Select Save and Make Default.
  • Page 45: Manual Entry - Wireless Access Point

    User Manual Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System Manual Entry - Wireless Access Point The Manual Entry tab is used to enter network information that is either for “hidden “ networks (non-broadcast of wireless name (SSIS)), or to enter networks that are not presently available.
  • Page 46 Chapter 3 Setting Up and Putting Away the System GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 47: Setting Up The Software

    Setting Up the Software Reviewing Settings for Audio........39 Reviewing Settings for Image Format and Quality .
  • Page 48: Reviewing Settings For Image Format And Quality

    Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Reviewing Settings for Image Format and Quality If you want to choose the format or quality for a particular image you want to capture, you must change the setting before capturing that image.
  • Page 49: Reviewing The Setting For Video Quality

    User Manual Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software Reviewing the Setting for Video Quality If you want to choose the video quality, you must change the setting before you record. All videos are FMV (full-motion video) MPEG2 files. To Change the Setting for Video Quality 1.
  • Page 50: Reviewing Settings For Text Color

    Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Reviewing Settings for Text Color You can change the color of text and other elements that are displayed over the images (for example, the dashed line that you center over the shadow when taking shadow measurements).
  • Page 51: Reviewing Settings For Measurement

    User Manual Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software Reviewing Settings for Measurement For XLG3 systems equipped with measurement capability, these settings determine system behavior when you are taking measurements. For details, see “Measuring Features and Defects” on page 87. To Review Settings for Measurement 1.
  • Page 52: Reviewing Settings For The System

    Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Reviewing Settings for the System 1. Press 2. Select Setup Menu > System. 3. Select the desired item: Item Choices Description System Info System information appears: • Total memory capacity •...
  • Page 53: Reviewing Settings For Communications

    User Manual Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software Reviewing Settings for Communications Communications settings are part of the optional network package. (See “About the Network Package” on page 5.) The communications settings apply to XLG3 systems connected to a PC or network. Note The XLG3 system is designed to operate in a protected computing environment behind a firewall.
  • Page 54 Chapter 4 Setting Up the Software GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 55: Capturing Images And Videos

    Capturing Images and Videos Process Overview ..........47 Steering the Probe .
  • Page 56 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Process Diagram: Capturing Images and Videos Steer probe. “Steering the Probe” on page 49 (Optional) Start recording video. “Working With Videos” on page 67 Make audio comments if desired.
  • Page 57: Steering The Probe

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Steering the Probe Guiding the Insertion Tube Into the Inspection Area With the desired optical tip installed, guide the insertion tube into the inspection area. Use your hands to push the tube until it reaches an area you want to inspect. Twist the insertion tube gently to bring the desired scene into view.
  • Page 58: Freezing An Image

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Freezing an Image Freezing an image captures it temporarily for review or adjustment. When you move the joystick in a frozen view, the probe tip does not articulate. If you zoom in on a frozen image and then move the joystick, the image changes as the system electronically pans the camera’s full view.
  • Page 59: Working With A Recalled Image

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Working With a Recalled Image To Work With a Recalled Image 1. Recall the desired image. a. Press b. Select File Manager > Recall > drive or device. c. Select a file. It opens. When viewing a recalled image, you can cycle through the other images Note stored in the same folder by moving the joystick.
  • Page 60: Working With A Split Screen

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Working With a Split Screen A split screen displays two images side-by-side in any combination of live, frozen, or recalled. Only one Live side is active at a time, as indicated by an arrow.
  • Page 61: Adjusting The Brightness

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Adjusting the Brightness You can adjust the brightness of live, frozen, and recalled images as well as recorded video. When viewing live images, adjusting the brightness means controlling exposure time and camera gain. When viewing still images or recorded video, adjusting the brightness means controlling digital gain.
  • Page 62: Reducing "noise" In Dark Images

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Reducing “Noise” in Dark Images Adaptive Noise Reduction (ANR) is part of the image processing package. (See “About the Image Processing Package” on page 4.) When the probe is in a dark area, the live image is often noisy, or grainy (“crawling pixels”).
  • Page 63 User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos To Turn On ANR 1. While viewing a live image, press 2. Select Image > Adaptive Noise Reduction > Normal or Enhanced. Note When ready to capture an image, keep the probe head as still as possible. When the probe head is moving, noise increases.
  • Page 64: Correcting Wide-angle Distortion

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Correcting Wide-Angle Distortion Distortion correction is part of the image processing package. (See “About the Image Processing Package” on page 4.) When you use an optical tip with a 120° field of view, the image edges are distorted.
  • Page 65: Lengthening Exposure Time

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Lengthening Exposure Time One way to brighten live images is to lengthen the camera’s exposure time. The XLG3 system can vary the exposure time from 1/10,000 second to 12 seconds. The longer the exposure, the greater the risk of blurring the image.
  • Page 66: Enhancing Contrast

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Enhancing Contrast When there is not enough light or contrast to see important features or defects — for example, when you need to position cursors accurately for measurements —...
  • Page 67: Inverting An Image

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Inverting an Image The Invert function flips an image horizontally. You can invert a live, frozen, or recalled image. You may want to invert images when using a side-view optical tip, since these tips contain a prism that inverts images, causing text to appear backwards.
  • Page 68: Annotating With Text Or Arrows

    Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Annotating With Text or Arrows Annotating an XLG3 image means adding text or arrows to point out areas of interest: cracks, defects, etc. You can annotate live, frozen, and recalled images.
  • Page 69 User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos To Annotate a Still Image 1. Press 2. Determine whether to display or hide live annotation, if any. Select Live Annotation > Show > On or Off. 3. Select Still Annotation. 4. Select the desired item. Item Choices Description...
  • Page 70 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To Use the Text-Entry Screen You use the text-entry screen when creating an annotation or preset. For faster text entry, you can use a USB keyboard. Note Use Joystick/...
  • Page 71 User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos To Load a Preset File To load a file containing multiple presets onto the XLG3 VideoProbe, a file may be created on a PC. This file must conform to the following: • Line-delimited (each preset must be on a separate line) •...
  • Page 72 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Annotating with Alternate Input Methods The XLG3 VideoProbe supports text entry with advanced input methods for Simplified Chinese (Pinyin) and Japanese (Hiragana to Katakana/Kanji). To utilize these input methods the user must have an external keyboard connected to their VideoProbe.
  • Page 73: Saving An Image

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Saving an Image Saving an image is like taking a snapshot. Most screen elements — date, time, zoom level, annotations, measurements, etc. — become part of the saved image. What you see is what you save.
  • Page 74 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To Save an Image Everest XLG3 1. (Live or still images) Press -or- (Still images only) Press . Select Save or Save Image. Save 2. If the choice is available, select Normal or Measurement.
  • Page 75: Working With Videos

    User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Working With Videos Any time during your inspection you can record video “in the background” while doing other tasks, such as adjusting brightness, comparing images on a split screen, capturing still images, taking measurements, managing files and folders, etc. When you record video, the XLG3 system saves everything that appears on the display, including menus that you open, as well as background sounds and comments made near the microphone (unless you turn off the audio).
  • Page 76 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System About DVDs The optional DVD drive can be used for two purposes: • to record live MPEG2 video files • to archive saved files (images or videos) Do not turn off the system while recording or archiving to a DVD, or you will lose data.
  • Page 77 User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos Recording Live Video Before recording video to a DVD, read “About DVDs” on page 68. To Start Recording, Using Menus 1. Press quickly. - or - Press . Select Video Record > Recording Options. The Video Recording Options menu appears.
  • Page 78 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To Quick-Record, Bypassing Menus Press and hold A flashing red dot appears. As long as this dot is flashing, the system is recording. If using a DVD, recording starts only after the DVD drive light stops flashing. If you start recording to a new DVD that has not been initialized manually, the system automatically initializes it before recording.
  • Page 79 User Manual Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos About Video File Names Unless you run a menu directed inspection, video files are named generically. You can rename them after recalling them, or you can rename them from the desktop. YYMMDDXXXX.MPG Naming scheme for video files on the internal drive or on removable storage devices.
  • Page 80 Chapter 5 Capturing Images and Videos GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Working With a Recalled Video To Work With a Recalled Video 1. If recalling a video from a DVD, verify that the DVD drive is selected. Press . Select Video Record > Recording Options > Select Drives > DVD.
  • Page 81: Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers

    Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers About the Thumbnail Screen ........73 Working With Removable Storage Devices .
  • Page 82: Working With Removable Storage Devices

    Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Working With Removable Storage Devices The XLG3 system is compatible with various removable storage devices: DVDs, Compact Flash cards, memory sticks, portable drives — any compatible USB-based or Compact Flash-based device.
  • Page 83: Recalling A File

    User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers Recalling a File Recalling a file means opening a saved image or video. To Recall a File 1. Press 2. Select File Manager > Recall > drive or device. 3.
  • Page 84: Deleting Files

    Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Deleting Files You can delete files from any removable storage device except a DVD. To Delete Files 1. Press 2. Select File Manager > Delete.
  • Page 85: Archiving (copying) Files To A Dvd

    User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers Archiving (Copying) Files to a DVD The Archive menu command lets you copy videos, still images, and audio files from the internal drive or from a removable storage device to a DVD. While files are being archived, all functions except the File Manager and Setup menus are available.
  • Page 86: Using The Desktop

    Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Using the Desktop The virtual desktop is part of the optional network package. (See “About the Network Package” on page 5.) With its graphical interface, the desktop does all of the following: •...
  • Page 87 User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers To Manage Files from the Desktop 1. Double-click 2. If you do not have a keyboard connected to your system, double-click 3. Perform the desired tasks — create, rename, move, or delete files or folders — as you would from any computer desktop.
  • Page 88: Sharing Files Or Live Video With A Pc

    Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Sharing Files or Live Video With a PC PC file sharing and video streaming — viewing live video from a PC — are part of the optional network package.
  • Page 89 User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers To Establish Communication With a PC 1. Connect the XLG3 system to the PC through a router or network. For details, see “Communicating to a PC Through a Router or Network” on page 34.
  • Page 90 An Internet connection will be required to access this Java applet. Contact GE Inspection Technologies for this applet on CD-ROM if an internet connection is not available. To check if Java is running on your PC, or to determine if a...
  • Page 91 User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers To View XLG3 Files at the PC 1. Establish communication with the PC. For details, see “To Establish Communication With a PC” on page 81. 2. At the PC, select the Thumbnail View tab. Thumbnail versions of files stored on the XLG3 system appear.
  • Page 92 Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 4. Double-click any thumbnail image. It becomes enlarged. Manipulate it as desired using the buttons at the bottom of the screen. Previous Next Zoom Zoom...
  • Page 93 User Manual Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers To Manage Files From the PC 1. Establish communication with the PC. For details, see “To Establish Communication With a PC” on page 81. Remember that Allow Read/Write must be selected in the XLG3 Communications settings. 2.
  • Page 94 Chapter 6 Managing Files & Communicating With Other Computers GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To View Live Video From a PC (Video Streaming) 1. Establish communication with the PC. For details, see “To Establish Communication With a PC” on page 81.
  • Page 95: Measuring Features And Defects

    XLG3 system. Accuracy varies with the operator’s ability. All measurement images saved using the XLG3 system, except for 3D phase images, can be remeasured on a PC using remeasurement software from GE’s Inspection Technologies business. For details, see “Communicating to a PC Through a Router or...
  • Page 96 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Types of Measurement The XLG3 system supports four types of measurement: phase, stereo, shadow, and comparison. Measurement Type Advantages Disadvantages Phase Over stereo, shadow or comparison The system cannot measure moving parts.
  • Page 97 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects About the Measurement Tips ® ® ® Unlike standard optical tips, 3D PhaseProbe , ShadowProbe and StereoProbe measurement tips are factory-calibrated for use with specific probes and will not measure accurately with other probes. These tips are matched to probes by the serial numbers identified on each optical tip and each probe label.
  • Page 98 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System About the Accuracy Index The accuracy index is a number that indicates the amount of magnification during shadow or stereo measurements. The higher the accuracy index, the greater the magnification, the more accurately you can place the measurement cursors, the more accurate your results.
  • Page 99: Phase Measurements

    User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects 3D Phase Measurements 3D Phase Measurement optical tips and probe capture a three-dimensional surface scan of the object. Measurements are then made directly on the surface and displayed on the image. Preliminary steps of matching cursors or marking shadow lines are not necessary. Taking 3D Phase Measurements As with other measurement types, PhaseProbe accuracy improves as tip-to-target distance is reduced.
  • Page 100 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 3D Phase Measurement Image Capture 1. When the target is in position, press and hold the green button or pull and hold the trigger. The 3D Phase Measurement scan will begin.
  • Page 101 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Profile Measurement 1. Place the first and second cursors on a flat surface on opposite sides of the area of interest. Profile cursors have a square box around the cursor to indicate they are creating a reference plane.
  • Page 102 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Types of 3D Phase Measurements This table specifically addresses cursor placement for each type of 3D Phase measurement. For the complete procedure, see “To Take a 3D Phase Measurement”...
  • Page 103 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Type (cont.) Example (cont.) Description (cont.) Cursor Placement (cont.) Area The surface area contained Place three or more cursors (up within multiple cursors placed to 24) around the edge of the around a feature or defect. area you want to measure.
  • Page 104: Stereo Measurements

    Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Stereo Measurements Stereo measurements require the use of StereoProbe measurement tips, which capture stereoscopic images of a target — two pictures of the same target from two different angles.
  • Page 105 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects About the Matching Cursors For each cursor you place on the left image during stereo measurement, the system This distance must be accurate. places a matching cursor on the right image for use in triangulation. You must place each left cursor on an image point (a pixel) that has sufficient surrounding detail to differentiate it from its neighboring...
  • Page 106 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Taking Stereo Measurements For maximum accuracy in any type of stereo measurement, you must begin by positioning the stereo tip carefully. To Position the Probe Tip for a Stereo Measurement Image Before freezing a stereo measurement image, position the probe tip to meet these criteria: •...
  • Page 107 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects About Single View While you are positioning the stereo tip, you may want to turn on Single View, which temporarily eliminates the second image, making it easier to aim the camera. To Turn On Single View 1.
  • Page 108 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To Take a Stereo Measurement 1. Attach the stereo tip securely, and verify it. “Verifying Measurement Tips” on page 112. 2. Position the probe tip for maximum accuracy.
  • Page 109 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects 9. (Optional) Perform any of these tasks: Task Menu Item Add measurements, up to five total. Press . Select Measure > Add. Clear some or all measurements. Press . Select Measure > Clear measurement. Select the correct tip in the software (if the selected Press .
  • Page 110 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Types of Stereo Measurement This table specifically addresses cursor placement for each type of stereo measurement. For the complete procedure, see “To Take a Stereo Measurement” on page 100.
  • Page 111 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Example — Cursor Placement Type (cont.) “Matching Cursors” on Right Image (cont.) Description (cont.) On Left Image (cont.) Area The surface area contained Place three or more cursors (up within multiple cursors placed to 24) around the edge of the around a feature or defect.
  • Page 112: Shadow Measurements

    Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Shadow Measurements Shadow measurements require the use of ShadowProbe measurement tips, which project a shadow onto a target. To measure the target, the XLG3 processor uses triangulation based on the shadow’s location. You can take shadow measurements on a frozen image or on a recalled image that was saved in measurement mode.
  • Page 113 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Taking Shadow Measurements For maximum accuracy in any type of shadow measurement, you begin by positioning the shadow tip carefully. To Position the Probe Tip for a Shadow Measurement Image Before freezing a shadow measurement image, position the probe tip to meet these criteria: •...
  • Page 114 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Bad Example From this in-focus distance, there is little difference between the shadow positions on the raised and recessed surfaces, so you are unlikely to get an accurate depth measurement.
  • Page 115 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects To Take a Shadow Measurement 1. Attach the shadow tip securely, and verify it. “Verifying Measurement Tips” on page 112. 2. Position the probe tip for maximum accuracy. “To Position the Probe Tip for a Shadow Measurement Image” on page 105.
  • Page 116 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Types of Shadow Measurement This table specifically addresses cursor placement for each type of shadow measurement. For the complete procedure, see “To Take a Shadow Measurement” on page 107.
  • Page 117 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Type (cont.) Example (cont.) Description (cont.) Cursor Placement (cont.) Area The surface area around a feature or Place three or more cursors (up to defect. 24) around the edge of the area you want to measure.
  • Page 118: Comparison Measurements

    Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Comparison Measurements Comparison measurements rely on the known dimensions of an object that has been set in the field of view either by the manufacturer or by the probe. The XLG3 processor uses these known dimensions as a reference scale for measuring an unknown target.
  • Page 119 User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Taking Comparison Measurements 1. Attach any standard forward-view or side-view tip to the probe. 2. Position the probe tip for maximum accuracy: • The surface should appear perpendicular to the probe view. Probe •...
  • Page 120: Verifying Measurement Tips

    Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Verifying Measurement Tips Verify measurement tips each time you use them to ensure that no mechanical damage has degraded their accuracy. Every XLG3 system equipped with measurement capability is shipped with a measurement verification block.
  • Page 121: Troubleshooting Measurements

    User Manual Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects Troubleshooting Measurements Help: I’m Getting Inaccurate 3D Phase or Stereo or Shadow Measurements Move the probe tip as close as possible to the target, maximizing magnification. After capturing an image, verify that the tip attached to the probe matches the tip that is selected in the software.
  • Page 122 Chapter 7 Measuring Features and Defects GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Help: I’m Getting Inaccurate Stereo Measurements Avoid placing cursors in areas of significant glare. If necessary, adjust the brightness or reposition the probe tip to enhance details and reduce glare.
  • Page 123: Maintenance

    If you discover conditions that require evaluation or repair, return the system to GE Inspection Technologies. Early repair of minor conditions can prevent much more costly repair. Caution Do not immerse or soak the handset or the probe power plug.
  • Page 124 Chapter 8 Maintenance GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System To Inspect and Clean a Probe 1. Check the probe for damage or contamination. Look for excessive wear in the bending neck, loose strands of the braided weave, or separation of the bonding joints.
  • Page 125 User Manual Chapter 8 Maintenance To Inspect and Clean the Handset 1. Disconnect the power cord from the power source. 2. Check for damage or contamination, including any bent pins on the electrical connector. 3. Clean all parts of the handset, including the fiberoptic connector. Use a soft cloth dampened with glass cleaner or 70% alcohol-to-water solution.
  • Page 126: Replacing The Lamp

    Chapter 8 Maintenance GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Replacing the Lamp To Determine Whether to Replace the Lamp If the lamp does not come on when you turn the power switch on, verify all of the following things before replacing the lamp.
  • Page 127 Oils from your fingers will shorten the working life of the lamp and could cause it to explode. Caution Only use GE Inspection Technologies lamps, part number XLG3ALAMP. 1. Remove a new lamp from its box. Handle it by the metal rim or by the ceramic socket only.
  • Page 128: Checking And Replacing The Fuses

    For fuse values, see “Fuses” on page 131. Caution If, after replacing a fuse, the new fuse blows, contact GE Inspection Technologies. To Check or Replace the AC Fuses WARNING Before checking or replacing the AC fuses, always turn power switch off, and unplug AC power cord from the base unit.
  • Page 129 User Manual Chapter 8 Maintenance To Check or Replace the Battery (DC) Fuse 1. Turn off the power switch. 2. Unplug the DC power connector. 3. Turn the DC fuse holder counterclockwise. DC fuse holder 4. Remove the fuse, and check it with an ohmmeter. •...
  • Page 130: Maintaining The Battery

    Chapter 8 Maintenance GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Maintaining the Battery To Check the Battery’s Charge Level While the battery is in use, press the charge-check button. The green and red LEDs light up according to the battery’s charge level, as shown here.
  • Page 131 User Manual Chapter 8 Maintenance To Install a Battery 1. If not already installed, install the battery bracket. Use the provided screws. 2. Slide the battery tabs into the bracket slots. Battery bracket Tabs 3. Align the quarter-turn stud with the receptacle hole in the base unit. Press the battery to the base unit.
  • Page 132 When the charge is complete, the green LED shuts off. A fully discharged one-hour battery takes about four hours to charge. A fully discharged two-hour battery takes about eight hours to charge. If the red LED lights up during this process, contact GE Inspection Technologies.
  • Page 133: Replacing The Internal Memory Card

    User Manual Chapter 8 Maintenance Replacing the Internal Memory Card The internal memory card contains the operating system software as well as your image and video files. You might want to replace the memory card, for example, to increase storage capacity. Only qualified electrical technicians should replace this card.
  • Page 134 Chapter 8 Maintenance GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 135: Troubleshooting

    • Point the probe tip toward a bright light and see if image appears. If image appears, the switch is lit.) problem is associated with lamp operation. If still no image, contact GE Inspection Technologies. • If an external monitor is available, determine whether an image appears on it. Connect the monitor’s VIDEO IN (or S-VIDEO IN) to the base unit’s VIDEO OUT (or S-VIDEO...
  • Page 136: Probe

    Chapter 9 Troubleshooting GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Probe Condition Causes Actions Reduced articulation in Various • Whenever using the system, minimize bends throughout the entire length of the the bending neck. insertion tube, including the end nearest to the handset. Unnecessary bending can reduce articulation.
  • Page 137: Software

    Software Condition Causes Actions Time, date, or other settings are Internal battery needs Return system to GE Inspection Technologies to have internal battery lost when system is turned off. replacing. (Normal life is five to replaced. seven years.) DVD Recording...
  • Page 138 Chapter 9 Troubleshooting GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 139: A - Specifications

    Specifications Feature Specification Power 100 – 240 V, 50 – 60 Hz; 115 V, 400 Hz DC (optional battery) 11 – 16 V Maximum consumption 300 W Nominal consumption 150 W (when not charging battery or using accessories) Battery operation Up to one hour (small battery) or two hours (large battery) AC output IEC-type F connector.
  • Page 140 Appendix A Specifications GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Feature (cont.) Specification (cont.) Camera Housing Titanium Articulation 360° All-Way® Tip Optics Double threaded attachment 3.9 mm (0.154 in) Diameter Probes Image Sensor 1/10” Color, SUPER HAD CCD Pixel Count: 290,000 pixels...
  • Page 141 User Manual Appendix A Specifications Feature (cont.) Specification (cont.) Audio Output Connectors Built-in front panel speaker, 3.5 mm stereo line level out, 2V RMS max, 3.5 mm stereo headphone Audio Input Connector 3.5 mm microphone Software Operating System Multitasking with desktop software options User Interface Drop-down menu driven operation, joystick, and keypad File Manager...
  • Page 142 Appendix A Specifications GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 143: B - Agency Certifications

    2004/108/EC Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. The XLG3 system is in conformance with the following standards: 2004/108/EEC. Declarations of Conformity are held by GE Inspection Technologies GmbH: GE Inspection Technologies GmbH Product Service Center Lotzenäcker 4...
  • Page 144 Caution: Any changes or modifications made to this device that are not expressly approved by GE Inspection Technologies may void the user's authority to operate the equipment. To maintain compliance with FCC rules and regulations, cables connected to this device must be shielded cables, in which the cable shield wire(s) have been grounded (tied) to the connector shell.
  • Page 145: C - Chemical Compatibility

    However, GE Inspection Technologies has tested the probe to several of the more common substances and reports the results in the hope that it might be of assistance.
  • Page 146 Appendix C Chemical Compatibility GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 147: D - Warranty

    It shall be the purchaser's responsibility to return the product to GE Inspection Technologies or one of its authorized service centers. The warranty does not cover lamps, accessories, or optional equipment not manufactured by GE Inspection Technologies, but these items may be covered by separate manufacturers' warranties.
  • Page 148 Appendix D Warranty GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...
  • Page 149: E - Menu Trees

    Menu Trees Menus How to Access Main Menus: Live, page 141 Press Freeze Frame, page 142 Split Screen, page 142 The menu that appears depends on the type of image Recalled Image, page 143 displayed. Recalled Video, page 143 Shared Menus: File Manager, page 144 Setup,...
  • Page 150 Appendix E Menu Trees GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Freeze Frame Menu Frozen image is displayed. Press Save Image Brightness Lamp Invert Probe Shut Down Inverse + Measure Split Screen Live Annotation Still Annotation Video Record File Manager Setup Menu Split Screen Menu Split screen is displayed.
  • Page 151 User Manual Appendix E Menu Trees Recalled Image Menu Recalled image is displayed. Press Save Image Brightness Image Invert Rename Image Inverse + Live Annotation Split Screen Still Annotation Depth Map Measure Point Cloud Audio Video Record File Manager Setup Menu Recalled Video Menu Recalled video is playing.
  • Page 152 Appendix E Menu Trees GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System File Manager Menu Any type of image is displayed. Press . Select File Manager. Then select File Manager again. Internal Drive Recall Copy External CF Card Delete Folder Archive Eject Hardware Setup Menu Any type of image is displayed.
  • Page 153 User Manual Appendix E Menu Trees Video Record Menu Any type of image is displayed. Press . Select Video Record . Start Recording Resume Recording Stop Only the items that apply to your task will appear. Pause DVD Initialize Recording Options Video Recording Options Menu Any type of image is displayed.
  • Page 154 Appendix E Menu Trees GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Save Menu Any type of image is displayed. Press Normal Appears only if applicable. Measurement Select Save Folder Save Eject Hardware Rename Image Record Audio Play Audio Delete Audio...
  • Page 155: F - Optical Tips

    Optical Tips Diameter View Field of View Depth of Field (mm) (DOV) Color (FOV) (DOF) Part Number Standard Optical Tips 6 – 80 mm Forward None PXT480FG 0.24 – 3.15 in. 4 – 80 mm Side Brown PXT480SG 0.16 – 3.15 in. 50 mm –...
  • Page 156 Appendix F Optical Tips GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System Diameter View Field of View Depth of Field (mm) (DOV) Color (FOV) (DOF) Part Number Standard Optical Tips (continued) 45 mm – infinity Side Brown XLG3T6150SF 1.77 in. – infinity 9 –...
  • Page 157 User Manual Appendix F Optical Tips Diameter View Field of View Depth of Field (mm) (DOV) Color (FOV) (DOF) Part Number ShadowProbe Measurement Optical Tips 12 – 30 mm Forward White XLG3TM6150FG 0.47 – 1.18 in. 7 – 24 mm Side Blue XLG3TM6150SG...
  • Page 158: 6.2mm Internal Working Channel Feature

    Appendix F Optical Tips GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System 6.2mm Internal Working Channel Feature The internal working channel is available in the 6.2mm tip models. This channel has a 1.6mm ID and allows the use of micro-tools together with forward-viewing optical tips to perform a number of measurement and retrieval tasks.
  • Page 159: G - Environmental Compliance

    The cross-out wheeled bin symbol invites you to use those systems. If you need more information on the collection, reuse, and recycling systems, please contact your local or regional waste administration. Visit www.ge.com/inspectiontechnologies for take-back instructions and more information about this initiative. EU Battery Directive This product contains a battery that cannot be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste in the European Union.
  • Page 160 Appendix G Environmental Compliance GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System discoloration of the teeth, and loss of smell (anosmia). Lead is poisonous in all forms. It accumulates in the body, so each exposure is significant. Ingestion and inhalation of lead can cause severe damage to human health.
  • Page 161: Index

    Index 120-degree distortion correction, 56 3D phase measurements, 91 calibration 4x3 display setting, 44 measurement tips, 43, 89 measurement verification block, 112 camera (external), connector for, 10 camera head accuracy index, 43, 90 about, 2, 9 AC. See power aiming, 49 adaptive noise reduction (ANR), 4, 54 cleaning, 116 agency certifications, 135...
  • Page 162 Index GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System dust filter, 29, 116 DVDs gasoline, probe’s compatibility with, 137 about, 68 grippers, 49 archiving files to, 77 grounding, 23–25 drive location, 11 ejecting, 74 initializing, 68 recording video to, 69 storage capacity, 41...
  • Page 163 User Manual Index About, 6 menus joystick menu trees, 141–146 about, 8 navigating (example), 15 for aiming the camera, 49 microphone for navigating menus, 15 external, 10, 11 for navigating the desktop, 78 location, 7 for panning a zoomed image, 44, 50 turning on and off, 39 JPEGs.
  • Page 164 Index GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System point cloud view, 92 Save menu, 146 point-to-line measurements, 94, 102, 108 saving (still) images, 65–66 power service centers, iii See also fuses set up grounding, 23–25 hardware, 27–33 specifications, 131 software, 39–45...
  • Page 165 139 water, probe’s compatibility with, 137 .WAV files. See audio files Web access, 5, 78 Web site for GE Inspection Technologies, iii white balance, 119 wide-angle distortion correction, 4, 56 wireless (WiFi) communications, 5, 35–??, 45 writing files. See PC communications...
  • Page 166 Index GE Inspection Technologies XLG3 VideoProbe System...

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