Ultimate Fiberscope Comparison Chart

This comparison was made using 6 mm diameter, 60” (1.5m) long fiberscopes with two way articulation. Both freshly charged and uncoiled side by side on a bench.

FEATURE
COMPETITOR
ULTIMATE
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Brightness of Illumination
23,000 LUX
2-way 40,000 LUX/4-way 29,000 LUX
74% increase in illumination
Articulation
2-way 90° L/R
2-way 120° L/R, 4-way 120° L/R & 180° up/down
Enables wider range of viewing capability
Length
Maximum 80"/2.0m
120"/3.0m
Various diameters available from 4 mm upwards
Battery Life
90 minutes continuous use
180 minutes continuous use
Twice the battery life
Probe Cover
Tungsten Braid
Non-Conductive or Tungsten Braid w/grounding strap
Non-conductive for protection against static electricity
Image Elements
12,000 elements
17,000 elements
Greater resolution for increased image clarity
Field of View
60°
50° or 70°
16% increase in field of view
Depth of View
10mm-100mm
5mm - 100mm
Greater focus capability for sharper images
Color Temperature
5500 Kelvin
6000 Kelvin
Bluish-white light for better visibility
Field Repairable
No
Yes
Only field repairable fiberscope with repair kit, tools and instructional DVD
Screw-off Eyepiece
No
Yes
Direct mount camera to our scopes without need for a "C" mount adapter
FEATURE
Brightness of Illumination
COMPETITOR
23,000 LUX
ULTIMATE
2-way 40,000 LUX/4-way 29,000 LUX
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
74% increase in illumination

FEATURE
Articulation
COMPETITOR
2-way 90° L/R
ULTIMATE
2-way 120° L/R, 4-way 120° L/R & 180° up/down
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Enables wider range of viewing capability

FEATURE
Length
COMPETITOR
Maximum 80"/2.0m
ULTIMATE
120"/3.0m
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Various diameters available from 4 mm upwards

FEATURE
Battery Life
COMPETITOR
90 minutes continuous use
ULTIMATE
180 minutes continuous use
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Twice the battery life

FEATURE
Probe Cover
COMPETITOR
Tungsten Braid
ULTIMATE
Non-Conductive or Tungsten Braid w/grounding strap
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Non-conductive for protection against static electricity

FEATURE
Image Elements
COMPETITOR
12,000 elements
ULTIMATE
17,000 elements
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Greater resolution for increased image clarity

FEATURE
Field of View
COMPETITOR
60°
ULTIMATE
50° or 70°
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
16% increase in field of view

FEATURE
Depth of View
COMPETITOR
10mm-100mm
ULTIMATE
5mm - 100mm
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Greater focus capability for sharper images

FEATURE
Color Temperature
COMPETITOR
5500 Kelvin
ULTIMATE
6000 Kelvin
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Bluish-white light for better visibility

FEATURE
Field Repairable
COMPETITOR
No
ULTIMATE
Yes
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Only field repairable fiberscope with repair kit, tools and instructional DVD

FEATURE
Screw-off Eyepiece
COMPETITOR
No
ULTIMATE
Yes
ULTIMATE DIFFERENCE
Direct mount camera to our scopes without need for a "C" mount adapter
The light output on 2 way scopes has been improved by 40% with our new improved LED light source and control circuit design. The light intensity has improved from 29000 Lux to 40,000 Lux. There is also no loss of battery life due to the improved efficiency of the light source and no additional cost - The four way articulation scopes have a lower light output in the range of 29,000 LUX as the number of illumination fibers are reduced to accommodate the two additional control wires but still offer higher illumination that our competitors. All readings may vary depending on length of fiberscope and other factors.

Ultimate Scope

Our direct mount eyepiece has a screw-off ring which allows cameras to be fitted without needing a separate “C” mount this is unique to our fiberscopes.

The Ultimate® Scope Articulation Tip (Distal End)

Is designed to be crush resistant and extremely rugged. We do not experience the articulating wire damage at the tip that many other scopes have because our scope’s articulation section is manufactured to our unique design using proprietary materials. It will withstand side impacts and not become permanently deformed.

Damaged Competitor's Fiberscope

All Competitors’ articulation systems typically use thin metal ring “pivoting links” that do not withstand side pressure and will permanently crush/deform. The Ultimate fiberscopes articulation section is a non metal (non-conductive) design that is quite resistant to this type of damage. This design will allow for an overall longer service life and combined with ease of repair by replacing the articulating wires and Image bundle, provides the customer with a much lower total ownership cost over the life of the scope.

The Ultimate® scope is also available as part of the Sasrad Contraband Enforcement Kit (CEK-R).

A range of other fiberscopes for specialist applications are available – please contact us for more details regarding custom made scopes.

Ultimate LED Fiberscope

LED Scope Basic Kit

  • Rubber eye cap, fuel tank adapter
  • Upholstery / window wedge
  • Spare battery - Grounding wire
  • External charger
  • Car charger for use while vehicle in motion
  • One wire repair kitwith DVD
  • Instruction manual and DVD
  • All in ruggedized case

AND THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE OF ALL:

The number one breakage in fiberscopes from any manufacturer is in the articulating wires, damaged in operational use or by accident ALL other manufacturers require the scope sent back to them for replacement of the entire probe which runs in the $3000/4000+ region and the scope can be out of service for several weeks. .Our Ultimate Fiberscopes have an optional availablekit therefore the scope can be back in operation within a couple of hours. Additional repair kits are always available.

  • Ultimate® Fiberscopes come with 12 months warranty.
  • Delivery time is usually about 30 days or less
  • Our scope is manufactured in USA using American labor
  • The Ultimate® Fiberscope has been designed for use by customs/security forces/police and is designed for use in fuel tanks Gasoline/diesel/ aviation/ship/ etc.

Is a 7.5 microcurie radiation source safer than 10 microcuries as competitors claim?

This paper is intended to explain the difference in the Effective Dose to humans between 2 different activities (7.5 uCi and 10 uCi) of 133Ba isotope used in a hand held contraband detector relative to ordinary risk we face in everyday life.

A competitor of ours has offered a version of their unit which is 7.5 microcuries of radiation against our 10 microcuries, claiming that this is safer for the user, In fact, the increased dose to a user of a 10 uCi source over a 7.5 uCi source for a worst case scenario is essentially equal to what one gets in one second of airplane flight on a cross country trip from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, CA, a total flying time of up to five hours or 1 in 18,000

10 Microcurie Source

Now let’s compare both these radiation source activities and the actual working life of the source. The working life is based on the sources initial activity and the half-life of the isotope. For 133Ba, the half-life is 10.53 years. So for a 7.5 uCi source, the working life is about 35-40% less than the working life of a 10 uCi source. This translates that the dollar per dollar cost of the 7.5 uCi source is much higher than the cost of the 10 uCi source! And finally another consideration is the scanning time for the contraband detector. Excluding other factors involved, a 7.5 uCi source has 25% less photons/sec output than a 10 uCi source and this in turn increases the length of time it takes to complete a scan. This also may reduce the probability of positively identifying a concealed item (contraband)

In short, when comparing the 2 activities (7.5 uCi and 10 uCi) 133Ba sources in hand held contraband detection systems: For those interested in the science and math behind these conclusions we do have a detailed white paper available upon request.

Radiation Licensing

TO USERS OF DENSITY METERS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

There are several important points that users and potential users of the New Technology SAS-Hitech-Xpose Contraband Detector should be aware of. In order to simplify ownership of this device, SAS-Hitech-Xpose has been developed and licensed under United States Law as an Exempt device. Other density meters of this type are licensed under a General license. There are highly important differences between the two types of licenses. Here are a couple of the major differences:

MAJOR DAMAGE OF DEVICE:

General licensed (competitors product) requirements (per their own manual):
  • Rope or cordoning off the area to keep people away
  • Contact public health (radiological authorities) and emergency services provider for assistance
  • Notify the manufacturer
Exempt license requirements (SAS-Hitech-Xpose)

Pick up unit and send it to Authorized Service Center or factory for repair (nothing more)

CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP or DISPOSAL

General license (competitors) requirements:

The device is assigned to a specific location and cannot be assigned to another location without written notification to the radiation regulatory entity (State or Federal as applicable). If the device is given or transferred to another location, even if it is with the same agency (i.e. if PD Precinct 5 gives it to PD Precinct 6), a transfer of location must be filed by the user (licensee) prior to transfer. Failure to do so is subject to fine and reprimand.

Disposal of General Licensed unit: The user MUST dispose of the device as Hazardous waste and transfer to a license disposal facility. This can be done, under US law by:
  • Exporting the device in accordance with NRC regulations found in 10CFR§110
  • Transfer to a Specific Licensee authorized to receive the device with supporting documentation.
  • Transfer to another General Licensee under strict regulations found in 10CFR§31.5(c)(9) or equivalent Agreement State regulations.
Exempt license requirement (SAS-Hitech-Xpose)
  • Remove label and throw away in regular garbage.
Or for transfer of ownership
  • No restriction. It can be given it to whomever, whenever, wherever required. No paperwork/transfer licenses/authorizations required.

Available Readyscope Lengths

PART NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
RDY-CEK-R 40
Readyscope Configuration Kit
4 Way Knob Articulation
40" length (1.0m)
RDY-CEK-R 60
Readyscope Configuration Kit
4 Way Knob Articulation
60" length (1.0m)
RDY-CEK-R 80
Readyscope Configuration Kit
4 Way Knob Articulation
80" length (1.0m)
RDY-CEK-R 120
Readyscope Configuration Kit
4 Way Knob Articulation
120" length (3.0m)
Customization available please ask a SASRAD representative.