Flexible probes are traditionally the most popular type of the probes for the industrial endoscopes.
The base of the SATEKO flexible probes is a flattened coiled wire made of a special alloy that can withstand significant lateral loads and at the same time has a high degree of flexibility. The minimum bending radius of the SATEKO flexible probes is approximately 15 centimeters.
SATEKO flexible probes are available with two types of external coating:
An important characteristic of the SATEKO flexible probes is a high degree of torsion resistance that allows them to rotate freely in the cavity during inspection. It helps to accurately position the probe camera against the object of inspection. When using a probe with 2-sides articulation, this ability of the probe allows the user to examine almost the entire sphere around the distal end.
The choice between a polymer probe or a braided tungsten probe depends on the degree of abrasiveness of the environment the probe is planned to be used in. Obviously, in the presence of a large number of sharp metal angles, sections and protruding elements, a tungsten-braided probe will be more durable. Flexible probes with a polymer coating, as a rule, have a slightly lower cost than tungsten-coated probes, it can also make an influence on the decision concerning the type of probe coating. The polymer coating of the probe is better suited for use in high humidity conditions, in the presence of technical fluids, etc. as it has a way stronger resistance to chemical substances and is easy to clean. Additionally, the choice of a polymer coating may be made due to the rare use of the device.