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Flexoscopes - Fiberscopes

In flexoscopes the image is transmitted from the distal to the proximal end through an optical fiber bundle.

As their name suggests, flexoscopes are extremely flexible. They enable access to convoluted and irregularly shaped spaces, channels, or pipes that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye, and they are easy to use.

KARL STORZ flexoscopes come in diameters between 0.5 mm and 9 mm and feature a robust, smooth outer shell made of plastic or a metal-tungsten braiding. Two-way or four-way deflection translates into a large field of view and ensures ease of use and efficiency when used in combination with a kink protector and an integrated lock. When combined with a powerful external light source, our high quality optical system offers you an outstanding, sharp image that allows you to reliably assess the object to be inspected.

Optical fibers

The optical fibers transmit the image from the lens to the eyepiece. Depending on its type, the bundle of optical fibers, or "image guide bundle", can consist of up to 100,000 individual fibers.
An individual fiber's diameter is many times smaller than that of a human hair.
The individual fibers consist of two types of glass: a core surrounded by a thin layer of cladding. Since the cladding has a lower refractive index than the core, all optical signals are fully reflected at this "boundary" between the two types of glass. This enables image transmission in the form of individual image points.
The image resolution of a flexible endoscope and thus the clarity of details in the inspected area depend on the number, packing density, and quality of the individual fibers in the image guide.
High quality, ordered optical fiber bundles are still made by hand.

Flexoscope Ø 2.0 mm Ø 2.5 mm Ø 2.8 mm Ø 3.5 mm Ø 4.2 mm Ø 6.0 mm Ø 9.0 mm
Length

800 mm

890 mm

1200 mm

890 mm

1200 mm

570 mm

760 mm

1220 mm

1800 mm

570 mm

760 mm

1220 mm

1800 mm

1000 mm

1800 mm

1000 mm

1600 mm

Angle of view 70° 80° 100° 70° 90°
Deflection up/down 100°/100° 180°/90°
Length of rigid end 4 mm 4 mm 11 mm 12 mm 16 mm
Min. radius of curvature of lens 6 mm 6 mm 8 mm 12 mm
Min. radius of curvature of tubing 15 mm 15 mm 30 mm 40 mm
Integrated light cable x x

Miniflex

Achieving highest precision in very compact spaces requires high quality, high-performance
tools and devices.

These KARL STORZ endoscopes feature a very small diameter of between 0.5 mm and 1.3 mm.
Such endoscopes allow you to view a cavity through extremely small openings.

Miniflex  Ø 0,5 mm   Ø 0,9 mm Ø 1,3mm 
Length

200 mm

400 mm

800 mm

1000 mm  

200 mm

400 mm

800 mm

400 mm

1000 mm  

 Angle of view  70°
 Minimum bend radius of tube   30 mm

Autoscope

This inexpensive endoscope is specifically tailored to applications in the automobile and casting industry and reliably supplies you with informative images.

Special features

  • Reliability and robust design
  • Easy handling
  • High image quality
Diameter  Length Angle of view Up/down deflection  Length of rigid end Minimum bend radius of lens Minimum bend radius of tube
 2,5 mm  800 mm    90°  90° / 90°  4 mm             8 mm  15 mm
 3,5 mm  100°  180° / 90°  11 mm  15mm
 4,2 mm  100°  180° / 90°  11 mm  15 mm

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