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Borescope Saves a Marriage

Groom drops wedding ring down drain pipe.

Published: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 12:37

(AIT: Melbourne, Florida) -- The groom-to-be was showing the wedding ring off to his friends at work the day before the wedding when it slipped from his grasp and fell down an industrial drain. The drain had about a 10-foot vertical drop before it turned sharply horizontal. The groom-to-be had no idea how far the ring had traveled or how it could be retrieved. Some one suggested a   borescope could be used   to locate the ring. That was when Advanced Inspection Technologies (AIT) received a very panicky phone call.

AIT ( http://aitrents.com/) specializes in the rental of borescopes, fiberscopes, videoscopes and long pipe inspection cameras for a variety of remote visual inspection applications at industrial sites around the world. Borescope rentals are used to examine pipelines, pumps, gearboxes, compressors, boilers, heat exchangers, headers, valves and air conditioning ducts. Borescopes allow engineers to check for pitting, cracking, corrosion, erosion, weld and other defects in industrial systems that cannot be easily accessed. AIT also rents industrial foreign-object search and retrieval tools. These tools are used to remove loose parts and foreign materials from industrial systems.

Although rarely used for such a purpose, they also happen to be the perfect tools to locate and recover wedding rings in drain pipes.

"We were honored the young groom thought of Advanced Inspection Technologies in his time of need," says Paul Fitzgerald, president and CEO of Advanced Inspection Technologies. "We had the borescope rental tools he needed to locate and retrieve the wedding ring in his hands within hours."

Using the borescope's video screen, the groom was able to navigate the borescope through the pipe and find the ring. The ring had traveled approximately 10 feet vertically and another five feet horizontally in the three-inch pipe line. Once the groom located the lost ring he used a foreign object retrieval tool to pluck the ring from its resting spot. The wedding went off without incident and the groom asked that AIT never mention the incident to his bride.

They decided to tell everyone else.


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Groom to be

What a great story! You never know how NDT equipment will be used!