Westover FBP-P1 Video Inspection Probe
The FBP-P1, part of Westover’s industry-leading “FBP” series of fiber inspection probes, features 200x magnification and a 4-pin output to interface with a handheld display, “FBP-VO” series video output module, or FBPP-USB3 USB 1.1 module.
The FBP-P1 is suitable for use with either Westover handheld LCD displays, or Westover video output module where the video signal can than be routed to an external monitor. In addition, all Westover Analog probes can be used in conjunction with our video capture modules to provide image capture and display functionality on a PC.
This small, lightweight probe measures 4.5” long. It contains a long-life coaxial LED light source,and 1/3” CCD video camera. A small focusing mechanism is conveniently positioned in the probe handle. The probe accepts several connector specific tips. The Probe tip mates with the female bulkhead or mating connector and precenters the image on the display, thus eliminating the need to “find” the image by moving the probe around the connector. The 1.6 oz. probe holds itself in place for hands free operation.
In addition to being compatable with standard connectors,our design includes precision optics and lighting which have been optimized for inspecting small form-factor connectors-including 1.25mm (LC) connectors.
The Westover Scientific Video Inspection Probe is a portable, video microscope used to inspect fiber optic terminations. More specifically, the FBP is used to inspect installed connectors that are located inside hardware devices or in the “backside” of patch panels. It eliminates the need to access the backside of patch panels or disassemble hardware devices prior to inspection.
Many patch panels feature a design wherein one connector is easily inspected (front), but the other is difficult to access (back). Inspecting the connector on the front side of the panel is commonly performed using a simple fiber inspection microscope. However, the backside connectors are not as easily inspected with traditional microscopes, thus requiring time consuming troubleshooting. The FBP system combines with Westover’s line of “Cleaning Sticks” produce a fast and effective means for installing, troubleshooting, or maintaining fiber optic patch panels.
Hardware Devices and Test Equipment:
Most hardware devices feature connectors, at the faceplace of a “box”, that lead to the back-plane circuitry. These connectors are very difficult to access since they are built into the device’s enclosure. If a contaminates jumper is inserted, the termination inside the divice can become contaminated and contribure to signal loss. Many test equipment designs feature the same type of “back plane” fiber wherein a critical fiber termination lies just inside a piece of hardware. The FBP “Probe” used in conjuntion with Westover’s line of “Cleaning Sitcks” can be used to ensure that the termination inside is clean.
Most Mil-Aero connectors are based on multiple fiber plugs that embody “Termini” ferrules. Typically, one end of the connector contains multiple “pins” and the other contains multipler “sockets”. In either cas, you cannot inspect the terminations with a traditional microscope because you’re not able to “look” down inside the sockets. Using the FBP “Probe”, you are able to access the fiber endfaces, and inspect these connectors fully assembled.
In addition to inspecting backside connectors through bulkhead adapters, the FBP is available with an adapter tip for inspecting patch cables and cable assemblies.
* (1) FBP-P1 Video Inspection Probe
* (1) Video Output Module