Author Archives: Debbie

“Aftermarket” Bending Sections

There were two new bending section manufacturers at the FIME expo in Miami Beach last week. I had an opportunity to evaluate an unknown model from China under magnification. It was a similar design to a GIF-160 with a combination of four wedge bands and alternating scissors (see nomenclature blog).   Upon initial inspection it […]


When to replace and when to repair, Bending Section

WHEN TO REPLACE- WHEN TO REPAIR   The endoscope service industry doesn’t have the luxury of purchasing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Components. With the rare exception of authorized Fujinon /Olympus repair centers, the VA Center at Hines IL and in the United Kingdom, manufactures refuse to sell parts to anyone, which drives the cost up because […]


“New” bending sections, doesn’t always mean ready to use.

“NEW “BENDING SECTION DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN GOOD There is always someone offering an after market bending section for sale. So why hasn’t anyone gotten rich selling them? The need is there. Third party flexible endoscope service companies will pay $900 for an Original Equipment Manufactures’ (OEM) bending section. An industry exists where deep pocket salesman buy […]

Eyelet in Endoscope bending section

“A” in school was good. Why does an “A” in endoscope models mean frequent repairs?

EYELETS IN THE BENDING SECTION OF AN ENDOSCOPE        “A” in school was good. Why does an  “A” in endoscope models mean frequent repairs? When it comes to the bending section of an Endoscope Hospital Purchasing agents would like to be able to buy endoscopes that are comfortable for all doctors to use. Some […]