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Our vision is to give our customers more time.


Optimal alignment towards our customers and their needs is our daily challenge in order to make their daily life a little bit easier.


Due to scope of performance that is tailored to suit the market need and full compatibility with well known manufacturers, Hipp has grown into one of the leading companies in area of endoscopy. Not leading with regard to sheer size or mass, but leading in key areas as a manufactury of selected product range of medical and industrial endoscopes and most of all as a manufacturer independent service provider in area of endoscopy in Europe.


An integrated service provider with traditional system of values


Hipp Endoskop Service GmbH was founded in July 1996 by Alexander and Frank Hipp. The production and repair of all types of medical and industrial endoscopes from various producers have always been the emphases of their work. Their know-how in combination with strong personal engagement of all employees, creativity, team spirit and reliability of a familiy company assure the highest quality.





Our roots reside in production and repair of endoscopes from various producers. The development of a completely new industrial endoscope was the next logical step to made. Massproduction is not our aim, however. We want to stay faithful to our philosophy and see ourselves also in area of industrial endoscopes as a manufactury and not as a massproducer.


We give you the right solution for your problem


It means that in the first step we deal intensively with your problem in order to be able to provide you in the second step with a suitable solution - if necessary also a required budget. According to our experience the identification of the problem is most important when it comes to functioning solution.


Repair service made by HIPP


Our support also after the purchase is a matter of course. We offer you repair time of 10 working days on average for endoscopes from various producers and tailored service concepts with fixed price quarantee for your actual stock of endoscopes.

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Endoscopes & Related camera systems are very popular within the maintence sector of aviation. This can be for both engines and aircraft bodywork.




This market covers applications for both manufacturing and maintence. Most engine manufacturers will carry out manual inspections with Borescopes, checking the drilled oil ways in cylinder heads and blocks.

Endoscopes are perfect for in-situ engine inspections as well, such as checking the combustions chambers via the injection or spark plug holes.

Manufacturing and maintence of gearboxes and axles are also target applications.




Wall cavity inspection is an application that is frequently mentioned. Checking for insulation and damp can be extremely cost & time effective. Pretty much any cavity within a building can be inspected with an Endoscope or Camera system. Organisations carrying out building or monument restorations are frequent Endoscope users.




Requirements are for checking all pipe work, air ducts & chimneys. This can be for both domestic or Industrial buildings. The same applications exist for Facilities Management.




Larger Industrial buildings (hospitals for example), will have Facilities teams constantly working to maintain that building. Often these organisations rent inspection equipment without realising they could probably buy the equipment for the cost of three inspections!




Applications are closely related to Automotive, machinery for all purposes has to be maintained. Larger camera equipment is often more suitable than regular Endoscopes, such as the SnakeEye system.


MARINE: Another engineering cross over, similar to Automotive/aviation. Inspections of engines and the ships hull & internal bodywork.




Internal structures are constantly inspected for damage. Larger camera systems are more frequently used.




Borescopes are very popular for inspecting the components to mix chemicals and the production of the finished pharmaceuticals. Quality has to be 100% are all times within the manufacturing process.




Borescopes used for cracking locks on doors and safes, all strictly legal of course!




Inspecting gun barrels, within manufacturing and repair.




I have had experience of some unusual applications, such as using long Flexible Endoscopes to study the nests of lizards and the insides of Beaver dams!




Camera systems such as the SnakeEye are popular for track inspections. With the level of magnification provided, it is an ideal method to locate track damage.




Used for searching vehicles & buildings, illegal substances and people being the main target. Also used in security surveillance, especially Infa-red camera systems.




Endoscopes & Cameras are used for Search & Rescue, often within collapsed buildings where space becomes an issue.


Industry Update is delighted to announce our Imaging Technology Company of the Month as VisionScope, the British company distributing high-spec German endoscopic technology to the UK market.


VisionScope is the UK distributor of HIPP Endoscope Service, the German endoscope manufactures and integrated service provider founded in July 1996 by Alexander and Frank Hipp. VisionScope offers sales, tech support and repairs of HIPP’s innovative products. HIPP’s emphasis on maintaining a system of traditional values within the business has propelled the company forward for over two decades. Couple this with HIPP’s continued emphasis on doing right by the customer – actioned by aligning the company’s ethos and daily operations toward the customer’s needs, making this their daily challenge – and HIPP is a company you can trust to carry out an efficient and quality service.


HIPP’s trajectory has led them to become one of the industry leaders in the field of the manufacture, sales and repair of endoscopes, though not due to the sheer size of their operation. No, it is HIPP’s products which dictate their industry leadership, with product quality being second to none, facilitating their continued growth throughout the years.


The high quality of HIPP’s endoscopes represents a culmination of Germany’s typically excellent reputation for engineering and manufacturing high quality products, yet it is also in a large part due to the company’s strong emphasis on personal engagement with all employees. HIPP’s attention given to creativity in the company, combined with the German industry leader’s unabated emphasis on team spirit and cultivation of a healthy and productive family-like atmosphere further ensures its products are of the highest quality possible. The company’s ethos is epitomised by their decision to avoid mass production, instead remaining faithful to their philosophy of ensuring the highest quality possible.


Customers purchasing HIPP’s endoscopes through main UK distributor VisionScope will receive after-sale support as a matter of course, with HIPP offering a number of key services to customers. One such of these services is the repair service offered to customers. With a ten day turnaround time for repairs undertaken on an endoscope, while there is a 1 year warranty on all accomplished services undertaken. Moreover, all repairs are undertaken in the ISO accredited facility and by qualified employees. Naturally, only the highest quality parts are used in the repair and manufacture of the endoscopes.


A question which may be on the mind of the reader is ‘But why would I use an endoscope?’ Perhaps a common misconception of the industry is that endoscopes are used solely for medical procedures. This is not entirely incorrect, as endoscopes are an indispensable tool for medical professionals all over the world. Their use extends much, much further than this, however, with endoscopes proving indispensable for a whole host of industries. Endoscopic tools have proven vital technology for industries including: aerospace, quality control, power engineering and power plants, transport and automotive, security, plant engineering and chemistry, construction, and research and development. The use of an endoscope can provide a rapid and inexpensive insight into the interior of any number of objects or machinery, eliminating the need to disassemble an item and reducing the risk of damaging it.





This is where it can get confusing, so I will try my best!


BORESCOPES (also known as Technoscopes) is a term referring to INDUSTRIAL ENDOSCOPES. In principle it is for Industrial Rigid Endoscopes but is often used in general terms for any Industrial Endoscope, rigid or flexible.


FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPES, very general term that can refer to any flexible endoscope, be it for Industrial or Medical purposes.


ENDOSCOPY, usually used as a reference to Medical Endoscopes, often related to more Out-Patient type procedures rather than surgical.


LAPROSCOPES, strictly surgical Endoscopes (includes veterinary use as well), used in various disciplines, general, gynae, urology, etc..


ARTHROSCOPES, all for orthopaedic surgery, knees, shoulders, wrists etc..any joint in fact.


LIGHTSCOPES, this is a name used by MORITEX to describe their Industrial Flexible Endoscopes. Not to be confused with Light Guide Cables.


Following on from the Lightscope note, there are many companies that use a product name to describe the Endoscope they supply, so you will likely see multiple types, which all come back to the same principle points:























There are also many different types of Medical Endoscopes that are very name specific and procedure specific. Highly unlikely they would be used for anything else.


The technology involved in Industrial & Medical Endoscopes is pretty much the same. The difference is that Medical Endoscopes are built to be sterilised, either by chemical washing or autoclaving. Therefore different materials are used in manufacturing to seal the Endoscopes to allow for the cleaning and sterilisation.

Industrial Endoscopes must never be used for any Medical or Veterinary  procedures.






Whatever your application, you ideally need the best picture possible.


1)What is the largest diameter Endoscope that can be used for your application? You really need to use the largest size possible.

2)What length of Endoscope does your application demand?

3)Do you need to go around corners? This maybe a deciding factor as to whether use a rigid or flexible.

4)Direct view or camera? Do you just want to look directly through the Endoscope, couple with a Digital Camera or a CCD camera with a TV screen.

5)Do you need to record the images?

6)Cost? What is your budget for your application? This can also have a major factor on your choice of Endoscope.


A couple of things to consider:


Smaller Endoscopes = higher cost.

High quality = higher cost.

Large Diameter = higher resolution image


This is pretty much the same regardless of flexible or rigid Endoscopes.







Richard Wolf, Dyonics, Olympus/Keymed, Karl Storz, Pentax, Stryker, Conmed, B.Braun/AesculaP




HIPP, Olympus, Karl Storz, Everest VIT (now GE Inspection), ITI, Gradient Lens/Hawkeye, Endoscan

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