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Universal testing software
Built from the ground up for touch interaction, Bluehill Universal features a portrait layout with meticulously crafted visual design, while giving the most comprehensive view of the test workspace on a large-format touch monitor, according to the manufacturer. QuickTest is said to be perfect for new or infrequent testers. Users can simply tap the QuickTest button, enter a test speed and tap start. A pre-defined graph and results table populates the most common results, such as maximum force and displacement at break. The Instron Connect feature allows users to securely report technical queries directly to technical support via the Bluehill Universal user interface. Enhanced exporting tools are said to give users the ability to customize results and raw data export files so that they can easily interface with laboratory information management systems. The software features built-for-touch architecture.

Instron
www.instron.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Enhanced thickness testers
Enhanced thickness testers Updated versions of the company's affordable digital micro-meter series for accurately testing thickness of very thin materials have been introduced. The firm's thickness tester line is said to have long been acknowledged as the industry leading instruments for measuring the thickness or caliper of a variety of sheet-like materials. Almost any material, including natural or synthetic fabrics, rubber and plastics, can be measured with precision and ease, according to the company. Advanced diagnostics and reporting functions include the capability of measuring and storing multiple readings, the ability to save up to 100 readings during a continuous measurement, and a test summary screen displaying data for every series.

Testing Machines
www.testingmachines.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Analytical x-ray solutions
A comprehensive catalog features the company's current portfolio of x-ray analytical instrumentation. The company provides a complete line of analytical and industrial instrumentation covering the full spectrum of x-ray based test and measurement equipment. The publication presents the company's entire line of materials analysis systems for the North and South American markets. The catalog enumerates the company's x-ray diffraction (XRD), wavelength and energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (XRF), small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and x-ray computed microtomography (CT) systems. Both full-sized laboratory systems and portable/benchtop systems for use in the field are included.

Rigaku Americas
www.rigaku.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
DSC/TGA testing system
DSC/TGA testing system The Discovery SDT 650 simultaneous differential scanning calorimeter/thermogravimetric analyzer is said to deliver unprecedented performance in sensitivity, baseline stability, temperature and atmosphere control. The SDT 650 is said to be the first simultaneous DSC/TGA to incorporate the firm's most advanced techniques like Modulated DSC, Modulated TGA and Hi-Res TGA. The SDT 650 is said to be the only system capable of simultaneous TGA/TGA measurement. The company's proprietary dual sample mode is said to deliver independent TGA measurements on two samples, which is said to double laboratory productivity. A simultaneous DSC/TGA measures the change in energy as a function of time and temperature, while concurrently and precisely measuring sample weight changes. With a temperature range of ambient to 1,500C, a wide variety of materials can be characterized on the SDT 650, according to the company.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Rubber testing equipment
Advanced testing technologies offered by the company include durometer hardness testers, densimeters, automatic hardness and density testers, and abrasion testers. The company's universal testing machine (tensile tester) line includes motorized force test systems, universal testing machines, electromechanical tensile testers, extensometers, and grips and fixtures. The firm's hardness durometer testing line includes automatic motorized durometers, digital durometers, plastometers, Barcol hardness testers and IRHD micro hardness testers. The flexometer and rheometer line includes DeMattia testers, fully automated standard flexometers, the Ultimate flexometer, moving die rheometers, foam pressure rheometers and Mooney viscometers. Low temperature tester combinations include Gehman testers, brittleness testers, low temperature retraction testers and low temperature compression set rigs.

Qualitest
www.worldoftest.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Measuring and dosing
The ECB (Easy Control Box) connects any laboratory sensor and pump to make real-time measurement and controlled dosing available to non-experts. Combining data from all sensors in a single experiment allows researchers to quickly evaluate and compare experimental results and make decisions to speed chemical process development, according to the manufacturer. Plug-and-play capabilities allow researchers to move sensors or pumps from one reactor to another within minutes, without the need for expert knowledge. Pumps and balances connect to the ECB for automated pre-programmed gravimetric dosing.

Mettler Toledo
www.mt.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
X-ray weld inspection
As pipelines are safety relevant parts, the demanding international quality standards require 100% quality inspection of the welding lines. During the welding process, a variety of defects like porosities or cracks can occur. An undiscovered failure can lead to severe consequences and liability charges for manufacturers. Therefore, it is said to be necessary to inspect welding lines on pipes and tanks through extensive non-destructive testing. Digital radiography helps to achieve the quality control and requirements, while providing cost reduction through a high degree of automation. The company's testing setup incorporates high-tech materials for digital flat panels. Instead of using a massive steel boom, a carbon fiber tube is used, resulting in lighter setup, longer detector lifetime and faster operation.

VisiConsult X-Ray Systems & Solutions
www.visiconsult.de

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Tire vision technology
Tire vision technology At the heart of the company's vision technology is said to be a sophisticated system that effectively replaces the eyes of the operator, enabling complete hands-off and eyes-off production. In line with Industry 4.0, the firm is said to continuously aim for greater connectivity, higher levels of automation and wider use of machine intelligence to drive speed, agility and production integration. Pixxel is a single, integrated platform containing its own logical and processing capabilities. The specific demands of high speed tire building required in-house development of this smart hardware platform. With Pixxel, the performance of both guidance and monitoring have been enhanced, and new levels of visualization have been introduced into the graphical user interface for the operators, according to the company. The result is said to be both greater speed and accuracy in performance, as well as much improved simplicity in operation and management, leading directly to better productivity.

VMI Group
www.vmi-group.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Extended range pyrometer
The Pocket-Probe digital extended range pyrometer is engineered and built to operate in sub-zero temperatures. Many pyrometer manufacturers do not recommend their instruments be used in extreme weather, according to the company, but with the Pocket-Probe extended range pyrometer, it is encouraged. Sub-zero temperatures are said to have a dramatic impact on a standard digital pyrometer's performance. However, with the extended range Pocket-Probe, users are guaranteed smooth functioning, even in temperatures as low as -30F. Available in thermocouple types K, J, T or E, this pyrometer is compatible with all of the company's sensors and mini-plug terminations. This precision instrument is also available with a Lexan window and options package (which includes peak hold memory, peak hold reset and magnetic mounting).

Electronic Development Labs
www.edl-inc.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Dynamic mechanical (or static) characterization
Dynamic mechanical (or static) characterization Testing instruments of the Eplexor series up to 500 N enable the dynamic mechanical (or static) characterization of a wide range of different materials, including elastomers and polymers, composites, biomaterials, adhesives, and others. The modular design of the high-force DMA/DMTA systems allows for measurements in the tension, compression, bending and shearing modes. The testing machines in this series differ from each other mainly in terms of their maximum dynamic force ranges of 25 N, 50 N, 150 N and 500 N. Various add-on options make these testing machines a safe investment for the long term, according to the company. All testing machines in this series conform to standards such as DIN 53513, ISO 6721/4, ISO 6721/5, ISO 6721/6, ISO 4664, ASTM D4065 and ASTM D4473. The Eplexor series is said to be flexible by means of a variety of force and strain sensors, as well as furnaces, which allow for easy upgrades to the basic system at any time after the first installation. High force levels allow for static loads up to 500 N (up to 1,500 N optional) and dynamic loads up to 500 N, said to be meaningful for investigations on curable resins, elastomers, composites, etc. Two independent drives feature a servo motor for static and a shaker for dynamic loads. The automatic sample changer allows for 24/7 operation for tension, compression and bending samples across the entire temperature range. The series is optimized for temperature sweeps on large samples, thanks to uniform heating of even large samples with low thermal conductivity (e.g., large rubber specimens).

Netzsch-Geratebau GmbH
www.netzsch-thermal-analysis.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Tire hardness gauge
Tire hardness is said to be a critical factor in setting up a race car. A tire that is too hard may sacrifice traction, while a tire that is too soft may give great traction, but wear too quickly, and an unmatched set of tires may result in an ill-handling car. The Type A durometer, as specified by ASTM D-2240, is the gauge used by tire manufacturers to measure hardness of tire rubber. The gauge gives readings of hardness in durometer points on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being the hardest reading. The RX-2100 tire durometer allows racers to quickly and accurately make checks of tire hardness. Unlike other racing durometers which are just relative hardness gauges, the RX-2100 is calibrated to the ASTM D-2240 standard for durometer hardness, and is NIST-traceable. The RX-2100 is a handheld gauge weighing 4.2 oz. The indicator case, bezel and barrel are all billet machined aluminum. The gauge has a one-year warranty.

RWC Testing & Lab Supplies
www.rwctesting.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Sample preparation tool
The 240-RP1 Roller Press Alfa Cutter allows for sample preparation using dies up to 19" wide and unlimited in length. Users are able to cut a variety of sample configurations and shapes. This cutter features dual button operation in order to keep operators safe. The company is a manufacturer of advanced testing instrumentation. The firm designs and develops products that test the physical properties of a wide range of materials. The firm is also said to be an authority on physical testing standards.

Thwing-Albert Instrument
www.thwingalbert.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Universal testing frame
A dual-column frame has been added to the VantageNX universal testing machine line. The VantageNX Duo has a 5 kN capacity to test at higher forces with a relatively small footprint in the laboratory. The VantageNX Duo offers three travel distances: 26", 36" and 47". The frame allows for an unlimited test workspace depth and a total of 13.5" between the columns. The customer has the option to choose between two different methods to control the testing machine, including MAP4 software which requires a Windows-based PC, or a stand-alone option with a Bluetooth connected touchscreen tablet. The VantageNX Duo can be configured to meet a variety of testing applications when outfitted with the proper grips and fixtures. It can be used to measure tensile, compression, flexural strength and peel strength, along with tests to meet such standards as ASTM, ISO and TAPPI.

Thwing-Albert Instrument
www.thwingalbert.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Inline profile measurement
Profile360 is an inline, real time, non-contact measurement system for continuously monitoring key profile dimensions in complex shapes such as rubber, plastic and composite extrusions. Profile360 employs CrossCheck line laser sensors to digitize the profile, compare it to a CAD template and continuously monitor key dimensions. Dimension changes often indicate a change in material, equipment or process, resulting in poor quality or high scrap rate or reclaim cost. Profile360 continuously monitors the size and shape of complex profiles in order to assure quality and avoid the high cost of defects.

Starrett Bytewise
www.starrett.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Polymer characterization
Products and services are offered for the real-time monitoring and control of polymer reactions. The ACOMP completely automated smart manufacturing system continuously monitors and characterizes polymers during polymerization or post-polymerization processing steps. The second generation ACOMP product includes such improvements as complete system automation driven by process operations, remote sample handling and analysis software upgrades. The firm is currently using its laboratory ACOMP in its applications engineering laboratory to develop applications for new chemistries and optimize polymerization processes. The expansion of the ACOMP to other polymer chemistries is said to significantly reduce manufacturing costs, improve product quality and reduce the environmental footprint of polymer manufacturers, according to the company.

Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies
www.apmtinc.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Precision coefficient of friction testing system
Precision coefficient of friction testing system The Model 32-76 coefficient of friction tester uses advanced digital force signaling and high speed data acquisition software to provide unmatched precision and repeatability, according to the manufacturer. The tester measures both static and kinetic coefficients of friction using the horizontal plane method. The tester includes a 7" color touchscreen display and an intuitive software user interface for easy navigation and test method storage. Testing coefficient of friction and slip properties aids in the evaluation of chemicals and additives used to create, monitor or minimize the degree of friction between two contacting test specimens or surfaces. Applications include a broad range of printed, coated or treated surfaces. Load cells on the Model 32-76 are interchangeable and include 5N, 10N, 20N, 50N and 100N; speeds range from 5 to 43 cm per minute (2 to 17 inches per minute). Other features of the Model 32-76 coefficient of friction tester include: Test method storage allows saving setup specifications to ensure proper settings; high speed data collection captures 500 readings during the static phase; the system directly interfaces with GraphMaster for data collection and cure analysis; a new magnetic sled eliminates taping samples to the sled to reduce testing time (optional); and the test screen displays static and kinetic individual results and statistics on one screen, improving testing efficiency, according to the manufacturer. The company provides materials testing instruments for measuring physical and analytical properties.

Testing Machines
www.testingmachines.com

Post date: 3/22/2017

 
Tire inspection software
The company's adaptation of Machine Visual Technology (MVT) software to automate the x-ray imaging analysis aims to avoid errors resulting from operator fatigue, distractions and problems arising from repetitive visual examination. The MVT software system is said to provide a solution to relieving operators from the highly focused and repetitive inspection work by automating the x-ray imaging analysis. The software is compatible with 20 different tire type or pattern combinations which would generally accommodate the inspection demand of a medium-sized TBR (truck and bus radial) plant. The system is also capable of being adapted to specific tire patterns as required. Since the software algorithm covers a wide range of tire specifications, the time taken for software parameter settings is reduced from months to days.

Mesnac Americas Ltd.
www.mesnac.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Tire uniformity machine
Tire uniformity machine The Librota-GS tire testing machine is said to have the world's fastest cycle time of 18 seconds per tire and the world's highest repeated measurement accuracy, according to the manufacturer. Tire testing machines are used for final inspection and quality checks of tires in the manufacturing process. The machines verify the uniformity, runout and other properties of tires. The company plans to supply the Librota-GS model to tire makers in North America, Europe and regions throughout the world. The company has shortened the Librota's cycle time to 18 seconds, from 20 seconds, by incorporating a newly developed control system and optimizing the measurement conditions.

Kobelco
www.kobelco.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Mechanical analysis
The Xpander, used in association with the company's dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) instrument, is said to enable DMA test campaigns on a large number of specimens to be entirely automated. Dynamic mechanical analysis serves to characterize the viscoelastic properties of materials (rubber and polymers) to an extremely high level of accuracy. In particular, it is said to be the most accurate technique available to determine the glass transition of these materials. Xpander has been designed to significantly increase the number of tests performed by DMA instruments in various test modes, including compression, tension and shear. Tests are performed around the clock and no longer require the presence of an operator. Xpander's flexibility makes it possible to accommodate material specimens of various shapes and sizes.

Metravib
www.metravib.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Integrated material testing
Integrated material testing The UVX (universal video extensometer) integrated material testing system is designed specifically for use in high-throughput routine testing laboratories. The UVX system is designed to seamlessly integrate with all leading manufacturers' test machines, and every aspect of the system has been developed to both maximize throughput speed and minimize the opportunity for experimental errors, whether from specimen type, test setup or user technique, according to the company. The video extensometers are said to be a cost-effective alternative to strain gauging material test coupons, with return on investment periods as low as two months. The complete system is controlled by the company's intuitive Video Gauge software that is said to be highly advanced and simple to use.

Imetrum
www.imetrum.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Tensile testing system
Tensile testing system The AT10 tensile tester is a universal, table-top tensile tester for rubber, plastics and other materials. This easy-to-use tensile tester has a maximum load capacity of 10 kN and performs multiple tests for quality control and research and development applications. The AT10 is fully CE compliant, meeting the stringent HS&E requirements of the company's global market. Key features of the AT10 tensile tester are said to include comprehensive computer-controlled testing with a full range of user features; basic license for tension, tear, compression, peel, adhesion and o-ring; data point selector and custom data point calculator; easy reanalysis and recalculation of results; and the ability to export to an Excel, Word or SQL database. The AT10 is backed by the company's professional field service engineers and customer-focused aftermarket support team. The instrument has a selection of load cells available, along with options such as an automatic thickness gauge. Data collected can be stored on the instrument's computer.

Alpha Technologies

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Mechanical oscillograph
The ASTM D11.10 subcommittee has approved proposed revisions to the current test method, ASTM D945-16. The latest version of the Yerzley mechanical oscillograph (AYO-IV) complies with this test method. The instrument is completely computerized and equipped with the latest user-friendly software, eliminating all operator induced errors in data evaluation. There is no graph paper; there is no reading from the graph paper; and all calculations are automated so that results are available once the test is completed. A typical compression test takes less than five seconds, after which the resulting trace and the calculated parameters are displayed. An additional parameter, tangent of delta, the measure of energy loss due to damping, is also calculated and reported. AYO-IV predicts the mechanical properties of rubber, plastics and other polymers.

Tavdi
www.tavdico.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 

 
 
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