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Valve controller
The ValveMate 9000 is a state-of-the-art precision valve controller. The intricate microprocessor circuitry ensures the dispensing of precise, accurate and repeatable amounts of the adhesive, lubricants and other assembly fluids used in many of today's advanced products, such as medical devices, automotive components and portable electronics. The ValveMate 9000 incorporates advanced features such as auto-increment mode that adjusts dispensing parameters after a certain number of shots or a specific elapsed time. The ValveMate 9000 offers independent dual-valve control programming, each with 24 watt temperature controllers for J-type thermocouples. Each channel can drive a remote high-speed solenoid valve up to 500 Hz. Two electronic pressure regulators provide stability in the fluid reservoir.

Nordson EFD

Post date: 4/15/2014

Intelligent rheometer
Intelligent rheometer Industrial quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) laboratories that analyze the rheological properties of a wide variety of samples can now increase the efficiency and reduce user error with an intelligent rheometer that adapts to an individual's measurement routines and conditions, according to the company. The Haake Viscotester iQ rheometer's "connect assist" function automatically detects the measuring geometry and temperature module, providing real-time feedback that makes it easy for customers to set up sample testing procedures with minimal errors, according to the manufacturer. Several options make the rheometer more useful and versatile than the previous generation. The Haake ViscoTester iQ rheometer can be used as a standalone instrument with its touchscreen interface or by using the Haake Viscotester iQ RheoApp software on a USB flash drive to provide extended capabilities. In addition, the instrument can be operated with full software control from a desktop computer.

Thermo Scientific

Post date: 4/15/2014

Benchtop spectrometers
Epsilon 3X benchtop x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers are powered by the latest advances in excitation and detection technology. They have been designed for reliable and simple operation, and deliver oustanding analytical performance right across the periodic table, according to the manufacturer. The Epsilon 3X is equipped with 50 kV excitation and the latest high-resolution silicon drift detector, enabling analysis of a variety of elements. Advanced spectrum processing and state-of-the-art algorithms are said to provide highly accurate and precise, fully traceable data. A variety of software options for standardless analysis, fingerprinting, regulatory compliance or multi-layer analysis is available. (PANalytical)


Post date: 4/15/2014

Conveyor technology
Conveyor technology is offered for material handling to all builders, system integrators and end users of both discrete and process manufacturing markets. An integrated drive system with the company's motion control and drives products, along with communication protocols, is available. It spans the range of drives, motors, gear motors and automation technology, plus machine safety, power supply and circuit protection. A flexible and field-tested portfolio of products and software services is offered to the builders of material handling equipment in all industries. Free design tools are said to allow a more efficient process in customer design, configuration and product selection, plus communication and energy calculation. The OEM Partner Program provides benefits from the firm's global experience.

Siemens Industry

Post date: 4/15/2014

Shaft alignment tool
The NXA Ultimate laser-based shaft alignment tool comes with a complete software and hardware package for both shaft alignment and geometric measurements, such as flatness and straightness. Regardless of the situation, regular machine maintenance check-ups or installation of new machinery, the NXA Ultimate is said to handle it. With the flatness application, the maintenance staff checks the foundation for any faults. A machine foundation that is skewed or warped in any way will make the required alignment difficult, if not impossible, according to the company. Once installed, users check the machine's alignment status. With everything verified to be perfectly aligned, the machine's optimal operation conditions are ensured, according to the company. The NSA Ultimate is a complete measurement system.


Post date: 3/24/2014

DSC measurement
The Polyma DSC is said to set a new paradigm in performance and ease of use. For the first time, each of the steps involved in running a DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) measurement has been taken into account in developing a comprehensive solution, according to the company. The core of the DSC 214 Polyma is comprised of an Arena furnace for extremely fast heating and cooling rates of up to 500 K/min., the new diffusion-bonded Corona sensor and the Concavus pan. Measurement preparation is said to have been significantly simplified by means of the SampleCutter, and the 3in1 Box containing 96 pre-sorted and cleaned Concavus pans.

Netzsch Instruments North America, LLC

Post date: 3/24/2014

Dynamic/fatigue testing
A provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components announces the release of the Specimen Self-Heating Control (SSHC) add-on to its WaveMatrix software package for dynamic and fatigue testing of polymers and composites. It maintains specimen temperature within a tight band and can save time, cost and energy in the quality control test laboratory, as well as in the development and optimization of composite formulations. The SSCH technology is applicable to any test geometry provided a specimen temperature transducer can be fitted, and is also compatible with temperature chamber testing. The SSHC add-on is available for all of the company's dynamic testing systems provided they are equipped with the 8800 digital controller and supported by the latest version of WaveMatrix software.


Post date: 3/24/2014

Touch screen rheometers
Touch screen rheometers Three instruments were added to the company's touch screen family of rheometers, including the RST-CPS cone plate rheometer, the RST-CC coaxial cylinder rheometer and the RST-SST soft solids tester rheometer. The RST Series is said to offer the quickest and most comprehensive capability for making rheological measurements, whether it is single point viscosity for quality control or complete flow curve analysis for research and development. The RST rheometers are said to be unique because they operate in both controlled stress and controlled rate modes and can perform tests including viscoelastic modulus, yield stress, viscosity vs. shear rate profile, thixotropy calculation, creep behavior, recovery after flow and temperature sensitivity. Every RST rheometer offers the widest torque range available to handle the broadest range of sample materials (500 to 1 million dyne•cm). They are said to provide exceptional versatility with the largest range of shear reates and DIN spindle geometries.


Post date: 3/24/2014

Cavity pressure sensor
Use of cavity pressure and cavity temperature sensors directly at the molded part is said to be part of a permanently growing market. A bad part cannot be detected only by machine parameters for various reasons. And the ease of use during installation is said to become even more important. In recent decades, a cavity pressure sensor was usually mounted with the help of a mounting nut in order to ensure an installation situation as stiff as possible. This is necessary to avoid measuring errors. A cavity temperature sensor, however, was clamped with the help of a distance sleeve as a standard because this has no influence on the temperature measurement. The Priafit mounting sleeve consists of a combination of mounting nut and distance sleeve and is said to combine the advantages of both methods.

Priamus System Technologies

Post date: 3/6/2014

Atomic force microscopy
Atomic force microscopy The company's Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM) is an atomic force microscopy technique that enables nanoscale mapping of permittivity and conductivity with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution on any material, including conductors, semiconductors and insulators. The sMIM incorporates electronics and proprietary AFM probe technology, and is available integrated exclusively with the company's MFP-3D and Cypher AFMs. Nanoelectrical AFM modes have long been used in microelectronics R&D applications because they can provide valuable insight into device structure, function and failure. However, most conventional modes have been limited to measuring either resistance or capacitance, and have required laborious sample preparation. sMIM is said to be a dramatic improvement on these technologies because it senses sample variations in both conductivity (resistance) and permittivity (capacitance), while requiring only minimal sample preparation.

Asylum Research

Post date: 3/6/2014

Differential scanning calorimetry measurement solution
Differential scanning calorimetry measurement solution A comprehensive solution for differential scanning calorimetry takes each of the steps involved in running a DSC measurement into account. From improved sample preparation to advanced pan geometry with special packaging for transport, handling and archiving; from an optimized diffusion-bonded sensor to a low-inertia furnace allowing the fastest heating and cooling available on the market; from AutoCalibration to AutoEvaluation and the company's unique identity software, the Polyma DSC is said to set a new paradigm in performance and ease of use. The core of the DSC 214 Polyma is comprised of the Arena furnace for extremely fast heating and cooling rates of up to 500 K/minute, the new diffusion-bonded Corona sensor and the Concavus pan. This trio is said to offer optimum performance with the highest reproducibility. Measurement preparation is said to have been significantly simplified by means of the SampleCutter, which is available exclusively from the company, and the 3-in-1 Box containing 96 pre-sorted and cleaned Concavus pans. The box is said to allow for safe transportation and easy handling, while providing a smart archiving system. Experiments can be started with a minimum of time and effort, thanks to the intuitive SmartMode of the Proteus measuring software, according to the company. It is now possible to determine thermal effects in the measuring curve automatically.

Netzsch Instruments North America, LLC

Post date: 1/21/2014

Tire hardness gauge
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.Some race tires come from the factory with the durometer hardness noted on the sidewall, but factors such as ambient temperature, track temperature, usage and age of the tire can change the actual hardness of the tire from the factory hardness. The RX-2100 tire durometer allows racers to quickly and accurately make checks of tire hardness.

RWC Testing & Lab Supplies

Post date: 1/21/2014

Compression set testing
Compression set testing Compression set at low temperature measures the ability of a rubber material to recover after being compressed at a sub-zero temperature. This property is said to be important for rubber seals in dynamic sealing situations where the gap varies with temperature, for instance. Performing compression set at low temperature, however, without having to open the deep freezer and influence the compression set results, has always been a problem. The latest version of ISO 815, part 2, describes a new procedure which gives much improved repeatability. By using the company's EV 09 rig in combination with a special designed freezer, it is now possible to perform the measurement without having to touch the samples or opening the freezer. All adjustments of height and releasing of the compression on the test piece are made outside the freezer, but the test piece itself is all the time kept in the freezer, thus improving the test results, according to the company.

Elastocon AB

Post date: 1/21/2014

Pellet purity scanner
Contamination in raw materials can be a major problem in the production of medical tubes or of other products where quality demands are outstandingly high, according to the company. Therefore, the use of highly pure material is said to be of essential importance. Detecting contaminants which are embedded in pellet or granulate material is said to be challenging. The company's purity scanner inspects pellets for contaminants. Contaminated pellets are sorted out and removed.


Post date: 1/21/2014

Polymer testing center
The company's polymer testing center provides rubber testing experts who can offer more than the standard measuring of abrasion resistance, durometer hardness, viscosity, tensile strength and fabric bonding. They also have sophisticated physical methods for assessing the molecular microstructure of the vulcanizates, which can provide crucial information for optimizing products, according to the company. Methods developed based on polymer physics enable the testing center to explain the properties of rubber products by looking at the molecular structure of their components. (Lanxess)


Post date: 1/21/2014

Gelation kinetics tester
The ElastoSens is said to be the latest instrument developed to allow customers to characterize hardening kinetics for product quality control, industrial process control, or research and development. The ElastoSens operates in real-time, without contact and non-destructively. The ElastoSens can characterize, over time or temperature, various changing materials like silicones and elastomers, gels, hydrogels, etc. (Rheolution)


Post date: 1/21/2014

Molecular weight testing
A range of analytical capabilities is offered by this testing firm to help customers understand and improve the function of polymer products. Molecular weight distribution and structure represent one of the most fundamental properties of a polymer. They influence processing behavior and the physical properties of the finished product. Using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), also known as size exclusion chromatography (SEC), the firm is said to offer expert molecular weight characterization.

Smithers Rapra

Post date: 1/21/2014

Digital durometer
Digital durometer The Model DD-4 digital durometer is the successor to the company's Rex DD-3. The DD-4 is said to be truly state-of-the-art and is said to be the ideal instrument for laboratory use. Some of the new features include a new, larger direct drive LCD display, USB data ports for computer compatibility, a locking feature to prevent accidental erasure of tolerances, automatic shutoff and low battery warning. Features of the Model DD-4 digital durometer include an NIST calibration certificate; conforms to ASTM D-2240; a one-year warranty; high and low buttons for setting tolerance limits; solid state circuitry with LCD display; response speed is immediatge; holds reading until reset; 0.1 resolution; dial rotates up to 270°; and more.

Rex Gauge

Post date: 1/21/2014

Adhesion loop tack tester
Adhesion loop tack tester The TA-LTT loop tack tester for use with the CT3 tester is designed for testing the adhesive strength of materials per ASTM D-2979. The sample is adhered to a slide that is placed in the bottom fixture. The top of the sample is then gripped by the upper clamp, and the CT3 tester applies tension, measuring the force required to break the adhesive bond. The CT3 tester is said to be the best value in a stand-alone instrument for physical testing. It combines simplicity of operation with expanded test method capability and operates in both compression and tension modes. The company offers a wide variety of fixtures and probes for use with the CT3 tester, providing testing solutions for a large and growing number of applications. TexturePro CT software offers a range of test modes, generates detailed analytical data for each test and produces statistical reports over multiple samples.

Brookfield Engineering

Post date: 1/21/2014

Low temperature testing
This combination instrument for cold environment TR, Gehman and brittleness testing consists of a base unit with a cooling bath and the electronics. The three different test rigs are then mounted on a carousel. No lifting is necessary when switching from one method to another. The instrument can be bought with only one rig and the carousel, and then be upgraded later with one or two more rigs to get a complete system. One advantage with the system that the company can provide is that by using a "base" instrument and only changing the rigs for TR, Gehman or brittleness, customers have access to all three methods in one instrument. It also takes up less space than three separate units.


Post date: 1/21/2014

Automatic motorized hardness testing system
Automatic motorized hardness testing system Most rubber automotive parts are required to withstand critical temperature changes in their everyday use, meaning that they must be thoroughly tested to meet safety standards. The unique testing environments of the automotive and tire industries require extremely specialized equipment to determine the quality of their products. For example, these instruments must be designed as modular units to provide a custom solution for the testing of nearly every rubber part on the assembly line. The DigiTest II automatic motorized hardness testing system is said to be one of the most impressive durometer/IRHD hardness testers on the market, and its modular design makes it suitable to virtually every durometer/IRHD measurement scale for testing various polymers. With its extensive range of accessories and its automatic testing procedure, the DigiTest II is said to always provide the most accurate results while remaining cost effective and adaptable. With the help of the DigiTest II, manufacturers and researchers are said to be able to uphold the highest testing standards as they develop new and innovative materials and applications. DigiTest rotation is an extension of the DigiTest II system, which allows the rotation of multiple samples in a room temperature environment. The DigiChamber temperature test chamber is the first instrument of its kind with the ability to test hardness changes under extreme temperature conditions. The firm recently delivered one of these devices to a major North American tire and rubber company that has won numerous prestigious awards for the quality of its products. The DigiChamber consists of a hardness tester and a temperature chamber that can carry out tests on a sample by analyzing three different positions simultaneously, allowing companies to conduct more rigorous tests and ensure greater consistency across products.

Qualitest USA

Post date: 1/21/2014

Hardness testing
Hardness testing The DigiTest II is said to set the highest standards for automatic hardness testing. Rubbers and plastics are used in a staggeringly large range of manufactured products, and if they are to perform to their highest potential, they must be of the best quality possible, according to the company. The firm is helping to automate the testing process for these materials, offering efficient testing solutions to companies around the world. The DigiTest II automatic motorized hardness testing system is said to be one of the most impressive durometer/IRHD hardness testers on the market, and its modular design is said to make it suitable to virtually every durometer/IRHD measurement scale for testing various polymers. With its extensive range of accessories and its automatic testing procedure, the DigiTest II is said to always provide the most accurate results while remaining cost-effective and adaptable. With the help of the DigiTest II, manufacturers and researchers will be able to uphold the highest testing standards as they develop new and innovative materials and applications.


Post date: 1/2/2014


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