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Spectrophotometer
The 45G is a high-accuracy 45/0 handheld spectrophotometer which provides simultaneous control of both color appearance and gloss with class leading repeatability, even on textured surfaces, according to the company. Featuring a built-in 60 gloss meter, it is said to be ideal for quick detection of appearance mismatch in the production of parts. The 45G is said to offer reproducible results across different operators and different sites, extensive onboard functionality in color, and more.

Datacolor

Post date: 1/19/2015

 
Digital viscometer
Digital viscometer The DV1 viscometer is said to be the company's lowest cost continuous sensing digital viscometer. Almost every part of the instrument sports a fresh new appearance from top to bottom, according to the manufacturer. The head of the DV1 viscometer features a new shape and a larger, easy-to-read display. Multiple language choices are now included, and the user interface has three hot keys for quick access to spindle selection, test speed and other functions. The operator can now customize the display, choosing which number appears larger on screen based on their operational preferences. The DV1 now features the same laboratory stand found on the company's DV3T rheometer and DV2T viscometer, providing plenty of room for sample placement. Optional Wingather SQ software allows the user to collect, analyze and record test data.

Brookfield Engineering

Post date: 1/19/2015

 
Digital analytical sensors
A new generation of low maintenance sensors and analyzers is said to feature the advantages of digital technology. Power plant cycle chemistry depends on accurate, reliable measurements to enable control that minimizes corrosion and deposits. However, the effort and expense to keep this instrumentation operating can be quite a burden. Literature from the company explains the capabilities for conductivity, pH, ORP, dissolved oxygen, sodium, silica and TOC measurements. It also shows how these measurements can now be made using the firm's digital sensors with Intelligent Sensor Management (ISM) technology. The on-board measuring circuit in these sensors eliminates signal degradation, and internal memory prevents mix-ups with calibration data. ISM sensors also provide predictive diagnostics that optimize the balance of maintenance costs vs. reliability.

Mettler-Toledo Thornton

Post date: 1/19/2015

 
Long-travel extensometer
The DSES-1000 long-travel contact extensometer is said to be an easy-to-use and highly precise tool for measuring displacement in rubber and other soft materials with considerable elongation. With 1,000 mm maximum movement distance, the DSES-1000 can measure elongations up to 4,000% for a gauge length of 10 mm. In addition, it achieves 0.2% relative measurement accuracy above 50 mm stroke within 100 mm below 50 mm stroke. The DSES-1000 features a lateral quick clamp mechanism, making it easy for users to center the mounted position of the extensometer clamp with the sample, according to the company. Users can choose from a range of edges for the DSES-1000.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
3D imaging microscope
3D imaging microscope The nSPEC 3D computer-controlled microscope is designed for sophisticated industrial use. It is said to combine high quality and imaging purity of optical lenses with advanced computer pattern recognition algorithms, custom 3D printed hardware and artificial intelligence to capture nanoscale 3D images, including quantitative results and structure classification with a single mouse click or gesture. The nSPEC 3D was initially developed to address common challenges faced when performing high throughput imaging of complex materials in factories, namely the inability to capture repeatable topography maps and to automatically interpret features in the 3D image. Through a convergence of imaging techniques, available hardware advances and the emergence of real time analysis, the nSPEC 3D will allow users to capture and deliver nanoscale insights in a way that is accessible, understandable and actionable at a fraction of the cost compared to alternative technologies.

Nanotronics Imaging
www.nanotronicsimaging.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Laboratory R&D systems
For process engineers engaged in research and development, the company offers a fully functional laboratory system specially designed for the development of customized process solutions. The laboratory system is used to conduct feasibility studies to quickly determine how the company's technology performs in processes such as reaction, drying, polymerization, devolatilization and mixing. The system is precisely scaled for a smaller footprint, easy setup and intuitive operation, according to the company. It also allows developers to conduct their research on materials in the concentrated phase using little or no solvents. The laboratory system includes a twin-shaft batch processor, vacuum system, condensation system, data acquisition system and an optional thermal oil system.

LIST AG
www.listdryprocessing.com

Post date: 11/24/2014

 
Viscoelastic mapping
Viscoelastic mapping A nanomechanical imaging technique, AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode, is available for the entire line of Cypher and MFP-3D atomic force microscopes (AFMs). AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode allows users to quickly and gently image viscoelastic properties, including storage modulus and loss tangent with nanoscale spatial resolution. The imaging mode is said to be ideal for quantitative nanomechanical measurements on materials such as polymers, composites, biomaterials and others. AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode is said to be the most powerful nanomechanical technique in the company's NanomechPro toolkit because it can measure both the elastic storage modulus and the viscous loss modulus or loss tangent over an extremely wide range of materials. AM-FM mode gets results by operating at two cantilever resonances simultaneously.

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research
www.asylumresearch.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 

Brookfield Engineering
www.brookfieldengineering.com

Two integrated liquid chromatography systems, Prominence-i and Nexera-i, have been added to the company's extensive line-up of HPLC and UHPLC systems. Combining excellent functionality, an intuitive operating environment and full automation, the i-Series is said to provide excellent performance and a more efficient workflow for conventional to ultra-high-speed analysis.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Touchscreen rheometers
Touchscreen rheometers The DV3T rheometer offers a touchscreen interface and real time graphical display of data. With the DV3T rheometer, the quality control operator can see trend information by viewing the graphical flow curve for viscosity data during the test. Quality control limits for pass/fail can be superimposed on the graph so that the decision to accept or reject product is automatic; no human interpretation is required. Research and development can program characterization tests directly using the touchscreen interface and observe live data for both yield stress and viscosity flow curves; and math model analysis of test data is accomplished with a single keystroke. Through November 2014, the DV3T comes with an automatic 10% discount on the purchase price.

Brookfield Engineering
www.brookfieldengineering.com

Post date: 10/8/2014

 
Testing cost calculator
The Testing Cost Comparison Calculator is a digital tool designed to compare the cost of testing internally to the cost of contracting testing to an independent, third party laboratory. It provides users the ability to assess the financial impact of outsourced testing. The Testing Cost Comparison Calculator is available for free download and use.

Smithers Rapra
www.smithersrapra.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Viscometers/rheometers
Viscometers/rheometers A guide titled, "More Solutions to Sticky Problems," is said to be a valuable resource for professionals who want to get more from their viscometers and rheometers. It explains the process of making rheological measurements and suggests the company's instrumentation for specific applications. The guide presents additional viscosity measurement techniques and explains the difference between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Chapter 1 discusses the primary reasons for making rheological measurements and Chapter 2 presents the wide variety of instruments, accessories and systems designed for specific applications. Subsequent chapters cover the process, test methods and data analysis.

Brookfield Engineering
www.brookfieldengineering.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Thermomechanical analysis
Thermomechanical analyzers provide nanometer-resolution length measurements over a wide temperature range. The TMA/SDTA 1 features sample supports and probes that are easy to handle, along with many intelligent features with the company's One Click operation, ensuring work flows are ergonomic and efficient, according to the manufacturer. TMA/SDTA 1 incorporates Swiss precision mechanics and is available in four versions with furnace systems optimized for measurements between -150C and 1,600C. Up to 16,000,000 data points are available for the entire measurement range of 5 mm. Both small and large samples (up to 20 mm) can be measured with 0.5 nm resolution, without the need for range switching. The touch-sensitive color terminal for TMA/SDTA 1 presents clear and precise information and is easily seen from a distance.

Mettler Toledo

Post date: 8/12/2014

 
Rheometer software
Rheometer software Rheo3000 V.2 software is offered for use with the company's RST touch screen rheometers. Utilizing the power of Rheo3000 V.2, RST rheometers are 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 analsis for research and development. Rheo3000 V.2 is 21 CFR compliant, and includes controlled user access and data integrity/security. All the operator has to do is enter the shear stress or shear rate, temperature and test time requirements, and Rheo3000 V.2 completes the data collection and analysis work. Rheo3000 V.2 can perform a wide variety of tests, including viscoelastic modulus, yield stress, viscosity vs. shear rate profile, thixotropy calculation, creep behavior, recovery after flow and temperature sensitivity. Mathematical data processing models are included.

Brookfield Engineering

Post date: 8/12/2014

 
Electromechanical testers
Electromechanical testers Four universal testers are said to offer high level control, tight precision and intuitive operation for a wide variety of material testing. The 20 kN and 50 kN tabletop types, and the 100 kN and 300 kN floor types extend the company's Autograph AGS-X series. The testers come standard with the firm's Trapezium X or Trapezium Lite X software to gather and display data for users in real time. The enhanced features of the Autograph AGS-X series testers are said to allow for easier and more efficient testing. An expansive selection of grips, compression plates, jigs, extenso-meters and other accessories allows connfigurations to be tailored to almost any application. Comprehensive safety functions, including stroke limit switches, emergency stop buttons and safety covers, are said to ensure a safe operating environment. The Autograph AGS-X testers come standard with Trapezium X materials testing software, which quickly obtains and displays testing data in real time.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
X-ray measuring device
In extrusion lines where hoses and tubes are produced, the X-Ray 6000 measuring device provides continuous compliance with the required specifications regarding wall thickness, eccentricity, as well as the inner and outer diameter. With this device, quality control is carried out directly during the production process. With the two models, the X-Ray 6000 for the quality assurance of single layer products, and the X-Ray 6000 Pro for the measurement of single and multi-layer products, the x-ray measuring system can be individualized to suit every application and requirement. Both single layer or multi-layer tubes, pressure hoses with textile reinforcement, small or large diameter hoses made of PE, HDPE and PVC, as well as foamed products, and products made of EPDM, nylon, rubber or silicone, are reliably measured by the system.

Sikora
www.sikora.net

Post date: 7/11/2014

 
Rubber testing solutions
The company's 40-page, four-color brochure highights a variety of rubber testing solutions, including rubber process analyzers, moving die rheometers, Mooney viscometers, rheometer automation, hardness and density testers, dispersion testers, sample cutters, laboratory presses, analysis software, and calibration and maintenance services. The company's moving die rheo-meters fulfill the complete range of all testing requirements for polymers and elastomeric compounds before, during and after cure. Cure properties, cure characteristics and processability can all be determined and evaluated according to ISO and ASTM standards. The high flexibility of the firm's rheometers is said to allow the user to program and execute arbitrary test sequences with the MonControl analysis software. Tests are defined and executed in any combination of sequences via the software. The company's Mooney viscometers are used to determine the viscosity of polymers and for determination of the vulcanization behavior of rubber according to ISO 289:2005/ASTM D1646. All Mooney viscometers include a computer with Windows 8 Professional, wide screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer and MonControl analysis software. The Mooney viscometer, measuring system and all test parameters are controlled by MonControl software.

MonTech USA
www.montechusa.com

Post date: 6/12/2014

 
Sample delivery system
Sample delivery system The Zetasizer NanoSampler is a compact, fully automated sample delivery system for the Zetasizer Nano, said to be the most widely used system for nanoparticle and colloid characterization. Delivering precise and reproducible automated sample loading, and accommodating up to 96 sample vials, the NanoSampler enables unattended operation of the Zetasizer Nano to maximize analytical productivity. It is said to be especially suitable for laboratories where reproducibility is critical and where multivariate studies are routine. The NanoSampler will work with all of the sizing systems in the Zetasizer Nano instrument range. This range includes both exceptionally high performance and entry level systems that measure particle and molecular size using dynamic light scattering, covering a size range from less than one nanometer up to several microns. The simplicty and ease of use of Zetasizer Nano systems are said to have made them the leading solutions in both industry and academia, and the latest NanoSampler is said to enhance their capabilities.

Malvern Instruments
www.malvern.com

Post date: 6/12/2014

 
Intelligent rheometer
Intelligent rheometer Industrial QA/QC laboratories that analyze the rheological properties of a wide variety of samples can now increase efficiency and reduce user error with an intelligent rheometer that adapts to an individual's measurement routines and conditions. 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 company. Several new options are said to make the rheometer more useful and versatile than the previous generation. It can be used as a standalone instrument or with the company's software.

Thermo Scientific
www.thermoscientific.com

Post date: 5/15/2014

 
Cyclic corrosion tester
This provider of corrosion and accelerated weathering test equipment and test services has introduced its Q-Fog CRH cyclic corrosion tester. The tester is said to represent a true breakthrough in the price-performance ratio of corrosion chambers with relative humidity control. Q-Fog CRH corrosion testers can perform traditional salt spray and Prohesion and meet most major international and automotive corrosion test standards. The testers are available in both 600 and 1,100 liter sizes. The CRH tester features RH control through the use of an innovative air preconditioner. Ramp times can be precisely controlled. In addition to atomized mist salt fog, the CRH model also includes an optional shower function, where spray droplets are much bigger and flow rates are much higher. It also features an advanced cleaning feature for spray nozzles that prevents clogging frequently found in competitive chambers, according to the company. Said to offer a low purchase price, full RH control, renowned reliability and compatibility with most international and automotive standards, the Q-Fog CRH chamber is set to become the newest standard in corrosion testing, according to the manufacturer. (Q-Lab) www.q-lab.com

Q-Lab
www.q-lab.com

Post date: 5/15/2014

 
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
www.nordsonefd.com

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
www.thermoscientific.com

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)

PANalytical
www.panalytical.com

Post date: 4/15/2014

 

 
 
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