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Laser measuring unit
Laser measuring unit A modern dual axis measuring head from the ODAC laser measuring unit series is said to offer high accuracy, robustness, reliability and functionality. Due to its compact design, the ODAC 14XY measuring heads can be used in virtually every manufacturing process in the rubber, plastics, and wire and cable industries. Design considerations for these measuring heads are said to include the latest cutting edge technology, with laser diodes as light sources combined with intelligent and powerful measured-value processors which facilitate a simple and flexible integration, according to the company. The gauges feature single scan calibration, single scan monitoring and high data rate output of up to 125 data packages per second.

Zumbach
www.zumbach.com

Post date: 4/13/2016

 
Scanning calorimeters
Scanning calorimeters Discovery DSC2500, DSC250 and DSC25 differential scanning calorimeters are said to feature enhanced sensing technologies resulting in unprecedented performance in baseline flatness, sensitivity, resolution and reproducibility. The core of every Discovery DSC is the TA Fusion Cell, which incorporates design concepts that fuse together the best features of the world's bestselling Q-Series and first generation Discovery DSC, patented Tzero technology, and new proprietary manufacturing processes. Additionally, an app-style user interface is standard with each new model and, combined with powerful Trios software, automated calibration and verification routines, works seamlessly to dramatically improve laboratory work-flows and productivity, according to the manufacturer. The Discovery DSC measures the change in energy in a sample as the temperature is raised or lowered. It is used for a wide range of applications, including material science, chemistry and studies of biomaterials. It is said to excel in both research environments and production control processes.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 4/13/2016

 
Plant management
Version R3.30 of the company's Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool is offered for the centralized management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. PRM R3.30 is an upgrade to R3.20 and includes an improved management function of HART and enhancements to the navigation function, according to the company. With PRM, users can monitor the status of their devices and perform online diagnosis via a network, according to the company. In addition, PRM centrally manages information, including device ledgers, in a database, and supplies maintenance information for plant field devices and equipment to maintenance personnel.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Level measurement
Ultrasonic sensors provide continuous, non-contact level measurements in bins, tanks and silos. They can also detect material on conveyors. The SmartSonic ultrasonic transmitter features a high efficiency, narrow beam design that eliminates unwanted echoes and enhances operation in difficult applications, according to the company. SmartSonic comes in a variety of models with a measuring range of 4 inches up to 90 feet. Features of the SmartSonic ultrasonic transmitters include continuous liquid level measurement; easy two-point, push button calibration for fast setup; self-cleaning for minimal maintenance; 4-20 mA and RS-485 Modbus RTU communications; optional display module and PC utility and diagnostic software; built-in compensation for temperature changes; and sanitary models are available.

BinMaster
www.binmaster.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Post-mold cure analysis
Epoxy molding compounds (EMC) are thermosetting materials that are commonly used in the IC encapsulation process. During the filling stage of the encapsulation process, the crosslinking of polymer chains occurs as the temperature increases; when the crosslinking reaction reaches a certain degree, the EMC encapsulates will start to cure, which ultimately leads to better mechanical properties and stability of the finished products. However, in many situations, the EMC melt will not be fully cured when the mold cavity is completely filled. Thus, applying a post-mold cure process is said to be a solution to accelerate the overall curing process. The company's Moldex3D's post-mold cure analysis is said to provide comprehensive simulation results that allow users to predict potential deformation problems. Moldex3D can provide an accurate prediction of the final warpage analysis by considering the variations in the way warpage changes with temperature and curing degree at the constant pressure during the entire post-molding curing process, meaning from the time the unit is put into the oven to when it is cooled to room temperature.

CoreTech System
www.moldex3d.com

Post date: 4/12/2016

 
Commodity management
The Commodity Manager software platform is said to have delivered over ten times efficiency savings for a leading commodity trading and import company in just three weeks. After a rigorous selection process, London-based Corrie MacColl & Son Ltd., which trades in natural and synthetic rubber, and latex, selected this firm which successfully implemented its cloud-based commodity trade and risk management platform, G10 Commodity Manager, in just three weeks. The project included data migration, real-time web services integration with the company's existing ERP system, configuration and training. Immediate benefits of the software solution, as reported by the heads of the trading, logistics and finance departments at Corrie MacColl & Son Ltd., included improved usability, speed and accuracy of reporting, and streamlined control over their operation.

Generation 10

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Calendering measurement
Calendering measurement A wide range of solutions for measurement and control of the calendering process is offered from this firm with over 30 years of rubber industry experience. The company helps customers achieve high quality calender sheet, lower manufacturing costs and better process visibility. Their profile measurement and control systems are designed for gum (innerliner) calenders, textile (fabric) calenders, wire (steel cord, metallic) calenders and PVC calenders. Capabilities include touchscreen display of key parameters, data archiving and roll reporting.

NDC Technologies

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Scanning laser micrometer
A manufacturer of technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter introduces the TLAser103 scanning laser micrometer, a single-axis laser gauge for the inspection of small diameters, quickly and accurately. The TLAser103 micrometer gauges the smallest products such as fine wire and monofilament with diameters as low as 0.0006 inches (0.015 mm/15μm). The robust design of the TLAser103 laser micrometer is said to ensure reliable inspection of very small parts at a fast rate, even in harsh manufacturing environments, according to the manufacturer. The company's technology is said to increase production efficiency, reduce scrap, improve processing and increase quality.

LaserLinc

Post date: 2/19/2016

 
Dynamic testing machines
The DMA+ series instruments are dynamic testing machines dedicated to the fatigue and the viscoelastic properties analysis of advanced materials and industrial components. Each DMA+ makes it possible to characterize the mechanical properties of numerous materials and their dependence on various parameters, including frequency, temperature, stress or strain amplitude, wave form, environment, etc. DMA+ 300, DMA+ 1000 and DMA+ 2000 models are said to be the result of more than 40 years of experience in the development of innovative machines for the dynamic mechanical characterization of materials, according to the company. The DMA+ instruments are said to be used by engineers and scientists involved in materials research and development, and are said to provide accurate materials behavior data over a unique range of analysis domains, according to the company.

Metravib
www.metravib.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Elastomer test solutions
Dynamic mechanical analysis capabilities have been extended to Acumen electrodynamic test systems. DMA is a dynamic characterization technique used to perform detailed studies of the damping properties of elastomers, polymers and shape-memory alloys. Specifically, it enables the calculation of phase angle, complex stiffness, storage stiffness and loss stiffness, as well as the complex modulus, storage modulus and loss modulus and tan delta. With the software package available on the company's Acumen systems, researchers are said to now have a precision tool for performing DMA testing at lower forces and very small displacements. In addition, the Acumen systems are available with optional chambers for conducting dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, as well as a wide selection of grips, fixtures, extensometers and other environmental simulation systems for performing many other dynamic and monotonic materials tests. The company's comprehensive elastomer testing portfolio comprises an assortment of high-performance solutions designed to address test application needs at all stages of elastomeric product development, and includes a variety of uniaxial servohydraulic, electromechanical and electrodynamic systems for performing low, medium and high frequency materials tests.

MTS Systems
www.mts.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Laboratory combination
North American laboratories are being offered the latest design, consisting of combining the company's NM-38 (one pound batch) mixer, its 4 x 8 two-roll mill and its 12 x 12 x 30 ton press, all working from a common hydraulic drive system and recirculating lubrication system. It consists of two separate bases that bolt together for ease of laboratory installation covering a rectangular floor space of 5 feet, 7 inches x 6 feet, 8 inches.

Nerpco USA LLC
www.nerpcousa.com

Post date: 1/5/2016

 
Diameter measurement
Technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter is provided by the company. The firm specializes in laser and ultrasonic technology for precision measurement. The technology is said to be known for increasing production efficiency, reducing scrap, process improvement and increasing quality. The company is said to serve a broad range of industries such as medical, automotive and aerospace in a variety of applications, including rubber/plastics extrusion (e.g., wire and cable, hose, pipe, tubing, monofilament), and more. The company's Total Vu platform has optional interfaces to other measurement devices: The TLAser400 interface supports most scanning laser micrometers on the market; analog input from analog sensors and transducers; serial and Modbus input from smart sensors; and manual/keyboard input.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 12/8/2015

 
Thermal analysis, rheology
Expertise in differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and differential mechanical analysis thermal equipment is offered by the company, in addition to ARES and DHR rheometers. In 2013, the company acquired Scarabeus GmbH, a supplier of high quality RPA, MDR, Mooney testers and software. In 2015, the firm acquired certain assets related to the ElectroForce Systems Group from Bose. The ElectroForce group manufactures dynamic mechanical testing systems used to characterize a wide variety of materials, including polymers and elastomers. The ElectroForce systems are said to be particularly well suited to perform fatigue, durability and specialized rubber/tire tests. The firm's complete line of instruments for the measurement of rheological and physical properties of polymers, rubber and rubber compounds at all stages of manufacture includes a rubber process analyzer, moving die rheometer, Mooney viscometer, automated density tester and automated hardness tester. All rubber testing systems are manufactured to exacting mechanical standards and with the latest measurement technology for the most accurate, reliable and reproducible data available, according to the company.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 12/8/2015

 
Laboratory attritor
This manufacturer of particle size reduction and dispersing equipment, and supplier of grinding media and material characterization services for a broad range of research and industrial applications announced the development of a user-friendly touchscreen control system for its S1. It can be adapted to other models and sizes of attritors or small media mills. The optional package is said to be ideal for any application where the need to acquire and track data is essential. The touchscreen control system includes a data log that measures mill rpm, mill kW, mill amps, grind time, cooling water inlet temperature, cooling water outlet temperature, slurry temperature and cooling water flow rate. Besides real-time data acquisition, this system can run the mill for set times. Data can be exported to an Excel file for further analysis and reporting, according to the manufacturer.

Union Process
www.unionprocess.com

Post date: 10/20/2015

 
Fatigue life analysis
Fatigue life analysis Version 2.32 of the company's fatigue life analysis software, Endurica CL, is available, offering a computer simulation that can model the development of damage in an elastomeric part operating under complex service conditions. The release includes features for calculating self-heating, for analyzing rolling structures (e.g., tires and rubber rollers), and for diagnosing cavitation and wrinkling conditions that might occur during loading cycles. The features are provided at no additional cost under the existing license. The features enhance the software's already extensive library of elastomer-specialized analysis capabilities. Starting from results computed in a standard finite element analysis of the part in operation, Endurica CL computes the number of repeats of the simulated operation that can be endured before cracks develop.

Endurica
www.endurica.com

Post date: 10/20/2015

 
Material modeling
Moldex3D Digimat-RP aims to combine the expertise of Moldex3D's true 3D analysis of injection molding and Digimat's specialized technology in advanced material modeling in order to provide a straightforward workflow that streamlines the process of accurate structural nonlinear FEA simulations of reinforced plastic parts. Digimat-RP is a nonlinear multi-scale structural modeling solution for fiber reinforced plastic parts. It not only provides engineers with an innovative micromechanical modeling approach for optimal and predictive design of composite parts, but also bridges the gap between injection molding and structural simulation analyses.

CoreTech System
www.moldex3d.com

Post date: 10/20/2015

 
Magneto-rheology tool
Magneto-rheology tool An all new system has been introduced for characterization of magneto-rheological (MR) fluids. The magneto-rheology accessory for the Discovery hybrid rheometer enables parallel plate and cone-plate rheological measurements under the influence of a controlled field at temperatures as high as 170C and fields as high as 1 Tesla. MR fluids are one class of smart fluids, those fluids that can have their flow properties change greatly and reversibly by the application of an external stimulus, such as a magnetic field. These advanced materials have current and potential applications in fields such as advanced automotive bearings and suspensions, tunable polishing slurries and ballistic defense. The MR accessory can be used in conjunction with a Discovery hybrid rheometer for complete rheological characterization of these materials under controlled temperature, deformation and magnetic field up to 1 Tesla.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 10/20/2015

 
Rubber surface analysis
An nSPEC 3D microscope has been delivered and installed at Alttran, said to be the first company in the rubber industry to purchase the nSPEC 3D microscope. With this new tool, Alttran is said to be able to gain a better understanding of dispersion and how it impacts key rubber properties. The nSPEC 3D analyzes the surface of a rubber compound and reports roughness and dispersion in a quantitative way. The technology combines an optical microscope with proprietary digital imaging software to measure topographical details of a surface. Alttran will be using the nSPEC 3D to optimize mixing, evaluate new raw materials and help its customers improve product performance. The nSPEC 3D microscope includes full hardware and software solutions, with classification of features and the ability to navigate three-dimensional space. It also allows researchers to optimize a process.

Nanotronics
www.nanotronicsimaging.com

Post date: 9/14/2015

 
Extended range pyrometer
The Pocket-Probe digital extended range pyrometer is capable of operating in sub-zero temperatures. With a standard pyrometer, cold temperatures are said to have a dramatic impact on performance; displays will not operate correctly, the unit will be sluggish and response times will be slow. The Pocket-Probe extended range pyrometer is said to offer the ultimate in performance in even the most cold, unforgiving environments.

Electronic Development Labs
www.edl-inc.com

Post date: 9/14/2015

 
Thermal analysis system
Thermal analysis system DSC 3 and TGA 2 thermal analysis products have been introduced. The DSC 3 uses a robust and versatile DSC sensor with 56 thermocouples to guarantee outstanding resolution and sensitivity, while the TGA 2 is said to provide trustworthy thermogravimetric results from the company's balance. The DSC 3 features the latest FRS 5+ sensor utilizing 56 thermocouples that provide high sensitivity and unprecedented temperature resolution, according to the company. The sensor has a low signal time constant of 1.8 seconds that determines how well close-lying or overlapping thermal effects are separated from each other. The TGA 2 features the latest XP micro- and XPU ultra-microbalances. The firm is said to provide the only thermogravimetric analyzer on the market that can measure up to 50 million resolution points continuously down to 0.1 g for a 5 gram sample weight. This is said to deliver a true dynamic range which corresponds to the maximum load of the balance and enables a wider variety of sample types to be measured in regards to mass and density.

Mettler Toledo
www.mt.com

Post date: 9/14/2015

 
On-line profilometer
The OLP on-line profilometer is used for on-line measurement for tread/sidewall extruders and gum calenders. Tread profile geometery is said to have a strong influence on cured tire uniformity. Treads that are non-symmetrical produce cured tires with uniformity and balance problems. Over-sized treads are a waste of materials. In order to assure the most precise tread and sidewall extrusion quality, tire makers worldwide have adopted the firm's on-line profilometer as their standard for extrusion monitoring. The OLP is said to provide automatic, high-speed, non-contact measurement of tread and sidewall extrusions. It is said to outperform scanning systems by collecting an instantaneous cross-section profile.

Starrett Bytewise
www.starrett.com

Post date: 9/14/2015

 
WDXRF spectrometer
The Supermini200 benchtop wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) spectrometer is said to have improved software capabilities, as well as a better footprint. As the world's only high-power benchtop sequential wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) spectrometer for elemental analysis of oxygen through uranium of almost any material, the Supermini200 delivers low cost-of-ownership with high resolution and lower limits-of-detection, according to the company. Analyzing complex matrix materials with a wide range of light and heavy elements, from trace to high concentration levels, is the instrument's core competency. The Supermini200 delivers high sensitivity for light elements with superior spectral resolution for resolving line overlaps in complex matrices without the need for deconvolution. Analyzing low concentration levels of light elements is said to be easy.

Rigaku
www.rigaku.com

Post date: 8/20/2015

 

 
 
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