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High-force DMA system
High-force DMA system The ElectroForce DMA 3200 is said to combine fatigue and dynamic mechanical analysis technologies into a single mechanical test platform. DMA quantifies the modulus and energy loss of materials over a wide range of temperatures, frequencies or strains. Fatigue testing provides insights on how and when materials, components or devices fail when subjected to oscillating forces or stresses. The DMA 3200 features a patented frictionless ElectroForce motor. With 500 N of force, it extends the range of DMA experiments to much larger samples and higher loads. It has high acceleration and is reliable enough to perform billions of fatigue cycles, according to the company. The motor includes a 10-year warranty.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 11/20/2017

 
Flood curing system
The BlueWave MX-250 LED flood curing system is said to offer unique curing flexibility and expansion capabilities in a smaller unit. Designed with an extremely user-friendly touchscreen interface, this system is said to offer higher, more consistent curing intensities covering a 50 mm x 50 mm active curing area to guarantee optimal cures for manufacturers, according to the company. With three different wavelength LED options (365, 385 or 405 nm), this system's high-intensity emitter is said to be easily mounted to robotic arms or further from the controller without fear of intensity variations. The unit further expands on the MX Series of cure systems. The company develops oligomer, adhesive, coating, dispensing and light-curing systems for applications in a wide range of markets, including automotive, electronics, medical device, aerospace, and more.

Dymax
www.dymax.com

Post date: 11/20/2017

 
Advanced rheometer
Advanced rheometer The Kinexus Ultra+ rheometer is said to have the highest sensitivity air bearing and widest torque range, coupled with the unprecedented vertical (axial) control capabilities of the Kinexus platform for advanced rheological testing. Unique sequence-driven rSpace software enables fully customizable test design to allow researchers to set up and investigate tailored rheological test protocols, according to the company. The Kinexus is said to offer all modes of rheological operation, including stress control, shear rate control and direct strain controlled oscillation at demand strain amplitude for accurate control of sample strain history, as well as unprecedented dual-action capabilities for both shear and vertical testing, according to the manufacturer.

Malvern Instruments
www.malvern.com

Post date: 11/20/2017

 
FTIR spectrophotometer
The IRSpirit fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer is said to provide unmatched functionality in its class of compact instruments, and offers exceptional reliability in contaminant analysis, identification tests and quantitative measurements, according to the manufacturer. The IRSpirit is said to provide scientists with superior space efficiency in their laboratories. Its small space design allows access from two sides, and its sample compartment is said to be the widest of any other compact FTIR spectrometer. The user-friendly IRSpirit comes with an IR Pilot analysis assistant program, an identification test program and a contaminant analysis program. IR Pilot is a package of 23 applications that gives analysts the ability to measure samples or print results with a few mouse clicks.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 11/20/2017

 
Fatigue life software
Version 2.6 of the company's fatigue life analysis softare is a computer simulation that models the development of damage in an elastomeric part operating under realistic service conditions. The latest release includes new features for computing damage from a schedule or histogram with multiple load cases; stopping and restarting an analysis with incremental load history updates to obtain residual life and virtual damage state for digital twin applications; and pre- and post-processing of fatigue analyses from the MSC/Marc finite element solver. With this update, computing damage from a set of scheduled load cases now enables tire developers to simulate the FMVSS 119/139 tire durability and high speed regulatory standards, according to the company. Residual life following various tire abuse scenarios (overload, pothole, cleat impact, curbing, etc.) can now be easily computed.

Endurica
www.endurica.com

Post date: 11/13/2017

 
Reaction calorimetry
When developing and manufacturing new compounds, knowledge of the scale-up as well as the safety-related parameters is said to be equally important. Reaction calorimetry identifies critical conditions early on in a chemical process so that appropriate adjustments can be implemented on time. Reaction calorimetry provides the thermomechanical and kinetic fundamentals of a chemical reaction or physical process by measuring the heat released under process-like conditions. This is said to help evaluate the risk, scalability and criticality of a process. A range of calorimetry workstations is offered by the company at different volumes, temperature ranges and capabilities, as well as optional accessories. Reaction calorimeters, such as EasyMax HFCal or OptiMax, are said to provide a rapid means to characterize heat profiles, thermal risks and reaction enthalpy early in development.

Mettler-Toledo
www.mt.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
High force DMA testing
The Eplexor 500N dynamic mechanical analyzer is said to be the latest instrument for thermomechanical characterization of rubber, plastics and composites which often require much higher forces than traditional DMA tests. The Eplexor 500N DMA operates from -160C to 500C and features two independent drives for the static load by a servomotor for up to 1,500 N and for the dynamic force of up to 500 N by the electrodynamic shaker. For rubber quality control and research, the Eplexor 500N is said to be useful for dynamic component testing, durability tests, analysis of viscoelastic material properties, and more. The static deformation of maximum 60 mm is said to be ideal for universal tensile tests. New optical digital static and dynamic strain sensors are said to provide resolution down to 1 nm in a wide dynamic deformation range of 6 mm. Interchangeable digital load cells equipped with individual 18 bit 4 times oversampling AD converters are said to improve the performance by a factor of 20. The latest development of the Multipurpose Autosampler MPAS enables the user to test up to 160 samples overnight or over the weekend.

Netzsch Instruments North America, LLC
www.netzsch.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Thermal mass flow control
Mass flow controllers based on capillary thermal mass flow technology are said to provide exponentially more accurate mass flow data than volumetric flow devices for industrial gas mass flow control applications. Over 80% of all industrial processes, such as those involving chemical reactions, combustion, respiration, pharmaceutical and HVAC, require direct mass flow control and measurement of gases, not volumetric flow rate, to ensure the quality and efficiency of their process. While not all gases are ideal, common gases work on the principle that when temperature or pressure changes in an application, the density changes for a fixed volume of gas. Thermal mass flow controllers and meters, like the SmartTrak, are said to offer engineers direct gas mass flow measurement without pressure or temperature compensation using secondary inputs and a flow computer.

Sierra Instruments
www.sierrainstruments.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Automated cutting
ProNest advanced CAD/CAM nesting software is offered for automated cutting. ProNest 2017 v12.1 is said to contain numerous enhancements designed to enable customers to achieve more. Dynamic align allows users to create a connected column or row of rectangular parts, aligned on one side. Aligned parts can be connected with a common line or bridge, then quickly bumped together manually on the nest into dynamic align columns or rows. Dynamic align parts can also be created during automatic nesting. 3D CAD part bevel detection identifies beveled edges on Solidworks and Inventor parts, and automatically assigns ProNest beveling to them during import. Single and multi-pass beveling is supported. Output for multiple machines creates NC output files for one or more additional machines at the same time as output for the current ProNest machine. Advanced cutting products for manufacturing are offered by the comany.

Hypertherm
www.hypertherm.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Polymer process monitor
Proprietary hardware and software are offered for the industrial and laboratory monitoring of polymer and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes, and research and development applications. Acomp is a smart manufacturing system that continuously analyzes critical polymer properties during production. Argen is a multi-sample light scattering instrument that measures the stability of biopharmaceuticals and quality of natural and synthetic polymers by providing early detection of aggregation, degradation and particle formation. Realtime data are said to help the company's customers create products at the lowest cost with the highest quality and yield, while minimizing their environmental footprint.

Fluence Analytics
www.fluenceanalytics.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
Thermal analysis solutions
A full range of thermal analysis solutions is offered to solve the most complicated problems with elastomers and rubber, according to the company. The Eplexor 500 is said to be the ultimate high-force dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer for characterizing rubber under static loads up to 500 N and dynamic loads up to 500 N. The TGA-FTIR Perseus system is offered for fast, efficient, clog-free analysis of evolved gases during mass change. The top-loading TGA design is said to mean no more finicky hang-down wires or fragile exposed balance arms. The DMA 242 E Artemis is said to be a powerful tabletop dynamic mechanical analyzer model for fast and easy characterization of viscoelastic behavior and mechanical properties as a function of frequency, temprature and time. Over 30 different sample holders are offered. The DSC 214 Polyma is said to be easy to use, and offers Identify, the company's software database, to characterize unknown materials simply at the press of a button.

Netzsch Instruments North America, LLC
www.netzsch-thermal-analysis.com

Post date: 5/31/2017

 
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

 

 
 
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