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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

 
Extensometer system
Extensometer system A commercially available and accurate video extensometer has achieved BS: EN: ISO 9513 class 0.2 and ASTM E83 B-1 certification. Customers use the system with a high data rate to capture quickly changing measurement events. Recently, the company was asked to certify the test at 500 Hz, so the firm had its non-contact video extensometer tested by a UKAS certified, independent laboratory, where it passed all testing. The firm is said to utilize patented measurement technology in the fastest and most accurate non-contacting strain measurement device commercially available. Non-contact measurement systems, including video extensometers, are said to be ideal for use in exacting market areas such as aerospace, automotive, defense, oil, gas and energy, research and development, and high technology motorsports, where highly accurate measurements directly traceable to national standards are critical for their materials, component or sub-assembly development.

Imetrum
www.imetrum.com

Post date: 8/20/2015

 
Bulk process control
Control systems for bulk process handling applications are said to streamline production. A technologically advanced, in-house UL-listed panel shop is fully integrated with industrial process control systems for bulk process handling applications. These systems are said to make it possible to streamline production operations in a wide variety of functions. Production monitoring and management features are programmed to accommodate the user's choice of automation platforms. Production and maintenance schedules can be configured onto one server. This server is said to intelligently log and report real-time and historical production data, downtime, production trends and maintenance. Reports may be detailed as required.

Best Process Solutions
www.bpsvibes.com

Post date: 7/22/2015

 
Modular rheometers
Modular rheometers Material scientists in research and development, advanced quality control and academic research can now use an enhanced, modular rheometer platform to increase workflow efficiency and minimize operator error while analyzing the rheological properties of a broad range of samples. The Haake MARS (modular advanced rheometer system) 40 and 60 rheometers are said to offer enhanced features to the company's existing line of accurate, user-friendly Haake MARS rheometers, allowing users to expand capabilities for future needs. The Haake MARS 40 and 60 rheometers are equippped with Connect Assist technology, first introduced with the Haake Viscotester iQ rheometer. The Connect Assist technology automatically detects measuring geometry accessories and temperature modules to deliver real-time feedback, making it easier for users to set up sample testing procedures with minimal errors, according to the company. A push button, automatic geometry release system is said to make handling simple and convenient. The Haake MARS 40 and 60 rheometers feature a two-column modular design, said to allow easy access for sample preparation.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
www.thermoscientific.com

Post date: 7/22/2015

 
Laboratory mills
A combination laboratory mill is said to offer the versatility of two mills in a single footprint. For customers who require the ability to process both fine and coarse material and/or want to perform multiple-stage grinding, the HD-01/HDDM-01 combination laboratory attritor is said to be the solution. Using a single motor, frame and set of controls, the customer can mill coarser material using larger grinding media (3 mm to 6 mm) at lower agitator shaft speeds (200-650 rpm) using the HD mode. For submicron and nanometer range target particle sizes, the mill can be operated in HDDM mode which utilizes smaller grinding media (0.25 mm to 2 mm) and higher agitator shaft speeds (1,500-3,000 rpm).

Union Process
www.unionprocess.com

Post date: 7/22/2015

 
Portable spectrometer
Portable spectrometer The Spectroscout portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer is said to bring laboratory quality elemental composition monitoring and quality control testing to at-line analysis. The durable and compact Spectroscout XRF analyzer is said to deliver reliable and highly precise results without the power of a top-grade laboratory benchtop instrument in an easily transportable design. Employing the Spectroscout for at-line analysis is said to dramatically enhance quality control productivity by eliminating time spent transporting samples from the plant floor to the laboratory to wait in line for testing. The Spectroscout can deliver audit-traceable results directly to the manufacturing floor.

Spectro Analytical Instruments
www.spectro.com

Post date: 7/22/2015

 
Portable spectrometer
Portable spectrometer The Spectroscout portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer is said to bring laboratory quality elemental composition monitoring and quality control testing to at-line analysis. The durable and compact Spectroscout XRF analyzer is said to deliver reliable and highly precise results without the power of a top-grade laboratory benchtop instrument in an easily transportable design. Employing the Spectroscout for at-line analysis is said to dramatically enhance quality control productivity by eliminating time spent transporting samples from the plant floor to the laboratory to wait in line for testing. The Spectroscout can deliver audit-traceable results directly to the manufacturing floor.

Spectro Analytical Instruments
www.spectro.com

Post date: 7/22/2015

 
Mixing/extrusion testing
The MetaTorque Plasti-Corder utilizes Allen-Bradley PLC field techology. Through the use of PLC, adding ancillary equipment is said to be quick and easy. The unit employs inline load cell technology. The MetaTorque features the RheoLink software program, which is a universal software program for evaluating either mixer or extrusion applications. By use of RFID (radio frequency identification), RheoLink auto detects the attachment (mixers or extruders), the heat zones required for the application and all safety limits for the attachment. The intuitive and friendly software provides detailed analysis of mixer or extrusion data. Any mixer or extruder attachment from the company will adapt to the MetaTorque rheometer. Features include a computerized interface with WiFi remote connectivity, PLC field bus technology, AC servo motor, and more.

C.W. Brabender
www.cwbrabender.com

Post date: 6/29/2015

 
Moving die rheometer
Fully automated Series MDR 3000 moving die rheometers include basic as well as online test instruments for direct integration into production lines and batch-off units. The advanced, automated DisperTester 3000 plus is said to improve traditionally used methods by utilizing the latest computer-based image processing technology, and is said to provide accurate, reproducible and quantitative test results. Easy sample preparation, and quick and fully automated test sequences allow test times of less than a minute, without the need for specialized operators. The DisperTester 3000 plus is said to be built on the proven technology of the DisperTester product series. However, this new generation of dispersion testers is said to be greatly expanding the possibilities of dispersion testing, as well as adding new, unprecedented features allowing faster and more accurate measurement of filler dispersion in the macro and also micro dispersion range. The dynamic fatigue tester FT 3000 CH for dynamic lifecycle simulation under a controlled thermal environment from -40 to +180C is also available. The FT 3000 CH is a high-end, direct linear drive fatigue tester for tension and bending fatigue (DeMattia) testing.

MonTech
www.rubber-testing.com

Post date: 6/29/2015

 

 
 
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