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Coefficient of friction tester
The 32-76e coefficient of friction tester is said to offer added peel testing capabilities. The 32-76e coefficient of friction tester uses advanced digital force signaling and high-speed data acquisition software to provide unmatched precision and repeatability in COF testing on plastic and film according to ASTM D1894 or F88. Improved features are said to include a color touchscreen display, the GraphMasterPro PC software package and an intuitive software user interface for easy navigation and test method storage. Peel testing capabilities include 180° peel and t-peel measurements. The system meets ASTM D3330. Features of the Model 32-76e are said to include the following: 7" full color digital touchscreen display, high-speed data collection and analysis for precise measurement of static COF with 500 readings during the first second, selectable units (COF or grams), selectable load cells from 5 to 100 N, and more.

Testing Machines
www.testingmachines.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
Pre-dimensioning software
Pre-dimensional tooling is offered for estimating the cooling times of injection parts. The MoldTherm application aims to meet the needs expressed by plastic and rubber manufacturers to reduce time-to-market for new products. The software is currently marketed within the 3D Analyzer Plastic Edition package. With this tool, the company is said to be providing a service to plastics manufacturers, toolmakers, molders and designers to optimize production cycles. It encourages innovation by making quick decisions upstream of the product development process, according to the company. MoldTherm is said to optimize the thermal behavior of injection tools by quickly estimating the optimal cooling time of the injected part. It is said to offer a better definition of the production parameters.

Innovation Plasturgie Composites
www.ct-ipc.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
Traceability and validation
Lot tracking is available with all of the company's batching control systems, and can be customized to meet the needs of the customer. Total traceability and validation can be provided on all manual hand-add or automatic batching control systems. The firm's customized batching control systems can include as little or as much tracking and traceability as the customer wants to implement. It depends on the customer's ability to fund and implement the tracking system. Several inventory strategies are available. FIFO is the most common. Operators are required to enter a valid lot number before the system will proceed. This data entry can be done by scanning a barcode, manual data entry and by RFID. The batching control system will include an ingredient lot table. This contains records for each unique lot number of each ingredient. New records are added to this table when the ingredient is received.

Sterling Systems & Controls
www.sterlingcontrols.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
Production floor testing
Production floor testing X-Series instruments are said to be the modular production floor solution for customers looking to bring testing closer to the rubber compound mixing line. Actionable rheological data are acquired immediately after the mixing process. With multiple patent-pending designs, the X-series instruments are based on the company's Premier technologies and are said to have the same outstanding reproducibility, repeatability and test sensitivity. Both the Premier instruments and the X-Series instruments can communicate back and forth from the laboratory or office to the production floor through the company's Enterprise software. The X-Series consists of the MDR-X and RPA-X instrument modules, and also the X-Dock test station.

Alpha Technologies
www.alpha-technologies.com

Post date: 4/16/2018

 
LC-MS/MS test system
The Nexera Mikros Microflow liquid chromatography mass spectrometry system covers the complete range from microflow to semi-microflow, and allows operators to realize high sensitivity, yet with the reliability and ruggedness of HPLC, according to the company. System configuration options include a direct injection system for sample volume-limited analyses for rapid and highly sensitive micro LCMS analysis without sample loss. A trap and elute system is available for analyses with larger injection volumes or when some degree of sample cleanup is desirable. A make-up flow system includes the addition of a post-column make-up flow pump, allowing mobile phase modifiers to be added to ensure the highest ionization efficiency in the MS source. The Nexera Mikros is said to be elegant in design and easy to use. The SIL-30AC autosampler is said to provide excellent accuracy.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

 
Laboratory press line
Laboratory press line Laboratory presses and accessories are featured in the company's brochure. For more than 100 years, the firm's hydraulic presses are said to have been a standard for laboratories around the world, offering a variety of sizes, options, features and quality performance. The brochure features product specifications for the company's line of presses, including its standard hydraulic laboratory presses in two-column and four-column, benchtop and floor standing, plus manual and automatic models with clamping capacities from 0.5 to 100 tons. Individual models are listed, along with product details such as maximum clamp force, platen diameters, height and weight. A press selection page is also featured to help select the right press for an application. The company also offers specialized and custom presses for specific applications. Information on laboratory press accessories is also available, including molds, dies and test cylinders, gauges and a variety of heating and cooling platen options.

Carver
www.carverpress.com

Post date: 3/27/2018

 
Thermal desorption
The TD-30 thermal desorption system is available for use with the company's Nexis GC-2030 gas chromatograph, as well as its entire GCMS product line. With large sample capacities, an efficient workflow and a robust design, it is said to be ideally suited for the analysis of trace components in such industries as environmental, chemical and automotive, according to the company. The TD-30 series consists of two models, the TD-30 and TD-30R. The TD-30 is equipped with a 60-sample carousel. The TD-30R has the ability to hold 120 samples, the largest capacity in the industry, making it well-suited to large-volume automated analysis, according to the company. Both are equipped with a retrapping function that allows split samples desorbed from the tube and loaded into the GCMS to be trapped again for potential re-measurement. An overlap function is said to improve processing functionality.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Extrusion control system
Extrusion control system The updated DS-eTPC II controller is said to be engineered with added flexibility to support a broader range of processes and applications. Processors are said to enjoy a larger 15" viewing screen with multi-touch capabilities to enable zoom-in and out, as well as extruder control for up to three extruders and real-time and historical data trending. Other enhancements include an increase of heat-only zones from four to eight, with an option up to 20; two auxiliary drives; a remote set-point; and speed trim via discrete inputs from gauging equipment. The DS-eTOC II has a modular design. Standard features include historical data collection, real-time and historical data trending, web interface, alarm log and more.

Davis-Standard
www.davis-standard.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Tire uniformity testing
The Astec tire and wheel evaluation center measures tire uniformity for passenger and light truck radial tires and wheel assemblies. The purpose of the Astec tire and wheel evaluation center is to assure product quality. This is done by measuring, grading, marking and sorting tires according to force variation. Radial runout, lateral runout and sidewall appearance capabilities are available with the optional TGIS laser measurement system. Key advantages are said to include the following: Runs all passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies through on-screen real time waveform analysis and on-line diagnostics or troubleshooting tools; ergonomically designed and easy to use, providing quick maintenance and ease of use through touchscreen commands; best machine performance specifications in the industry through patented technology; and open framed design gives easy access to all critical parts of the machinery, according to the company.

Ametek/Micro-Poise Measurement Systems
www.micropoise.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Force measurement
Force measurement Entry level computer-based force testing solutions have been introduced for applications ranging from load limit and distance testing to break limit, time average, cyclic count and duration testing, constant hold and more. Optimized for production and quality control testing, the architecture of the L1 system is designed for reliable, fast, repeatable and easy operation, according to the company. The L1 line of force solutions consists of systems for computer controlled force measurement, digital force gages, FMM digital force tester motorized test stands, manual test stands and load cell sensors. L1 systems are said to be easy-to-use, computer-controlled testing systems designed for high-volume, in-situ production testing.

L.S. Starrett
www.mixers.com

Post date: 2/23/2018

 
Elastomer testing systems
Elastomer testing systems offered by the company include the MV Mooney viscometer, Elastograph moving die rheometer, Visco-Elastograph rubber process analyzer, a rubber capillary rheometer, the Rheograph 120 high pressure capillary rheo-meter, Rubberview software, and various options. In order to fulfill the continuous increasing requirements regarding quality and consistency of rubber products, it is essential to make a comprehensive characterization of the raw compound while processing, according to the company. The most important processing criteria for the final product are the flow and the vulcanization behavior, as well as the filling agent distribution. While testing these characteristics there should be differences among the production accompanying testing and the testing during the development phase; for example, to simulate application dependent processes. The company's testing machinery is said to be well suited for both testing applications, and is said to meet industrial standards by its robust construction, each with individual features, providing measuring reliability, especially in continuous operation. The company's testing systems can be configured to specific needs.

Göttfert
www.goettfert.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Precision material analysis
Instruments and software are designed and manufactured to deliver advanced precision rubber and elastomeric materials analysis for production optimization and product compliance solutions, according to the company. The firm's ISO 9001 registered and ISO 17025 accredited instruments measure the dynamic, physical and processability characteristics of rubber and polymers. Product lines include material process analyzers, rheometers, viscometers, dispersion analyzers, density and hardness testers, physical property testers, universal testers, sample cutters and laboratory information management systems. Models offered include the Premier RPA (rubber process analyzer), Premier Mooney viscometer, Premier moving die rheometer, Premier high capacity automation module, MDR-C moving die rheometer, disperGrader aView precision dispersion testing analyzer, and more.

Alpha Technologies
www.alpha-technologies.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Environmental chambers
Environmental chambers available from the company include environmental test chambers, a temperature humidity chamber, climatic chamber, ozone tester/ozone chamber, rain test chamber, UV test chamber, walk-in chamber, xenon test chamber, thermal shock chamber, ball spray tester and freezing tester. The company's environmental chamber is designed for testing the capability of heat endurance, cold endurance, dryness endurance and humidity endurance, and is suitable for quality control for such industries as electrical equipment, vehicle, chemistry, building materials, packaging, etc. The company is said to offer a low price guarantee, efficient logistics, high level standards, and centralized service and support coordination.

Qualitest
www.worldoftest.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Rubber testing solutions
Rubber and polymer testing solutions featured in the company's brochure include a moving die rheometer and rubber process analyzer, a Mooney viscometer, laboratory presses, sample cutters, bale cutters, laboratory information management systems, upgrades and rebuilds, calibration service and support, and systems for testing dispersion, hardness and density, plasticity, compression set, abrasion and fatigue. The extensive product range covers instruments for basic to high-end testing applications in quality control, as well as research and development, integrated laboratory software systems, technical and calibration services, as well as world class application support and consulting, according to the company. The firm's testing solutions are engineered and manufactured entirely in Germany according to the highest quality standards. Products and services are available to customers in more than 53 countries worldwide with local support and assistance. All of the company's products are either available in standard configurations, or can be adapted and built according to individual customer requests and requirements.

MonTech USA
www.montechusa.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Visualization of compression molding
Compression molding is said to be a common process in manufacturing complex composite components for industrial applications. Sheet molding compound (SMC), glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) and pre-impregnated (pre-preg) are the most common compression molding processes used in composite component manufacturing. However, since the rheological properties of composite materials have both solid and fluid behaviors, simulation is said to become a challenge. Commercial software is designed to calculate either fluid behavior or structure deformation, and those calculations are derived from different equations. SMC, formed using the compression molding process, can now be analyzed by integrated numerical simulation. The integration method, involving both computational structural mechanics and computational fluid dynamics, is used to predict both the charge's deformation and flow behavior of SMC, respectively. To simulate the process, LS-Dyna, commercially available FEA software, integrated with Moldex3D can be applied. The initial charge's shape, temperature, stress tensor and anisotropic material property are first computed by LS-Dyna; then, carrying those physical properties, the deformed charge is exported to Moldex3D to continue the compression molding analysis. The analysis results of flow behavior and warpage show that the proposed integration method can successfully simulate the complex behaviors of SMC in compression molding.

CoreTech System Co., Ltd.
www.moldex3d.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Electrical resistance tester
The EKT-2000RES electrical resistance tester method describes the measurement of the electrical resistance between the wheel and the conducting surface against which the tire is loaded. Adjustable test voltage ranges from 40 V to 5,100 V by increments of 10 or 100 V. The tester measures 270 by 250 by 180 mm. Available accessories include data viewer Pro PC software, a serial to parallel adapter, user manual, carrying case, ohm probe and a rechargeable battery. Operating temperature and humidity range from 0°C to approximately 40°C at less than 80% RHD.

Ektron Tek
www.ektrontek.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Capillary rheometers
The RH2000 series of benchtop capillary rheometers includes compact systems said to be capable of most testing requirements encountered in capillary rheometry. The series is available in both single bore or twin bore configurations, the RH2100 and RH2200, respectively. Both versions are said to incorporate many of the features and attributes found on the floor standing models (Rosand RH 7 and 10). A digital drive system is said to give the RH2000 series unsurpassed speed control, accuracy and dynamic operating range. The hardware is supported by Windows based Flowmaster software.

Malvern Instruments
www.malvern.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Test laboratory for customer testing of LIM
Test laboratory for customer testing of LIM A testing laboratory is available for customer testing of LIM (liquid injection molding), compression molding and other applications. Company presses available for testing include two MicroLIM machines with a Graco #622 meter mix; a 30-ton Genesis compression press with proportional control of pressure and temperature; a Carver 30-ton Auto Series press; A Carver 12-ton Model C, heated and cooled; and a five-ton Sterling chiller. The company is said to be a leading international supplier of standard and custom presses to the medical, aerospace, recreation, automotive, education and energy markets. Applications include ASTM polymer testing, proppant crush testing, liquid silicone, and rubber, plastics and composites molding machines for compression, transfer molding, laminating and trimming. The company also offers custom engineered presses, as well as used and reconditioned presses. The company offers two-column and four-column benchtop, manual and automatic hydraulic laboratory presses with clamping capacities from 12 to 48 tons. The company's presses are said to be suited for various materials research applications, such as plastics and elastomers, as well as for pharmaceuticals, analytical chemistry, laboratory testing, laminating and other applications, including sample preparation.

Wabash MPI/Carver
www.wabashmpi.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
High-force dynamic mechanical analyzer
High-force dynamic mechanical analyzer The ElectroForce DMA 3200 is said to combine industry-leading fatigue and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) technologies into a single mechanical test platform with unparalleled performance, according to the manufacturer. Mechanical properties are said to often be considered the most important of all physical properties of materials. These are critical to understanding material and component applications in nearly every industry, including automotive, aerospace, medical devices, electronics, polymers, elastomers, composites and many more. 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. These insights into material behavior ensure reliable product performance and prove out lifetime claims, according to the manufacturer. At the heart of the DMA 3200 is the 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. It is the only motor in any mechanical testing system with a 10-year warranty, according to the company. The new platform of the DMA 3200 is said to combine the strengths of the company's DMA technologies with the performance of the ElectroForce motor, acquired from Bose. No two instruments, from any combination of vendors, can match the DMA and fatigue performance of the 3200, according to the manufacturer. The system is available with multiple furnace options to accommodate standard and large sample sizes, multiple cooling options, etc.

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Small batch mixing
The MXI 1L laboratory kneader mixer has been installed at the company's analytical laboratory to allow for higher precision and more efficient mixing of custom compounds. The mixer's intermeshing rotors assist with excellent distributive, dispersive and reactive mixing. With these features, the mixer is said to be ideal for high viscosity stocks, silica and specialty rubber goods that require low temperature mixing. Utilizing laboratory-sized mixers is said to allow clients to accurately and cost-effectively perform studies on rubber compounding.

ESmithers Rapra
www.smithersrapra.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Stress relaxation tester
Stress relaxation tester The EB 21 LTHTP aging oven has four cells with individual control of both the air exchange rate, as well as the temperature. This is said to be the first oven that can offer individual temperature control for an oven with programmable cycling temperature. The cooling is done with tap water, and to be able to reach standard laboratory temperature, the water temperature should not exceed +18°C. Water consumption is very low. Maximum temperature is 300°C. This enables automatic relaxation tests according to ISO 3384-B and SAE J2979 where the force measurements are done at standard laboratory temperature, without the need to lift the jigs out of the oven for cooling in the ambient temperature. Now users can test four different single samples/materials in individual temperature cycling, in the same oven at the same time.

Elastocon AB
www.elastocon.se

Post date: 2/15/2018

 
Analog durometer
The AD-100 analog durometer is said to be the ideal choice for a wide range of durometer hardness measuring applications. The AD-100 is said to be the result of years of experience providing high quality durometers. Featuring a .79" (18 mm) footer, the AD-100 offers outstanding stability and conforms to all international standards, according to the company. The AD-100 displays hardness readings on an easy-to-read analog scale calibrated in 0-100 durometer units. An optional memory pointer holds the reading until manually reset, allowing the operator to concentrate on the measurement task. This feature is also said to be valuable when using the gauge in a position where viewing the dial is obstructed.

RWC Testing & Lab Supplies
www.rwctesting.com

Post date: 2/15/2018

 

 
 
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