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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 -150°C and 1,600°C. 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

 
Conveyor technology
Conveyor technology is offered for material handling to all builders, system integrators and end users of both discrete and process manufacturing markets. An integrated drive system with the company's motion control and drives products, along with communication protocols, is available. It spans the range of drives, motors, gear motors and automation technology, plus machine safety, power supply and circuit protection. A flexible and field-tested portfolio of products and software services is offered to the builders of material handling equipment in all industries. Free design tools are said to allow a more efficient process in customer design, configuration and product selection, plus communication and energy calculation. The OEM Partner Program provides benefits from the firm's global experience.

Siemens Industry
www.usa.siemens.com

Post date: 4/15/2014

 
Shaft alignment tool
The NXA Ultimate laser-based shaft alignment tool comes with a complete software and hardware package for both shaft alignment and geometric measurements, such as flatness and straightness. Regardless of the situation, regular machine maintenance check-ups or installation of new machinery, the NXA Ultimate is said to handle it. With the flatness application, the maintenance staff checks the foundation for any faults. A machine foundation that is skewed or warped in any way will make the required alignment difficult, if not impossible, according to the company. Once installed, users check the machine's alignment status. With everything verified to be perfectly aligned, the machine's optimal operation conditions are ensured, according to the company. The NSA Ultimate is a complete measurement system.

Fixturlaser
www.fixturlaser.com

Post date: 3/24/2014

 
DSC measurement
The Polyma DSC is said to set a new paradigm in performance and ease of use. For the first time, each of the steps involved in running a DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) measurement has been taken into account in developing a comprehensive solution, according to the company. The core of the DSC 214 Polyma is comprised of an Arena furnace for extremely fast heating and cooling rates of up to 500 K/min., the new diffusion-bonded Corona sensor and the Concavus pan. Measurement preparation is said to have been significantly simplified by means of the SampleCutter, and the 3in1 Box containing 96 pre-sorted and cleaned Concavus pans.

Netzsch Instruments North America, LLC
www.netzsch.com

Post date: 3/24/2014

 
Dynamic/fatigue testing
A provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components announces the release of the Specimen Self-Heating Control (SSHC) add-on to its WaveMatrix software package for dynamic and fatigue testing of polymers and composites. It maintains specimen temperature within a tight band and can save time, cost and energy in the quality control test laboratory, as well as in the development and optimization of composite formulations. The SSCH technology is applicable to any test geometry provided a specimen temperature transducer can be fitted, and is also compatible with temperature chamber testing. The SSHC add-on is available for all of the company's dynamic testing systems provided they are equipped with the 8800 digital controller and supported by the latest version of WaveMatrix software.

Instron
www.instron.com

Post date: 3/24/2014

 
Touch screen rheometers
Touch screen rheometers Three instruments were added to the company's touch screen family of rheometers, including the RST-CPS cone plate rheometer, the RST-CC coaxial cylinder rheometer and the RST-SST soft solids tester rheometer. The RST Series is 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 analysis for research and development. The RST rheometers are said to be unique because they operate in both controlled stress and controlled rate modes and can perform tests including viscoelastic modulus, yield stress, viscosity vs. shear rate profile, thixotropy calculation, creep behavior, recovery after flow and temperature sensitivity. Every RST rheometer offers the widest torque range available to handle the broadest range of sample materials (500 to 1 million dyne•cm). They are said to provide exceptional versatility with the largest range of shear reates and DIN spindle geometries.

Brookfield
www.brookfieldengineering.com

Post date: 3/24/2014

 
Cavity pressure sensor
Use of cavity pressure and cavity temperature sensors directly at the molded part is said to be part of a permanently growing market. A bad part cannot be detected only by machine parameters for various reasons. And the ease of use during installation is said to become even more important. In recent decades, a cavity pressure sensor was usually mounted with the help of a mounting nut in order to ensure an installation situation as stiff as possible. This is necessary to avoid measuring errors. A cavity temperature sensor, however, was clamped with the help of a distance sleeve as a standard because this has no influence on the temperature measurement. The Priafit mounting sleeve consists of a combination of mounting nut and distance sleeve and is said to combine the advantages of both methods.

Priamus System Technologies
www.priamus.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 

 
 
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