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Instron: Testing Technology from Thermoplastic Materials to Components

Instron’s comprehensive portfolio of well-proven, enhanced or newly-developed testing devices, data acquisition systems and software packages is designed to cover the specific and challenging requirements of the entire polymer industry, ranging from the measurement of thermoplastic materials’ melt flow rates to the testing of plastic parts and components. Image: Instron
Instron will underline its position as a versatile partner for a full range of polymer testing services at K 2010. The company will present its comprehensive portfolio of newly-developed and enhanced testing devices, ranging from high-precision melt flow testers for the quality control and research of thermoplastic materials, to impact test systems and devices for the measurement of static and dynamic material properties, as well as application-specific systems for the evaluation of plastic parts. A new high performance data acquisition system, and the equally new, highly-flexible Instron® Bluehill® 3 testing software, help facilitate both the routine execution of standardized tasks and the time saving set-up and execution of customer and application-specific tests.

Instron’s new multi-weight high-precision melt flow tester CEAST MMF 7028 complies with the greater demands of the forthcoming test standard ISO/DIS 1133, T.2. Its unique mechanical concept includes a tilting oven support. The System can test up to 5 weights in any sequence, automatically managing fully customizable pre-installed masses. The new melt flow tester is equipped with a touch-screen control panel, designed to facilitate full test programming and to display all test results.


Instron will also present its CEAST 9340 compact instrument for falling weight impact tests as well as its advanced pendulum machine CEAST 9050 for instrumented and uninstrumented impact testing, featuring a solid monolithic metal structure, which carries the accessories to be used for testing.
Another first is the DAS 64K data acquisition system, which is perfectly suited to work with the CEAST pendulum and falling weight systems. With its four data acquisition channels, and a storage capacity of 64,000 sampling points, the DAS 64 K is capable of producing an impressively high resolution representation of transient motion sequences.

Instron® 5969 belongs to the new, uniquely ergonomic and variably adaptable series 5900 tensile testing machines. The dual column tabletop system for mid-range testing loads provides a maximum tensile force of 50 kN, a crosshead travel of 1140 mm and a maximum crosshead speed of 600 mm/min, thereby covering the majority of standard tests in the polymer industry. At K 2010 the device will be equipped with Instron’s equally new pneumatic grips, featuring jawface shields which are easily adjustable to different sample geometries and can be changed quickly and without the use of tools.
Bluehill® 3, Instron’s new testing software is adapted to low speed tasks such as bending or tension tests. Compared to its predecessors, it is even easier to use because a multitude of standard testing tasks and reports have been pre-configured. Customer-specific test runs can easily be added. Substantial time savings are made possible by eight task specific application modules, adapted to the requirements of testing glues, elastomers, polymers etc., each covering the areas of test control, analysis and reporting.

Instron’s new automatic carousel system is dedicated to standard tests on series 5900 table top tension machines, where numerous comparable test runs can be carried out at a remarkably high level of reproducibility. It is designed to significantly reduce the time and workload required to carry out these tests and to minimize human influence on the results. The carousel can be adapted to numerous specimen types and geometries, including films or textiles, standard test bars, pipes, and elastomers. Once loaded with a specific number of specimens according to the application, the testing sequence, as well as the subsequent evaluation of its results, can be started at the press of a button using the Bluehill® 3 testing software. A pincer then picks up a specimen and aligns it precisely between the clamp. After finishing the test run, the remaining specimen parts are released from the clamp and the pincer immediately commences with the positioning of the next sample. In the meantime, the operator can prepare the next carousel or carry on with other activities.

More Information:

K 2010, 27.10.–3.11.2010, Düsseldorf, Hall 10, Stand J18

Instron Deutschland GmbH, Pfungstadt, Germany

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