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Instron has announced that it will showcase its polymer testing services at K 2010 on 27 October to 3 November in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The company will present its comprehensive portfolio of testing devices, ranging from high-precision melt flowtesters 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.

Its new high-performance data-acquisition system and highly flexible Instron Bluehill 3 testing software help facilitate the routine execution of standardised tasks, as well as the time-saving set-up and execution of customer and application-specific tests.

Instron’s 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.

The system can test up to five weights in any sequence, automatically managing fully customisable pre-installed masses, while its mechanical concept includes a tilting oven support.

The melt flow tester is equipped with a touch-screen control panel, designed to facilitate full test programming and display all test results.

Instron will also present its CEAST 9340 compact instrument for falling-weight impact tests, as well as its pendulum machine, CEAST 9050, for instrumented and uninstrumented impact testing.

This machine features 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 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 64K is capable of producing a high resolution representation of transient motion sequences.

Instron 5969 belongs to the new ergonomic and variably adaptable range of 5900 tensile testing machines.

The dual-column tabletop system for mid-range testing loads provides a maximum tensile force of 50kN, a crosshead travel of 1,140mm and a maximum crosshead speed of 600mm/min, thereby covering the majority of standard tests in the polymer industry.

At K 2010, the device will be equipped with Instron’s pneumatic grips, featuring jawface shields that are easily adjustable to different sample geometries and can be changed quickly without tools.

Instron’s Bluehill 3 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 range of standard testing tasks and reports have been pre-configured, and 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 and polymers, each covering the areas of test control, analysis and reporting.

Instron’s automatic carousel system is dedicated to standard tests on series 5900 table-top tension machines, where many comparable test runs can be carried out at a high level of reproducibility.

It is designed to significantly reduce the time and workload required to carry out these tests and to minimise 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.


Instron is a leading provider of test equipment for the material and structural testing markets. A global company providing single-source convenience, Instron manufactures and services products used to test the mechanical properties and performances of various materials, components and structures in a wide array of environments.

Instron systems evaluate materials ranging from the most fragile filament to advanced high-strength alloys, providing customers with comprehensive solutions for all their research, quality and service-life testing requirements. Additionally, Instron offers a broad range of service capabilities, including assistance with laboratory management, calibration expertise and customer training.

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