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Instron has introduced an updated version of its materials testing software for determining the mechanical properties of materials, structures and components.

Bluehill 3 enables measurement, test control and report generation.

This enhanced software package is compatible with all Instron 3300, 5500 und 5900 Series testing systems and meets the requirements of many internationally standardised and application-specific one-off and volume testing procedures in academic institutions as well as industrial research and development and quality control departments.

To this end, the Bluehill 3 materials testing software provides fully programmed application modules for specific areas of use, such as for the testing of metals, plastics, elastomers, textiles, composites and adhesives, biomedical materials or medical devices, along with supporting documentation covering the relevant testing standards.

In addition, the company offers a Classroom Version of the new software package specifically for universities and other educational institutions, enabling the simulation of more than 50 common testing methods and measurement procedures.

Bluehill 3 offers users the capability to launch standard or user-defined testing methods directly from the desktop and start testing with a simple click of the mouse or key stroke – a feature that increases efficiency in the test laboratory, according to Instron.

The new Expression Builder is suitable for programming user-defined expressions and calculations for complex evaluations based on the acquired measurement values.

To increase the accuracy and repeatability of test results in the day-to-day operations of a laboratory, Bluehill 3 automatically identifies the loadcell or strain gauge used for the current measurement and verifies compatibility with the intended test method.

During the test, the user can watch the measurement results in real time; upon completion of the test, the software facilitates the creation of advanced reports, including graphs, photos and logos, which can be directly integrated into other programs in Word, PDF or HTML format.

The help system available in the Bluehill 3 software has been completely revamped and now provides the user with immediate assistance for method creation and editing and for more complex calculations and results display.

In addition, the help system contains examples of commonly used evaluation procedures.

Finally, the Bluehill 3 User Community Blog provides a tool for finding information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Instron

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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