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Mecmesin will launch the Vortex-XT, a touch-screen-controlled torque tester that makes fast routine measurements, at the Processing and Packaging International Trade Fair at Interpack 2011 in May.

According to the company, which will be found on Stand FO4-1 in Hall 5 at the event in Dusseldorf, the new device brings quality control measurement straight to the point of manufacture.

The Vortex-XT is described as an easy-to-use modern torque tester that has been designed to cut costs by improving production line efficiency and reducing wastage.

It can quickly measure stripping torque and release torque.

It is able to identify bridge breaks and can help to avoid spinners.

The device can also be adapted to test child-resistant closures and Mecmesin is able to offer bespoke fittings to match individual containers.

The machine’s simple setup allows manufacturers to test the clockwise and counter-clockwise torques of packaging components, such as the application and release torque of screw closures, with two clicks of the touch-screen interface.

Utilising colour-coded results, the large, clear display enables the straightforward identification of pass/fail sample conformance.

The Vortex-XT is designed to make routine measurements quick, while still providing users with detailed results data as well as reporting capabilities, if required.

Users have the choice of viewing a graphical ‘live’ display of the test for observational purposes or multiple test results in tabulated form, to begin making comparisons and, subsequently, to evaluate them in more depth with a choice of calculations.

The data collected can then be exported to statistical process control software.

Up to five frequently used tests can be stored for quick access and initiation by different users, without the need for a high level of technical or test application knowledge.

Password protection allows ‘administrators’ to alter test setup and template design, thereby avoiding any accidental changes to programmable functions.

Rated to 10N.m, the Vortex-XT completes Mecmesin’s range of three motorised torque testing systems, which also includes the basic Vortex-D and the Vortex-I computer-controlled test system.

A leading force and torque measurement specialist for over 40 years, Mecmesin designs and manufactures affordable, reliable and accurate test measurement equipment to suit a wide range of applications and customer requirements.

Quality Standards
Mecmesin’s range of test equipment is an affordable way to measure force and torque to BS, DIN, ASTM and ISO standards.

Operating under ISO 9001 quality standards, Mecmesin force and torque testers are used to guarantee the quality of components, materials and finished products, direct from the production line or within a QC laboratory. These checks help businesses maximise production and conform to international or in-house standards, whilst reducing the costs associated with excess wastage.

From simple hand-held instruments to fully-comprehensive computer-controlled test systems, Mecmesin designs products to suit many different test applications and budgets.

Force Test Systems
Mecmesin’s force test systems provide machine control of tension and compression testing plus many other test types via the addition of appropriate fixtures, such as flexure/bend, peel, pull-off/pull-out and top-load/crush resistance. A choice of load ratings, including high capacity up to 50 kN, and a range of physical dimensions cater for a broad spectrum of force testing applications.

Torque Test Systems
Mecmesin’s torque test systems provide machine control of the testing methods for all types of torque – breakaway, fastening, running and torque to turn. The ability to simultaneously apply an axial load to the sample is available on all systems. A choice of load ratings cater for a broad spectrum of torque testing applications, with the addition of a range of high precision systems suitable for measuring very low torque values and running with exact rotational alignment.

Application-specific Testers
Mecmesin also supplies a range of application-specific testers, designed to test to test to international standards for a diverse range of distinct test applications, such as coefficient of friction, pull testing of cables, page pull strength of books, automated bottle testing, testing muscle strength and testing sprayed concrete.

Force and Torque Instruments
Mecmesin’s manual force and torque instruments provide digital accuracy in test measurement combined with affordability and portability. Three digital hand-held gauges are available with convenient levels of functionality and ranges of capacity. These gauges can be paired with manual lever or wheel-operated test stands to perform basic tension and compression tests with increased repeatability.

Mecmesin’s range of manual, hand-operated torque testers enable the testing of rotational systems including container caps and tamper-evident closures.

Gripping a sample correctly for testing is a fundamental aspect of test repeatability.  Mecmesin supplies a full range of grips and fixtures for use with all our test systems and instruments.

In addition to our standard products, Mecmesin application engineers can design and manufacture test solutions to meet the needs of unique applications with specific criteria.  These typically include vacuum fixtures for preform packaging, cap mandrels to fit specific designs, grips for control devices with moving parts, jigs for bending awkward or large items, fixtures for torsion springs, guards and containment, and many more…

Our Customers
Providing a tailor-made service to create the ideal system with almost limitless testing capability, Mecmesin test solutions cater for a diverse range of industries:

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