Format Messtechnik GmbH

Im Schlehert 26 , 76187 Karlsruhe
Germany

Telephone +49 721 5311842
Fax +49 721 5311844
info@format-messtechnik.de

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 10 / D11
 Interactive Plan

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K 2016 hall map (Hall 10): stand D11

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K 2016 fairground map: Hall 10

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.09  Measuring and test equipment
  • 03.09.001  Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.09  Measuring and test equipment
  • 03.09.002  Measuring and test equipment for mechanical or dynamic properties
  • 03.09.002.01  Thickness gauges

Thickness gauges

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.09  Measuring and test equipment
  • 03.09.003  Measuring and test equipment for thermal properties

Measuring and test equipment for thermal properties

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.09  Measuring and test equipment
  • 03.09.006  Measuring and test equipment for electrical properties

Measuring and test equipment for electrical properties

Our products

Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties, Measuring and test equipment for thermal properties, Measuring and test equipment for electrical properties

SubCASE®

Standard laboratory methods for testing the reaction profile of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomer materials are mainly concerned with the measurement of mechanical parameters. The viscosity of the reacting liquid is measured by using rotational or vibrational viscometers. The disadvantage of these devices is that the rotational or vibrational parts influence the setting of the material. They are also difficult to recover after a test. Furthermore viscometers cannot be applied to very fast curing systems.
Format Messtechnik GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany has developed a new technique for measuring the reaction profile and the pot life of CASE materials. The pot life and curing monitor SubCASE provides both, simple handling and reliable measurement data. The hardware design of SubCASE combines a dielectric polarization sensor with two temperature transducers. The dielectric polarization is the key parameter that provides insight into the electro-chemical process during the transition from the liquid mixture to the cured material. For process near testing conditions, the sensor surface can be heated to any controlled temperature up to 150°C.
Measurements using SubCASE have been made with e.g. polyurethane, epoxy, polyester, and MMA formulations. The pot life and the curing are determined by the user-friendly software SUBCASE. The new measurement technology gives detailed insight into the reaction profile of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers and is easy to use in QC testing.

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Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties, Measuring and test equipment for thermal properties, Measuring and test equipment for electrical properties

FOAMAT®

The measurement device FOAMAT was developed for recording key foam-processing characteristics such as foam rise- height, reaction temperature, rise pressure, dielectric polarization and mass loss during foaming. Additional information such as viscosity, gelling and curing can also be derived from the data. This makes the instrument a valuable method for determining the properties of the generated foam, making such measurements a valuable part of the process technologist’s arsenal, as described below.
The classic method for characterizing foams is to determine the rise height or rise profile of the foam sample in a cup. With the FOAMAT new measurement techniques have become available for all kinds of PU foams, revealing more detailed information of the foam generation process. Offering a standardized test routine, it eliminates most of the human factors by controlling the weighing, mixing, and measuring procedures. The measurement data is stored on a PC and the characteristic measurement results are objectively evaluated by the WINDOWS software FOAM.
The rise profile measured with an ultrasonic fan sensor is the fingerprint of a foam. During quality assurance testing, it is compared with given master curves. For temperature measurement FOAMAT provides thin thermocouples. The rise pressure is measured with the Foam Pressure Measurement device FPM. The pressure curve determines the gel point and the pressure decay. Measuring the pressure at the bottom of the cylindrical expansion container of FPM allows direct viscosity calculation. The dielectric polarization measured with the new Curing Monitor Device CMD gives insight into the electrochemical processes occurring during foam formation. The dielectric polarization shows the formation of intermediates like polyurea and displays the final curing of the foam.
The integration of a laboratory balance provides automated recording of each foam component. Additionally, the mass loss and the density can be evaluated. The FOAMAT® system has been developed in cooperation with many raw material suppliers, system houses and foam producers. All this expertise is supplied with the system minimizing the time and cost consuming work for building up your own test methods.

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Product category: Thickness gauges

Sonic Joker®

SONIC JOKER is a high resolution ultrasonic measurement device designed for the precision distance measurement in quality control for continuous production. Almost any solid or liquid object can be detected with high accuracy, independent of its color and surface structure. Due to the high intensity of the ultrasonic pulses, even highly sound absorbing materials like foams, textiles and insulation mats can be measured. Standard applications are thickness measurements of products made of foam, plastic, rubber, canvas, glass and stones during the production process. Fill levels of liquids, pastes and granulates can also be recorded with high accuracy. The Windows based PC software SONIC TOOLS controls the measurement parameters of SONIC JOKER and has special functions for production control. Two sensor heads can be connected to one controller unit thus giving comprehensive survey and redundancy.
The ultrasonic distance measurement is effected according to the pulse/echo method. The distance between the sensor head and the reflecting object is calculated from the traveling time of the sound pulses from the sensor to the object and their echoes. The knowledge of the sound propagation conditions, i.e. the velocity of sound, is essential for a high accuracy measurement. This is achieved by the patented sensor heads FS1 and FS2 of SONIC JOKER: A built-in reference bar gives continuous calibration signals and compensates for temperature changes and different air composition. The integrated coaxial ventilation fan homogenizes the air volume between the sensor head and the object, thus giving definite and unspoiled sound propagation conditions for high accuracy measurement.
The measurement data is displayed on the built-in LED display and transmitted continuously to a PC or CNC via the serial interface.

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Product category: Thickness gauges

Resimat®

Viscoelastic foams show a characteristic relaxation behavior when loaded by an external force. This provides comfortable properties for bedding, seating and other applications. Upon removing the load the foam gradually regains its original shape. Standard mechanical foam test devices are not capable of testing the load free recovery process of viscoelastic foams.
Introducing the test device Resimat, Format Messtechnik GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany, made a new approach for testing the pressure relaxation and the geometrical recovery properties of viscoelastic foams. During a test with Resimat a foam sample of defined dimensions is compressed vertically by means of a pressure plate onto an adjustable reference surface. At a certain height electro magnets fix the pressure plate and keep the foam sample strained for a pre-selected hold time. While being compressed a force gage measures the restoring force of the foam. At the end of the hold time the electro magnets are switched off. The sample recovers from the deformation gradually re-gaining its original shape. An ultrasonic distance sensor positioned above the pressure plate continuously records the kinetics of the sample surface.
Measurements have been made with viscoelastic foam samples of different resilience. The pressure vs. time curves show the pressure relaxation describing the creep behavior of the foam. The thickness vs. time curves show the recovery process. They reveal details of the dynamic features of the foam. The “appearance” is a key parameter of viscoelastic foams showing how long a foam deformation remains visible. The special version Resimat 150 was designed for testing the recovery time of viscoelastic foam according to the specification IOS-MAT-0076.

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Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

Resimat®

Viscoelastic foams show a characteristic relaxation behavior when loaded by an external force. This provides comfortable properties for bedding, seating and other applications. Upon removing the load the foam gradually regains its original shape. Standard mechanical foam test devices are not capable of testing the load free recovery process of viscoelastic foams. Introducing the new test device Resimat, Format Messtechnik GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany, made a new approach for testing the pressure relaxation and the geometrical recovery properties of viscoelastic foams. During a test with Resimat a foam sample of defined dimensions is compressed vertically by means of a pressure plate onto an adjustable reference surface. At a certain height two electro magnets fix the pressure plate and keep the foam sample strained for a pre-selected hold time. While being compressed a force gage measures the restoring force of the foam. At the end of the hold time the electro magnets are switched off. The sample recovers from the deformation gradually re-gaining its original shape. An ultrasonic distance sensor positioned above the pressure plate continuously records the kinetics of the sample surface. Measurements have been made with viscoelastic foam samples of different resilience. The pressure vs. time curves show the pressure relaxation describing the creep behavior of the foam. The thickness vs. time curves show the recovery process. They reveal details of the dynamic features of the foam. The “appearance” is a key parameter of viscoelastic foams showing how long a foam deformation remains visible.

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Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

Sonic Joker®

SONIC JOKER is a high resolution ultrasonic measurement device designed for the precision distance measurement in quality control for continuous production. Almost any solid or liquid object can be detected with high accuracy, independent of its color and surface structure. Due to the high intensity of the ultrasonic pulses, even highly sound absorbing materials like foams, textiles and insulation mats can be measured. Standard applications are thickness measurements of products made of foam, plastic, rubber, canvas, glass and stones during the production process. Fill levels of liquids, pastes and granulates can also be recorded with high accuracy. The Windows based PC software SONIC TOOLS controls the measurement parameters of SONIC JOKER and has special functions for production control. Two sensor heads can be connected to one controller unit thus giving comprehensive survey and redundancy. The ultrasonic distance measurement is effected according to the pulse/echo method. The distance between the sensor head and the reflecting object is calculated from the traveling time of the sound pulses from the sensor to the object and their echoes. The knowledge of the sound propagation conditions, i.e. the velocity of sound, is essential for a high accuracy measurement. This is achieved by the patented sensor head FS 1 of SONIC JOKER: A built-in reference bar gives continuous calibration signals and compensates for temperature changes and different air composition. The integrated coaxial ventilation fan homogenizes the air volume between the sensor head and the object, thus giving definite and unspoilt sound propagation conditions for high accuracy measurement. The measurement data is displayed on the built-in LED display and transmitted continuously to a PC or CNC via the serial interface RS 232C.

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Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

SubCASE®

Standard laboratory methods for testing the reaction profile of PU-CASE materials are mainly concerned with the measurement of mechanical parameters. The viscosity of the reacting liquid is measured by using rotational or vibrational viscometers. The disadvantage of these devices is that the rotational or vibrational parts influence the setting of the material. They are also difficult to recover after a test. Furthermore viscometers cannot be applied to very fast curing systems. Format Messtechnik GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany has developed a new technique for measuring the reaction profile and the pot life of PU-CASE materials. The pot life and curing monitor SubCASE provides both, simple handling and reliable measurement data. The hardware design of SubCASE combines a dielectric polarisation sensor with two temperature transducers. The dielectric polarisation is the key parameter that provides insight into the electro-chemical process during the transition from the liquid mixture to finished PU-CASE material. For process near testing conditions, the sensor surface can be heated to any controlled temperature up to 110°C. Measurements using SubCASE have been made with all kinds of PU-CASE formulations. The pot life and the curing are determined by the user-friendly software SUBCASE. The new measurement technology gives detailed insight into the reaction profile of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers and is easy to use in QC testing.

More Less

Product category: Measuring and test equipment for rheological properties

FOAMAT®

The measurement device FOAMAT was developed for recording key foam-processing characteristics such as foam rise- height, reaction temperature, rise pressure, dielectric polarisation and mass loss during foaming. Additional information such as viscosity, gelling and curing can also be derived from the data. This makes the instrument a valuable method for determining the properties of the generated foam, making such measurements a valuable part of the process technologist’s arsenal, as described below. The classic method for characterizing foams is to determine the rise height or rise profile of the foam sample in a cup. With the FOAMAT new measurement techniques have become available for all kinds of PU foams, revealing more detailed information of the foam generation process. Offering a standardized test routine, it eliminates most of the human factors by controlling the weighing, mixing, and measuring procedures. The measurement data is stored on a PC and the characteristic measurement results are objectively evaluated by the WINDOWS software FOAM. The rise profile measured with an ultrasonic fan sensor is the fingerprint of a foam. During quality assurance testing, it is compared with given master curves. For temperature measurement FOAMAT provides thin thermocouples. The rise pressure is measured with the Foam Pressure Measurement device FPM. The pressure curve determines the gel point and the pressure decay. Measuring the pressure at the bottom of the cylindrical ex-pansion container of FPM allows direct viscosity calculation. This is achieved by using the Hagen-Poisseuille equation for the viscosity in a tube. The dielectric polarization measured with the new Curing Monitor Device CMD gives insight into the electrochemical processes occurring during foam formation. The dielectric polarization shows the formation of intermediates like polyurea and displays the final curing of the foam. The integration of a laboratory balance provides automated recording of each foam component. Additionally, the mass loss and the density can be evaluated. The FOAMAT® system has been developed in cooperation with many raw material suppliers, system houses and foam producers. All this expertise is supplied with the system minimizing the time and cost consuming work for building up your own test methods.

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About us

Company details

Format Messtechnik GmbH is a leading company in measurement devices for the polyurethane industry. At K2016 the company is exhibiting the latest model of the Foam Qualification System FOAMAT®. The system has set quality standards in measuring foam rise profiles, foam pressure, foam temperature, dielectric polarization and loss of weight during the foam generation of all types of polyurethane foams. The FOAMAT® device is exhibited together with the new optional extra large heated test container ATC XL and the special FOAMAT® version OCFM for one component foam testing. Another exhibit is the Pot Life and Curing Monitor SubCASE®. It is used worldwide for measuring the gelling and curing process of polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. The device can also be used for testing the reaction profile of epoxy and unsaturated polyester resins. For viscoelastic foam testing the test device Resimat® is shown. The device was developed for testing the relaxation, as well as the recovery properties of viscoelastic foams. It can be used for QC and development. One more exhibit at the Format Messtechnik GmbH booth is the Ultrasonic Distance Measurement System Sonic Joker® for precise thickness measurement of slabstock foam.

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Company data

Foundation

1994

Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Chemical industry
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Construction / building and living
  • Medical technology / precision engineering / optics
  • Other industries
  • Universities, technical colleges