METRAVIB, a specialist in dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), is proud to present Xpander
. Used in association with a METRAVIB DMA instrument, Xpander
enables DMA test runs on a large number of samples to be entirely automated. Laboratories can thus significantly increase the productivity of their test facilities.
Dynamic mechanical analysis serves to characterize the viscoelastic properties of materials (rubber and polymers) to an extremely high level of accuracy. In particular, it is the most accurate technique available to determine the glass transition of these materials (TG). Such properties are central to the performance and functional properties of manufactured products. It is essential to measure such properties in order to comply with new regulations.
The diversity of formulations used, combined with varied sourcing of raw materials, means that laboratories must conduct increasing numbers of tests.
As a pioneer in the robotization of dynamic testing, METRAVIB has been supplying the leaders of the rubber and tire industries with robotic dynamic mechanical analyzers for more than 15 years.
Now, METRAVIB confirms its position as a leader in this field. Xpander
has been designed to significantly increase the number of tests performed by DMA instruments in various test modes, including compression, traction and shearing. Tests are performed around the clock and are no longer restricted by the need for an operator to be present.Xpander
's flexibility means that it can be used for material samples of various shapes and sizes. The DMA+ range having been designed from the outset with the integration of Xpander
in mind, these analyzers offer the same level of performance used in either manual or robotic mode.
In addition to a high test throughput, Xpander also offers several other advantages:
Reduced labor costs,
Improved accuracy and uniformity of results,
Elimination of human error,
Improved operator safety.
Furthermore, as Hugues Baurier, METRAVIB DMA International Trade Manager, tells us, “Xpander
and the new DMA+ range have been designed taking account of industrial expectations in terms of accuracy, performance, productivity and ergonomics, as expressed by worldwide leaders in the rubber and polymers sector.”
With Xpander, METRAVIB offers DMA instruments with configurations suited to the needs of R&D, industrial testing and quality control departments.