Instron: New Materials Testing Software Enhances Efficiency in the Creation, Execution and Analysis of Test Procedures

With the new Bluehill® 3 materials testing software, Instron introduces an updated and enhanced version of its software for measurement, test control and report generation in the determination of the mechanical properties of materials, structures and components. This enhanced software package is compatible with all Instron 3300, 5500 und 5900 Series testing systems and now offers an even greater number of tailored solutions meeting the requirements of many internationally standardised and application-specific one-off and volume testing procedures in academic institutions, industrial R&D and Quality Control departments. To this end, the Bluehill® 3 materials testing software provides fully programmed application modules for specific areas of use, e.g. testing of metals, plastics, elastomers, textiles, composites and adhesives, biomedical materials or medical and medical devices, along with supporting documentation covering the relevant testing standards. In addition Instron 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 which significantly increases efficiency in the test lab. The new Expression Builder is ideal 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 load cell 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 sophisticated 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 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 fof commonly used evaluation procedures. Finally, the Bluehill® 3 User Community Blog provides the user with a powerful tool for finding useful information and answers to frequently asked questions, or posting questions of his own.