Instron Deutschland GmbH

Instron at K 2010: Testing Technology from Thermoplastic Materials to Components

Pfungstadt/Germany, July 2010 – Instron will underline its position as a versatile partner
for a full range of polymer testing services at K 2010, October 27th to November 3rd in
Düsseldorf, on Stand J18 in Hall 10. The company will present its comprehensive portfolio of
newly-developed and enhanced testing devices, ranging from high-precision melt flow
testers for the quality control and research of thermoplastic materials, to impact test systems
and devices for the measurement of static and dynamic material properties, as well as
application-specific systems for the evaluation of plastic parts. A new high performance data
acquisition system, and the equally new, highly-flexible Instron® Bluehill® 3 testing software,
help facilitate both the routine execution of standardized tasks and the time saving set-up
and execution of customer and application-specific tests.
Instron’s new multi-weight high-precision melt flow tester CEAST MMF 7028 complies with
the greater demands of the forthcoming test standard ISO/DIS 1133, T.2. Its unique
mechanical concept includes a tilting oven support. The System can test up to 5 weights in
any sequence, automatically managing fully customizable pre-installed masses. The new
melt flow tester is equipped with a touch-screen control panel, designed to facilitate full test
programming and to display all test results.
Instron will also present its CEAST 9340 compact instrument for falling weight impact tests
as well as its advanced pendulum machine CEAST 9050 for instrumented and
uninstrumented impact testing, featuring a solid monolithic metal structure, which carries the
accessories to be used for testing.
Another first is the DAS 64K data acquisition system, which is perfectly suited to work with
the CEAST pendulum and falling weight systems. With its four data acquisition channels,
and a storage capacity of 64,000 sampling points, the DAS 64 K is capable of producing an
impressively high resolution representation of transient motion sequences.
Instron® 5969 belongs to the new, uniquely ergonomic and variably adaptable series 5900
tensile testing machines. The dual column tabletop system for mid-range testing loads
provides a maximum tensile force of 50 kN, a crosshead travel of 1140 mm and a maximum
crosshead speed of 600 mm/min, thereby covering the majority of standard tests in the
polymer industry. At K 2010 the device will be equipped with Instron’s equally new
pneumatic grips, featuring jawface shields which are easily adjustable to different sample
geometries and can be changed quickly and without the use of tools.
Bluehill® 3, Instron’s new testing software is adapted to low speed tasks such as bending or
tension tests. Compared to its predecessors, it is even easier to use because a multitude of
standard testing tasks and reports have been pre-configured. Customer-specific test runs
can easily be added. Substantial time savings are made possible by eight task specific
application modules, adapted to the requirements of testing glues, elastomers, polymers
etc., each covering the areas of test control, analysis and reporting.
Instron’s new automatic carousel system is dedicated to standard tests on series 5900 table
top tension machines, where numerous comparable test runs can be carried out at a
remarkably high level of reproducibility. It is designed to significantly reduce the time and
workload required to carry out these tests and to minimize human influence on the results.
The carousel can be adapted to numerous specimen types and geometries, including films
or textiles, standard test bars, pipes, and elastomers. Once loaded with a specific number of
specimens according to the application, the testing sequence, as well as the subsequent
evaluation of its results, can be started at the press of a button using the Bluehill® 3 testing
software. A pincer then picks up a specimen and aligns it precisely between the clamp. After
finishing the test run, the remaining specimen parts are released from the clamp and the
pincer immediately commences with the positioning of the next sample. In the meantime, the
operator can prepare the next carousel or carry on with other activities.