As lightweighting of vehicles to meet new regulations for fuel economy becomes more pervasive, OEMs and suppliers are collaborating on the development of new thermoplastics for use in various structural applications. Zwick/Roell AG, a global supplier of material and component testing systems, recently introduced a new generation of equipment that improves the accuracy, versatility and flexibility in the testing of thermoplastics for automotive applications.
The latest generation of Allround-Line systems from Zwick/Roell offers OEMs and suppliers a means to more accurately and efficiently characterize the mechanical behavior of thermoplastics at the material and component levels, according to Florian Liebert, plastics industry manager for Zwick/Roell.
"The Allround-Line systems deliver outstanding flexibility for busy characterization labs," Liebert said. "Engineered with dual testing areas that minimize changeover time between tests, Allround-Line systems boost throughput levels without sacrificing performance."