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Tire inspection software
The company's adaptation of Machine Visual Technology (MVT) software to automate the x-ray imaging analysis aims to avoid errors resulting from operator fatigue, distractions and problems arising from repetitive visual examination. The MVT software system is said to provide a solution to relieving operators from the highly focused and repetitive inspection work by automating the x-ray imaging analysis. The software is compatible with 20 different tire type or pattern combinations which would generally accommodate the inspection demand of a medium-sized TBR (truck and bus radial) plant. The system is also capable of being adapted to specific tire patterns as required. Since the software algorithm covers a wide range of tire specifications, the time taken for software parameter settings is reduced from months to days.

Mesnac Americas Ltd.
www.mesnac.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Tire uniformity machine
Tire uniformity machine The Librota-GS tire testing machine is said to have the world's fastest cycle time of 18 seconds per tire and the world's highest repeated measurement accuracy, according to the manufacturer. Tire testing machines are used for final inspection and quality checks of tires in the manufacturing process. The machines verify the uniformity, runout and other properties of tires. The company plans to supply the Librota-GS model to tire makers in North America, Europe and regions throughout the world. The company has shortened the Librota's cycle time to 18 seconds, from 20 seconds, by incorporating a newly developed control system and optimizing the measurement conditions.

Kobelco
www.kobelco.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Mechanical analysis
The Xpander, used in association with the company's dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) instrument, is said to enable DMA test campaigns on a large number of specimens to be entirely automated. 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 said to be the most accurate technique available to determine the glass transition of these materials. Xpander has been designed to significantly increase the number of tests performed by DMA instruments in various test modes, including compression, tension and shear. Tests are performed around the clock and no longer require the presence of an operator. Xpander's flexibility makes it possible to accommodate material specimens of various shapes and sizes.

Metravib
www.metravib.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Integrated material testing
Integrated material testing The UVX (universal video extensometer) integrated material testing system is designed specifically for use in high-throughput routine testing laboratories. The UVX system is designed to seamlessly integrate with all leading manufacturers' test machines, and every aspect of the system has been developed to both maximize throughput speed and minimize the opportunity for experimental errors, whether from specimen type, test setup or user technique, according to the company. The video extensometers are said to be a cost-effective alternative to strain gauging material test coupons, with return on investment periods as low as two months. The complete system is controlled by the company's intuitive Video Gauge software that is said to be highly advanced and simple to use.

Imetrum
www.imetrum.com

Post date: 2/2/2017

 
Tensile testing system
Tensile testing system The AT10 tensile tester is a universal, table-top tensile tester for rubber, plastics and other materials. This easy-to-use tensile tester has a maximum load capacity of 10 kN and performs multiple tests for quality control and research and development applications. The AT10 is fully CE compliant, meeting the stringent HS&E requirements of the company's global market. Key features of the AT10 tensile tester are said to include comprehensive computer-controlled testing with a full range of user features; basic license for tension, tear, compression, peel, adhesion and o-ring; data point selector and custom data point calculator; easy reanalysis and recalculation of results; and the ability to export to an Excel, Word or SQL database. The AT10 is backed by the company's professional field service engineers and customer-focused aftermarket support team. The instrument has a selection of load cells available, along with options such as an automatic thickness gauge. Data collected can be stored on the instrument's computer.

Alpha Technologies

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Mechanical oscillograph
The ASTM D11.10 subcommittee has approved proposed revisions to the current test method, ASTM D945-16. The latest version of the Yerzley mechanical oscillograph (AYO-IV) complies with this test method. The instrument is completely computerized and equipped with the latest user-friendly software, eliminating all operator induced errors in data evaluation. There is no graph paper; there is no reading from the graph paper; and all calculations are automated so that results are available once the test is completed. A typical compression test takes less than five seconds, after which the resulting trace and the calculated parameters are displayed. An additional parameter, tangent of delta, the measure of energy loss due to damping, is also calculated and reported. AYO-IV predicts the mechanical properties of rubber, plastics and other polymers.

Tavdi
www.tavdico.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Ozone test chamber
The OREC 0550-0950 Series ozone test chamber is said to provide continuous ozone measurement and control in one self-contained unit, factory tested and ready to operate. The measurement system is said to incorporate the reliable OREC Model DM-150 ozone monitor, which employs the ultraviolet (UV) absorption principle for ozone measurements. This automatic ozone measurement and control system is specific to ozone and does not require operating chemicals. Temperature and ozone settings are entered via touchscreen, which provides a simple user interface. The control system automatically adjusts its output to compensate for outside factors such as temperature and humidity. These variables may affect stability in manually controlled units. Other advantages of this automatic control system are said to include rapid resumption of ozone concentrations between test cycles, tests proceed unattended, and fast response to set point changes. OREC ozone test chambers are said to be the industry's standard choice for reliable laboratory testing, according to the company. These ozone test chambers are manufactured in the USA.

Corporate Consulting, Service & Instruments
www.ccsi-inc.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Mooney viscometer
Mooney viscometer The Premier MV (Mooney viscometer) measures viscosity, scorch and stress relaxation of raw materials and mixed rubbers. Key features of the Premier MV are said to include a standard variable speed rotor; digital temperature controller; digital motor; automatic dead weight calibration; rotor detection feature that prevents rotor damage; and compact design with integrated utility drawer. With an all-new compact design, the Premier MV features multi-zone stress relaxation data analysis, as well as up to a 45% reduction in die cooling time in comparison to previous models. These updates, along with the new user interface, push the Premier MV to the forefront of viscometers on the market today, according to the company. Together with the company's Enterprise software, the Premier MV is said to provide a comprehensive solution for companies' viscosity, scorch and stress relaxation testing needs.

Alpha Technologies
www.alpha-technologies.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Air monitoring system
The AirWatch system will clearly verify the presence of dust in production. Companies are able to check the hall air quality efficiently with the AirWatch air monitoring system. The sensor technology is able to determine and document the number and weight of nanoparticles and then analyze it with a smartphone, tablet or PC and compare it to limit values. A traffic light display visualizes permanently the status of air quality. The highly sensitive sensor technology is said to be essential as it can capture particles right up to the nano range. Whether in an industrial production facility, warehouse or logistics operation, AirWatch continuously monitors the air quality, regardless of the type of workplace. The air monitoring system measures fine dust particles in a radius of up to 30 meters using a laser-powered sensor. An integrated fan draws in ambient air.

Kemper GmbH
www.kemper.eu

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Data interface system
DiamondBridge is a data interface system designed to improve security and quality on production lines that utilize ink jet printers for the purpose of marking and coding products. DiamondBridge acts as a data bridge between the line operator, quality control personnel and the ink jet printer. It is said to accomplish this by allowing the front line operators to change the codes on ink jet printers at the point and time of production. This is said to eliminate the coding errors that are often made when operators are forced to rely on paper orders when setting up ink jet printers. The product was developed to reduce common errors.

Gem Gravure
www.gemgravure.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Thermogravimetric analysis
Thermogravimetric analysis The Discovery TGA 5500, TGA 550 and TGA 55 thermogravimetric analyzers have been introduced. These instruments feature an all new system design resulting in unprecedented performance in sensitivity, temperature control, atmosphere control and baseline drift, according to the manufacturer. At the core of every Discovery TGA is the company's proprietary Tru-MassT balance system, which is said to deliver the highest sensitivity and most accurate real time weight data in the industry. The app-style user interface is standard with each model. Combined with powerful Trios software, automated calibration and verification routines work seamlessly to dramatically improve laboratory workflows and productivity, according to the company. The Discover TGA measures sample weight changes under controlled conditions of temperature, time and atmosphere. It is used to characterize the thermal stability and composition of a wide range of materials, including polymers, elastomers, composites, pharmaceuticals, electronics and inorganics. It is said to excel in both research environments and production control processes. (TA Instruments)

TA Instruments
www.tainstruments.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Injection molding control
PC5000touch state-of-the-art control technology for injection molding machines is said to feature easy operation, superior diagnostic functionality, high precision and best repeatability, according to the manufacturer. PC50touch is offered for the company's c-frame machine series, and PC5000touch is offered for t-bar machines with clamping forces up to 10,000 kN. The X5touch is said to be the refurbishing solution for indestructible machines made by the company. The firm's diagnostic solutions are said to provide easy diagnosis by estimation of prompt measures and instructions for operating personnel, and electric and hydraulic plans on display.

Maplan
www.maplan.at

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Tire testing systems
Flat-Trac tire test systems measure a broad range of tire behavior by controlling the speed, load, inflation pressure and true tire motion relative to the road. Which system is best for an application depends on individual testing needs. If a customer needs to make sensitive steady state measurements to evaluate on-center handling properties, the company offers its steady-state systems. If the need is to understand tire response behavior, then the firm can match one of its dynamic systems to a customer's exact size and power requirements. The systems' wide range of available control parameters is said to provide the flexibility needed to characterize tires in the controlled environment of a laboratory. Simple but powerful software allows users to configure custom tire tests.

MTS Systems
www.mts.com

Post date: 11/4/2016

 
Automated density tester
The Model SG-220 automated density tester evaluates the density of rubber products using the hydrostatic method. The motorized system weighs the specimen in both air and water, then calculates and displays the results on the built-in touchscreen display. The majority of the process is completely automated, providing improved accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility, according to the manufacturer. The automated density tester includes such accessories as a beaker, basket sample holder and wire sample holder. Optional data acquisition software is available at an additional cost. The stainless steel construction features LED compartment illumination. An integrated temperature probe is provided for temperature compensation. No compressed air is required. The tester complies with ISO 1183-1 Method A, ASTM D297 Part 16.3 and ASTM D792 Method A.

Corporate Consulting Service & Instruments
www.ccsi-inc.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Automated density tester
The Model SG-220 automated density tester evaluates the density of rubber products using the hydrostatic method. The motorized system weighs the specimen in both air and water, then calculates and displays the results on the built-in touchscreen display. The majority of the process is completely automated, providing improved accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility, according to the manufacturer. The automated density tester includes such accessories as a beaker, basket sample holder and wire sample holder. Optional data acquisition software is available at an additional cost. The stainless steel construction features LED compartment illumination. An integrated temperature probe is provided for temperature compensation. No compressed air is required. The tester complies with ISO 1183-1 Method A, ASTM D297 Part 16.3 and ASTM D792 Method A.

Corporate Consulting Service & Instruments
www.ccsi-inc.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Moving die rheometer
Moving die rheometer The Premier HC (high capacity) system can be seamlessly integrated with the company's flagship Premier MDR (moving die rheometer). Available as a field upgradeable module, or factory installed with a new instrument, the system is said to be easy to implement and allows users to pre-load up to 112 samples for rheological testing. Premier HC enables users to load samples and then walk away from the instrument while it continues to test. The system is said to increase throughput with a reduced footprint while providing a renewed automated solution to customers with high capacity testing requirements. The Premier HC is said to deliver advanced efficiency that enhances the capabilities of instruments already renowned for their superior repeatability and reproducibility, according to the company. It allows users the ability to stay mobile and efficient during high volume testing processes. The Premier MDR remains available in single sample and multi-sample queuing models.

Alpha Technologies
www.alpha-technologies.com

Post date: 8/16/2016

 
Polymer sorting system
The Sortex E PolyVision is able to identify same-color polymer contaminants by analyzing their chemical signatures. The Sortex E PolyVision features a patent-pending lighting system which enhances detection of thinner polymer contaminants, as well as high-precision ejectors that remove delicate flakes with little or no loss of good product. It can also be used as a three-in-one sorter or combined with existing Sortex technologies in a fully integrated sorting station, making it one of the most flexible optical sorters available to the recycling industry today, according to the manufacturer.

Buhler Group
www.buhlergroup.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
Scanning laser micrometer
A manufacturer of technology for precision measurement of diameter, ovality, wall thickness, concentricity, eccentricity and inside diameter has introduced the TLAser1240 scanning laser micrometer, a single-axis diameter gauge for the inspection of large products, quickly and accurately without contact. The TLAser1240 micrometer measures diameter, height or width up to 9.1" (231 mm) and is designed for use in industries such as plastics and rubber extrusion, wire and cable, etc. Features include: measures any material, even if transparent; fast inspection of 1,600 measurements per second; repeatability (two seconds) of .00008"; separate transmitter, receiver and rigid mounting rail; use two units together to get dual-axis inspection, or three for three-axis diameter and accurate ovality measurement; integrate with the Total Vu HMI using a standard ethernet connection for complete product and process monitoring and control; integrate with line control PLCs using the SmartLinc processor and industrial communications such as ethernet/IP; and a four-year warranty.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
X-ray spectrometer
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) products and technologies are offered by the company, including the next generation Nanohunter II benchtop total reflection x-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometer. The spectrometer enables high-sensitivity ultra-trace elemental analysis, in liquids or on solid surfaces, to the parts-per-billion level, and combines a fully automatic optical axis adjustment system that provides stable high-sensitivity analysis in a convenient benchtop form, according to the manufacturer. Additional services and x-ray equipment are available from the company. The firm is said to have been at the forefront of analytical and industrial instrumentation technology. With hundreds of major innovations to their credit, the company is said to be a world leader in x-ray spectrometry, diffraction and optics, as well as small molecule and protein crystallography.

Rigaku
www.rigaku.com

Post date: 7/27/2016

 
Production control system
Centum VP R6.03 is a recently released version of the company's integrated production control system with enhanced functionality. In keeping with the VigilantPlant vision for the control business, the firm is said to have been continually making improvements to its flagship Centum VP integrated production control system. With the functional enhancements provided in the R6.03, Centum CS, Centum CS 1000 and Centum CS 3000 systems can be smoothly upgraded to the latest Centum VP offering. Centum VP is said to provide an optimum operation, monitoring and engineering environment for every phase of the plant lifecycle, from initial design, engineering, installation of systems and equipment, and startup, to full operation and the ongoing performance of renovations and modifications until it is time to withdraw a facility from service, according to the company.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com/us

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Infrared spectra data library
The LabSolutions IR thermal-damaged plastics library contains infrared (IR) spectra data of 13 types of plastics, both unheated and damaged thermally at 200 to 400C. Many commercial libraries do not contain spectra for thermally damaged plastics, so these data are crucial to laboratories using FTIR spectroscopy to analyze plastic contaminants, according to the company. This includes fields such as chemical, electrical and electronics, petroleum, pharmaceutical and others. The shape of IR spectra of thermally damaged plastics differs from the spectra of undamaged plastics. The thermal-damaged plastics library is said to be exceptionally effective for analyzing unknown samples that commercial libraries cannot cover, such as thermally changed contaminants and defective products.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 
Statistical process control
An international developer of statistical process control software solutions has updated its Synergy 1000 for the worldwide market. The most noticeable upgrade included in Version 9.0 is the key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard that will allow users to assess, track and analyze factors contributing to production efficiency at a glance. Also of note in this update are improvements to the applications that perform calculating and reporting availability, performance efficiency, rate of quality product and overall equipment effectiveness. Other features that have been enhanced to allow a better user experience include a modified auto note feature that provides more versatility as to what events will trigger an automatic prompt for a user to document assignable cause, corrective action or other events that take place in the process. Additionally, the ability to define the default number of ID and note fields applied to newly created data tables is included.

Zontec
www.zontec-spc.com

Post date: 6/21/2016

 

 
 
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