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Thermal desorption
The TD-30 thermal desorption system is available for use with the company's Nexis GC-2030 gas chromatograph, as well as its entire GCMS product line. With large sample capacities, an efficient workflow and a robust design, it is said to be ideally suited for the analysis of trace components in such industries as environmental, chemical and automotive, according to the company. The TD-30 series consists of two models, the TD-30 and TD-30R. The TD-30 is equipped with a 60-sample carousel. The TD-30R has the ability to hold 120 samples, the largest capacity in the industry, making it well-suited to large-volume automated analysis, according to the company. Both are equipped with a retrapping function that allows split samples desorbed from the tube and loaded into the GCMS to be trapped again for potential re-measurement. An overlap function is said to improve processing functionality.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

Post date: 2/23/2018

Extrusion control system
Extrusion control system The updated DS-eTPC II controller is said to be engineered with added flexibility to support a broader range of processes and applications. Processors are said to enjoy a larger 15" viewing screen with multi-touch capabilities to enable zoom-in and out, as well as extruder control for up to three extruders and real-time and historical data trending. Other enhancements include an increase of heat-only zones from four to eight, with an option up to 20; two auxiliary drives; a remote set-point; and speed trim via discrete inputs from gauging equipment. The DS-eTOC II has a modular design. Standard features include historical data collection, real-time and historical data trending, web interface, alarm log and more.


Post date: 2/23/2018

Tire uniformity testing
The Astec tire and wheel evaluation center measures tire uniformity for passenger and light truck radial tires and wheel assemblies. The purpose of the Astec tire and wheel evaluation center is to assure product quality. This is done by measuring, grading, marking and sorting tires according to force variation. Radial runout, lateral runout and sidewall appearance capabilities are available with the optional TGIS laser measurement system. Key advantages are said to include the following: Runs all passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies through on-screen real time waveform analysis and on-line diagnostics or troubleshooting tools; ergonomically designed and easy to use, providing quick maintenance and ease of use through touchscreen commands; best machine performance specifications in the industry through patented technology; and open framed design gives easy access to all critical parts of the machinery, according to the company.

Ametek/Micro-Poise Measurement Systems

Post date: 2/23/2018

Force measurement
Force measurement Entry level computer-based force testing solutions have been introduced for applications ranging from load limit and distance testing to break limit, time average, cyclic count and duration testing, constant hold and more. Optimized for production and quality control testing, the architecture of the L1 system is designed for reliable, fast, repeatable and easy operation, according to the company. The L1 line of force solutions consists of systems for computer controlled force measurement, digital force gages, FMM digital force tester motorized test stands, manual test stands and load cell sensors. L1 systems are said to be easy-to-use, computer-controlled testing systems designed for high-volume, in-situ production testing.

L.S. Starrett

Post date: 2/23/2018

Elastomer testing systems
Elastomer testing systems offered by the company include the MV Mooney viscometer, Elastograph moving die rheometer, Visco-Elastograph rubber process analyzer, a rubber capillary rheometer, the Rheograph 120 high pressure capillary rheo-meter, Rubberview software, and various options. In order to fulfill the continuous increasing requirements regarding quality and consistency of rubber products, it is essential to make a comprehensive characterization of the raw compound while processing, according to the company. The most important processing criteria for the final product are the flow and the vulcanization behavior, as well as the filling agent distribution. While testing these characteristics there should be differences among the production accompanying testing and the testing during the development phase; for example, to simulate application dependent processes. The company's testing machinery is said to be well suited for both testing applications, and is said to meet industrial standards by its robust construction, each with individual features, providing measuring reliability, especially in continuous operation. The company's testing systems can be configured to specific needs.


Post date: 2/15/2018

Precision material analysis
Instruments and software are designed and manufactured to deliver advanced precision rubber and elastomeric materials analysis for production optimization and product compliance solutions, according to the company. The firm's ISO 9001 registered and ISO 17025 accredited instruments measure the dynamic, physical and processability characteristics of rubber and polymers. Product lines include material process analyzers, rheometers, viscometers, dispersion analyzers, density and hardness testers, physical property testers, universal testers, sample cutters and laboratory information management systems. Models offered include the Premier RPA (rubber process analyzer), Premier Mooney viscometer, Premier moving die rheometer, Premier high capacity automation module, MDR-C moving die rheometer, disperGrader aView precision dispersion testing analyzer, and more.

Alpha Technologies

Post date: 2/15/2018

Environmental chambers
Environmental chambers available from the company include environmental test chambers, a temperature humidity chamber, climatic chamber, ozone tester/ozone chamber, rain test chamber, UV test chamber, walk-in chamber, xenon test chamber, thermal shock chamber, ball spray tester and freezing tester. The company's environmental chamber is designed for testing the capability of heat endurance, cold endurance, dryness endurance and humidity endurance, and is suitable for quality control for such industries as electrical equipment, vehicle, chemistry, building materials, packaging, etc. The company is said to offer a low price guarantee, efficient logistics, high level standards, and centralized service and support coordination.


Post date: 2/15/2018

Rubber testing solutions
Rubber and polymer testing solutions featured in the company's brochure include a moving die rheometer and rubber process analyzer, a Mooney viscometer, laboratory presses, sample cutters, bale cutters, laboratory information management systems, upgrades and rebuilds, calibration service and support, and systems for testing dispersion, hardness and density, plasticity, compression set, abrasion and fatigue. The extensive product range covers instruments for basic to high-end testing applications in quality control, as well as research and development, integrated laboratory software systems, technical and calibration services, as well as world class application support and consulting, according to the company. The firm's testing solutions are engineered and manufactured entirely in Germany according to the highest quality standards. Products and services are available to customers in more than 53 countries worldwide with local support and assistance. All of the company's products are either available in standard configurations, or can be adapted and built according to individual customer requests and requirements.

MonTech USA

Post date: 2/15/2018

Visualization of compression molding
Compression molding is said to be a common process in manufacturing complex composite components for industrial applications. Sheet molding compound (SMC), glass mat thermoplastic (GMT) and pre-impregnated (pre-preg) are the most common compression molding processes used in composite component manufacturing. However, since the rheological properties of composite materials have both solid and fluid behaviors, simulation is said to become a challenge. Commercial software is designed to calculate either fluid behavior or structure deformation, and those calculations are derived from different equations. SMC, formed using the compression molding process, can now be analyzed by integrated numerical simulation. The integration method, involving both computational structural mechanics and computational fluid dynamics, is used to predict both the charge's deformation and flow behavior of SMC, respectively. To simulate the process, LS-Dyna, commercially available FEA software, integrated with Moldex3D can be applied. The initial charge's shape, temperature, stress tensor and anisotropic material property are first computed by LS-Dyna; then, carrying those physical properties, the deformed charge is exported to Moldex3D to continue the compression molding analysis. The analysis results of flow behavior and warpage show that the proposed integration method can successfully simulate the complex behaviors of SMC in compression molding.

CoreTech System Co., Ltd.

Post date: 2/15/2018

Electrical resistance tester
The EKT-2000RES electrical resistance tester method describes the measurement of the electrical resistance between the wheel and the conducting surface against which the tire is loaded. Adjustable test voltage ranges from 40 V to 5,100 V by increments of 10 or 100 V. The tester measures 270 by 250 by 180 mm. Available accessories include data viewer Pro PC software, a serial to parallel adapter, user manual, carrying case, ohm probe and a rechargeable battery. Operating temperature and humidity range from 0°C to approximately 40°C at less than 80% RHD.

Ektron Tek

Post date: 2/15/2018

Capillary rheometers
The RH2000 series of benchtop capillary rheometers includes compact systems said to be capable of most testing requirements encountered in capillary rheometry. The series is available in both single bore or twin bore configurations, the RH2100 and RH2200, respectively. Both versions are said to incorporate many of the features and attributes found on the floor standing models (Rosand RH 7 and 10). A digital drive system is said to give the RH2000 series unsurpassed speed control, accuracy and dynamic operating range. The hardware is supported by Windows based Flowmaster software.

Malvern Instruments

Post date: 2/15/2018

Test laboratory for customer testing of LIM
Test laboratory for customer testing of LIM A testing laboratory is available for customer testing of LIM (liquid injection molding), compression molding and other applications. Company presses available for testing include two MicroLIM machines with a Graco #622 meter mix; a 30-ton Genesis compression press with proportional control of pressure and temperature; a Carver 30-ton Auto Series press; A Carver 12-ton Model C, heated and cooled; and a five-ton Sterling chiller. The company is said to be a leading international supplier of standard and custom presses to the medical, aerospace, recreation, automotive, education and energy markets. Applications include ASTM polymer testing, proppant crush testing, liquid silicone, and rubber, plastics and composites molding machines for compression, transfer molding, laminating and trimming. The company also offers custom engineered presses, as well as used and reconditioned presses. The company offers two-column and four-column benchtop, manual and automatic hydraulic laboratory presses with clamping capacities from 12 to 48 tons. The company's presses are said to be suited for various materials research applications, such as plastics and elastomers, as well as for pharmaceuticals, analytical chemistry, laboratory testing, laminating and other applications, including sample preparation.

Wabash MPI/Carver

Post date: 2/15/2018

High-force dynamic mechanical analyzer
High-force dynamic mechanical analyzer The ElectroForce DMA 3200 is said to combine industry-leading fatigue and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) technologies into a single mechanical test platform with unparalleled performance, according to the manufacturer. Mechanical properties are said to often be considered the most important of all physical properties of materials. These are critical to understanding material and component applications in nearly every industry, including automotive, aerospace, medical devices, electronics, polymers, elastomers, composites and many more. DMA quantifies the modulus and energy loss of materials over a wide range of temperatures, frequencies or strains. Fatigue testing provides insights on how and when materials, components or devices fail when subjected to oscillating forces or stresses. These insights into material behavior ensure reliable product performance and prove out lifetime claims, according to the manufacturer. At the heart of the DMA 3200 is the patented, frictionless ElectroForce motor. With 500 N of force, it extends the range of DMA experiments to much larger samples and higher loads. It has high acceleration and is reliable enough to perform billions of fatigue cycles. It is the only motor in any mechanical testing system with a 10-year warranty, according to the company. The new platform of the DMA 3200 is said to combine the strengths of the company's DMA technologies with the performance of the ElectroForce motor, acquired from Bose. No two instruments, from any combination of vendors, can match the DMA and fatigue performance of the 3200, according to the manufacturer. The system is available with multiple furnace options to accommodate standard and large sample sizes, multiple cooling options, etc.

TA Instruments

Post date: 2/15/2018

Small batch mixing
The MXI 1L laboratory kneader mixer has been installed at the company's analytical laboratory to allow for higher precision and more efficient mixing of custom compounds. The mixer's intermeshing rotors assist with excellent distributive, dispersive and reactive mixing. With these features, the mixer is said to be ideal for high viscosity stocks, silica and specialty rubber goods that require low temperature mixing. Utilizing laboratory-sized mixers is said to allow clients to accurately and cost-effectively perform studies on rubber compounding.

ESmithers Rapra

Post date: 2/15/2018

Stress relaxation tester
Stress relaxation tester The EB 21 LTHTP aging oven has four cells with individual control of both the air exchange rate, as well as the temperature. This is said to be the first oven that can offer individual temperature control for an oven with programmable cycling temperature. The cooling is done with tap water, and to be able to reach standard laboratory temperature, the water temperature should not exceed +18°C. Water consumption is very low. Maximum temperature is 300°C. This enables automatic relaxation tests according to ISO 3384-B and SAE J2979 where the force measurements are done at standard laboratory temperature, without the need to lift the jigs out of the oven for cooling in the ambient temperature. Now users can test four different single samples/materials in individual temperature cycling, in the same oven at the same time.

Elastocon AB

Post date: 2/15/2018

Analog durometer
The AD-100 analog durometer is said to be the ideal choice for a wide range of durometer hardness measuring applications. The AD-100 is said to be the result of years of experience providing high quality durometers. Featuring a .79" (18 mm) footer, the AD-100 offers outstanding stability and conforms to all international standards, according to the company. The AD-100 displays hardness readings on an easy-to-read analog scale calibrated in 0-100 durometer units. An optional memory pointer holds the reading until manually reset, allowing the operator to concentrate on the measurement task. This feature is also said to be valuable when using the gauge in a position where viewing the dial is obstructed.

RWC Testing & Lab Supplies

Post date: 2/15/2018

Automated manufacturing
The third generation ACOMP products is an automated smart manufacturing system that continuously analyzes polymers during production and produces realtime insights into reaction kinetics and polymer properties, including residual monomer, monomer conversion, polymer composition, molecular weight and intrinsic viscosity. Earlier generation ACOMPs, by realitme measurement of intrinsic viscoisty and monomer conversion down to low parts per million levels, enabled a customer to optimize batch cycle time by an average of 17%. Improvements to the third generation ACOMP include an enhanced software user interface and analytics functionality, an upgraded detector train and new smart sensors. The newest generation ACOMP also has a higher temperature throughput which allows it to process a broader range of polymer applications.

Fluence Analytics

Post date: 2/15/2018

High temperature gel permeation chromatography
The most important attribute of a polymer material is said to be its basic chemical structure. The composition of the polymer determines basic inherent properties that can be expected, such as chemical compatibility, softening temperature, melting temperature and mechanical properties, for example. Next in importance is said to be molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. There are methods of analysis that reveal an average molecular weight. Melt flow rate, melt flow index, membrane osmometry, end-group analysis and dilute solution viscosity are a few examples. One of the most common methods used to determine the molecular weight distribution of polymers is gel permeation chromatography (GPC), which is also known as size exclusion chromatography (SEC). To evaluate a polymer using GPC, the polymer must be soluble and is filtered to remove insoluble components such as fillers and additives. Many solvents are routinely used to dissolve polymer materials. There are some polymers, polyolefins for example, that are not soluble at room temperature and therefore require special solvent selection and dissolution at a high temperature. Conventional GPC is not an adquate technique. The company employs high-temperature gel permeation chromatography (HT-GPC) in its material testing services, which must be employed to ensure the successful determination of molecular weight.

Polymer Solutions

Post date: 2/15/2018

Elastomer/polymer testing
This independent elastomer and polymer testing expert is said to be one of the world's leading contract research organizations, providing reliable, high quality testing services to a large and varied client base since 1984. The firm provides product and material testing and analysis, pharmaceutical tesing, design and manufacture, failure analysis, tire testing and biotechnology services. The organization's state-of-the-art laboratories are based in the United Kingdom, with more than 80 scientists, technologists and supporting staff available to assist customers. The testing firm also provides in-depth analysis, interpretation of results and solutions to customer problems.

Rubber Consultants

Post date: 2/15/2018

Tangent delta testing
Tangent of delta (tan delta) quantifies the way a material absorbs and returns mechanical energy. It is a measure of the out-of-phase time relationship between an impact and the resultant force transmitted to the supporting body. Materials that show the highest phase shift, approaching 90°, have the highest capability to dissipate energy. Tan delta is an indication of the material's effectiveness in damping vibrations. The higher the tan delta, the greater the damping coefficient, the more efficient the material will be in effectively accomplishing energy absorption and dispersal. With the installation of a load cell, the AYO-IV testing system now measures tan delta directly in seconds.

Tavdi Company

Post date: 2/15/2018

Thickness and weight measurement system
Thickness and weight measurement system The Gemini full width measurement system for the web industries is a non-traversing x-ray array measurement system that combines web inspection and web gauging into a single platform for full-width, instantaneous, 100% product inspection and measurement without electromechanical scanners that sample just a fraction of the total product. The Gemini system starts measuring at the product's surface and continues through the entire material to construct and analyze a complete picture of quality. The system is a non-scanning, non-contact, full-width measurement array platform utilizing multiple x-ray sources and receivers. Gemini's x-ray technology is able to immediately detect, display and report non-visible defects that are embedded within the product using high-speed, continuous measurement that can detect defects down to <1 mm. The system includes intuitive quality maps that show data in a video format, including 3D analysis software, so that defects both on the surface and within the product can be quickly identified for later removal. Real-time displays and alarms show defect sizes and their locations for easy downstream removal. Defect information is captured, categorized and saved locally and can be exported and archived for further analysis. With instantaneous thickness and weight measurement, the Gemini FWM system is said to offer the ultimate in high-speed quality visibility without data filtering or measurement delays, as experienced with conventional scanning equipment. Gemini's instantaneous true weight or thickness measurement is processed with ultra-fast high resolution to provide insight into quality. Current applications include rubber tires, TPO roofing and fiberglass insulation.

AIS Gauging

Post date: 2/15/2018

Capillary rheometers
Capillary rheometers Rosand capillary rheometers characterize the rheology of materials by extrusion under high pressures, shear rates and a range of temperatures; conditions which are said to be directly relevant to processing. Applications range from polymer melts to ceramics, and from foodstuffs to sealants and coatings. A Rosand capillary rheometer is said to enable optimization of process conditions and material properties for critical product functionality. The high force capacity of the Rosand rheometer is said to make it especially suitable for testing mixed rubber and thermoplastic elastomers at the high shear rates that are equivalent to processes like extrusion and injection molding, according to the manufacturer.

Malvern Panalytical

Post date: 1/8/2018


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