Up-Grading Cincinnati State Technical College Materials Testing Laboratory

Tinius Olsen has helped the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, one of the leading Technical Colleges in America, to develop and upgrade its materials testing laboratory.

Up-Grading Cincinnati State Technical College Materials Testing Laboratory

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This comes from a partnership between the two organizations, which goes back to the establishment of the College in 1969, as Professor and Program Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding Technology Dept, Mike DeVore, explains: “I started teaching at Cincinnati State 29 years ago and at that time we had a very old Tinius Olsen tensile test machine that still worked extremely well on a day to day basis.” 

Our testing lab had been in operation since almost the establishment of the school so we decided to update our lab in 1993 and, due to the reliability and generally good history that we had with the old machine, I decided to purchase another from Tinius Olsen.

Mike DeVore, Professor and Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding Technology Dept, Tinius Olsen

DeVore continued, "I visited the factory in Pennsylvania and was very impressed with the quality of work and professionalism of the employees at the company, so we purchased our second Tinius Olsen machine, a 60L Super L Tensile Tester. Again, we enjoyed great service with the machine until the controls unfortunately failed last year.”

“Fortunately, we had obtained funding to upgrade our materials test lab with all new equipment and it was a relatively easy decision to once again look to Tinius Olsen, thanks in the main to the great experience we have had with the company over the years. It was also important to me to try to purchase American made equipment, whenever possible,” DeVore added.

The machines installed at the Colleges’ testing lab are a Model IT406 Pendulum Impact tester, a 10,000 In/lb Bench Top Torsion Tester, four Rockwell and one Brinnel Hardness Testing machines, in addition to retrofitting the 60L Super L.

This has led to a substantial investment by the College into their state-of-the-art testing laboratory, which should have at least another 30 years of problem-free use.

Up-Grading Cincinnati State Technical College Materials Testing Laboratory

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“The new equipment is used in several courses within our Mechanical Engineering Technology, Welding Technology, and Civil Engineering Technology programs. The primary use is in our MET 140 Engineering Materials course where our students spend the semester doing destructive testing.” 

“Between the three programs we have over 500 hundred students - all of which will use this lab at some point in their curriculum. The tests we currently perform within the lab include Tensile, Bend, Hardness, Torsion and Impact testing as well as Heat treating.”

Up-Grading Cincinnati State Technical College Materials Testing Laboratory

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College provides accessible, student-focused, high-quality general and technical education, cooperative and experiential education, workforce development and academic transfer.

Through its four academic divisions and the Workforce Development Center, the College provides over 130 associate degree and certificate programs.

We have a long history with Tinius Olsen. We have used their material testing equipment for nearly 50 years here at Cincinnati State and intend to keep the relationship intact for years to come. They are a great American company and we are proud to use their equipment to educate our students.

Mike DeVore, Professor and Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding Technology Dept, Tinius Olsen

“Through the use of our Tinius Olsen equipment we are able to prepare our students to go out into industry with a thorough knowledge of material testing. Tinius Olsen test equipment is used by many of our employers and they appreciate the fact that our students are learning to use industry standard equipment,” DeVore added.

Up-Grading Cincinnati State Technical College Materials Testing Laboratory

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