The Kinexus lab+ is developed to withstand the rigors of a busy quality control laboratory to offer consistent and robust rheological test capabilities. Ease of use is very important in this environment, and the rSpace software enables standard operating procedure (SOP) and driven rheological testing for test protocols that can be used company wide.
It is possible to easily configure the Kinexus lab+ rheometer to meet routine rheological test requirements for dispersions and other complex fluids and soft solids across a wide variety of industry sectors.
The key features of the rotational rheometer are:
- Unique rSpace software interface that offers total flexibility of test set-up including sequence-driven standard operating procedure (SOP)-type functionality for robust quality control measurements.
- Intelligent geometry recognition with complete auto-configuration and user feedback on system status to guarantee robust data for all measurements
- Multifunctional accessory design – plate cartridges with interchangeable lower plates for a cost-effective solution addressing the widest application coverage.
- Disposable plate option for curing materials
- Exceptional vertical travel and gapping capabilities offer maximum user access and flexibility for ease of sample loading.
- Complete sample history from the point of loading onto the rheometer, available in data file as standard – because ensuring reliable rheology data for complex non-Newtonian materials actually starts before a measurement takes place.
- Dynamic shear rheometer configuration for QC and routine testing of asphalt binders
- Wide range of measurement geometries optimized for rheological characterization of complex fluids and soft solids, including dispersions, emulsions, polymer and surfactant solutions, pastes and gels
- Modular rheometer with unique ‘plug and play’ cartridge system for all temperature and environmental controllers – all mechanical, power, communication and fluid connections made in one simple action.
We use the Kinexus system to simulate the complete processing cycle of our products. This ranges from storage stability, such as settling of fillers, through to the actual injection process which involves high shear rates and shear thinning of the material. It also enables us to analyze the products’ behavior on the wall, where we can observe flow, rupture strength at constant shear stresses, yield point and build up of homogenous layers.
Dr. Daniel Kessler, Head of Research and Development, Steuler KCH Materials GmbH