Automated High Accuracy Physical Testing of Plastics

More than ever, traceable testing and measuring are an essential part of high-precision production and process optimization. A new Zwick test system for highly accurate, fully automatic physical plastics testing has the important addition of a spectrophotometer for reflected and transmitted light measurement of plastics.

The ‘roboTest R’ robotic testing systems is based on a digitally controlled industrial robot possessing high positioning accuracy and flexibility. Its superiority is apparent when faced with complex automation tasks, for example testing in extended temperature or climate ranges or performing several tests in parallel.

The presentation of a solution employing a spectrophotometer (HunterLab Ultra Scan PRO) at a recent trade forum reflects the importance of color measurement in today’s quality management systems and certifications to DIN, ISO or other Standards. As an example, suppliers to the automobile industry can no longer afford not to test colored or dyed plastics products.

The automated test bench provides objective criteria, while laboratory staff can avoid routine tasks and concentrate on more skilled work. Subjective influences are eliminated thanks to the high positioning accuracy of the feed system and operation via Zwick autoEdition user software is consistently user-friendly.

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