Precision Mechanical Testing from Shimadzu's AG-Xplus Universal Testing Machines

The new AG-Xplus Series from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments offers precision materials analysis from tabletop and floor-type universal testing machines. Ultra-fast 5kHz (0.2 msec) sampling captures dramatic fluctuations in test force, and users can alter sampling conditions during testing for more detailed analysis.

With a 3,300 mm/min return speed and 3,000 mm/min crosshead speed, the AG-Xplus reduces test cycle time for specimens that stretch such as rubber. It offers more accurate stress-strain curves from small to high forces. The Series guarantees a precision range of the load cell (1/1000 to 1/1), which reduces load cell and jig replacements to improve testing efficiency.

The AG-Xplus series features auto-tuning of control parameters in real time based on stress and strain data measured during testing, as well as reliable comparison of unknown sample data, without pre-testing. The auto-tuning function easily provides strain control required by ISO 6892-2009. In addition, control resolution has been improved by a factor of eight, enhancing the reliability of test results.

Shimadzu has also added a shorter testing column to the AG-Xplus Series. It offers a 700 mm testing space, and the 1,130 mm test height permits installation in rooms with low ceilings. It's ideal for compression testing of small parts such as electrical and electronic components. Additionally, both tabletop and floor models incorporate a crosshead guide that provides higher torsional rigidity as compared to conventional testing machines.

USB memory enables testing to be performed without a PC. After testing, the USB memory can be used with an office PC to analyze data and create reports. The Smart Controller enables easy operation and data confirmation, while a series of self-diagnostics ensures the instrument remains in optimal working order. The AG-Xplus Series reduces power consumption in standby mode, cutting carbon dioxide emissions and reducing environmental stress. Depending on the frame capacity, power savings from 10 to 25 percent are possible.

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