Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment solutions designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, announces its new, uniquely ergonomic and highly adaptable 5900 Series tensile testing machines along with the automated carousel system.
This innovative testing frame with rugged ball screws, high precision guidance columns, and a dual belt drive system ensures high-frame stiffness and precise alignment for reliable results over decades. Depending on the selected model both single- and dual-column tabletop systems, as well as dual-column stand-alone systems are available, designed for maximum loads from 2 kN to 600 kN. This makes them suitable for a complete range of testing tasks from films to high performance reinforced polymers.
The 5969 dual column tabletop system for mid-range testing loads provides a maximum tensile force of 50 kN, a crosshead travel of 1140 mm, and a maximum crosshead speed of 600 mm/min, thereby covering the majority of standard tests in the polymer industry.
Instron's new automatic carousel system is dedicated to standard tests on the 5900 Series tabletop tension machines, where numerous comparable test runs can be carried out at a remarkably high level of reproducibility. It is designed to significantly reduce the time and workload required to carry out these tests and to minimize human influence on the results. The carousel can be adapted to numerous specimen types and geometries, including films or textiles, standard test bars, pipes, and elastomers.
Once the system has been loaded with a specific number of specimens according to the application, the testing sequence, as well as the subsequent evaluation of its results, can be started at the press of a button using the Bluehill 3 Testing Software. A pincer then picks up a specimen and aligns it precisely between the clamps. After finishing the test run, the remaining specimen fragments are released from the clamp and the pincer immediately commences with the positioning of the next sample. In the meantime, the operator can prepare the next carousel or carry on with other activities.