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Zwick/Roell Testxpo Features Latest in Materials Testing - Vibrophore Systems Ideal for Aerospace Applications

Zwick/Roell, the worldwide leader in quality assurance and materials testing solutions, will be hosting the 24th annual International testXpo Forum here October 12 to 15, 2015.

The forum attracts hundreds of customers of Zwick testing systems and materials experts from around the world and will also include dozens of co-exhibitors representing leading international manufacturing and test companies from various markets, said Zwick CEO Dr. Jan Stefan Roell. “Featured this year will be the new Zwick line of Vibrophores specifically designed for testing rigid metal and ceramic specimens,” Roell said.

Zwick has recently introduced a new generation of Vibrophore systems, available in capacities from 50 kN to 1000 kN and offering a frequency range of 30-300 Hz. These new products are the result of decades of HCF testing experience with Zwick’s Amsler line of high-frequency pulsators. The Vibrophore systems can induce low-amplitude stress cycles at loads similar to those experienced in aircraft applications.

“To address increased demand for turnkey capabilities that increase throughput, Zwick decided to design an integrated load frame, electronics, and software package,” said Markus Semrau, product manager for Vibrophores at Zwick. Operating at high test frequencies, Vibrophores can perform a high-cycle fatigue (HCF) test in a short period of time, enabling increased specimen throughput.

“Today’s Vibrophore systems are controlled by the fully digital testControl II measurement and control electronics,” Semrau said. Cycle times for testing and the total cost of testing are important factors in selecting fastener testing equipment. The new Vibrophore systems offer ways for lab managers to optimize testing programs, enabling manufacturers to realize productivity gains that lead to market advantages.

As well as functioning as dynamic testing machines that reduce the time required for HCF testing, the new line of Zwick Vibrophores can, for the first time, be used as fully fledged static materials testing machines – with test loads of up to 1000 kN. This makes them an attractive proposition for laboratories primarily concerned with static tests, as well as for those that mainly perform dynamic tests, with only the occasional static test, Semrau said.

“Some of our customers use the Vibrophore in the day shift as a static testing machine. At the end of the shift they then use it as a dynamic testing machine, as these tests, while fast and efficient, can run several hours if testing over multiple cycles is required," Semrau said.

Visitors to testXpo will have the opportunity to experience demonstrations of the new Vibrophore systems and to ask questions of subject matter experts. For further information on testXpo, visit the Zwick website: www.zwick.com/en/news/testxpo.html

About Zwick/Roell

Zwick/Roell AG is one of the world’s leading suppliers of material and component testing systems. The company supplies both standard and tailor-made solutions for the most demanding requirements - in R&D, production and quality assurance - across more than 20 industry sectors. Additional information about Zwick/Roell AG may be found at www.zwick.com.

About Zwick USA

Zwick USA supports the composites market with solutions that enable intelligent testing of specimens and components. Zwick USA offers turnkey material and component testing systems with grips and fixtures to address a variety of textile applications. Zwick USA has provided cutting edge solutions to customers in North America for more than 30 years. Further information about Zwick USA is available at www.zwickusa.com.

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