Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research, Ltd. (WMT&R) announces the purchase of ten new Instron® servohydraulic test frames with FastTrack 8800 digital control systems, to expand the capacity and capability of the company’s UK facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
The new machines will be dedicated to low-cycle fatigue testing under strain control and available to customers requiring testing, primarily to ASTM E606, at ambient, sub-ambient or elevated temperatures up to 950oC.
The existing laboratory comprises both low-cycle and high-cycle, (ASTM E466) fatigue test capabilities. These new systems will be installed into a laboratory at the Banbury site, which will then become primarily low-cycle fatigue. A new high-cycle fatigue laboratory will also house regular and higher capacity test frames with load capabilities up to 750kN.
“This investment increases WMT&R’s fatigue testing capacity by 40% and reinforces our UK footprint and the long-standing business relationship with Instron as a preferred supplier,” commented Neil Poyner, Managing Director of WMT&R Ltd.
Instron is the preferred supplier for WMT&R's servohydraulic controller needs on a global basis. In addition, with a relationship spanning over several decades, they have purchased a full array of materials testing systems and accessories from Instron.