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Posted By Nick Erickson

 Jul 07, 2022

Adhesive Patch Tack Testing

The ABCs of XY Stage Adhesive Tack Testing

In volume 4 of our Tales from the Apps Lab Series, we take a look at tack testing of a hydrogel adhesive patch used in a wearable nerve stimulation system.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Jul 04, 2022

melt flow cleaning

Melt Flow Index Tester Maintenance: top tips to optimize repeatability and accuracy 

Regular melt flow index testers regular maintenance maximize test uptime and efficiency. Explore the top tips.

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Jun 29, 2022

Spring Testing with Automated XY Stage

Top Benefits of Semi-Automation for Materials Testing

Learn how a semi-automated testing system can help labs achieve improved throughput, efficiency, repeatability, and safety.

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Jun 03, 2022

Specimen Protect Video

How To Decrease Variability in Test Results with Specimen Protect

Specimen Protect is a feature of 6800 Series universal testing systems and system retrofits that limits unwanted forces applied to the specimen during loading.

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Jun 03, 2022

Needle Injection into a Tree Limb

I Hope This Tree Isn't Afraid of Needles!

In Volume 3 of Tales from the Apps Lab, we take a look at a unique application involving injecting medicine into trees.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 May 27, 2022

HDT Specimen

Heat Deflection Temperature and Vicat Softening Temperature Testing: How to Maximize Throughput, Repeatability, and Safety

Heat deflection temperature (HDT) and Vicat softening temperature testing is critical to determining the quality and performance of polymers. As automotive components become increasingly lighter, there is a growing demand for high-performance polymers, which must undergo a thorough HDT and Vicat apparatus test process.

Posted On May 23, 2022

Syringe Fixture Catalog Number 2870-001

Guide to Syringe Testing

Watch this video to learn about key metrics to assess syringe performance, the most common testing standards, and fixturing for testing various syringe types.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 May 04, 2022

Drop weight impact test Bluehill Impact

Drop Weight Impact Test: Top Tips for Accurate Results

Drop weight impact test calculations measure the toughness of polymers and composites used in many automotive and aerospace applications. Ensuring that these calculations are as accurate as possible is critical. 

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Apr 18, 2022

AutoX750 Automatic Contacting Extensometer

Alignment Tips for the AutoX750 Extensometer

Alignment Tips for the AutoX750 Extensometer The AutoX750 automatic contacting extensometer is simultaneously capable of long travel, fast setup, reliable positioning, and sub-micron precision. For all its capabilities, it is still a complex machine requiring careful setup and maintenance. Different lab conditions may call for it to be repositioned or moved, which will require the AutoX750 to be realigned. If you’re thinking about doing this yourself, then this guide is for you.

Posted On Apr 05, 2022

9050 pendulum impact testing machine at polymer science park

Why is Pendulum Impact Testing Important in Research

Charpy and Izod impact tests play a vital role in the plastic chain, especially in raw material supply and recycling applications. The impact strength is one of the most crucial properties for polymer-based materials and it is commonly seen on materials data sheets.  Knowing the impact strength of plastics allows manufacturers to classify the materials for specific purposes.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Apr 04, 2022

Compression After Impact Glass Fiber with high speed camera

How to Perform a CAI Test More Accurately and Safely

A CAI test (compression after impact test) is critical to assessing the damage resistance of composites according to ASTM D7136 and other industry standards. Here we look at how the latest drop weight impact testing machine technology can help you perform a CAI test more accurately and safely. 

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Mar 15, 2022

Three Jaw Chuck Video

Using a 3-Jaw Chuck for Materials Testing

In this video Instron Applications Engineer, Charlie Pryor, discusses how a 3-jaw chuck is a useful accessory to have in the lab for compression, tensile, torsion, rigidity, and tack testing applications. Compatible with Instron MT torsion testers, universal testing machines, and the torsion add-on, the 3-jaw chuck can be used to mount a variety of attachments, including probes, screwdriver bits, custom-made adapters, and can even be used to clamp directly onto specimens.