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Posted By Amanda Redinger

 Mar 24, 2021

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Materials and Applications Solutions for the Biomedical, Plastics, and Elastomer Industries

Instron universal testing machines can be used across industries to meet many different mechanical testing requirements, and Instron software and accessories allow our test frames to be configured to suit your specific industry or application need. This issue of the Accessories Newsletter includes some of the key application and product solutions for the biomedical, plastics, and elastomer industries. Please follow the links to prerecorded webinars, demonstration videos, or product pages which may be of interest to you. As always, you can also contact your local Instron representative for more information.

Posted On Mar 09, 2021

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Will Product Failure Put Your Company at Risk?

To understand the value of Bluehill’s Traceability module to the wider materials testing industry, it is helpful to first understand why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requires medical device and pharmaceutical companies operating in the U.S. to comply with 21 CFR Part 11, which Traceability is designed to enable.

Posted On Mar 09, 2021

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Compression Testing of Concrete Blocks with Recycled Plastic

This task came to us from a research team evaluating how the strength of concrete changes when mixed with different percentages of recycled plastics. Would concrete filled with recycled plastic be the way of the future? How much would these colorful little bits of plastic change the strength of something as robust as concrete?

Posted On Mar 29, 2018

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This Lab is in the Business of Breaking Things

Have you ever wondered how strong those straps are that hold down loads on tractor-trailers?

Posted On Mar 26, 2018

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Biomedical Case Study | Ghent University

Learn about the multiple ways to use an Instron® system for medical device testing in this interview with Dr. Matthieu De Beule, Biomedical Research Professor at Ghent University.

Posted By Jeffrey Shaffer

 Mar 30, 2017

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Own Your Data and Results: Export Files, Import to LIMS

Accurate and repeatable test results are the most important product of a mechanical test. Properly managing these test results can be more challenging than conducting the test itself. Although there are several common data management and results reporting practices throughout the testing industry, most labs take approaches that are unique to them. In order to make it easier for all labs to take control of their test results and data, we have introduced several new exporting features with the release of Bluehill® Universal.

Posted On Mar 28, 2015

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Future Engineers Taking a Hands-on Approach at WPI Using Instron Equipment

As a proud Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) alumna, Meredith Platt ’01 couldn’t help but be excited to see a fellow female engineer at WPI engage in real-world applications and seeing firsthand how globalization is more than a term in a textbook.

Posted On Mar 18, 2015

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Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Programs

Recently, the Instron team had the honor of visiting local elementary schools to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

Posted On Mar 25, 2014

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4-Point Bend Testing of Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong material. Depending on the manufacturing process, this textile can have typical modulus values of about 138 Gpa and ultimate tensile strengths of about 3.5 Gpa. Industry professionals can find themselves seeking to replace traditional steel components with lighter carbon fiber counterparts to achieve a much higher stiffness to weight ratio. To determine the appropriate thickness for the corresponding carbon component, one must undergo some experimental validation.

Posted On Mar 17, 2014

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Changes Pipe & Tube Manufacturers and Suppliers Should Know

David Fry, Global Metals Market Manager, highlights recent changes in the market and what challenges should be anticipated.

Posted On Mar 07, 2014

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Charpy Impact Testing: Minimizing Hammer Changes

A common misconception within metals Charpy testing is that the specimen being tested must have an impact energy between 10% and 80% of the hammer capacity to be a standard compliant test. This is not true for metals tested to current common international standards such as ISO 148 and ASTM E23. This misconception sometimes comes from confusion with plastics standards (see ISO 179-1), other older metals standards (see GOST 9454-78), and historical use of a low resolution dial indicator on metals pendulum systems. Due to these misunderstandings, labs often have multiple systems or hammers for testing a range of specimen energies.

Posted On Mar 19, 2013

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Instron Supporting Britain's Economic Growth

The BBC sheds light on where to place bets for Britain’s future economic success. The recent segment displays a repertoire of Instron’s single column 3300 machine, dual column 5900 machine, and Bluehill® software running tests at the Tissue Regenix laboratory.