3400 & 6800 SERIES SYSTEM RETROFITS

Upgrade and Modernize Your Legacy Universal Testing System


3400 and 6800 Series system retrofits allow legacy Instron universal testing machines to be upgraded with modern control electronics and software, extending the life of your testing system and mitigating the risk of unexpected downtime. Retrofitted systems also gain access to the latest testing features designed to improve efficiency, ergonomics, and operator safety, as well as expanded capabilities for leveraging the latest testing accessories.


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DOWNTIME PREVENTION

To prevent unplanned downtime and ensure your machine's continued longevity, Instron’s system retrofits provide a comprehensive overhaul of your machine and replace all at-risk components. This update rejuvenates your system and can extend its life for years.

Motor Installation on 6800 Series Retrofit
Installing 6800 Series Handset




SUPPORT & RELIABILITY

All legacy components are replaced with current and modern hardware, ensuring that replacement components are immediately available should the need for service arise. Your system will be restored to Life Cycle Phase 1Life Cycle Phase 1
Systems are in full production with parts, software, and tech support available. Read about Instron's Product Life Cycle Policy.
, guaranteeing that you'll continue to receive full service and support from Instron.





ADVANCED PERFORMANCE

Enjoy the the latest in testing technology, features, and Bluehill® Universal software designed to streamline your operation and improve operator safety. In addition to future-proofing your lab, the upgrade is fully backwards compatible with most legacy strain and load devices, allowing you to continue using your existing accessories.

Operator Using Retrofitted Universal Testing System



SIMPLER & SAFER TESTING
Enjoy the Latest Safety Architecture Without Sacrificing Throughput



Operator Protect

With the 3400 and 6800 Series Retrofits you gain access to Instron's patent-pending Operator Protect architecture, an intelligent workflow that keeps equipment and operators safer by controlling system status from setup to test completion.
 
 


Safety Coaching in Bluehill Universal Software

Built-In Safety Coaching

Bluehill Universal provides operators with clear visual cues indicating their system's status at all times. This makes it easy for users to know when the system is in a safe set up mode, and it provides clear reminders to exit the test space once safety limits are removed.
 


Smart-Close Air Kit

When loading specimens into pneumatic grips, the Smart-Close Air Kit uses a lower grip pressure and restricted closing speed, reducing finger pinch hazards. It then increases to the higher pressure setting before testing commences.
 
 




Collision Mitigation

During the test setup phase, Collision Mitigation reduces the risk of damage to load cells, grips, fixtures, delicate specimens, and other equipment by stopping the crosshead if force is detected up return or during a jog.
 


Auto Positioning

Auto Positioning saves the correct fixture separation or starting location for each test method, ensuring that all operators run each test exactly the same way across all shifts every day. This feature is only available on 6800 Series System Retrofits.
 








LAB UNIFORMITY

All system controls and interfaces are upgraded to the latest platform, establishing greater uniformity within your lab. This enables one operator to utilize all up-to-date Instron testing equipment without the need for additional training.

Retrofitted Universal Testing Systems



ELIGIBLE MODELS
Updated Hardware and New Features


  3400 Series Retrofits 6800 Series Retrofits
Eligible Legacy Systems 3360 Series Models:
3365, 3366, 3367, 3369
4460, 5560, 5560A, 5860, and 5960 Series Models:
4464, 4465, 4466, 4467, 4469
5564, 5565, 5566, 5567, 5569
5565A, 5566A, 5567A, 5569A
5864*, 5865*, 5866*, 5867*, 5869*
5965, 5966, 5967, 5969

* Retrofitted 586X frames are converted to static testers
Integrated 3400 Series Operator Panel  
Removeable 6800 Series Ergonomic Handset  
New Control Electronics
Robust Sheet Metal Electronics Enclosure
Maintenance-Free Brushless AC Motor
Speed Sensor
Power Amplifier
Drive Belt
E-Stop Button
Indicator Panel
System Front Cover
Absolute Encoder  
Absolute Position Battery  
Operator Protect
Safety Coaching
Collision Mitigation
Smart-Close Air Kit (Optional Add-On)
Auto Positioning  

Additional Notes:
1. Unlisted models can be upgraded upon request. Please contact us for support.
2. System speed, compliance, and general operating specifications are limited by the system being upgraded and the strain and load equipment utilized.



Service Engineer Performing a Universal Testing System Retrofit




ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS
Don't see a system upgrade that fits your needs?

Our Engineered Solutions Group and Applications Team is here to understand your unique challenges and work with you to create a solution that is tailored to your testing system. Our solutions range from system upgrades for machines in harsh testing environments to upgrades to competitor systems.

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