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Posted By Nick Erickson

 Oct 16, 2023

AT3 Automated Testing System

How to Choose the Right Mechanical Testing Automation for Your Biomedical Manufacturing Lab

Introducing automation into your mechanical testing program can significantly increase the quality of your results as well as the safety and efficiency of your lab. But how do you choose the right level of automation for your application?

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 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

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 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.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Mar 11, 2022

recycled and biodegradable plastic pellets

How to measure the Melt Flow Index of recycled and biodegradable plastics

Melt flow index testers are routinely used to ascertain the quality of recyclable, recycled, and biodegradable plastics. But the expanding use and variety of these materials pose new challenges to the melt flow rate testing process. Here we look at how the latest melt flow testers can help.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Jan 05, 2022

instron impact pendulum hammers

5 steps to selecting hammers for your pendulum impact testing machine

The hammer is a critical component of a pendulum impact testing machine. There is now a wide range of hammers to choose from, covering a broad energy spectrum. Selecting the correct device is key to ensuring repeatable pendulum hammer impact test results. Here are some key considerations and features to look out for to maximize efficiency, safety and accuracy.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Nov 24, 2021

impact car dashboard

How is an Impact Drop Tower used in Testing Automotive Parts

Why Impact Testing is Important to Automotive Manufacturing With safety being a major priority in the automotive sector, it is vital that manufacturers have accurate information about how automotive components will perform under different conditions. Impact resistance is one of the most important properties for parts designers to consider, as well as the most difficult to quantify. Estimating the performance of a material directly benefits the production costs and improves the value of the final product.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Oct 27, 2021

car and glue

Wedge Peel Impact Test on Adhesives

ISO 11343 is a standardized Wedge Peel Impact test method used to measure the resistance of high-strength structural adhesives.