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Posted On Apr 15, 2016

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Living United: Instron Honored by the United Way

The Instron Community Connection Committee (C3) was awarded by the United Way of Tri-Country at its annual recognition event for the company’s efforts in 2015. The focus of the United Way event is to acknowledge volunteers, community groups and organizations who actively support the mission of United Way.

Posted On Feb 19, 2016

Penn State Students Receive a Behind-the-Scenes Tour

At the end of last year, Instron® mechanical engineers at our Grove City Manufacturing Facility had the privilege of hosting mechanical engineering undergraduates from Penn State Behrend School of Engineering. Their professor wanted to provide an applied learning experience, where the students could see classroom lessons in practice.

Posted On Jan 15, 2016

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Small Transitions to Automation Make a Big Impact

Our own Suzanne De Lemos-Williams, Senior Applications Engineer, talks with Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) on common concerns around automating mechanical testing. She provides examples of how small transitions to automation can make a big difference.

Posted On Dec 08, 2015

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Increase Efficiency Without Sacrificing Safety

An Instron geotextile customer was conducting materials testing nearly around the clock. They were not able to keep up with demand and were building another plant to respond to the market. The company had a positive experience with their current Instron testing system and wanted to invest in another for the new plant, but with shorter test intervals.

Posted On Nov 09, 2015

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Overcoming Sheet Metal Testing Challenges

With a wide range of applications varying from white goods, automotive, and aerospace applications, sheet metals are often high in strength relative to their cross section area. It’s important to note that formability and ductility is also crucial, for which the common testing requirements are similar across applications. Explore the challenges in sheet metal testing.

Posted On Oct 29, 2015

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Volunteering as Farmers for a Day

Before the weather turns cold, Instron took part in helping a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm to prepare for the winter season.

Posted On Oct 13, 2015

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Instron Supports MassChallenge Startups

MassChallenge’s mission is clear: Catalyze a startup renaissance.  The organization’s model serves as the largest startup accelerator in the world to help early-stage entrepreneurs succeed with no equity required and financial prizes awarded. When entrepreneurs are empowered to challenge old conventions and create new value, a startup renaissance begins.

Posted On Oct 06, 2015

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AT3 for Automation: Small Footprint, Powerful Capability

Suzanne de Lemos-Williams, Senior Automation Applications Engineer, has a broad knowledge of materials testing programs, especially rubbers and elastomers. At this year’s International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC), she had the opportunity to present to lab managers and technicians in the tire manufacturing industry.

Posted On Sep 04, 2015

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Step-by-Step Tutorial on Using Melt Flow Tester to ISO 1133 and ASTM D1238

Looking for step-by-step instructions to perform a melt flow test? This video provides a tutorial to set up and perform a melt flow test with the Instron® MF20 Melt Flow Tester.

Posted On Aug 27, 2015

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Importance of Medical Packaging Standards

"The integrity of medical packaging is often evaluated with equal attention and rigor as the medical device itself, and should not be considered secondary to the device when it comes to qualification testing. Ultimately, the packaging is a vessel for the drug, device, or product and needs to contain and protect what is inside."

Posted On Aug 24, 2015

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An Introduction to Digital Image Correlation

The benefits of Digital Image Correlation (DIC) include measuring strain without requiring physical contact, viewing full-field data (like thousands of tiny extensometers), and not needing to know where to place the strain gauge/extensometer before a test starts. The following presentation gives an introduction to this optical technique.

Posted On Aug 17, 2015

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The Benefits of Automated Materials Testing

What value can you gain from automating your materials testing lab? See yourself in this animated video.