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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 Feb 23, 2015

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The MPX Series of Motorized Pendulum Impact Testers: An Interview with Matthew Spiret

Matthew Spiret, Sales and Product Support Engineer, talks to AZoM.com about the new MPX series of motorized pendulum impact testers from Instron and the range of benefits they offer to the industry.

Posted On Feb 18, 2015

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Recruitment Begins For Instron Europe’s 2015 Graduate Programme

Instron is pleased to announce that the recruitment process has once again begun for its successful Graduate Programme.

Posted On Jan 21, 2015

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Is This the Next Generation of Smartphone Cases?

In ASM International’s recent article, the publication discusses an exciting development happening at Yale University. The team researching mechanical engineering and materials science is in the middle of refining technology that may someday soon be in mass production.

Posted On Nov 24, 2014

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Tips and Tricks for Packaging Testing

Explore best practices to better provide quantitative information about tear resistance, puncture resistance, peel strength, heat seal strength, and durability of materials used in flexible and rigid packaging, and finished packaging products.

Posted On Nov 21, 2014

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Helping to Standardize High-Rate Testing of Composites

Instron has joined a new international group that is seeking to develop a best practice guide and test standards specifically for testing composites at high-strain rates. As the automotive industry seeks ever-more-urgently to embrace composites, there is an increasing demand for testing composite material behavior at high-strain rates. The need for detailed data to inform crash simulation models first drove a renewed demand for equipment over the last 3 years, and now there is a need for international standardization in methodologies and data handling. The group’s aim is to facilitate generation and exchange of reliable and comparable test data in this highly challenging area.

Posted By Elena Mangano

 Nov 14, 2014

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A Case for Extensometry

A universal testing system very simply measures 2 things during a basic mechanical test: force (via the load cell) and displacement (via the crosshead encoder). To obtain a basic stress-strain curve, you might think that’s all you need. With the force measurement from the load cell, the cross-sectional area of the material can be used to calculate stress; and with the crosshead extension, the original distance between the grips or fixtures can be used to calculate strain throughout the test. How simple!

Posted By Elena Mangano

 Nov 05, 2014

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Question From a Customer: Air Bubbles in Extrudate

Q: We have an MF30 Melt Flow Indexer and started running tests on various polymers in our lab. Some of the samples have a lot of air bubbles in them. I believe this is contributing to inconsistencies in melt flow values. How do we minimize this? A: There are a lot of reasons you could be seeing air bubbles in the filament sample. Ultimately, it comes down to keeping the testing and cleaning processes as consistent as possible.

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Nov 05, 2014

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Challenges of Rigorous Demands

The world of materials testing is changing materials are getting stronger, stiffer, and lighter test standards are becoming stricter testing labs are asked to perform more complex analytical tests

Posted On Oct 15, 2014

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Evaluating the Quality of High Performance Plastics Molding

When chemical companies invest in developing high-performance polymers—such as filled polyesters, PA, PC, LCP, and PEEK—to engineer automotive and electronic components, they could potentially experience issues with a high melting temperature during the injection molding phase. It’s crucial to understand that even if the mold filling has been successfully executed, the molded parts can still show significant failures, such as cracks or warps and aesthetic defects.

Posted On Oct 13, 2014

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How to Address Challenges in QC Medical Device Testing

We are proud to share that Meredith Platt, Director of Marketing & Emerging Markets for the Electromechanical Business, presented at the recent MEDTEC China event in September. As Instron has developed many insights working with our customers in the biomedical industry, Meredith discussed challenges that QC laboratories encounter when testing a variety of medical devices, ranging from stents to catheters to spinal implants.