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Have you ever wondered how strong those straps are that hold down loads on tractor-trailers?
Mar 29, 2018 10:08 AM
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.
Mar 26, 2018 08:57 AM
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.
Jeffrey Shaffer OnMar 30, 2017 01:36 PM
There are many different reasons why you should calibrate your testing system. Primarily, calibration is performed to ensure that your testing system is operating within its requirements. Whether these requirements are established by law, government regulation, industry regulation, or your own company quality system, organizations have recognized the importance of calibrating systems at regular intervals.
Mar 23, 2017 09:04 AM
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.
Mar 28, 2015 11:00 AM
Recently, the Instron team had the honor of visiting local elementary schools to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
Mar 18, 2015 12:00 PM
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.
Mar 25, 2014 10:10 AM
David Fry, Global Metals Market Manager, highlights recent changes in the market and what challenges should be anticipated.
Mar 17, 2014 10:10 AM
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.
Mar 07, 2014 10:10 AM
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.
Mar 19, 2013 10:10 AM