EXTEND™ System Upgrades

Extending the Life of Your Universal Testing Machine Investment



Instron is committed to ensuring that your investment in a testing system keeps pace with advances in computing technology and changes to testing standards while retaining compatibility with the latest software and accessories. Aging components can lead to unplanned downtime, which can delay results and ultimately bring portions of your business to a halt. System upgrades help mitigate this risk while opening the door to new capabilities, increased efficiency, and simplified testing.









INCREASED RELIABILITY
Replace At-Risk Components

Instron's EXTEND system upgrades are designed to extend the life of your existing test system by providing critical updates. The EXTEND program aims to mitigate risks to your testing process by replacing obsolete components with current hardware, software, and electronics from Instron’s 5900 series test systems.


Universal Testing System Upgrade Call Outs


Every System Upgrade Includes:

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Model Specific Upgrades

Each system upgrade also includes model specific upgrades designed to increase the reliability of your testing machine.
Please see the eligible models below for a list of upgrades.

 
 
 
 




ELIGIBLE MODELS
Electromechanical and Static Hydraulic

A system upgrade allows you to replace the at-risk components of your legacy system with minimal downtime. Instron’s field service team performs all system upgrades on site at your location, completing most in less than one day.
 

4200 Series Universal Testing Machines


4200 Systems

Manufactured Between: 1983-1993
At Risk/Obsolete Components: Electronics, Control Panels, Power Supply Components, Switches, and Encoders
Life Cycle Status: Phase 3 - many of the necessary replacement parts are difficult to source.
What Gets Upgraded? All system upgrades on 4200 systems replace the obsolete components and add critical safety features such as an emergency stop and physical limits.

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4400 Series Universal Testing System


4400 Systems

Manufactured Between: 1993-2002
At Risk/Obsolete Components: Electronics and Control Panels
Life Cycle Status: Phase 3 - many of the necessary replacement parts are difficult to source.
What Gets Upgraded? All system upgrades on 4400 systems replace the obsolete control panel and 5500 controller, while system upgrades on select floor model systems also address aging power supply components and safety features.

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5500 Series


5500 Systems

Manufactured Between: 1993-2010
At Risk/Obsolete Components: Electronics and Control Panels
Life Cycle Status: Phase 3 - many of the necessary replacement parts are difficult to source.
What Gets Upgraded? All system upgrades on 5500 systems replace the obsolete control panel and 5500 controller, while system upgrades on select floor model systems also address aging power supply components and safety features.

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400 HVL Static Hydraulic Testing System


Static Hydraulic Systems

Instron has performed system upgrades on 5,000+ Static Hydraulic systems, including brands such as Wolpert, Baldwin, SATEC, and Tinius Olsen.
At Risk/Obsolete Components: Depends on individual system type and age of control electronics.
What Goes into a Systems Upgrade? Our upgrade product line ranges from controller upgrades to full hydraulic system overhauls. Our Applications experts can help identify at-risk components and ensure that a system upgrade not only keeps your machine functional but also increases the repeatability and efficiency of your testing system.

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SOFTWARE LIFE CYCLE
Current Status of Legacy Software


Bluehill 3 Software


Life Cycle Phase 2

Phase 2
Software in this Phase: Bluehill 3, Partner

The following conditions apply to software in Phase 2 of Instron's Product Life Cycle:

  • No further additions of features or enhancements
  • No support for newer Instron hardware accessories
  • No support for newer PC hardware and operating systems

Phase 2 software will soon move to Phase 3.

 
 

Bluehill 2 Software


Life Cycle Phase 3

Phase 3
Software in this Phase: Bluehill 2

The following conditions apply to software in Phase 3 of Instron's Product Life Cycle:

  • No further additions of features or enhancements
  • No support for newer Instron hardware accessories
  • No support for newer PC hardware and operating systems
  • Technical phone support and operator training are on a "best effort" basis

Phase 3 software with soon move to Phase 4, with advanced warning.

 
 

SeriesIX Software


Life Cycle Phase 4

Phase 4
Software in this Phase: Merlin, Series IX

The following conditions apply to software in Phase 4 of Instron's Product Life Cycle:

  • No upgrades and/or updates available
  • Customers will no longer receive notifications about software errors unless they pertain to operator safety or data integrity
     
 
 
 
 




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 particular testing system. Our solutions range from system upgrades for machines in harsh testing environments to upgrades to competitor systems.

 

5 Million Pound UTM Retrofit



 

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Product Life Cycle Policy

The Product Life Cycle Policy is intended to help you plan for the ultimate evolution of your Instron testing equipment and to provide recommendations on how to move forward.

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