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How do we select the right material that provides the best perfomance and the highest quality? Instron recently published an article in Quality Magazine highlighting plastics testing and how it relates to Automotive applications.
Sep 21, 2016 10:26 AM
Published in Quality Magazine, read our article on the advantages of optical strain measurement.
Sep 07, 2016 01:04 PM
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.
Sep 04, 2015 11:54 AM
Since the first materials testing machines were used for tensile testing of metals, one option of performing the test has been to control the rate at which you apply load to the specimen, or apply stress.
David Fry OnSep 25, 2014 10:10 AM
Manufacturing processes are moving away from using traditional bolts and rivets to using new, stronger adhesives to hold together materials such as composites and aluminum. With this increase in bonded manufacturing, it is more important than ever to accurately test the adhesive strength of bonds to prevent catastrophic failures.
Leonardo Martinez OnSep 23, 2014 10:10 AM
Melt flow testing is simply a measure of the flow of a polymer when melted. The result of a melt flow test, called the melt mass-flow rate (MFR) or melt volume-flow rate (MVR), is defined as the amount of mass or volume of a polymer that flows through a small die at a specified temperature and pressure.
Elena Mangano OnSep 15, 2014 10:10 AM
Ever wonder how the beauty industry can make their claims? Research and testing is behind the development of beauty products to determine the best technologies, formulas, and products to meet goals. When consumers want to hear the validity of the claims, they look to outside sources for evidence.
Sep 10, 2014 10:10 AM
When Northeastern University students visited our Norwood, Massachusetts headquarters, Instron employees had a chance to ride an off-road vehicle. As a platinum sponsor, Instron assisted the student engineers in their quest to finish first.
Sep 04, 2014 10:10 AM
As the number of patients seeking “in-home” medical care grows larger, medical device companies find themselves catering to an increasing demand for safer, more user-friendly biomedical solutions.
Sarah Jastram OnSep 30, 2013 10:10 AM
Following a recent lab visit, I thought it was worth writing a quick post to share an example of how labs sometimes incorrectly calculate yield strength. While visiting a testing lab for unrelated issues, my colleagues and I were discussing how the customer runs both continuous and discontinuous material with the same method (Non-YPE and YPE). For historical reasons, they have updated their Series IX methods to Bluehill 3 with little knowledge of why, when or by whom the methods were setup.
David Fry OnSep 25, 2013 10:10 AM