A complete, “out-of-the-box” mechanical testing package at an affordable price is a new offering from Instron Corp., Norwood, Mass. The Model 3345 QC Package includes a 5-kN (1000-lbf) tension and compression testing machine, Instron’s newest TouchPanel controller, 5-kN tensile wedge grips, and two compression platens. The intuitive TouchPanel screens are said to be easy to learn and use, and they eliminate the need for a PC to collect data. The 3345 has Quick Test and Main test modes and four result displays: Pass/Fail, Results, Statistics, and Graph. A USB interface sends results to flash memory or a printer. Package price is $17,400.