TESTING: Automated Tensile and Flex Testers with Compactness and Lower Cost

Instron's new automated testers have both a smaller footprint and are much more affordable.

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The newest automated testing systems from Instron, Norwood, Mass., are said to offer many of the benefits for the company’s robotic AT6 systems, but in a smaller footprint and a significantly lower cost.  TestMaster AT3 for tensile testing and AT3+ for tensile and flex testing are designed to meet testing requirement of ASTM D638 and D790, ISO 527 and 178, and other testing standards.

These units’ automated specimen loading feature is said to improve repeatability and reproducibility of testing and results, minimizing human error. They include storage racks that hold up to 80 specimens. Multiple racks can be purchase, allow operators to pre-load specimens while the system is running. With the loader up and out of the way, these systems can be used manually with virtually zero switch-over time. They are compatible with the AutoX750 extensometer so users have the option of having an automatic, direct contacting extensometer for strain measurement—rather than using the crosshead displacement, which is significantly less accurate.