The latest testing instrument from Paul N. Gardner Co., Pompano Beach, Fla., is the Max-Hand 3000 durometer for testing plastics with creep. This handheld durometer, to be showcased at NPE 2015, has a max hand and an active hand for observing the creep characteristics of a specimen, and features a reportedly unique magnetic-drag maximum reset mechanism.
According to the company, a user rotates the reset knob on the front of the gauge to clear the previous reading; the mechanism’s simplicity is said to ensure a lifetime of use. The instrument measures 2.25” x 6.125” H and weighs 11 oz. It conforms to ASTM D 2240, DIN 53505, ISO 868 & ISO, and includes NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) calibration certificate. Other features include: a new 18 mm dia. presser foot; a high-contrast low-glare dial; and, a new large diameter grip.