TESTING: New Universal Testers for Automotive

Development was spurred by the accelerating development of new thermoplastic materials for structural applications.

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The German parent of Zwick USA, Kennesaw, Ga., has launched a new generation of universal testers for thermoplastics in automotive applications. 

Zwick says the development was spurred by the accelerating development of new thermoplastic materials for structural applications. The new generation of Allround-Line systems is designed to offer OEMs and suppliers a means to more accurately and efficiently characterize the mechanical behavior of thermoplastics at the material and component levels.

Engineered with dual testing areas that minimize changeover time between tests, these systems are said to boost throughput levels without sacrificing performance. The units can store and retrieve complete toolset data, creating a significant advantage for repetitive quality-assurance testing. Automatic positioning and recall of safety-related distances speed changeover from one test setup to another, such as from tensile to flexure.

Modular components help control costs for testing specimens of varying geometry, and a flexible plug-and-slot system enables interchangeable specimen grips and test fixtures with a single system to address a wide range of tests.