AT6 6-Axis Robotic Testing System for Plastics
Instron Automated Testing System for Plastics is designed to perform unattended tensile and flex tests on Plastic specimens. Plastics testing is performed in accordance with the conditions established in ASTM D638 and ISO 527 for tensile testing, and ASTM D790 and ISO 178 for flex testing. The system architecture is very flexible and can easily be modified to accommodate other standards. The system utilizes Instron's TestMaster 2 automation control software which works seamlessly with our Bluehill® Materials Testing Software testing applications to give ease of control over specimen handling, testing, data reporting and results.
Specimens are tested in batches, size selectable by the operator. Barcode labels that contain specimen geometry, handling and testing information are affixed to batch separators. Once scanned this information is passed to the TestMaster 2 automation control software.
The system consists of a standard Instron Universal Testing frame, a non-contacting Advance Video Extensometer or contacting axial extensometer, pneumatic grips and air kit.
A typical robotic system is comprised of:
- Mitsubishi industrial- grade articulated arm
- Specimen storage racks designed to fit customer’s specifications
- Barcode reader
- Dual axis specimen measurement device
- Automatic ink transfer marking station to apply video targets - if video extensometer is selected
- Bluehill Materials Testing Software
- Premium PC
- TestMaster 2 automation control software
Benefits that Improve Efficiency and Increase Throughput of your Facility:
- Storage racks can be easily loaded prior to the end of the day and left for unattended, overnight testing
- Consistent specimen loading and testing improves repeatability and reproducibility of results by eliminating human variability
- Operators available to work on more value-added activities
- Overall costs are lower due to reduction in training and injury-related expenses
5900 Universal Testing Systems are engineered for precision, built for durability, and offer the flexibility for changing requirements. They are designed with standard and optional features that increase testing efficiency and improve the testing experience for the operator. A wide range of models are available for testing capacities from < 100N up to 600kN.
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Instron® testmaster™ 2 Automated Specimen Handling Systems enable a new dimension in testing productivity. Available as either complete turnkey solutions or installed on existing Instron testing instruments, the unique modular design accommodates tensile, flex, and hardness testing. System configurations consist of either a robot or a carousel for rotary specimen handling. Materials tested include metals, plastics, thin films, components, elastomers, and medical devices.
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Instron® Automated Testing Systems for the testing of Plastics are confi gured to perform unattended tensile and fl exural testing of rigid, plastic specimens of varying lengths and thicknesses (from 0.1 to 12 mm).
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Instron’s TestMaster Software is the master controller and sequencer for all of our Automated Testing Systems. TestMaster seamlessly controls all aspects of an automated test sequence that includes: user interface control; I/O control of peripheral components; device control; database communications; simultaneous process states; and visual system status lights.
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The AutoX 750 is a high-resolution, long-travel automatic contacting extensometer. It can be mounted onto any electromechanical 3300, 5500, or 5900 table top and floor model systems, as well as LX, DX, HDX, and KN static hydraulic testing systems. It is well suited for applications involving plastics, metals, biomedical, composites, elastomers, and more. The AutoX has a maximum travel of 750 mm and accuracy of ± 1 µm.
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Bluehill Universal Software is built from the ground-up for touch interaction and an intuitive user experience. Discover simpler and smarter testing with features such as pre-loaded test methods, QuickTest in seconds, enhanced data exporting: and Instron Connect – a new feature that provides a direct communication link to Service. Users of previous versions of software such as Bluehill 2 and Bluehill 3 can easily upgrade to the newest version of Bluehill.
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