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At the end of last year, Instron® mechanical engineers at our Grove City Manufacturing Facility had the privilege of hosting mechanical engineering undergraduates from Penn State Behrend School of Engineering. Their professor wanted to provide an applied learning experience, where the students could see classroom lessons in practice.
Feb 19, 2016 10:05 AM
Our own Suzanne De Lemos-Williams, Senior Applications Engineer, talks with Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) on common concerns around automating mechanical testing. She provides examples of how small transitions to automation can make a big difference.
Jan 15, 2016 11:19 AM
An Instron geotextile customer was conducting materials testing nearly around the clock. They were not able to keep up with demand and were building another plant to respond to the market. The company had a positive experience with their current Instron testing system and wanted to invest in another for the new plant, but with shorter test intervals.
Dec 08, 2015 03:18 PM
With a wide range of applications varying from white goods, automotive, and aerospace applications, sheet metals are often high in strength relative to their cross section area. It’s important to note that formability and ductility is also crucial, for which the common testing requirements are similar across applications. Explore the challenges in sheet metal testing.
Nov 09, 2015 09:14 AM
Before the weather turns cold, Instron took part in helping a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm to prepare for the winter season.
Oct 29, 2015 02:57 PM
MassChallenge’s mission is clear: Catalyze a startup renaissance. The organization’s model serves as the largest startup accelerator in the world to help early-stage entrepreneurs succeed with no equity required and financial prizes awarded. When entrepreneurs are empowered to challenge old conventions and create new value, a startup renaissance begins.
Oct 13, 2015 03:00 PM
Suzanne de Lemos-Williams, Senior Automation Applications Engineer, has a broad knowledge of materials testing programs, especially rubbers and elastomers. At this year’s International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC), she had the opportunity to present to lab managers and technicians in the tire manufacturing industry.
Oct 06, 2015 04:11 PM
Looking for step-by-step instructions to perform a melt flow test? This video provides a tutorial to set up and perform a melt flow test with the Instron® MF20 Melt Flow Tester.
Sep 04, 2015 11:54 AM
"The integrity of medical packaging is often evaluated with equal attention and rigor as the medical device itself, and should not be considered secondary to the device when it comes to qualification testing. Ultimately, the packaging is a vessel for the drug, device, or product and needs to contain and protect what is inside."
Aug 27, 2015 01:29 PM
The benefits of Digital Image Correlation (DIC) include measuring strain without requiring physical contact, viewing full-field data (like thousands of tiny extensometers), and not needing to know where to place the strain gauge/extensometer before a test starts. The following presentation gives an introduction to this optical technique.
Aug 24, 2015 09:28 AM