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Welcome to our new Instron Community Blog hosted by Instron. It is a compilation of the freshest, brightest, most-talented minds that Instron has to offer. The world of materials science is so vast and encompasses the broadest range of industries, materials, and challenges that no one person can possibly possess all the knowledge required to be the resident expert – or master of materials science. It takes a small army behind the scenes collaborating and sharing technical know-how, experiences, and ideas to present the most accurate, relevant, and timely information to you – our readers. 

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Evaluating the Quality of High Performance Plastics Molding

When chemical companies invest in developing high-performance polymers—such as filled polyesters, PA, PC, LCP, and PEEK—to engineer automotive and electronic components, they could potentially experience issues with a high melting temperature during the injection molding phase. It’s crucial to understand that even if the mold filling has been successfully executed, the molded parts can still show significant failures, such as cracks or warps and aesthetic defects.

Posted On Oct 15, 2014 10:10 AM

How to Address Challenges in QC Medical Device Testing

We are proud to share that Meredith Platt, Director of Marketing & Emerging Markets for the Electromechanical Business, presented at the recent MEDTEC China event in September. As Instron has developed many insights working with our customers in the biomedical industry, Meredith discussed challenges that QC laboratories encounter when testing a variety of medical devices, ranging from stents to catheters to spinal implants.

Posted On Oct 13, 2014 10:10 AM

Is Design Validation Slowing Down Your Time To Market?

Instron interacts with many new product development labs that have a need to validate their new product or component design. Often part of this design validation requires mechanical testing. We have noticed a common need in these research and development labs to perform rapid "what if" analysis during design validation.

Posted By Elayne Schneebacher OnOct 08, 2014 10:10 AM

Stress Control and Yielding Material

Since the first materials testing machines were used for tensile testing of metals, one option of performing the test has been to control the rate at which you apply load to the specimen, or apply stress.

Posted By David Fry OnSep 25, 2014 10:10 AM

How to Test Lap-Shear Specimens

Manufacturing processes are moving away from using traditional bolts and rivets to using new, stronger adhesives to hold together materials such as composites and aluminum. With this increase in bonded manufacturing, it is more important than ever to accurately test the adhesive strength of bonds to prevent catastrophic failures.  

Posted By Leonardo Martinez OnSep 23, 2014 10:10 AM

Understanding Melt Flow Testing and Its Importance

Melt flow testing is simply a measure of the flow of a polymer when melted. The result of a melt flow test, called the melt mass-flow rate (MFR) or melt volume-flow rate (MVR), is defined as the amount of mass or volume of a polymer that flows through a small die at a specified temperature and pressure.

Posted By Elena Mangano OnSep 15, 2014 10:10 AM

Helping to Provide the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Ever wonder how the beauty industry can make their claims? Research and testing is behind the development of beauty products to determine the best technologies, formulas, and products to meet goals. When consumers want to hear the validity of the claims, they look to outside sources for evidence.

Posted On Sep 10, 2014 10:10 AM

Testing a Student-Made Off-Road Vehicle

When Northeastern University students visited our Norwood, Massachusetts headquarters, Instron employees had a chance to ride an off-road vehicle. As a platinum sponsor, Instron assisted the student engineers in their quest to finish first.

Posted On Sep 04, 2014 10:10 AM