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Composites on the Move

Composites are now a broad and well-established family of materials, but industry press releases frequently discuss “new and exciting” developments and opportunities. It should be remembered that there has been a commercial market in high performance, structural composites for well over 30 years, and European automotive manufacturers have made considerable use of lower performance glass fiber reinforced polyester (GFRP) bodywork since the 1950s.

Posted On Jun 25, 2014 10:10 AM

Reducing Variablity in Plastics Testing

Although you may be testing to specifications that would allow you to comply with international standards, many factors can cause variability in your plastics testing results. The following presentation provides a summary of the most common explanations for test data variability, including specimen alignment and method setup:

Posted On Jun 23, 2014 10:10 AM

Instron Awarded by the United Way

We are proud to announce that our Community Connection Committee (C3) has been awarded the Campaign Coordinator Award for the fourth year in a row by the United Way of Tri-County. This honor is in recognition of a successful 2013 United Way Campaign to advance the local community through service and support.

Posted On Jun 22, 2014 10:10 AM

Webinar Archive Hosts Recordings

Instron live webinars provide the opportunity to hear updates from experts on industry news and testing techniques. If you happen to miss the webinars, our library hosts the recordings.

Posted On Jun 13, 2014 10:10 AM

Backward Strain at Yield — Discontinuous Yielding/YPE Material

During a recent customer visit, a concern was raised about a turnaround point on the graph that they had not previously seen. Following a bit of investigation, the customer was producing galvanized steel of various grades, some of which was aged. The graph below shows a magnified view of the fairly aggressive upper yield point (UYS or ReH), which results in an almost immediate drop in stress.

Posted By David Fry OnJun 10, 2014 10:10 AM

Sorting Over 15,000 lbs. of Food Donations? No problem.

Instron employees volunteered to organize over 15,000 lbs. of food donations, gathered with the help of the United States Postal Service Stamp-Out-Hunger Food Drive. After the rewarding work, the team was all smiles.

Posted On Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM

Reminder to Not Let Your Standards Slip

You most likely understand the importance of regularly calibrating your testing and measuring equipment and making sure it is maintained to the highest standards to ensure the data that you capture is as accurate as possible. But do you regularly review your testing standards?

Posted On Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM