Testing Equipment

Articulated optics for coordinate measuring machines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 12th, 2011

Werth Messtechnik GmbH now provides flexible measurement capabilities with its image processing on a rotating/tilting head. The Werth IP 40-T Sensor is a compact sensor head with telecentric optics that provides measurement of regular geometric elements and scanning of contours. This feature is also available on large coordinate measuring machines.

Product Watch: Objet, Konica Minolta, and Sun Plastech

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2011

Objet Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) is expanding its line of simultaneous multi-material 3D printing technology to include a smaller footprint machine with a 260-by-260-by-200-mm (10.2-by-10.2-by-7.9 inch) tray size. Like its larger counterparts, the Objet260 Connex can print up to 14 different material properties within a single part thanks to the company's patented simultaneous multi-material jetting technology, it can also utilize the newly released acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)-like and transparent materials.

Tension, tearing and more tested up to 1 kN

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 22nd, 2011

The LS1 high performance single column materials testing machine debuted by Lloyd Instruments (Bognor Regis, UK) can test tension, compression, tearing, peeling, friction and flexural properties of plastic samples and finished products with loads of up to 1 kN applicable.

Compact weigh module with ultra-precision to boot

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2011

In-process control and embedded weighing is now possible in any critical instrument or system operation with WMC weigh modules from Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH). The instruments are claimed to be the smallest high-precision weighing sensors in the world, measuring just one inch in width.

Vacuum pump inlet traps allow visual inspection at point-of-use

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

A line of low-cost, transparent point-of-use vacuum pump inlet traps that can be installed for each tool to prevent users from contaminating central source vacuum systems is available from the MV Products Division of Mass-Vac, Inc. (No. Billerica, MA)

Sidewall, label defects detected via visual inspection

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 28th, 2011

A unique optical configuration and multiple high-resolution cameras, in conjunction with long-lasting LED lighting, makes 360 degree inspection coverage possible on bottles that are translucent or opaque in the OptiCheck Sidewall/Label quality management system for plastic container production from Agr International Inc. (Butler, PA).

Low-cost presence and measurement sensor works remotely

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2011

Cognex Corporation has added the Checker 4G Series to its line of vision sensors. The new sensor adds Ethernet networking for remote setup and monitoring capabilities, PLC communication through EtherNet/IP and PROFINET, and the ability to save inspection images to an FTP server, and all for less than $1,000.

Touch-free mass measurement

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 21st, 2010

A new portable electronic scale that operates by waving hands over sensors to speed weighing, portioning and counting, and prevent cross contamination has debuted from Ohaus Corp (Pine Brook, NJ).

Test labs benefit from tiny granulator

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2010

Size reduction at the lab scale is the mission of a new small-scale granulator from Dynisco that handles a wide variety of parts and scrap cleanly and efficiently. "This granulator is ideal for grinding production plastic parts for material testing and analysis," says Matthew Caslow, global support manager at Dynisco Instruments (Franklin, MA). "It also allows technicians to granulate lab scrap such as samples from melt-flow tests, rheometer tests, tensile tests and capillary rheometer tests and keep this material out of the waste stream."

Dimension measurement for larger parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 7th, 2010

Optical Gaging Products (OGP; Rochester, NY) offers new stage travel options for its popular, small-footprint floor model SmartScope Flash 500 automatic dimensional measurement system. The Flash 500's generous 500 x 450 x 200 mm measurement volume has been upgraded to a volume as large as 500 x 610 x 400 mm to accommodate large parts.

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