Instron updates Bluehill and improves strain measurement

US-headquartered testing equipment provider Instron has introduced a completely redesigned TestProfiler functionality in its Bluehill 3 Software.

The new TestProfiler is said to offer unprecedented flexibility in setting up automated product reliability tests that mimic the functional use of the product being tested. With this release of Bluehill 3, product design and value engineering teams can use Instron electromechanical testing solutions to accelerate their verification and validation processes and bring better products to market faster.

TestProfiler feature in Bluehill 3 allows for easy setup of tests that require:

  • Repetitive cycles for component quality testing commonly used with customers testing foam and spring, or performing proof-loading tests
  • Step-by-step loading patterns to mimic functional use of medical devices and consumer electronics products
  • Ability to build test flow logic by monitoring and responding to internal and external sensors and digital states
  • Tests with simultaneous temperature control of the specimen using select Instron chamber and furnace products

Strain measurement improved

The company has also introduced the newest advanced video extensometer, the AVE 2, that conforms to the most rigorous testing standards, such as ISO 527, ASTM D3039, and ASTM D638

This second generation advanced video extensometer utilises patented measurement technology in what the company says is the fastest, most accurate non-contacting strain measurement device commercially available.

The fully-integrated device easily adapts to the normal fluctuations of environmental conditions in a lab and is easily adapted to any testing machine on the market that uses a ┬▒10v analogue input (performance depends on the system). Designed to dramatically reduce errors from thermal and lighting variations that are common in most labs, the AVE 2 claims to be the only device on the market to utilise the real-time 490 Hz data rate while also achieving a 1 micron accuracy.

Its versatility allows for testing under multiple environmental conditions and can be used for advanced strain measurement with Digital Image Correlation (DIC). The AVE 2 measures both modulus and strain to failure of almost any material including plastics, metals, composites, textiles, films, bio-materials, and more.


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