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Universal mid-force testing machine

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A UNIVERSAL testing machine aimed at mid-range force testing applications has been launched by Lloyd Instruments, represented in Australia by Technical & Scientific .

The LR50KPlus materials testing system is the latest addition to the Plus range that offers simple operation, result accuracy, and flexible control with Nexygen MT control software.

One key feature of this powerful new 50kN machine is the ability to achieve test speeds as low as 1 micron/minute with smooth control. Engineering tests have shown that it would take 1 hour and 30 minutes for the LR50KPlus to move the distance of a single sheet of photocopier paper just 90 microns thick.

This control precision is essential for measuring the tiny movements that occur when tough materials such as metals, ceramics and webbing, are tested under high forces. The twin column frame also provides superior stability needed for all manufacturing, quality control and research laboratory environments.

The LR50KPlus is easy to operate and incorporates the same electronics that characterise the Plus range. The 8kHz data sampling rate ensures test accuracy during every measurement. A plug and play facility automatically identifies any attached accessory, such as a loadcell or extensometer, whilst intelligent menus and prompts allow easy operation.

Storage is available for ten different set-ups, and up to 600 test results in a battery backed up RAM. A self diagnostics feature is useful for routine problem solving and servicing, and instrument upgrading is done electronically via a flash upgradeable processor without having to make any changes to the internal circuitry.

Greater control also comes from the Nexygen MT software. Along with a huge test library, key features on the latest upgrade include strict multilevel security and audit trails for complete traceability of users and data. Additional analysis is possible using video capture and “live” test playback, and integrated drivers allow seamless machine control in an LabVIEW¨ platform.

Other machines in the Plus range include the LR30KPlus, LR10KPlus and LR5KPlus twin column machines (30kN, 10kN and 5kN respectively), the 5kN single column LRXPlus and the 1kN low force LFPlus bench top machine for affordable entry level testing.

An extensive range of easily interchangeable loadcells, grips, environment chambers, extensometers and other accessories are available to meet the needs of different industries. Furthermore, custom grips and machines with extended frame sizes (for testing high elongation materials) can be made on request for specific applications.

Lloyd Instruments is ISO 9001:2000 accredited.

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