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Extended Travel Stands Improve Elasticity Testing

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20 Sep 2011


Mecmesin, a British company specialising in force and torque measurement, has just launched new longer-length test stands for improved determination of break strength and elongation when testing rubber and film samples.

The extended stands are constructed using a rigid aluminium base-casting and precision ballscrew, making them ideal for elongation testing up to 1200 mm of highly elastic material such as rubber and film. To accommodate the extra length and to comply with the EU Topple Test, these long stands are fitted with stability bases made of steel.

The new 1kN and 0.5 kN models are available with software and electronics from Mecmesin’s established range of MultiTest-d, MultiTest-xt and MultiTest-i tension and compression test frames.

The extended stands are now in full production with the first machine being supplied to a large manufacturer in Australia to enable improved testing of female hygiene products.

The Managing Director of Mecmesin, John Page, says: “By introducing these new extended test stands, we are responding to a market need. Quality Control Managers working in the plastics and rubber industries said they wanted longer test stands to help determine the elongation limit and tensile strength of their samples. Now they will find it much easier to test their samples and the results will be more representative of the materials being tested which will significantly improve their production process.”

Mecmesin is a privately-owned British company based near Horsham in West Sussex. It provides bespoke solutions and has a special applications department with a large ratio of engineers. Its force and torque testing equipment is used in Quality Control laboratories and production areas across a wide range of industries from automotive engineering to packaging to medical devices and textiles.

Thousands of companies worldwide use Mecmesin measurement systems to maintain consistency of manufacture to comply with relevant standards and to save money by minimising rejects in the production process.