Online demonstrations and training available from Mecmesin technical sales engineers


Online test equipment and training demos

 

As more people are working from home to reduce non-essential travel, our technical sales engineers can provide online equipment demos or training sessions via web-based video calls.

If possible, send in your own samples and our sales team will be able to present your own products being tested.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements and to arrange an online demo or training session.

Anchorage strength testing of roots for resistance to lodging

16 May 2019

Solution

  • Torque screwdriver and AFTI display
  • Selection of probes

Benefits

  • Handheld, potable and rugged instrument for field research
  • Ability to capture data off-site
“The Mecmesin digital torque screwdriver was simple and straightforward to operate and it was very helpful that the user guide pdf was on the net.”

Sander H van Delden, Teacher/Researcher at the Department of Plant-Soil Interaction
HAS den Bosch/Wageningen University

Requirement

A leading Dutch University wanted to improve the yield and quality of a gluten-free cereal crop named Teff (Eragrostistef). Teff is an ancient grain that originates from Ethiopia and is now grown in Europe. Teff grains and flour do not contain gluten. This makes it an interesting product for the health food market, in particular people with Coeliac disease. Ethiopian-grown teff on the world market is scarce and initially the cereal did not grow very well in Europe.

Researchers at Wageningen University identified that a major factor limiting the yield was the lodging or permanent displacement of plants. To identify the underlying causes of lodging several field trials were conducted.

Solution

The University of Manchester supplied the centre for Crop Systems Analysis with a Mecmesin torque measuring device to perform tests in the field. In these tests, whole intact plants were measured and then the three biggest individual shoots were cautiously removed from the plant. The centres of gravity of the whole plant and of separate shoots were determined by balancing them on a thin, smooth metal tube and measuring the distance between the balance point and their base end.

The gravitational moment of plants, shoots and panicles under 0, 3, 45 and 60 degrees was established with a custom-constructed lodging meter built from a sensitive Mecmesin digital torque screwdriver reading up to 1.5N.m in 0.0001N.m intervals. Mecmesin equipment was used because it had been recommended by colleagues at Manchester University.

Test equipment

  • Torque Screwdriver 'TS 1.5 N.m'
  • Advanced Force and Torque Indicator
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