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Posted On Dec 14, 2023

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Common Tensile Testing Errors (and Tips for Preventing Them)

Miscues can happen at any stage of a test — or even before it begins

Posted By Nick Erickson

 Jun 12, 2023

Cobot Testing Auto Injectors

5 Steps to Effective Mechanical Testing Automation for Biomedical Labs in CDMOs

The production of auto-disable (AD) safe-injection devices is a core activity for many contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs). Mechanical testing assesses the safety and efficacy of AD syringes before they go to market. With the AD device industry set to grow to over $13.3 billion by 2028, laboratories within CDMOs will perform more tests more frequently. Here we look at how cobot-based systems can help these labs cope with growing workloads by maximizing repeatability and efficiency.

Posted On Oct 28, 2020

Tensile Testing Braided Rope

Braided Rope Tensile Testing

My name is Landon Goldfarb and I am an applications engineer, which is really a fancy way of saying it is my job to successfully break anything thrown my way. This is the first in a series of stories cultivated from my time working in the applications lab highlighting unique applications and the novel solutions we have employed. At 8:00 AM, give or take, every morning, I arrive at our office – always excited to see what has shown up on our testing backlog. Perhaps elastomers for racing tires on a Monday and then moving on to artificial bone by Thursday. When people ask what kind of products we test, I will often respond by asking them what they did today. After looking back quizzically, they may say “I woke up, got dressed, had some juice, and then drove to work”. To which I could say, taking a deep breath first, “We may test the durability of the springs in your mattress, the elasticity in the fibers of your clothing, the torque necessary to open the juice packaging, and last but not least a myriad of functional tests on the individual components in a car.”

Posted On May 24, 2017

Instron Connect

When You Don’t Take Advantage of Software Updates

As Technical Support Manager at the Instron® corporate headquarters, I have answered my share of customer questions and hopefully brought more clarity to testing operators. Through this kind of customer exposure, my team and I are constantly taking note of feedback to make our products better. In particular, we receive calculation requests, discover bugs, and think of new features for our software products. As we develop and release software updates, many of these suggestions are added. As anyone with a smartphone is aware, software developers are constantly improving their software with periodic updates for a variety of reasons. Major phone companies release updates at least once a year, and in between the major updates, they push out smaller bug fixes and patches as flaws are inevitably found in the program, application, or operating system. This same idea applies with Bluehill® Software. No matter how much in-house testing is done, diverse customer feedback is always appreciated. Connecting with Technical Support is the most direct path for customers to have their voices heard by our engineers.