New Material Test Products Five machines added to line Company has introduced five new, cost-effective machines to its line of universal test machines for materials testing up to 100 kN. The LD5 universal test machine is ideal for materials testing up to 5 kN; the LD10 version is suited for testing up to 10 kN; the LD30 is for materials testing up to 30 kN; and the LD50 and LD100 has it covered for material tests all the way up to 50 and 100 kN. These powerful universal test machines are especially suited for metals and adhere to ISO 6892, which specifies the method for tensile testing of metallic materials. Applications include the testing of cables, chains, coils, fabricated metals, fasteners, such as nuts, bolts, screws and nails, basic and cast metals, pipes, springs, tubes and wire. Some of the most common test types are cupping test, flexural/bend strength, N value and tensile testing. All test types can be performed on LD Series universal test machines. All the new machines feature a large working area that is 452 mm wide and a cross head travel of 1070 mm that is extendable to 1669 mm. This provides the machines with the flexibility for complex testing of small or mediumsized samples as well as for heavy-duty testing on large samples. With their rugged design, LD Series test machines are built for long life and reliable operation. In addition, the LD Series offers an advanced electrical design with a modern AC drive and preloaded ball screws to ensure better speed and displacement accuracy. A high-stiffness frame helps prevent frame deflection and cross head movement, while the use of pancake load cells improves accuracy at the cross axis and increases work area. The new LD test machines are designed for ease of use. They help automate testing, reduce costs and save time. A CANBUS interface provides fast, accurate communication between the LD Series test machine and such add-on accessories as extensometers and temperature chambers. LD Series test machines are supplied with the NEXYGENPlus analysis software, which makes advanced analysis and reporting quick and simple to perform. An extensive library of pre-programmed test setups ensures error-free testing, while built-in test wizards guide users through advanced customized test setups. Lloyd Instruments, Bognor Regis, UK, a brand of AMETEK Sensor, Test & Calibration (STC). www.ametektest.com Noncontact Measurement Systems Fast accurate 2 & 3-axis measurements Company announces the launch of the Swift PRO series, noncontact measurement systems designed to deliver fast and accurate 2 and 3-axis measurements. The Swift PRO series includes Swift PRO Duo, Swift PRO Cam and Swift PRO Elite. The Swift PRO offers enhanced functionality and ease of use. The new range is available with optical, video or both optical and video measurement capabilities. All optical systems are built using the company’s patented Dynascope® technology, which gives operators an eyepiece-less and ergonomic viewing experience. The video systems are equipped with a high definition video camera and easy-to-use software. The Swift PRO is available with either an 8" x 4" (200 x 100 mm) or 6" x 4" (150 x 100 mm) measuring stage. The new features built into the Swift PRO series include illumination enhancements, an integrated Z-axis tape encoder and a reduced number of system components and cabling. Improvements to the illumination result in improved edge detection, especially for difficult-to-view components. The illumination of the Swift PRO series can now be controlled via the software and the addition of iris control to the substage lighting provides even illumination across the field of view. The surface quadrant LED lighting is also controlled through the software. These key improvements give users greater control for both surface and substage lighting, delivering superior edge detection especially for difficult components. Every Swift PRO stand is 3-axis measurement ready for the easy addition of a Z- axis encoder, which simply mounts into place through pre-drilled holes. This feature can be purchased as an upgrade kit for a Swift Pro system. The overall design of the Swift PRO has been improved for ease of use. The power supply unit has the option for built-in Metlogix PCBs to support their M-Series software, eliminating the need for a separate Metlogix box. Vision Engineering Limited, New Milford, CT, USA. www.visioneng.com Shielding Tape Up to 25"wide traverse-wound spools New large-format traverse wound spools of shielding tape are custom made for the production needs of networking and datacom cable manufacturers. They carry laminated shielding tape that protects twisted pairs of wire from alien crosstalk and external electromagnetic interference. These large traverse wound spools can replace traditional smaller spools that require more frequent spool changeovers and splicing during cable manufacturing. Although cable production lines don’t typically shut down completely during changeovers, they usually have to ramp down in speed to accommodate splicing and then gradually ramp up afterward, resulting in a decline in production. Converting to larger, longer spools allows the manufacturing lines to run at full production speeds for longer periods and generates higher throughput. The large-format, traverse-wound spools are supplied in widths of up to 25" and have a maximum weight of 75 lb. Smaller and lighter packages are available. Many cable manufacturers currently employ slit or planetary wound rolls of shielding tape in smaller sizes. A typical spool measures about 12" wide by 12" in outer diameter. Replacing these small spools with larger traverse wound spools produces an immediate boost in throughput. For example, a production line that converts from a 12" spool to a larger spool of 25" reportedly increases its throughput on average by over 200% or more depending on the manufacturer’s outer diameter limitations. Because the larger spools require fewer changeovers and less operator intervention, the chances of human error are reduced, which opens the door for resource sharing, where operators can be reassigned or able to support other productive activities. Company custom designs large traverse wound spools to customer specifications. It uses proprietary technology and purpose-built equipment to design spools with highly precise wind patterns such as parallel tape winds or a specific percentage of overlapping winds. The firm’s engineers work closely with prospective customers to phase-in and test large-format traverse wound spools on their cable manufacturing lines. Web Industries Inc., Wire & Cable Division, Marlborough, MA, USA. www.webindustries.com Diameter Gauge Super high-speed instrument Global provider of precision measurement and control products for the wire and cable industries, announces its Super-Fast, high-speed InteliSENS DG-k Series diameter gauge. This instrument delivers exceptionally fast measurement performance with scan rates of up to 10,000 scans/second/axis for optimum product quality supervision. The solid-state DG-k Series Diameter Gauge provides dual and triple-axis diameter measurement capability for accurate, trouble-free and long-term reliability. The InteliSENS DG-k instrument uses eye-safe LED light sources combined with high-speed Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and a proprietary optical bench for diameter measurement, control, inspection and alarming during on-line production. LED light sources cover the entire circumference of the product for total product quality measurement, inspection and reporting. Integrated air wipes ensure the optical path is kept clean for continuous, accurate measurement. All of the manufacturer’s instruments are supplied with intelligent, easy-tointegrate capabilities as standard that feature a broad range of embedded process interfaces. This includes Ethernet, RS-232 and WiFi communications with optional PROFIBUS, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Industrial Protocol IP that can be substituted for the Ethernet communications interface. Options for the InteliSENS DG-k include an integrated PI feedback controller for insulation line extruders and capstan drives. An optional integrated lump and neck flaw detection capability is available for single-measurement flaw detection (SMFD). A Fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis option helps pinpoint the source of process disturbances for greater productivity and reduced scrap. Finally, a Statistical Process (SPC) reporting option helps monitor and control the process to ensure that it operates at its full potential with optimum product uniformity and conformation. PROTON Products, Laguna Beach, CA, USA. www.protonproducts.com
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