Mechanical testing equipment covers devices used for adhesion, compression, drop (shock), tensile, vibration and fatigue testing.  The growing importance of quality control and assurance in production has contributed to an increasing demand for mechanical testing equipment with quality-control procedures existing on all production levels of many industrial markets. Mechanical testing for quality control serves two major purposes: product-endurance analysis and product-safety assurance.
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Q & A on Mechanical Testing Equipment

We asked our users for their input on Mechanical Testing Equipment. Here are the results of 94 users familiar with Mechanical Testing Equipment.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing mechanical testing equipment design?
14 answers
Answers:
Signal processing/ Digital data acquisition, processing and display; use of electromagnetic waves.
~B M, Quality Control, Vadodara, India
Application, most of cases now they are going for product testing instead of material testing.
~P S Ng, Engineer, Puchong, Malaysia
Hydraulics becoming more prevalent compared to lead screw models.
~Werner B, SHEQ Manager, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative mechanical testing equipment?
13 answers
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I hear too much about Instron and Shimadzu, at least in Latin American market.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
MTS Systems Usa Rec Engineering Germany
~Engineering, Consulting, MERE, France
Medical device and electric manufactures
~Tokyo, Japan
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used mechanical testing equipment for?
28 answers
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To check the Strength of Rubber to Metal Bonded Automobile Parts. We check the sideways movement of the Bumper and also check the maximum permissible Load it can take. We also check the Shear Force of the Rubber Bonding to metal.
~Engineering, Design, Sungei Buloh, Malaysia
Pumps and motor for alignment, valve and fittings for torquing, fin fan for alignment and belt stretch, infrared camera for hot spot in gearbox and motor bearing and electric breakers. Thickness gauge for piping thickness etc.
~Marketing/Sales, Qatif, Saudi Arabia
Mainly for evaluation of mechanical behavior on metallic products and elements such as shafts, beam, sheet, plates, etc. Another interest is in fatigue evaluation and how to get variations in forces for experimental.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that mechanical testing equipment has been used for.
7 answers
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Pull-out resistance for the evaluation of composite slabs in civil construction.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
Evidence of bonding, sliding, adhesion, mechanical seals, graphite, the friction.
~Ivo C, Technical Support, Milano, Italy
Automobile component test like the gear fatigue test of heavy duty truck etc.
~Tokyo, Japan
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of mechanical testing equipment?
7 answers
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1. Under or over machine capacity 2. Incorrect fixture 3. Under or Over machine specification. 4. No Branded - they always over charge especially after service. 5. High spec interface, normal mechanical testing only requires certain rate, and they are moving over specs that are not helpful.
~P S Ng, Engineer, Puchong, Malaysia
I'm aware of many serious injuries from incorrect usage or lacking safety features.
~Andrew M, Senior Metallurgist, Lincoln, UK
Damage done to endoscopes as they were sterilized by pressurized hot chemicals.
~Roque G, Technical Support, Rosario, Argentina
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
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Improve the capacity of the specimen to make it more realistic, too much necessary in actual engineering problems.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
Software flexibility and less maintenance including interface (by using common interface).
~P S Ng, Engineer, Puchong, Malaysia
Integration into existing infrastructure Latest in sensor technology
~Andrew M, Senior Metallurgist, Lincoln, UK
A non-destructible LVDT to place directly onto the sample.
~Werner B, SHEQ Manager, Johannesburg, South Africa
Accuracy of signal processing and display.
~B M, Quality Control, Vadodara, India
High accuracy and repeatability.
~Tokyo, Japan
Thicknes Gage, Thermal camera.
~Engineer, Caracas, Venezuela
Compression, friction
~Ivo C, Technical Support, Milano, Italy
Multi axial testing
~Sudarshan Rao, Research & Development, Trivandrum, India

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using mechanical testing equipment?
9 answers
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Check carefully in what is the force range need and specimen size. Another aspect is have a proficient knowledge of the standards (if there are some) to evaluate your products or elements.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
I will not be influenced by price, by it's brand, but the quality and performance of the machine. A car should last at least 25 years and must have a reliable service center nearby.
~Ivo C, Technical Support, Milano, Italy
For buyers: ask always for best accuracy in Load, Displacement and speed, travel distance of the moving head/traverse WITH the grips attached.
~Florin S., Engineer, Bucharest, ROMANIA
Consider future requirements and not only current requirements. Look at track record and visit sites where the machines are working.
~Werner B, SHEQ Manager, Johannesburg, South Africa
Buy only reliable and proven equipment. All your design depends on your test results.
~Sudarshan Rao, Research & Development, Trivandrum, India
Check for solid service back-up. This applies in the developing world.
~B M, Quality Control, Vadodara, India
Make sure the equipment is well supported by experienced people.
~Andrew M, Senior Metallurgist, Lincoln, UK
Must do your home work first.
~Roque G, Technical Support, Rosario, Argentina
Buy the best you can afford.
~Research & Development, Fleet, United Kingdom

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of mechanical testing equipment?
7 answers
Answers:
1. After sales support 2. Flexibility on software and hardware 3. Common interface 4. On-line diagnostic or support
~P S Ng, Engineer, Puchong, Malaysia
I don't have any. But I think that the best thing for selection is doing real tests.
~CATALINA RODRIGUEZ, Quality Control, CALI, COLOMBIA
Experienced personnel and on going training (up to date technology).
~Roque G, Technical Support, Rosario, Argentina
Standardization in sensors for mechanical testing.
~Sudarshan Rao, Research & Development, Trivandrum, India
Don't assume bigger is better. Check alignment.
~Andrew M, Senior Metallurgist, Lincoln, UK
Be alert to the limit and speed settings.
~Ivo C, Technical Support, Milano, Italy
Demand validation of data.
~B M, Quality Control, Vadodara, India


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