Instron (Norwood, Mass.), a manufacturer of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has introduced Dynatup 9250, designed to measure energy absorption and related impact properties of polymers, metals, composites and resulting final components. It’s designed for use in aerospace, automotive and biomedical applications. The device’s drop tower features computer control that uses Impulse, a software and electronics package designed specifically for impact testing. It also captures, plots and analyzes the entire impact event, enabling the user to determine characteristics such as incipient damage, ductile-to-brittle transition point, maximum load and total energy absorbed. It also can test materials in extreme temperatures and is available with an optional specimen feeder for high throughput testing.