Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Columbia, MD, US) is featuring its AG-X plus testers, designed to provide high-level control for demanding applications. A wide range of models is available, ranging from tabletop testers up to 50 kN (11,000 lbf) frame capacity, to floor models up to 300 kN (66,000 lbf) frame capacity. Each system features enhanced torsional rigidity due to a highly stiff frame and crosshead guide, 5-kHz data capture sampling rate, and test force accuracy guaranteed within ±0.3% from 1/1 to 1/100 and ±0.5% from 1/100 to 1/1000 of the load cell capacity. The testers can be equipped with the TRViewX non-contact digital video extensometer. Available in single and double-camera models, the TRViewX offers high-accuracy elongation measurements compliant with ISO 9513 Class 0.5 and JIS B7741 Class 0.5 standards. The system features sample mounting assistance as well as image and video capture, measures width changes during tests and is compatible with strain control and cycle loading tests. Shimadzu also will present its DSC-60 plus differential scanning calorimeter. It offers DSC noise of less than 0.5 μW (rms, when held at 150°C) and features a calorimetric measurement range of ±150 mW. In addition, it can be equipped with an optional, built-in 24-place autosampler for unattended operation.
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