Instron (Norwood, Mass.), a provider of testing equipment solutions designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has introduced TrendTracker, a software package for managing and analyzing test results for Bluehill 3 Materials Testing Software, also made by Instron. TrendTracker is designed to accelerate the data analysis workflow of a lab. With the TrendTracker Viewer application, the user can rapidly search and analyze Bluehill results for a composite material. For a quality lab, this means narrowing down the source of variation; for a research and development lab, it means better evaluating design iterations to arrive at the optimal design; and for a high-volume centralized testing lab, it means easy distribution of results to customers. With the TrendTracker Plugin, Bluehill results across multiple composite samples tested over time are automatically exported to a scalable database on Microsoft’s SQL Server. The TrendTracker Viewer provides an interface to search, display and analyze test results over timeand across multiple samples and test frames. The search results can also be exported to file formats that can be easily opened in statistical packages like Minitab and MATLAB. The TrendTracker database can be installed on the customer’s SQL Server or on an Instron-distributed Express edition. Also included is the batch export utility to migrate years of test results in existing Bluehill 2 and Bluehill 3 sample files.
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