Instron (Norwood, MA, US) has launched new generation of HDT and Vicat testing systems designed to significantly reduce workload and increase efficiency in the testing lab. The Instron HV Series includes three systems: the manually operated HV3S with two (optionally three) testing stations; plus two systems with larger bath size and more automation – HV6M and HV6X – for up to six testing stations. All of them use advanced electronics that automatically zero the position of the LVDT measuring sensors before starting a test, reducing test time and human errors. HV3S is designed for laboratories that perform HDT or Vicat tests at a low volume. Where HDT or Vicat testing is part of the daily activity, the HV6M features manual weights application on up to six stations with a motorized lifting mechanism designed to significantly reduce operator effort. Where time is absolutely crucial, the HV6X system offers motorized lifting station and weights application on all of its up to six testing stations. All three systems use silicone oil as heat transfer medium to cover a temperature range of 20-300°C with a resolution of 0.1°C. A continuous oil monitoring routine helps reduce the risk of running invalid tests as well as increase productivity, alerting when the bath level is out of range or oil degradation could adversely affect test results.