The Next Generation of MTS Tabletop Servohydraulic Test SystemsOptimized MTS tabletop test systems leverage MTS Landmark™ design innovations
MTS product manager Scott Jiran discusses the features and benefits of new MTS Landmark and Bionix tabletop test systems.
Q: What new models did you introduce?
Jiran: We recently added two compact configurations to our flagship MTS Landmark platform of servohydraulic test systems: the MTS Landmark tabletop materials test system and the MTS Landmark 100Hz elastomer test system. We also added two configurations to our Bionix family of biomedical testing solutions: the Bionix® Axial and Bionix Axial/Torsional tabletop test systems. All of these systems leverage the new MTS Model 370.02 load frame.
The MTS Landmark material test system provides force capacities up to 25 kN, making it ideal for performing accurate and repeatable fatigue life studies, fracture growth studies, and tension and compression tests of moderate strength materials and components used in general and geological materials research..
The MTS Landmark 100 Hz elastomer test system is designed for highly accurate dynamic characterization of elastomeric components and materials. To meet this need, this test system is optimized for frequencies up to 100 Hz.
New Bionix tabletop models include both axial and axial/torsional configurations. The axial configuration mirrors the capabilities of the MTS Landmark material test system and is used for static and dynamic testing of biomaterials and small components. The axial/torsional configuration offers a force capacity up to 200 N per meter, with up to 270 degrees of dynamic stroke rotation. These features make it well suited for a broad range of biomedical testing applications, including durability and wear testing of knee, hip, and spine implants, as well as kinematic studies of skeletal tissue and other orthopaedic constructs.
Q: Why are these introductions significant?
Jiran: They’re significant because they introduce the optimized features of the new MTS Landmark platform–high performance, configurability, ease-of-maintenance, leading edge ergonomics–to a new range of test applications that require lower force capacities and a more compact footprint.
In addition to cutting-edge serovohydraulic load frame technology, the introductions also give more test labs access to versatile MTS FlexTest® controls, proven MTS application software and a full selection of grips, fixtures, and test environments to meet almost any static or dynamic testing need.
Q: How exactly do these test systems optimize servohydraulic testing?
Jiran: The MTS Landmark platform results from decades of MTS testing expertise, years of in-depth customer research, and a world-class industrial design program. Test labs can get the high performance and flexibility that MTS test systems are renowned for, in a highly stiff, ergonomic and easy-to-maintain new load frame built on a modular platform.
Key MTS Landmark features include a cylinder-centric design that minimizes the required number of joints, resulting in a frame that exhibits superior stiffness and consistently tight alignment. We also carefully considered ergonomics when developing MTS Landmark systems, yielding a user-friendly test environment that emphasizes operator well-being and safety, while also simplifying test setup and operation.
In addition, MTS Landmark test systems feature many standard available options, simple system configuration, a dedicated manufacturing facility, and paperless operations, all of which ensures that customers’ exact test requirements are met in as little time as possible.
Q: What other models currently comprise the MTS Landmark platform?
Jiran: The new tabletop test systems complement three existing floor-standing MTS Landmark models that offer higher force capacities up to 500 kN. These higher-force-capacity models are well-suited for studying small components made of aluminum, composite material, steel, super alloy and many other more rigid materials for characteristics such as durability, fatigue crack growth, high- and low-cycle fatigue, and fracture toughness testing.
With the new expanded MTS Landmark offering, test labs can use this single platform for applications with force capacities ranging from 5 kN to 500 kN, and for materials ranging from plastics and elastomers to aluminum, composites, steels, and super alloys.
Looking forward, we will continue to transition other MTS servohydraulic load frame models onto the MTS Landmark platform, so that even more test labs can take full advantage of its unprecedented configurability, ergonomics, and ease-of-use.
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