Increase Monotonic Testing Efficiency and Cost PerformanceMTS EM Product Manger Vogel Grote and MTS Test Software Product Manager Bryan Willson discuss new enhancements to MTS electromechanical (EM) testing solutions.
Q: What enhancements have you made to the MTS EM offering?
Grote: First, we’ve expanded our line of MTS Insight® test systems to support a broader range of load and height requirements. Test labs will find more options for supporting larger specimen sizes and environmental chambers, all as part of our standard offering.
We also introduced version 4.11c of our best-in-class MTS TestWorks® software, which is fully compatible with the Windows® Vista operating system. It also is directly compatible with Mongoose and IEEE controllers. This compatibility allows test labs to capitalize on the productivity advantages of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and to make the most of their legacy testing hardware.
Willson: And while many companies claim their software is Vista-compatible, we spent significant time and resources to ensure absolute compatibility with MTS TestWorks 4.11c. Customers will find a seamless software transition from Windows XP Professional to Vista.
Grote: Also noteworthy is the MTS Insight digital controller, offered with both MTS Insight systems and ReNewTM EM system upgrades. Capable of achieving a 1,000 Hz data acquisition rate, this controller is 20 times faster than other em controllers on the market.
Q: What specific models have you added to the standard MTS Insight offering?
Grote: First, we’ve added a 5kN single-column frame with an expanded workspace to accommodate larger specimens and bio-environmental chambers. Prior to this introduction, test labs were forced to buy more expensive two-column frames to achieve this level of force.
As for our two-column MTS Insight test systems, we now offer an extended-length 10kN model, a 30kN model with extended length and width, and extended-length 100kn, 150kN, 200kN, and 300kN high-capacity frames. In addition, these high-capacity models now feature innovative leveling feet to simplify installation and calibration on uneven floor surfaces.
Q: How does this the new 1,000 Hz controller benefit test labs?
Grote: Consider it high definition for your data acquisition. Acquiring 20 times more data points along a curve, it provides a much more detailed picture of precisely when a specimen reaches its yield, ultimate stress and breaking points. Data acquired at this rate can reveal both primary and secondary test specimen behaviors, which is not possible when operating at 50 Hz.
A 1,000 Hz data acquisition rate also facilitates the generation of sinusoidal or ramp wave shapes, opening the door for performing quasi-cyclic testing such as tension-tension or compression-compression. We’ll be discussing this topic in greater depth in future Force & Motion newsletters.
Q: What is the collective benefit of these MTS EM software and hardware enhancements?
Willson: The new enhancements extend the already broad array of MTS EM options, enabling test labs to adapt easily to industry changes and meet even the most specific test demands without having to expend resources on additional engineering. It all boils down to helping MTS customers realize the greatest return on their test system investment — delivering to them the broadest utility and highest possible performance over the long term.
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