PITTSBURGH—The two pieces of equipment that Alpha Technologies displayed from its Premier line during the International Elastomer Conference and Rubber Expo are part of its multiyear effort to upgrade virtually all of the Akron-based firm's products.
Alpha debuted its Premier MV (Mooney Viscometer) and its Premier HC (High Capacity) system, equipment that follows last year's introduction of the Premier MDR (Moving Die Rheometer).
The testing instrument firm's Premier line is replacing its Series 2000 family, which has been used in the rubber industry dating back to the 1980s, according to Terry DeLapa, Alpha's sales leader for North America.
“The whole Premier line has some new technologies,” said DeLapa, who discussed the upgrades during the ACS Rubber Division's Rubber Expo in Pittsburgh. “All the electronics are new. So is the four post design, which gives (the equipment) better stability and stiffness, which means the data is even better than before. And we always had very good, precise data, so this is just that much better.”