COLUMBIA, Md.—Shimadzu Scientific Instruments debuted its Autograph AGX-V series of precision universal testers, using proprietary control technology for use in materials testing.
The testers are designed for operability and ease of use, and equipped with enhanced safety measures to protect operators and equipment, according to a Shimadzu release.
The series uses a controller equipped with dual microprocessors (MPU) and three engine units (FPGA) that manage communication, measurement and control functions, Shimadzu said. Parallel processing and timing protocol work together to reach 10 kHz high-speed data sampling for data acquisition, stress and strain control, and autotuning capabilities.
The systems uses a smart controller to automatically guide the user through initialization processes for optimization for capture measurements, Shimadzu said. A multi-joint controls setup, assembly and connection of fixtures to the load cell, allowing operators to switch testing setups quickly. It features an upgraded servo motor and the AGX-V's intelligent crosshead, which tracks the positions of fixtures regardless of zero position.
Safety features include transparent and impact-resistant safety shields to protect users, with an interlocking function for the shields to prevent accidents by stopping the crosshead during testing and return operations. The crosshead recognizes its position, so if an operation causes too close a jig interval, an impact warning will sound to alert the operator, Shimadzu said.
The series was released in conjunction with the TrapeziumX-V materials testing software for creation of test conditions and data management, featuring user interface enhancements, data reliability and new functionality. Users can specify parameter settings while viewing the overall sequence using a parameter wizard, and guidance for procedures is linked to the software help function and displayed on each window, Shimadzu said. The software uses illustrations for test control, samples and data processing parameter windows.
For more information on the series, visit ssi.shimadzu.com.
Shimadzu is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, which has divisions for medical diagnostics, aerospace/industrial and analytical instruments.
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