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Publication Date: 09/1/2009
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Auto Contacting Extensometer New from Instron
Automatic contacting extensometer.
Norwood, MA — Instron® is introducing the MFX 500 automatic contacting extensometer. This universal, high-resolution instrument is ruggedly constructed to make it suitable for almost any application that requires the measurement of linear strain. The extensometer is used to determine a variety of calculations including modulus, offset yield, and plastic (non-proportional) elongation to failure.

Automatically controlled through a USB-interface and the company's 3300 and 5500 Series testing machines with Bluehill® 2 Software, it provides an easy-to-use setup dialog that facilitates opening and closing the arms, setting the reference arm position, and setting the gauge length, from 10mm (0.39-in.) to 500mm (19.68-in.). By automating tedious and time-consuming steps, and eliminating inconsistencies in how a traditional clip-on extensometer is attached, lab operators can enjoy a simplified testing routine that improves the repeatability and reproducibility of results while improving throughput.

When not in use, the instrument's roller style mounting allows operators to quickly slide it out of the test area, providing a safe storage environment for the device. Removing the MFX from the test area allows operators to easily switch out grips and fixtures without the additional step of uninstalling the device.

The MFX 500 is designed with an extremely high resolution of 0.1µm, and meets the requirements of ISO 9513, ASTM E83 and EN10002-1/ISO 6892.

Contact: Instron, 825 University Ave., Norwood, MA 02062 800-564-8378 fax: 781-575-5725 E-mail: Web:

See at ATE Booth #3039.

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