Our laboratory technicians make daily visits to our largest testing machine, Stockholm, to conduct various wedge, tensile, and compression tests upon large product and material samples. Stockholm tests up to a force of 1600kN, with an 100mm stroke (machine extension).
Features include measurement tools such as Auxiliary LVDTs (linear variable differential transformers), a powerful Alpha control system, and a large testing bed, which facilitates testing of a wide range of products, components, and samples. We have been testing a broad range of components since we acquired Stockholm in 2003, from horse saddles to large Trelleborg samples.
Machines with sophisticated technology such as Stockholm are important in materials testing, as they provide the ability to test larger products and components, whilst accurately simulating the environments components may be used in. Tests are performed on the entire product or sample, as opposed to multiple smaller tests on different sections of the product.
For our next stop, we’re visiting Dublin, a smaller 2kN machine. This machine was built by Phoenix in 2015, with a 50mm stroke (machine extension), and emitter heating up to 500°C which allows our technicians to test customer samples and components using varied temperatures, simulating real life environments.
Our Dublin machine is dynamic in its testing, with capabilities to test very small samples. Past tests performed include single shot applications, such as pre-filled medical syringes. Our machine may be small in size, but it is powerful in its offering of tensile, wedge and compression tests. It is just as important for materials testing, using its powerful Alpha control system for testing smaller and precise samples. When only a small sample of a metal, ceramic or composite product needs to be tested, our technicians use Dublin.
Both of our machines conduct tests to the following standards:
Our range of testing machines, including Stockholm and Dublin, allow our technicians to be more flexible in accommodating different scales of testing, from M27 to M42 bolts, to larger sample sizes up to 1.5m in height. Phoenix’s ability to support such large forces distinguishes us from other testing laboratories, as force is a deciding variable when choosing which laboratory to send a sample to. Limited laboratories have the capability of testing with high forces, which are needed for products such as M42 bolts. Our laboratory provides high force testing capabilities, where others cannot.
Our laboratory also has a range of accessories and fixtures, which can be fitted interchangeably to Stockholm to suit bespoke testing requirements.
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