Lab & Testing Equipment Directory

By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor | May 15, 2015

Here is a look at the latest offerings from select lab and testing equipment suppliers.

Atlas Material Testing Technology
Mount Prospect, IL, USA
Fax: 773-327-5787
Email: atlas.info@ametek.com

• Ultra-Accelerated Emma Device (UA-Emma)

Atlas’ Weathering Service Group now offers the UA-EMMA, its latest advancement in natural exposure testing.  With patented “cool mirror” technology, the UA-EMMA device provides approximately 10-12 years of South Florida UV radiation exposure in a single year.  Atlas also offers Ultra-Accelerated EMMAQUA (UA-EMMAQUA) testing which has the capabilities of the UA-EMMA with an added spray feature.

This leading-edge technology allows for the exposure of many different types of materials to ultra-high UV irradiances; maintains high fidelity to the natural solar UV spectrum; keeps specimens at acceptable exposure temperatures; is fully compliant with ASTM G90 requirements.

Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Middleboro, MA, USA
Fax: 508-946-6262
Email: info@brookfieldengineering.com

• CAP2000+ Viscometer

The Cone/Plate Digital Viscometer meets industry standards:  ASTM D487, ISO 2884, BS 3900. High Shear Rate Cone & Plate (10,000 sec¹). This unit offers excellent QC testing capabilities and flexibility for R&D.  Features include: higher viscosity range, designed to handle repetitive testing in production environments (one button operation), automatic cone/gap positioning, easy setup and cleaning, easy to set up and clean with choice of built-in temperature control, small sample size (less than 1 mL), automated PC control (Using optional CAPCALC32 software). Test applications include: paints & coatings, adhesives & sealants, polymers & resins, and more.

Charles Ross & Son Company
Hauppauge, NY, USA
Fax: 631-234-0691
Email: mail@mixers.com

• Laboratory High Speed Disperser, Vacuum Design

The new Ross Model HSM-100LH-3 Vacuum High Speed Disperser is designed for laboratory and pilot-scale mixing of batches up to 5 gallons. It can be supplied with a vacuum-rated mix vessel including a heating/cooling jacket and mixer cover with sight/charge ports. Interchangeable saw-tooth disperser blades are available (2”, 3”, 3.5” and 4” diameter), suitable for variable speed operation up to 4,800 rpm. All wetted parts are stainless steel type 316.

High Speed Dispersers are useful for wetting out solids and creating a uniform, air-free suspension or solution under vacuum. The classic open-style saw-tooth disc blade generates a vortex on the liquid surface into which powders and other minor components are added for quick incorporation. Rapid turnover and vigorous flow patterns are achieved throughout a wide range of viscosity: from water-like to around 50,000 centipoise.

The HSM-100LH-3 is driven by a 3HP VFD-rated motor. Safety limit switches prevent operation of the mixer while in the raised position or without a mix vessel in place. A 3HP inverter is mounted to the mixer and wired to the motor and limit switches for single-point electrical hook-up. The mixing head is raised by means of an air/oil hydraulic lift with pushbutton controls (requires 80-100 psig air source).

Elcometer Limited
Manchester, United Kingdom
Fax: 44-0-161-371-6010
Email: sales@elcometer.com

• Elcometer 480 Glossmeter

Elcometer 480 Triple Angle Glossmeter measures gloss, reflectivity and haze at 20, 60 and 85 degrees. Features include industry-leading repeatability, reproducibility, and inter-instrument agreement, traceable to BAM standards; three times faster than other glossometers in Standard Mode and 10 times faster in Scan Mode; stores up to 40,000 readings in 2,000 batches; connection via USB or Bluetooth to Android and iPhone mobile devices; manual or automatic test limits with Differential Mode, provides Pass/Fail and variation from approved gloss values; test limits set on one gauge can be transferred via ElcoMaster software to any other gauge.

EMI Mills, Inc.
Grayslake, IL, USA
Fax: 847-548-0099
Email: sales@EMImills.com

• EMI Mini Mill

The New EMI Mini Mills are excellent for testing realistic dispersion samples by wet milling and fine grinding small amounts of raw materials. Testing will help predict results before large volumes of materials are purchased and used, shortening the time it takes to bring new products to the market. Color strength, gloss, transparency and stability are a few of the parameters that can be developed through this process. In addition quality control and technical service work can be completed. Shorten the time required to evaluate raw materials through efficient testing. Contact EMImills for details and to arrange a trial. 

EYE Applied Optix
Mentor, OH, USA
Fax: 440-350-7001

• EYE SUV-W161 Highly Accelerated Material Testing Chamber

The new EYE SUV-W161 Super Acceleration UV Durability Test Chamber from EYE Applied Optix is suitable for the development and testing of pigments, polymer materials, fibers and plastics. It delivers 30 times natural sunlight UV energy to generate acceleration factors more than 10 times typical xenon chambers, facilitating rapid product development. Special filters correct the spectrum to cut UV radiation below 295Nm (energy not present in natural sunlight). Users can program rain simulation, temperature, UV power and humidity, and create custom test cycles. The new chamber also has a built in datalogger for data storage and simple transfer to common programs such as MS-Excel.

Freeman Technology Ltd.
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Fax: 44-0-1684-851552
Email: info@freemantech.co.uk

• FT4 Power Rheometer

The FT4 Powder Rheometer from Freeman Technology is a universal powder tester. It uses patented dynamic methodology, a fully automated shear cell and several bulk property tests, including density, compressibility and permeability to quantify powder properties in terms of flow and processability. FT4 Powder Rheometers are installed around the world in a diverse range of industries including chemical, pharmaceutical, toners, foods, powder coatings, metals, ceramics, cosmetics and many others. They deliver data that maximize process and product understanding, accelerating R&D and formulation towards successful commercialization, and supporting the long term optimization of powder processes.

Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc.
Pompano Beach, FL, USA
954-946-9454 or 800-762-2478
Fax: 954-946-9309 

• IQ FLEX 20

The Rhopoint IQ Gloss-Haze-DOI-Goniophotometer has been established as the reference instrument for measuring reflective appearance like gloss, haze, distinctiveness of image (DOI) & goniophotometer curves. In a single fast measurement it captures information about the gloss and texture on a sample surface. Combined gloss, haze and orange peel (DOI/RIQ values) information has made the IQ essential for controlling appearance finish in the paints and coatings sector, particularly for automotive and marine coatings. Previously only available for measuring flat surfaces, this technology is now available in a new format specifically designed for curved surfaces, small and delicate parts and in-line measurement.

PCT Engineered Systems
Davenport, IA, USA
Fax: 563-285-7433
E-Mail:  sales@teampct.com

• EBLab

The EBLab allows colleges, laboratories, and company research and development departments to harness electron beam (EB) technology for the testing and evolution of new products and processes in a controlled environment. EBLab also enables production facilities the opportunity to execute on-site ‘spot checks’ for EB-related quality assurance and continued product optimization.  Using sealed emitter technology, the EBLab is compact, flexible, and easy to use.  Manufactured by COMET Technologies in Switzerland, the EBLab is available in North and South America exclusively through PCT Engineered Systems, a global leader in the development and manufacture of the BroadBeamTM line of electron beam systems. 

Q-Lab Corporation
Westlake, OH, USA
Fax: 440-835-8738
Email: info@q-lab.com

• Q-FOG CRH Cyclic Corrosion Tester

The Q-FOG CRH cyclic corrosion tester from Q-Lab features RH control through the use of an innovative air pre-conditioner. Ramp times can be precisely controlled. In addition to atomized mist salt fog, the CRH model also includes an optional shower function. It also features an advanced cleaning feature for spray nozzles that prevents clogging frequently found in competitive chambers.
Q-FOG CRH corrosion testers can perform traditional salt spray and Prohesion and meet most major international and automotive corrosion test standards (including GMW 14872, SAE J2334, and more from Ford, ISO, GB/T, VW, Volvo, etc.)

RK PrintCoat Instruments Ltd.
Royston, United Kingdom
Fax: 44-0-1763 852502
Email: sales@rkprint.com

• VCM/L – Lab/Pilot Coater

The VCM/L – Lab/Pilot Coater is designed to print, coat and laminate all types of flexible webs such as papers, films, and metallic foils on a reel-to-reel basis. With the ability to apply various coatings such as inks, paints, varnishes, adhesives both solvent and water based, by various application methods, this makes the VCML particularly useful for product development, quality control and small scale production for low volume of a specialised product.

TQC bv
Capelle aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands
Fax: 31-10-7900-129
Email: info@tqc.eu

• CureView Thermal Test Centre

CureView is a test panel gradient oven equipped with 32 individually controlled IR-heaters. The system makes it possible for researchers and qc-personnel to test coatings, raw materials and chemicals at different temperature levels in one test.

Typical applications of TQC CureView include testing heat exposure, thermal cure, thermal stability, and chemical resistivity at elevated temperatures for resins, additives, pigments, powder coatings, paint & lacquers, silicones, etc. (Photo shows a prototype.)

Union Process, Inc.
Akron, OH, USA
Fax: 330-929-3034
Email: unionprocess@unionprocess.com

Original inventors of Attritor ball milling technology; Union Process manufactures a broad line of size reduction equipment including wet, dry, inert, and/or cryogenic grinding Attritors as well as the ultra-fine horizontal bead milling system (DMQX-series) in both laboratory and production scale sizes.  We also offer a wide range of top quality (tested and verified) steel or metal-free grinding medias, and OEM spare parts for your mill. 

Lab Services include lab and pilot plant R&D testing, toll milling/manufacturing, Attritor refurbishing, process optimization, and particle characterization services. 

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