Bruker Upgrades Universal Mechanical Tester (UMT) Design
Nov 28, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Bruker announced at the 2012 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting the release of its redesigned Universal Mechanical Tester (UMT), which incorporates a range of new features.
According to a release, the UMT system is designed with a wide range of interchangeable drives and fixtures that allow samples to be tested under multiple wear patterns. The next-generation UMT now also incorporates a reliable optical profiler from Bruker that can measure surfaces before and after tribology or mechanical testing. Profile data and images, along with tribology and mechanical test data, are combined into a single software interface that makes testing and profiling one continuous convenient workflow. Advanced servo control and patented force sensor designs allow these enhancements to be achieved without compromising UMT's accuracy and repeatability.
"We have taken the leading tribology and mechanical testing expertise at CETR and applied advanced Bruker engineering skills to produce a streamlined, robust product that is even more versatile than its predecessors," said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., President, Bruker MAT Group and Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. "This platform now is backed by the full application knowledge and customer support of the global Bruker team."
"A key goal of the new design was to build on the legacy of the flexible UMT platform, which has gained great loyalty throughout the world," added Mark McMaster, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Operations of the Bruker Nano Surfaces Division and General Manager of the Tribology and Mechanical Testing Business. "The universal nature of the redesigned UMT tool allows the user to change the configuration in minutes, moving between different reciprocating or rotary friction and wear test setups, or even into scratch and indent test modes for material characterization. Our UMT customers are going to benefit from a new product that speaks to its legacy but also capitalizes on further advances and on our systems engineering competencies."
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