Compression Testing System exceeds California standards.

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Along with PLC interface, SATEC(TM) Series DX Compression System is equipped with automatic exudation detection for soils and audio prompting for stabilometer testing for asphalt and soils. Test automatically ends when exudation occurs, and load results are instantly reported in Partner(TM) software. Continuously collected data offers real-time measurements and graphs via software, which provides one-step testing mechanism and color-coded results display.

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Instron Develops Compression Testing Solutions for California Test Methods

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has developed the SATEC(TM) Series DX Compression System. Working closely with several CalDOT labs, this testing system exceeds many of the California Test Method (CTM) standards, including CTM 301, 304, 308, 360, 366, 371 and 373.

The compression testing system is equipped with automatic exudation detection for soils and audio prompting for stabilometer testing for asphalt and soils. As moisture is detected in a soil sample by the exudation fixture, a PLC interface determines if exudation has occurred according to CTM301. When exudation occurs, the test will end automatically and load results are instantly reported in the Partner(TM) software. Audio prompting for stabilometer testing enables a single operator to run the tests consistently and efficiently. The operator is prompted with an audio alert at each load level when a reading is required from the stabilometer pressure gauge.

Partner software offers a simple user interface and provides users with a fast, one-step testing mechanism and clear, color-coded results display. Data is collected continuously offering real-time measurements and graphs. Additionally, Partner software stores the data and results in a database for easy access from other corporate application software. Easy-to-use customizable reports are also available for hard copy results.

Additional features include: an upper spherical compression plate with lockout ring eliminating the need for shims, an extended tabletop that provides extra area for placement of a stabilometer, and a single footprint design requiring less room in the lab.

About Instron®

Instron is a leading provider of test equipment for the material and structural testing markets. A global company providing single-source convenience, Instron manufactures and services products used to test the mechanical properties and performances of various materials, components and structures in a wide array of environments.

Instron systems evaluate materials ranging from the most fragile filament to advanced high-strength alloys, providing customers with comprehensive solutions for all their research, quality and service-life testing requirements. Additionally, Instron offers a broad range of service capabilities, including assistance with laboratory management, calibration expertise and customer training.

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