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The testing times is a blogspot from Tinius Olsen. It is a record of some of the interesting custom made testing products and gripping solutions which the Design Engineers have developed within Tinius Olsen.

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Expanded Testing of Extruded Aluminum PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:21

A major producer of extruded aluminum components for a broad range of automotive applications has just invested in another Super L hydraulic tensile tester. Aluminum offers benefits for superior predictability and reduced weight compared to other materials, and aluminum extrusions are perfect for applications such as:

  • Structural/Chassis
  • NVH
  • Impact Protection/Crash Management
  • Powertrain.

This company’s Quality Assurance system is built upon one primary principle: one defect is one too many. Their ISO/TS 16949 certified quality system includes stringent process controls and careful cross training of plant personnel and it also means that critical production data can be easily collected and organized for various quality assurance submissions including:

  • Tensile testing
  • Compression testing
  • Flare testing
  • Fold testing
  • FAI Reports
  • PPAP Reports
  • Capability studies

This commitment to superior quality programs is reinforced by their latest purchase of a Tinius Olsen 60,000lbf Super L tensile tester. The robust, repeatable and reliable performance of the model 60 Super L is a testament to the primary principle of their QA system.

Charpy on Metal Pipes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:44

Cast iron pipe has long been the standard material for conveying water and sewage in municipal, utility and industrial piping systems. The real life expectancy of cast iron pipe is unknown, but is usually estimated at 100 years or more. The oldest operating cast iron main is that at Versailles, France, installed in 1664. In North America there are more than 500 members of the Cast Iron Pipe Century Club, a unique organization composed of cities or utilities that have cast iron pipe still in service after 100 years.

Ductile iron pipe offers unique properties for conveying water under pressure, and other piping uses since it combines the physical strength of mild steel with the long life of gray cast iron. Ductile iron offers the greatest possible margin of safety against service failures due to ground movement and beam stresses. Virtually unbreakable in ordinary service, it also provides increased resistance to breakage caused by rough handling in shipping and installation. The corrosion resistance of ductile iron pipe has been proved in a wide variety of accelerated tests to be at least the equal of gray cast iron.

Ductile iron is produced by adding a closely controlled amount of magnesium alloy to a molten iron of low phosphorous and low sulfur content. These additions produce a remarkable change in the micro structure which results in a far stronger, tougher, and ductile material. In addition to the benefits of long life, corrosion resistance, high structural strength, and tight joints, ductile iron is also readily machinable, an important requirement in any pipe that must be drilled, tapped or cut.

To ensure that their ductile iron pipe consistently maintains its robust and extensive nature, a local established manufacturer in NJ has recently invested in a high energy Charpy impact tester from Tinius Olsen. This tester joins other Tinius Olsen machines in their labs as part of their continuing quality assurance testing regimen.

Tinius Olsen with SDL Atlas in Outdoor Retailer's Show PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 07:20

Tinius Olsen with its Global Textile Partner SDL Atlas revisits the Outdoor Retailer Winter 2015 Show, January 21-24, 2015 at the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah. Booth #155-519 is the current hookup place to catch the Tinius Olsen and SDL experts of Textile Industry; they will be happy to answer questions and conduct demonstrations of a variety of SDL Atlas testing technology at their booth throughout the show.

Textile Industry people can experience the live demo on brand new Benchtop 5ST series machine from Tinius Olsen. This 5kN electromechanical machine has advanced features with new controllers and various user friendly upgrades.


Another addition to the range of Tinius Olsen Powder Metal Testers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:35


An established manufacturer of powdered iron and steel, based in the south eastern US, has added to their already extensive QC department by adding a new model H25kS to their existing four Super L hydraulic tensile testers. This customer has been using Tinius Olsen’s Test Navigator software for years to control their Super L testers and analyse the test data, so since they are most familiar with this, they opted for an additional license to accompany their new H25kS.

A new twist on Medical Support by Tinius Olsen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:47

An established contract manufacturer that makes use of high grade materials, state-of-the-art machinery, and innovative team-oriented services to deliver everything from spinal implants, pedicle screw systems, implant-grade PEEK spacers, and other medical devices, recently upgraded their quality testing capabilities with a new 5kN testing machine from Tinius Olsen.

Of particular interest for their quality program are their implant- grade PEEK spacers. PEEK, short for polyether ether ketone, is a thermoplastic polymer that has various engineering applications and they use this colorless organic polymer to manufacture implants used in the medical field.  These are commonly known as PEEK implants and include minimally invasive spinal implants, lumbar implants, and thoracic implants.

The primary reasons why PEEK implants are preferred by medical institutions include:

  • Resistance to attack by organic and aqueous environments within the body
  • Robust character that gives them the ability to undergo intense precision fabrication
  • Non-toxic and safe for human applications

PEEK has become popular in the world of medical device manufacturing, but it also has uses in the aerospace, automotive, and chemical process industries, so the investment in a superior quality control program with sophisticated testing equipment adds peace of mind to their capabilities and reputation.

Electromechanical Tensile Tester for Composite Materials PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:07

Fine Finish Organics Pvt Ltd is a large manufacturer of a wide range of performance chemicals which are used in various industries such as electrical equipment, composites fabrication, shipping industry, defence, aerospace etc. This ISO 9001:2008 certified company is committed to superior quality, so  the company recently extended its line of Tinius Olsen testing machines with a model H100KU, an electromechanical  tensile tester with a capacity of 100kN, which will be used to carry out tests on their composite materials.

This new H100kU tester was supplied with Tinius Olsen’s sophisticated machine control and data analysis software, Horizon. The same software was being used with their existing Tinius Olsen testing machine, an H50KT, along with an environmental chamber which they already had in their laboratory. This company follows its own internal standards to perform their tests.


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