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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Is Design Validation Slowing Down Your Time To Market?


Instron interacts with many new product development labs that have a need to validate their new product or component design. Often part of this design validation requires mechanical testing. We have noticed a common need in these research and development labs to perform rapid "what if" analysis during design validation. That is, a test engineer often does not know the test speed, end of test value, etc. before pressing the start button on their Instron frame. Often the mechanical test is iterative and takes a trial-and-error approach. This type of "what if" analysis can be accelerated by using Expression Builder-driven parameters in Instron's Bluehill® 3 Software.

Example:
You do not know the test speed or what maximum load you will need to apply to your product. So, you want to try several speeds and loads until the results look correct.
Add these variables as number inputs:

Using Expression Builder, select the number inputs appropriately for your test:

Now, in the workspace, you can simply type in different test speeds or maximum load criteria to validate your product taking a trial-and-error approach.

Using Expression Builder within Bluehill 3 should expedite your design validation process. To learn more about the benefits of Expression Builder, this video may be helpful.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bluehill 3 v3.51 Now Includes Torsion Support


As mentioned in the previous posting for release 3.51, Bluehill 3 is now available for use on Instron static torsion systems.  The Torsion Application Module is intended for use on static MT Torsion models. The module includes the Torsion and Torsion Relax/Creep method templates which are suitable for creating twist to failure and twist to a hold level type test methods.  Such tests are often required for wire, fasteners, components and tooling.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Major platform extensions to Bluehill 3

This is a release we and many of our customers have been waiting for. With release 3.51, lab managers can finally standardize on Bluehill 3 for all their static tests across all our current static (ElectromechanicalStatic hydraulic) and dynamic testing machines (Servo Hydraulic and ElectroPuls systems). Starting 3.51 Bluehill 3 can also be used to setup and run torsion tests on the MT Torsion line of testers. Apart from the platform extensions this release also has some nice enhancements geared towards high temperature applications and metals testing.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bluehill 3.41 is here

Bluehill 3.41 has new calculations in the areas of fracture toughness, enhanced user calculation with logic (or as I would like to call "user calculation on steroids"), new specimen protect gain to adjust the crosshead speed for automatic reduction of load after the test and a new criterion to specify end of test. Find more details on the latest features page. Also let me know which of the new features you would like me to blog about in my next blog. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Did you register for the webinar?

Register here to attend the webinar titled "Test data analysis for everyone". The first webinar will be on May 1st at 11 AM ET. We are having another one on May 22nd at 9 AM ET. Given the demand, looks like we may have to do more of these!

Monday, February 11, 2013

How do I recalculate in a Prompted Test

Did you ever try to open a sample file (using Continue Sample) to redo a calculation or change something like units of a result. I am sure many of you might have done it at some point. The idea is that after you make such changes you can use the "Recalculate all" option (in the right click menu of the test workspace area) to update the results tables and graphs. As a last step you click on Finish button to regenerate the new CSV files, report PDFs etc. It gets a bit tricky when the sample you are opening is run in prompted test mode. When you open a prompted test sample you will see a Prompted page for the next specimen and not the test workspace area (with graphs and results) where you can access "Recalculate all" option from the right click menu. Now you wonder how do I get to the test workspace page that allows you to Recalculate.
Till recently I used to disable the Prompted test so that I don't see anything but the test workspace page. Well there is a much easier and better way to do it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Videos to get started with TrendTracker

One of the cool things about the TrendTracker Viewer is that there are quick training videos (with translated captions) that can be viewed within the same interface (does not require internet). Here is one such example:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bluehill 3.31 and TrendTracker (Part 3): Eurotherm device integration

In part 1 and part 2 of this series I wrote about TrendTracker and the new control chart graph type in Bluehill 3. In this post I would like to talk about another significant new functionality in 3.31 and that is integration of Eurotherm devices for digital data acquisition and soak control. This significantly improves the workflow of setting up and running high temperature tests in applications like metals, composites, plastics and elastomers.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bluehill 3.31 and TrendTracker (Part 2): New Control Chart

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about TrendTracker, our latest software offering to accelerate data analysis workflow. In this part 2 and the next few posts I would like to talk about Bluehill 3 features that are part of 3.31.
Let me start with my favorite feature: the new graph type called Control chart.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Bluehill 3.31 and TrendTracker (Part 1)

I am very excited to present the latest release of Bluehill 3, 3.31, and a new product for managing and analyzing test results called TrendTracker. Together they make one of the most significant software releases in the history of Instron and the biggest in the last decade in terms of fundamentally new capabilities in control, data acquisition, ease of use as well as enterprise level results management for static testing. In a series of posts I will talk about these different capabilities starting with TrendTracker in this post.