New Instron machine for BBA Test Services

New Instron machine for BBA Test Services

The BBA Test Services team have recently replaced their Instron load frame with a brand new 5985 model – with second test space!

Apart from the new machine smell, this model has some great new features.

Firstly, there is an increase in load capacity from 100kN to 250kN, widening the scope of products that can be tensioned, flexed, compressed, peeled, and sheared.

Load cell technology has also moved on since the previous machine was supplied, the three brand new cells in 250kN, 10kN and 1kN capacities offer greater levels of accuracy and stability.

There is also Instron’s latest software package, Bluehill Universal, this provides an intuitive and flexible platform for machine control while giving backward compatibility with our existing methods and test data.

To sum it all up…

Richard Beale, BBA Commercial Director, finds out what all the fuss is about from Mike Beale, BBA Test Contracts Manager

With increased load capacity, a greater level of accuracy, more stability and the latest software, the new Instron machine is not just a replacement, it is an upgrade!

In excess of 30 different product types ranging from insulation to membranes and waterproofing systems have been tested, proving that this state of the art equipment is a truly versatile and adaptable asset, perfect for supporting our client’s needs.

Snapshot of tests carried out

Broad type of test Material type Product Examples Specific tests
Compressions Polyurethane boards Cavity wall insulation Compressive strength
Expanded polystyrene boards Underfloor insulation
Extruded Polystyrene boards Insulation
Mineral wool board  External wall insulation, loft insulation
Phenolic foam boards underfloor insulation
Render External wall facing
Tensile Breather membranes Roof tile underlay Tensile strength, nail tear
Bitumenous products Roofing fabric Tensile strength, nail tear, peel, shear
Plastic sheeting Damp proof membranes Tensile strength, nail tear
Tapes Adhesive tape to secure underlay joints Peel, shear
Free films Car deck waterproofing layer Tensile strength, nail tear
Fixings Nails, screws or plastic fixings for cladding systems Pull-through, pull-out
Moulded plastics Underground pipes, windos frame profiles Tensile strength
Foil membrains Multifoil loft insulation Tensile strength, nail tear
Layered coatings Car deck waterproofing systems Bond strength, resistance to delamination, adhesion strength
Mineral wool board External wall insulation Tensile strength
Plasterboard Internal wall boards Adhesion of tiles to board
Glass reinforced plastics Cosmetic chimney stacks Tensile strength
Cements and resins Highway concrete repair systems Tensile strength
Bending Fibre cement boards Roofing and cladding systems, tile backer boards Bending strength, flexural strength
Polyurethane boards Cavity wall insulation
Expanded polystyrene boards Underfloor insulation
Extruded Polystyrene boards Insulation
Phenolic foam boards  External wall insulation, loft insulation
Render External wall facing
Moulded plastics Underground pipes, windos frame profiles
Cements and resins Highway concrete repair systems
Plasterboard Internal wall boards

 

This list is not exhaustive, it is purely to demonstrate capabilities. Please call +44 (0) 1923 665300 or email clientservices@bbacerts.co.uk for more information or to book a test.

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