Zwick opens new testing laboratory at Ulm site

October saw testing machine manufacturer Zwick open a new materials and component testing laboratory. The laboratory is equipped with 50 static and dynamic testing machines and is available for pre-testing customers‘ specimens and for contract testing. It also acts as a showroom by providing a comprehensive overview of a largepart of Zwick‘s product range.

Taking as their motto „your testing situation - our challenge“, a team of qualified test engineers and materials testers perform wide-ranging quasi-static, cyclic and dynamic impact tests to customers‘ order in Zwick’s laboratory in Ulm. These include both standard tests and tests to factory standards and customer specifications. „The new testing laboratory allows us to perform tests to customers‘ order even faster and also enables discussion of results directly at the testing machine,“ explains Wolfgang Kratz, laboratory manager at Zwick.

As well as static testing machines from 200 N to 1,200 kN, the new laboratory possesses a wide range of fatigue testing machines designed to handle large components such as goods vehicle axles. The modular portal-type test bench employs hydrostatic-bearing single testing actuators for dynamic contract tests and features a test area height of 2,340 mm and a clear test area width of 2,000 x 4,000 mm. The laboratory is also equipped with hardness testing, impact testing and melt-index testing machines. The extensive pool of accessories, including specimen grips and test fixtures, allows special testing requirements to be implemented without delay. The new laboratory will allow Zwick to cater for the increasing demand from the medical, electronics and composites fields, as well as tests for customers in the metals, automotive and plastics industries.

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