Royal DSM is a purpose-led performance driven global science-based company in Health, Nutrition and Bioscience with its headquarters in Heerlen, the Netherlands. The expertise of DSM in Material Sciences is what helps to produce many of the engineering thermoplastics, and high performance fibers that appear in products essential to our everyday lives - from cars to electronics, packaging and construction, sports and medical solutions and even life protection.
The experts of DSM use the most recent insights from both academic and industrial research, and make use of state-of-the-art testing and characterization equipment, to develop innovative materials solutions for future application needs. For the mechanical characterization and testing of materials, the company relies already for many years on the experience and expertise brought by ZwickRoell.
Within their labs, DSM performs a broad range of standard and non-standard material tests. This requires, e.g., the tensile setups to change configuration from a weekly, to almost daily basis and custom test protocols need to be developed. The flexibility this requires, is provided by ZwickRoell.
Over 20 testing machines and testing devices are used at the site in Geleen. Besides Heerlen (NL) and Genk (B) many more testing machines from ZwickRoell are being used worldwide. From some universal testing machines AllroundLine over Melt Flow Testers, Pendulum Impact Testers and Drop Weight Testers up to one Electrodynamic Testing Machine LTM. Since the beginning of the cooperation 25 years ago, DSM values its relation with ZwickRoell for the following reasons:
The testing software testXpert III not only offers DSM the possibility to export all measurement results in different formats. The integration of cameras is also a perfect combination for recording and synchronizing images and videos during the tests. Another crucial point is the flexibility to create your own test protocols with the graphical sequence editor.
The simplicity of exchanging components quickly and easily makes everyday testing at DSM much easier. The versatility of the different extensometers for different applications as well as the flexibility to set up customer-specific test setups in the machine and to integrate peripheral devices is not a matter of course and a great advantage ZwickRoell offers.
"We have been extremely satisfied with ZwickRoell since the beginning of our cooperation. The possibilities offered by the testing machine and the software enable us to adapt everything to our needs. And not only that, but also joint further developments as well as the support of ZwickRoell's experts - whether in hardware or software adaptations - constantly convince us," says Patrick van Soelen, team lead AC&T testing at DSM.