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Automated testing systems

Automated testing systems ensure compliance with the demanding requirements on testing and system operation. Recent years have seen a sustained increase in the number of tests required. At the same time, the demand for further reductions in specimen throughput times is as strong as ever.

ZwickRoell automation

With ZwickRoell automation, specimens awaiting testing are manually sorted into magazines. From this point everything takes place automatically, right up to sorting the specimen remains for inspection if required. This relieves qualified laboratory staff of routine activities, leaving them available for more demanding tasks.

Depending on requirements, additional measuring devices can be integrated into this sequence, particularly ZwickRoell’s cross-section measuring device with four independent, automatically applied measuring transducers for precise determination of the cross-sectional area.

Graphic visualizations transmit system status in real time to mobile devices such as tablet PCs. This allows full process control via all current browser programs. Visualization increases the efficiency of the robotic testing system by reducing idle time.

The modular design of the robotic testing system allows manual tests to be performed with the machine whenever required.

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> 600 automated testing systems delivered worldwide
>30 years knowledge and experience
Approx. 40 new systems are delivered per year

We support the latest trends in automation – for reliable test results.

Automation trends

Robotic testing systems for metals

Due to the modular design of the robotic testing systems, the required tests can be carried out efficiently and reproducibly. Customized solutions can be put together using standardized components. A team of experts ensures the high availability of the automated testing systems.

Robotic testing systems for plastics

Due to the modular design of the robotic testing systems, the required tests can be carried out efficiently and reproducibly on a variety of applications:

  • Thermoplastics and thermosetting molding materials
  • Films
  • Polymer foam
  • Elastomers
  • Composites

Robotic testing systems for medical engineering

Especially in medical engineering, where reliable test results are of particular importance, robotic testing systems can be custom assembled due to their modular design.

Examples of typical applications include:

  • Testing of autoinjectors
  • Dosage pens
  • Syringes

Robotic testing systems for textiles

Due to the lack of stability of textile specimens, automated feeding is a particular challenge. With the roboTest F special clamping system, even textiles can be accurately and reliably positioned in the testing machine.

Robotic testing systems for components and special automations

The robotic testing systems can be used for tensile tests, compression tests or function tests on components. Robotic testing systems can also be used for customized applications, such as for testing of iron ore pellets, testing in the hot cell, roughness testing or hardness testing.

Due to the modular design of the robotic testing systems, the required tests can be carried out efficiently and reproducibly. Customized solutions can be put together using standardized components.

Advantages of automation

ZwickRoell has an extremely large range of automated testing systems with a wide variety of features to suit all applications.

  • Thanks to parallel processing of specimens, ZwickRoell automated systems deliver test results significantly faster than automated systems with a conventional software architecture.
  • Graphic visualization transmits the system status in real time to mobile devices such as iPads.
  • Eliminating operator influence delivers high reproducibility of the test results.
  • Qualified laboratory staff are relieved of routine activities, making them available for more complex tasks.
  • Unsupervised 24/7 system operation ensures consistently high efficiency in the testing laboratory.
  • Main objectives of robot based testing systems: improve testing quality, increase productivity, maintain flexibility.

    Manual testing with automated testing systems

    With an automated testing system, manual testing by the operator is possible at any time.

    For manual specimen testing, the robot is moved to a safe parked position or the testing system is uncoupled from the machine. The operator manually inserts the specimen and starts the test from the testXpert screen.

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