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Modernization of Testing Machines

Allow us to future-proof your existing testing machine! A ZwickRoell modernization will return your testing machine to state-of-the-art condition. Take advantage of the wide range of benefits that await and extend the service life of your machine for many more years in a sustainable manner.

Our modernizations also cover testing machines from more than 50 third-party manufacturers. With several thousands of modernization projects under our belt, you can rely on the collective experience and the level of quality ZwickRoell is known for.

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What is included in a modernization?

During a modernization, the existing load frame is refurbished and the electronics, the drive and the testing software are fully upgraded. A modernized testing machine is completely equivalent to a new machine and therefore offers you the same benefits and possibilities. In addition, it saves you money when compared to purchasing a new testing machine and contributes to protecting the environment.

Reasons for modernizing your testing machine

  • Outdated testing technology and/or outdated software
  • Changing test tasks or applications, or integration of new products or accessories
  • Termination of support for existing operating system or measurement and control electronics
  • Long downtime and waiting periods for replacement of obsolete electronic components
  • Increase in operating safety requirements
  • Use of new digital tools, such as testXpert Analytics or remote support

Other advantages

Modernization of Static Testing Machines

Modernization of static testing machines

We will modernize any static testing machine, whether electrostatic or hydraulic-static and regardless of the year of manufacture. During the modernization, we replace the following components and return your machine to state-of-the-art condition:

How does the modernization of a static testing machine work?

In this video, we provide a step-by-step explanation of how a ZwickRoell tensile testing machine is modernized. The result: a state-of-the-art testing machine that is fully comparable with a new machine.

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Modernization dynamic testing machines

Modernization of dynamic testing machines

Whether servohydraulic, electromechanical testing machines, or vibrophores, our modernization packages consistently offer the right solution for any of these dynamic testing machines. The retrofit kits consist of the following basic elements:

Modernization of Automated Testing Systems

Modernization of automated testing systems

In addition to static and dynamic testing machines, automated testing systems can also be modernized. Here, a modernization includes:

Modernization of Third-Party Machines

Modernization of third-party machines

We can easily modernize third-party machines with our latest ZwickRoell testing technology, using the same components and high quality standards we apply to our own machines. To date, we have modernized machines from more than 50 different manufacturers. These include:

ZwickRoell Servohydraulic machine modernization of the MTS testing machine

Enercon is one the world’s leading suppliers of wind energy systems. To further strengthen their position, Enercon relies on ZwickRoell and the modernization of three servohydraulic testing machines from MTS.

Additional modernization benefits

Extension of the service life of your testing machine through modernization

A modernization resets the service life of your machine and re-establishes full technological competence by following four simple tips. How is it done? Easy!

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The modernization of testing systems reduces CO2 emissions

The reduction of CO2 emissions and sustainability are two important topics increasingly addressed around the world. By modernizing testing machines, we are able to significantly contribute to both. Let us show you how.

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Spare parts availability for 10 more years

Along with a modernization of your testing machine, comes our promise of renewed spare parts availability for at least 10 more years. This greatly exceeds common industry requirements and ensures that you can rely on your machine for the long run. You not only benefit from a new testing machine, but also our excellent spare parts service, customized spare parts packages and 24-hour spare parts shipping.

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Do you have any questions regarding our modernization products?

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  • Product Information: Reliable Service and Future Upgradeability with Current Technology PDF 541 KB
  • Product Information: Modernization Packages for Static and Dynamic Testing Machines - For Over 50 Manufacturers PDF 1 MB
  • Product Information: Modernization of Hegewald & Peschke Equipment PDF 304 KB
  • Product Information: Modernization of Static Testing Machines PDF 1 MB

Frequently asked questions about testing machine modernizations

A retrofit universal testing machine is a universal testing machine that has been returned to state-of-the-art condition through modernization. Whether static, dynamic, automated or other testing machines, ZwickRoell modernizes any testing machine and instrument, including those from third-party manufacturers.

Modernization of a testing machine includes not only the replacement of the electronics, but also the AC drive, the latest generation of testXpert testing software, the latest sensor technology and accessories.

ZwickRoell has modernized machines from more than 50 third-party manufacturers. During the modernization, we return your testing machine and the electronics to state-of-the-art condition. If you own an aging testing machine from Instron, MTS, Shimadzu, Hegewald & Peschke, Galdabini, Schenck or any other manufacturer, we will modernize it completely so you can continue running reliable and standard-compliant tests for many more years to come.

After ZwickRoell has modernized your third-party machine, we become your contact for any machine-related aspect, whether spare parts, software adaptations, expansion of your accessories portfolio or calibration requests. With the modernization, you have a testing machine that is in no way inferior to a ZwickRoell testing machine in mint condition, and are taking advantage of our comprehensive and outstanding customer support services.

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