A Green Footprint for Your Testing Lab – Modernization of Testing Machines Reduces CO2 Emissions
CO2 emissions reduction and sustainability are two major topics of our time. With a testing machine modernization we are able to make a significant contribution to both.
The construction of materials testing machines is very robust and in some cases, they must sustain test loads of several hundred kN. The main components of the test frame are therefore steel and aluminum.
The test frame of a 100 kN universal testing machine, for example, consists of approximately 300 kg steel and just under 100 kg aluminum, the production of which generates around 2.2 tons of CO2. These 2.2 tons of CO2 can be saved with a modernization, since the test frame is reused.
By modernizing your testing machine, it is once again sustainable and equipped for future developments.
Potential emissions savings
|Modernized load frame||Aluminum component, approx.||Steel component, approx.||Total CO2 savings|
|zwickiLine||20 kg||40 kg||0.4 tons|
|Table-top testing machine up to 30 kN||30 kg||100 kg||1.9 tons|
|Table-top testing machine 50 to 100 kN||100 kg||310 kg||2.2 tons|
|Floor-standing testing machine >100 kN||100 kg||1,360 kg||4.3 tons|
Working together to save CO2
With thousands of manufacturer-independent modernizations, we have gained years of experience in the field of materials testing machine modernizations, allowing us to extend the service life of testing machines and testing systems from a wide variety of manufacturers.
The general modernization process includes updating the measurement and control electronics and testing software, and replacing the drive technology. The steel and aluminum load frame is reused and reconditioned or repainted.
Re-using test tools and specimen grips
High-cost components such as specimen grips, test tools and extensometers can be re-used after a modernization. Load cells are retrofitted and re-calibrated.
Therefore, even accessories provide an opportunity for significant reductions in CO2 emissions.