We are pleased to announce the partnership between SI Instruments and InnovaTest Europe BV. Innovatest designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of hardness testing instrumentation for metals. Located in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, close to the technical Universities of Aachen and Eindhoven as well as the Zuyd University of Applied Science in Maastricht.
It’s here where new designs, new technologies and state-of-the-art firmware and video indent measuring systems for hardness testing machines find their roots.
A team of mechanical, electronic and software specialists are working continuously to develop new products that simplify hardness testing procedures or make an even better fit to user requirements. The InnovaTech R&D team develops and designs its own hardware and firmware applications. The R&D team also focuses on customised solutions, allowing the user to specify a hardness tester that fits perfectly for a particular job.
Mr. Roland Engbersen, MD of InnovaTest says: “While our history within the industry goes back as far as 1890, our focus on technology and progress in the hardness testing industry has significantly evolved in the past decades. Recognised and trusted by scientist, engineers, laboratories and the general metal and plastics industry worldwide, INNOVATEST products and services for hardness testing procedures are continuously setting new boundaries.
Test and product development professionals rely on INNOVATEST to create and optimize their designs. Around the world, test engineers in laboratories recognize our highly efficient hardness testing machines and software to be used for a wide range of components and materials. Whether your need is to evaluate advanced components made of steel, alloys or plastic, used for commercial transportation vehicles, air-and space crafts, bridges, or buildings, orthopaedic or dental labs, or you want to secure testing procedures for standard production parts or in-line testing, INNOVATEST hardness testing solutions make possible many of the innovations required by the fast changing world around us.
Our presence around the world supports customers with sophisticated supply chain management to obtain really comparable testing results, regardless of the location. For the most demanding professionals and laboratories, our new range of standardizing or reference hardness testers are no longer exotic products, but just a part of our general supply range.
We are very pleased to partner with SI Instruments. The technical expertise and support SI Instruments can offer our products in the Australian and New Zealand markets makes it a perfect match for both companies.”
The new Lafayette Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) System 01165, now available in Australia and New Zealand through SI Instruments, is an ergonomic hand-held device for objectively quantifying muscle strength.
The test is performed with the clinician applying force to the limb of a patient. The objective of the test is for the clinician to overcome or “break” the patient’s resistance. The MMT records the peak force and the time required to achieve the “break” providing reliable, accurate, and stable muscle strength readings that conform to most manual muscle testing protocols.
The MMT also features interactive menus to allow a wide range of options such as data storage, preset test times and force thresholds to be implemented. While powerful and versatile, the MMT is still small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. Its ergonomic design allows for both patient and tester comfort while easily conforming to manual muscle testing protocols.
The MMT uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a battery life of 6 hrs when powered on and has a range of 0-135kg (300lb/1335N) with an accuracy of ± 1 % over full scale. It is supplied with three easy to change molded plastic stirrups with pads, a power supply/charger, sturdy carry case and a Calibration Certificate. It is microprocessor controlled with an easy to read graphical LCD display with data storage for up to 150 tests in on-board memory.