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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.
A versatile new PC controlled torque tester, the Vortex-i is now available in Australia and New Zealand through SI Instruments. The Vortex-i brings quality control measurement straight to the point of manufacture.
The machine’s simple set-up means manufacturers can test clockwise and counter-clockwise torques of packaging components, such as the application and release torque of screw closures.
The Vortex-i is designed for R&D as wells routine measurements, providing users with detailed results data, as well as reporting capabilities, if required. Users have the choice of viewing a graphical ‘live’ display of the test for observational purposes, or multiple test results in tabulated form, to begin making comparisons and, subsequently, to evaluate them in more depth with a choice of calculations.
Password protection allows ‘administrators’ to alter test set-up and template design, thereby avoiding any accidental changes to programmable functions.
With a selection of models rated up to 10Nm, the Vortex-i completes Mecmesin’s range of 3 motorised torque testing systems, which includes the basic Vortex-d and the tablet PC driven Vortex-Xt test system.
The Managing Director of Mecmesin, John Page, says: ‘Our goal is to make routine sample checks as easy as possible. We realise manufacturers want to make instant, time expedient checks on their products before shipment. The Vortex-i maintains a strong focus on R&D applications. Adding versatility, this motorised torque tester can also be programmed, for those occasions where special one-off test routines are needed.’