Shimadzu's New-Generation Autograph AGX-V Series Precision Universal Testers Offer Enhanced Materials Testing Performance and Safety

Autograph AGX-V Series of Precision Universal Testers

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) announces the release of the Autograph AGX-V Series of Precision Universal Testers. These high-performance materials testing instruments feature proprietary control technology for unparalleled functionality. The AGX-V testers are newly designed for optimal operability and ease of use, and are equipped with enhanced safety measures that protect operators and equipment. Released in conjunction with the AGX-V, TRAPEZIUMX-V materials testing software allows for easy creation of test conditions and data management.

At the heart of the AGX-V is a sophisticated controller equipped with dual microprocessors (MPU) and three engine units (FPGA) that manage communication, measurement and control functions. Advanced parallel processing and a meticulously designed timing protocol achieve ultrafast responsiveness and industry-leading 10 kHz high-speed data sampling. The result is superior data acquisition, phenomenal stress and strain control and outstanding autotuning capabilities.

The AGX-V testers let operators confidently operate the system. The smart controller automatically guides the user through the initialization process to ensure the system is optimized to accurately capture measurements. A new multi-joint dramatically simplifies setup, assembly and connection of fixtures to the load cell, allowing operators to quickly switch testing setups and load cells with minimal effort. An upgraded servo motor and the AGX-V’s intelligent crosshead enable quicker, easier positioning of fixtures for testing. The crosshead enables the system to track the position of fixtures regardless of the zero position, ensuring the fixtures will always be in the correct testing position.

Safety features include highly transparent and impact resistant safety shields to protect operators from fl¬ying debris. The shields incorporate an interlock function to prevent unforeseen accidents by stopping the crosshead during testing and return operations. The intelligent crosshead always recognizes its current position, so if an incorrect operation causes too close a jig interval, an impact warning will sound, alerting the operator.

The user-friendly TRAPEZIUMX-V materials testing software features user interface enhancements, improved data reliability, and new functionality. Users can specify complicated parameter settings while viewing the overall sequence using the test parameter wizard. Guidance for operating procedures is linked to the software help function and displayed on each window. In addition, easy-to-understand illustrations are used for test control, samples and data processing parameter windows, which makes specifying settings much easier.