Shimadzu's New HITS-TX High-Speed Impact Testing Machine Enables Testing at Speeds of up to 20 m/s for Evaluation of Automotive Parts and Other Plastic Materials

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In recent years, focused mainly on the automobile industry, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases where various parts are being replaced with ones made of plastic materials and highly functional resin-based composite materials, since they are lighter and offer superior workability. Since data related to impact characteristics and strength is used in safety simulations, increasing attention is being paid to high-speed tensile testing machines.

An officially recognized testing standard for high-speed tensile tests does not yet exist. For that reason, the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has been deliberating the need for such a standard. Shimadzu has offered high-speed tensile testing machines since 2003. Consequently, we have been promoting the establishment of a testing standard that covers high-speed tensile testing, in collaboration with Japan’s materials manufacturers, for plastics and resin-based composite materials.

Given this background, Shimadzu hopes that research and development into plastics and resin-based composite materials will progress, and the importance of high-speed tensile testing will become more evident in Japan and throughout the world. It is for this reason that we have developed this product, which provides for the acquisition of data with little noise that can easily evaluated. Shimadzu plans to promote this product to automobile manufacturers, materials manufacturers, and contract testing laboratories.