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SDL Atlas Offers PowerTear™ Tester

SDL Atlas, Rock Hill, S.C., has introduced the PowerTear™ High-Energy Elmendorf Tearing Tester for testing the ballistic tear strength of both fine and heavyweight textiles.

The PowerTear's microprocessor-controlled falling pendulum measures ballistic tear strength by generating a single rip tear in a testing sample. The pendulum features a digital display, and individual vertical and horizontal precision adjustors to determine the pendulum's center of gravity and make adjustments. An angular decoder is capable of measuring the pendulum's swing angles before and after testing to ensure a more direct and accurate determination of tearing resistance.

The Tester has a maximum capacity of 12,800 centinewtons, and higher-capacity add-on weights are split into separate pieces to simplify tester capacity changes. A large, heavy steel base plate prevents the pendulum's swing from affecting test accuracy; and an electrical clutch immediately stops the pendulum after testing to increase test efficiency and operator safety.

The tester's software is compatible with all Windows® operating systems and enables users to input batch information, remarks and specimen descriptions; include or exclude particular test results; and create customized reports.

SDL Atlas’s PowerTear™ Elmendorf Tearing Tester

May/June 2013