CHICAGO (July 26, 1:30 p.m. EDT) — With table-top machines for universal material testing becoming more affordable, first-time NPE exhibitor Admet Inc. said it is gaining more plastics customers.
The Norwood, Mass., company, which got its start retrofitting and upgrading machines, also is known for marketing large machinery for testing metals. That may be changing.
“There's just so much more opportunity with the variety of plastics,” said sales engineer Orick Kelley.
At the Chicago show, Admet rolled out several table-top machines, grips and fixtures. The machines are used for testing polymers and films in tension, compression, flexure and shear.
The 560x in the Expert series has a stand-alone controller for cyclical testing that does not need to be hooked up to a computer. Kelley said the unit costs less than $5,000 and does the testing work that may have cost $35,000 a few years ago.
Admet also is offering a 760xx series that can be connected to a computer, for more memory capacity for test results. The firm also introduced a larger, 26xx testing machine.
The company was founded by Richard Gedney in 1989 and now employs 12.
Admet's products include material-testing frames, software and specialized control units. The company also retrofits machines.