The Client was challenged to create a mechanical testing system that ensured high quality testing data while also optimizing the operator experience. A testing system previously in use produced data with several issues that impacted the Client’s ability to innovate its future products. The system required safe, intuitive, and ergonomic operation with the capability to accommodate a wide range of test materials and forms.
The Andrews-Cooper team collaborated closely with the Client to develop the best possible system to meet system needs. The project team first visited the Client’s laboratory facility to assess the performance of the current system and to ensure project requirements were fully understood. Several design alternatives were developed, compared against the overall system needs, and fully reviewed to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the design would result in a successful project. Andrews-Cooper’s project team assembled the system, integrated all instrumentation, and developed an intuitive and useful custom testing software interface. Verification testing provided proof of a high performing and effective testing system. The system is expected to improve Client understanding of material performance that will enhance innovation and future product offerings tailored to specific customer needs.