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Testing Extruded Polystyrene Insulation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:25


Polystyrene insulation is a type of rigid foam insulation which is commonly used in residential and commercial settings. It has an exceptional ability to insulate against noise and extreme temperatures, it is waterproof, and it has withstood the test of time. These qualities combine to make polystyrene insulation an exceptionally useful product.

As a thermoplastic polymer, polystyrene is in a solid (glassy) state at room temperature but flows if heated above about 100 °C, its glass transition temperature. It becomes rigid again when cooled. This temperature behavior is exploited for extrusion, and also for molding and vacuum forming, since it can be cast into molds with fine detail. Polystyrene (abbreviated to PS) is used for producing disposable plastic cutlery and dinnerware, CD "jewel" cases, smoke detector housings, license plate frames, plastic model assembly kits, and many other objects where a rigid, economical plastic is desired. Production methods for these products include thermoforming (vacuum forming) and injection molding.

Extruded polystyrene is suitable for a wide variety of applications, both in building construction and in industry, but primarily as thermal insulation due to its exceptional technical characteristics. Polystyrene from Fibran SA is produced with the use of environmentally friendly gases, and in accordance with the European requirements for sustainable materials and can be seen in their signature turquoise colour. Fibran uses extruded polystyrene to create a complete energy shield that protects against extreme temperatures and maintains its physical and chemical characteristics even after having been exposed to long-term loads and environments with increased humidity levels. FIBRANxps thermal insulation is supplied in boards as well as in composite prefabricated elements, combined with plain or water-resistant gypsum boards, white cement mortar and ceramic tiles.

To ensure continuing product quality, Fibran uses a 10kN Tinius Olsen dual column bench top machines to test the tensile strength, shear strength and compressive strength of their extruded polystyrene products and has recently increased their testing capabilities with the addition of a new model 10ST.


Tinius Olsen at Arab Lab 2015, Dubai PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:05

Tinius Olsen Regional Sales Manager Tahir Naseer is representing Tinius Olsen Ltd in Arab Lab 2015. For the first time in the history of Arab Lab, Tinius Olsen has put an independent booth. Before this the booth was shared with our Saudi distributor Sigma. Arab Lab 2015, a major attraction for visitor from across the Middle East region, was opened on 23rd March 2015 at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre and will be concluding on 26th March 2015.



















Tinius Olsen booth is well equipped with all range of machines & equipment. On display are Compression tester and Marshall Apparatus from Civil Engineering, Universal Hardness Tester, the very famous model of Melt Indexers, MP1200; and brand new 5ST, benchtop tension compression testing machine.







How foam testing helps Automotive Companies PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015 03:31

Foams are widely used in the automotive industry to prevent injuries to passengers in the event of a collision. The use of foamed material results in a significant improvement in the passive safety of the vehicle, owing to their excellent energy absorption and dissipation properties. Additionally, they are relatively cheap and allow great design flexibility, as they can be easily modeled in complex geometric parts. Typical applications include door panels, instrument panels, armrest, inserts, glove box, seat backs, pillars, consoles, knee bolsters, water shields, air ducts and boot covers.


 Benefits of foam in automotive applications:

  • Product flexibility
  • Wide thickness range
  • Flame retardant characteristics
  • High property values at low densities
  • Special vacuum forming and press moulding characteristics
  • Thermal Stability

Foam being an integral part of human safety needs to be of efficient quality to sustain the damages. Compressive strength of foam is the most important factor which determines the sustainability of foam. One of the global players from eastern America has recently started using the Tinius Olsen H5KT machine to test the compressive strength of foams.



3D Printed Products Testing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015 03:41


3D printing has evolved from science fiction to science fact and promises to be an exciting and rapidly expanding market. 3D printing enables engineers to check the fit of different parts long before they commit to costly production; architects to show detailed and relatively low-cost scale models to their clients; and, perhaps most exciting, allows medical professionals to handle full-size, 3D objects printed from 3D scan data. There are also a wide range of educational uses. To date such products include automobiles, trainers, jewellery, plastic toys, coffee makers, and all sorts of plastic bottles, packaging and containers. Some dental labs have been using 3D printers to help create appliances for use in the creation of crowns, bridges and temporaries.

3D printing (also called Additive Manufacturing) uses successive layers of material which are laid down under computer control. The term's original sense refers to processes that sequentially deposit material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads. More recently the term’s meaning of the term has expanded to encompass a wider variety of techniques such as extrusion and sintering based processes and can use polymers or metals as the printed product.

As 3D products are becoming more common, one concern rises from the strength of the finished product and its ability to withstand tensile, compression, or impact forces of the real world applications. These properties are especially critical when they involve medical applications. To address this concern,  a recent start-up company has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and invested in an impact tester,  Tinius Olsen model  IT504, to ensure that the products they print can withstand the impact of daily life.

Tinius Olsen in MDM West 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 03:19


Tinius Olsen Regional Sales Manager for Eastern United States, Mr. Kevin Gerow along with Western Hemisphere Regional Manager, Mr. John Kraus is representing Tinius Olsen in MDM West Trade Show at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California USA from 10th to 12th February 2015. This show also marks 30th Anniversary of Medtech Innovation.

Tinius Olsen booth is equipped with MP1200, brand new 5ST Machine and Horizon software and HMC Controller, which is a highly appreciated unit by the crowd. You can catch these machines live in action by Tinius Olsen people in our booth# 2485.



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