Instron Corp. (Canton, MA), a provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, offers the Extend Program. Under the program, the company can upgrade any material testing machine by replacing an analog control panel with a computerized control panel. The change extends testing capabilities and overall efficiency, provides higher productivity, ensures test repeatability and improves system reliability. The program features a digital control system that integrates advanced software with older testing machines to create a system that complies with new testing requirements.