BILLERICA, MA — Bruker has announced the installation of six UMT TriboLab Mechanical Testers at the Tribology Laboratory of Innovation SENAI Institute for Surface Engineering in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Established by Brazil’s National Service of Industrial Training (SENAI), the new state-of-the-art laboratory will utilize the TriboLab systems to carry out research and development of products focused on the evaluation of materials performance for resistance to wear. The TriboLab systems enable the new laboratory to test real-use conditions across an extremely wide range of industrial products, from automotive engine components and hydraulic pumps to cutting tools and aeronautical turbines.

“After our purchase of six UMT TriboLab systems we received visitors from large companies who were very interested to learn about our laboratory,” said Dr. Karyne Juste, ISI surface engineering researcher at SENAI. “They were really impressed with the large number of different tribological tests that we are now able to offer. Working in different market segments, such as mining, automotive, and aeronautical industries, our visitors also emphasized the great relevance of having these services available in Brazil.”

“Bruker was very pleased to help equip such an important tribology laboratory in Brazil,” added James Earle, vice president and general manager of Bruker’s tribology, stylus and optical metrology business. “The TriboLab systems that have been installed allow them to run a comprehensive range of tests, from nanoindentation up to high-load tribology testing under vacuum. SENAI is a very important reference customer, and we look forward to working with Dr. Juste and her team as they support customers throughout South America with advanced tribology testing.”

The UMT was first introduced in 2000 and rapidly became the quasi-standard for tribology and mechanical test labs around the world. With an improved platform offering many new ease-of-use and productivity features, the UMT TriboLab offers comprehensive TriboScript software package to allow users to intuitively program complex motions and to control applied forces with unprecedented accuracy. Modular environmental chambers can be added or removed in minutes to enable users to adjust temperature or humidity to simulate real-world conditions. Other features include an integrated high-torque motor, built-in analog sensor protection for increased safety, and a comprehensive range of accessories to facilitate a wide range of tribology tests. Only theUMT TriboLab system enables easy and accurate transformation from rotary to reciprocating or linear motion, sub-Newton to kilo-Newton force measurement, or environmental testing from room temperature up to 1000°C.

The National Service for Industrial Training (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial, SENAI) is responsible for professional and vocational training and also seeks to cultivate international business relationships. With the newly planned research institutes, SENAI intends not just to promote vocational training for industry and business, but also to promote applied research across the country. Currently, SENAI has a total of 26 innovation institutes across nearly all federal states in Brazil, with each institute operating in a specific technical area. The SENAI Institute of Innovation on Surface Engineering offers solutions for increased performance, reliability, competitiveness and quality of products, components and systems by changing their surface properties.

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