A new piece of software, which is now available with Dynsico’s LMI series melt-flow indexers aims to simplify the gathering, storing and management of data collected by the system.
The LaVA Suite software is a proprietary development of Dynisco, a that offers measurement and control technology for plastics processing .The name “LaVA” stands for Laboratory Viscosity Analysis.
Since their introduction, LMI melt flow indexers have been recognised for advanced features that make them ideal for the modern testing lab. Innovations include an ergonomic weight-handling system, automated resin-sample packing, and improved digital piston-displacement measurement and a touch-screen user interface.
“The LMI is Dynisco’s approach to reinventing one of the most common pieces of equipment in any polymer laboratory,” said Joe DiOrio, Product Manager.
“Along with its ergonomic features, our new software turns a standard piece of laboratory equipment into a 21st-century test operator’s dream come true.”
The LaVA Suite software for the LMI is reportedly capable of delivering a wider range of data, dramatically simplifying analysis, reporting and archiving. It captures not only melt index values, but also shear stress, shear rate, viscosity and apparent melt density, while also recording testing conditions.
Dynsico claims the LaVA Suite software has the look and feel of applications for the latest PCs or mobile devices.
Borrowing an ergonomic feature from gym equipment, Dynisco has stored all weights in the unit itself, and changing the weight load is as simple as moving a pin from one slot to the next.
To avoid inconsistent packing of resin samples, which can cause data inconsistency, Dyniscos says it has developed an adjustable force packer that delivers a constant force regardless of the operator.
Replacing the vacuum fluorescent display, the larger, backlit color touch-screen allows for easier programming and viewing of testing status and results.
3 USB ports are standard with the LMI. One master and 2 slave ports provide all the communication necessary for networking LMI’s, storing data on a USB stick or communicating to a weigh scale or printer.
Other features include optional automatic cut-off of samples during Method A and A/B testing, and correlation of data to determine PET intrinsic viscosity.