Malvern Kinexus ‘Redefines the Rheometer’
Product News Sep 17, 2008
Malvern Instruments has launched Kinexus, the radical new rotational rheometer platform whose development has been shaped by extensive market research and a fresh approach to addressing the real needs of users, the company explains.
Designed entirely from the ground up, Kinexus redefines the rheometer. It enables users to spend less time learning how to interact with their system and more time investigating ways to characterize and enhance a material’s performance.
Kinexus incorporates technological innovations in the most critical areas of rheometer design, from sample preparation and loading, through measurement set-up and operation, to data analysis and reporting. Adaptive intelligence allows Kinexus to actively guide users at every stage.
Fully integrated into Malvern’s materials characterization range, Kinexus delivers high performance measurement supported worldwide by experts in rheology applications, and informed by the company’s expertise in complex materials, including particulate, macromolecular and multiphase systems.
Two systems will be available at launch – Kinexus pro, a high end rheometer suitable for a wide variety of routine and research applications, and Kinexus ultra, for even the most demanding low torque applications, such as weakly-structured and small volume sample measurements.
• Applications-led interface
Kinexus is flexible and easy to expand, ready for further evolution as new applications emerge. A true applications-led interface revolutionizes and eases user interaction, bringing ‘expert system’ guidance and Standard Operating Procedure-driven processes to rheological measurement. At the same time an intelligent sample loading system takes all the guesswork and error out of this fundamental and critically important process.
Central to Kinexus is rSpace, an intelligent software system that invites users to work at the level most appropriate to them. This might be to solve a material or process problem with an application-led approach, experiment using a library of established rheological methodologies, or design tests from scratch for the ultimate flexibility in rheological measurement and analysis.
Pivotal to the new technology integrated throughout the Kinexus rheometer is the rMotion drive. This dynamically optimized motor has an adaptive air bearing that automatically configures its operation according to test conditions. Across all material types, from solids to weakly-structured low viscosity samples to systems with critical time-dependent behaviour, rMotion allows Kinexus to capture the true material properties.