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The TA.XTPlus texture analyzer offers unmatched flexibility in what and how it tests. Now, users can have even greater flexibility to add video as part of their testing. The Video Capture and Synchronization System includes a specialized video camera and mount that attaches to the TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer and interfaces with our Exponent software. The new Video Capture and Synchronization System offers users:
The opportunity to capture product behavior that is difficult to detect with the human eye. Break down a product’s behavior frame by frame to analyze events that happen quickly, such as the fracture of a brittle product, or a test protocol such as a tack test where products exhibit unique behaviors as the tack probes withdraw.
Easy information sharing and collaboration. Instead of just explaining the results of a test, you can now share videos of your experiments with your colleagues and team members.
Faster and more efficient training. Training new employees on testing regimens is now more efficient because through the use of video, trainees can visually watch what they are learning and replay it as many times as they need to understand how to conduct their own experiments.
In academic settings, expanded opportunities for teaching and learning. With video capture, students can watch experiments and observe, frame-by-frame, how certain product behavior events match up with corresponding force-time-distance graphs. Students can also record their own experiments for their instructors to review.
How it works:
The video rig fits easily in the test bed of the texture analyzer. The camera is attached to a flexible arm that can be positioned above or to the side of the sample. It may also be mounted below the sample using a transparent plate.
Once testing has commenced, a signal is relayed to the video capture interface to immediately initiate video capture. The resulting video is then sent to Exponent, the TA.XTPlus’ companion software, which then automatically synchronizes the video, frame by frame, with the resulting force-distance-time data and graphs.
- Collect Video Footage at up to 50 frames per second (depending on the speed of your computer’s processor and available RAM)
- Relate graph events to visual events on the product-video is automatically synchronized to Force-Distance-Time data for replay frame by frame alongside your graphs.
- Associate video files automatically with its corresponding archive graph
- View samples or objects on your PC screen to preview focus and lighting
- Align very small samples or particles more easily before testing
To learn more about the Video Synchronization System, contact your regional manager for pricing and technical details.