A new “intelligent” rheometer specially designed for industrial QA/QC labs that analyze the rheological properties of a wide variety of samples is said to increase efficiency and reduce user error as it adapts to an individual’s measurement routines and conditions.
The Haake Viscotester iQ from Thermo Scientific, Waltham, Mass. (thermoscientific.com), features a “Connect Assist” function that automatically detects the measuring geometry and temperature module, providing real-time feedback that makes it easy for users to set up sample testing procedures with minimal errors. According to product line director Brigit Schroeder, the new instrument represents a significant evolution in the company’s Viscotester portfolio. “The instrument’s new features are a significant improvement over the well-established Haake Viscotester 550, and signal our continuing commitment to excellence in viscometry and rheometry.
Several new options make the new iQ rheometer more useful and versatile that the previous generation. The instrument can be used as a standalone unit with its touchscreen interface or by using the unique Thermo Scientific Haake Viscotester iQ RheoApp software on a USB flash drive to provide extended capabilities. In addition, it can be operated with full software control from a desktop computer. The instrument’s “Temperature Assist” function in concert with its Peltier temperature control system allows users to measure the true sample temperature as well as reduce measuring time.