What is an Upgrade or Retrofit?

Upgrades and Controller retrofits allow users of electromechanical and servohydraulic testing equipment to upgrade, or retrofit test frames with the latest and most advanced test controllers and software. High maintenance costs, increasing periods of downtime, and parts obsolescence are the primary reasons that companies choose to retrofit or upgrade their system. In many cases, reconditioning the system controller is the best choice, while in other cases, selecting the trade-in option provides a better solution.

How is an Upgrade Installed?

The mechanical components of the test frame are left intact while the old electronics and analog modules are replaced with all new test controllers and software. A field service engineer from TestResources installs the new controller on the existing frame located at the user’s site.

Which Test Frames can be Upgraded?

We have experience in refurbishing static electromechanical and hydraulic test machines and also servohydraulic fatigue test machines manufactured by Instron , MTS/Sintech , United , Tinius Olsen , Baldwin  and other manufacturers. Upgrades are available based on the type of test equipment you are using.

R Series Controller Upgrades for Static Universal Electromechanical Frames

Electromechanical test machines are dropping in price over time. Retrofits tend to consume on site labor which is increasing over time. Currently, the cost of an upgrade justifies a retrofit on test machines that are rated 100 kN (22,500 lbf) and higher. If your test frame capacity is 50 kN (11,250 lbf) or less, the purchase of a new machine is more economical than a controller upgrade, especially if you choose to trade in your existing frame.

2370 Series 24 Bit Controller Upgrades for Fatigue Servohydraulic Test Systems

Servohydraulic fatigue test machines make financial sense to upgrade because of the long life and relatively high value associated with the hydro-mechanical components of a servohydraulic test machine. With constant advances in electronics, digital controllers typically suffer from a product life expectancy of less than ten years.

TestResources controllers feature multiple high performance advantages including multistation and multichannel control. They are supplied with materials and structural testing applications software and a flexible test software package.

Machine Repair and Refurbishing

TestResources offers test machine repair, refurbishing and calibration services for our customers. We have been supplying test machines for almost twenty years and we make sure that once you purchase a TestResources machine that we will be here to offer the lasting support you need.

Why choose TestResources for your machine refurbishing and repair?

  • Our trained engineers know our machines best
  • Service is responsive to your time requirements. We will get equipment repaired fast so you can get back to work sooner
  • Detail-oriented engineers will make sure your machine is in top shape to get the results you require
  • Responsive phone and email technical support for as long as you own your machine

We have offered test machine repair for customers who purchased their machines over 15 years ago. Our products last and we will provide the support you need to keep them going. At TestResources, our technical support engineers are the same experts who repair the products. Call or contact us today and our experts will get you back up and running as quickly as possible.