Got an antique testing machine?

  • August 11, 2011
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August 11, 2011 - The Zwick Roell Group has offered a prize of €10,000 value to find the oldest testing machine (regardless of maker) still in regular use. As an added bonus, all of the participants' names will be entered into a free-prize draw to win an Apple iPad 2. Zwick would be particularly interested to find a functioning ‘antique’ testing instrument from the early days, although they know this may be unlikely. The proud owner of the oldest useable instrument will win a voucher to the value of €10,000, to spend on the most up to date Zwick system of their choice. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2012 and prizes will be presented during the 21st testXpo at Zwick's premises in Ulm in October 2012. Entrants should send a picture of the complete machine, a calibration report or video as proof of serviceability, and a picture of the clearly legible identification plate, directly to Zwick at The history of testing instruments is fascinating and can be traced back to the middle of the 18th century when they were first developed in France. By the mid 19th century universal testing instruments were being produced in Germany and the US by companies such as Losenhausen, Mohr & Federhaff, Amsler, Roell+Korthaus and Tinius Olsen. These were robust, reliable and set the standard for the next 50 years. Since then the field has expanded widely and now materials testing is an essential component of manufacturing, construction and engineering. About the Zwick Roell Group Zwick Roell Group customers benefit from more than 150 years of experience in the manufacturing of high quality testing systems. Zwick is the global leader in static testing and is experiencing significant growth with its dynamic test systems.  A financially strong and family run business, its innovative product developments, diverse product range, and global support provide tailored solutions targeted specifically at the needs of both Research and Development and Quality Assurance customers. Serving more than 20 industry sectors with 960 employees, via manufacturing facilities in Germany, regional headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Singapore, as well as offices in 56 countries worldwide, the brand name Zwick is a guarantee of the highest quality and support.  

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