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J-k. Francis Suh, Ph.d.
05-18-2000, 11:53 PM
Dear Netter,
I have received so many e-mails requesting to share the information about
a used MTS or Instron machine. I guess there are many people out there who
are interested in second-hand material testing machine.
Here is the summary of the information I have received so far.
Thanks to those people who provided me with the valuable information!


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J-K. Francis Suh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane University
Lindy Boggs Center, Suite 500
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel) 504-865-5852 (Direct); 504-865-5841 (Lab); 504-865-5897 (Dept. office)
Fax) 504-862-8779
E-Mail) fsuh@tulane.edu
Website) http://www.bmen.tulane.edu/~fsuh/index.html.
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Dear Netter,

I am wondering if there is any source available, where I can buy a used MTS
or Instron machine. We are trying to buy an inexpensive (preferably used)
MTS or Instron machine for our undergraduate class, which could be happily
beat up by inexperienced undergraduate students during their Biomechanics Lab

I would appreciate any kinds of information about used MTS or Instron


My firm offers a line of low force (100 to 2000 pounds) tensile test
machines. They are designed with a wide array of features attractive to the
biomechanics market, and can be purchased with or without advanced PC based
controls. A complete selection of accessories such as grips and
extensometers is available. Systems and accessories are all at prices below
typical market rates.

Please contact me if I can offer you further information.

John E. Hart
DDL, Inc.
612-941-9226 voice
612-941-9318 fax

Hi Francis,
We don't have anything used, but I thought I would let you know
that we bought a QT5 tabletop electromechanical system from MTS that
doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the more research oriented
systems. It's geared more toward quality control, so is more robust, and a
bit cheaper. (still fairly pricey, though.) It has worked well for us so

Good luck setting things up. I hope you find something good.

Amy L. Lerner
Asst. Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
215 Hopeman Building
University of Rochester
Box Number 270132
Rochester, NY 14627-0132

Phone: 716-275-7847, Fax: 716-256-2509
e-mail: amlerner@me.rochester.edu


If you're looking for an electromechanical system, try Test Resources, Inc.
They make nice reasonably-priced machines that are as good as MTS or Instron.

Hani Awad, PhD
Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
Duke University Medical Center


We currently have two MTS machines at Hopkins, and
soon we are going to start running them off of one
pump. So, we don't have an MTS machine available, but
if you need a pump, we have a spare.

John J. Elias, Ph.D.
JHU Biomechancs Lab
235 Ross Research Building jelias@jhmi.edu
720 Rutland Ave. ph: (410) 502-6416
Baltimore, MD 21205 fax: (410) 502-6414


Dr. Suh,

I have recently be looking for a servohydraulic test system for the
mechanical test lab which I work. I learned that refurbished test systems
can be purchased directly from Instron. Instron has a buy back program in
which they will purchase older model test systems and the rebuild their
control system with up-to-date technology. You might try contacting there
local representative. They (Instron) also has lease to own program with
their newer models.

You could also try Interactive Instruments located in Scotia, New York the
produce inexpensive test systems that may fit your needs. I mention them
because we have ended up working with them in manfacturing test fixtures.


For more used equipment check the following address and search under
"instron" or "mts"


Happy shopping!

Dan Young


Thought you might be interested.

Pls check out the web site:



Martin Lin

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