Foundrax’s revolutionary, automatic indentation measurement microscope – the ‘BRINtronic’® – has been available for many years as an integral part of our Brinell testing machines and as a separate portable system. The assurance that the BRINtronic gives users is enormously valuable: Operator read errors – even with highly competent technicians working with good illumination – are a feature of manual microscopes and the consequences (a wrong hardness rating) can be serious in many applications. For this reason, the separate BRINtronic microscope is used all over the world and has been the subject of continuous research and development in Foundrax’s electronics laboratory.
In 2021 the BRINtronic NEO was launched. The culmination of many months of R&D, the Neo offers the functionality of its stable mates but in a kit that has been vastly reduced in size and weight (the latter reduction being 7kg). Battery life has also been extended considerably. In fact the BRINtronic project was such a success that its leader was promoted to Head of R&D on his predecessor’s retirement. As with all the BRINtronic models, the microscope itself – the tube and its lenses – is of very rugged construction, which is important in a steel works environment, and is connected to the ‘box of tricks’ by an armoured power and data cable. And it is armoured, not just braided.
Best of all, the BRINtronic NEO requires fewer than ten minutes of instruction, even to familiarize operators with the menu for setting up batch testing and the automatic uploading of test results to company systems.