For Laboratories & Production

The Technique of Splitting

The traditional grinding down of test specimens is time consuming, imprecise, and results in imperfect samples. Alternatively, splitting samples into layers results in quick and precise specimens for analysis. Splitting is increasingly becoming the choice of laboratories and experimental departments for accurate reproducible results. 

Materials are split into standard test specimens to closely examine and analyze their physical characteristics, and to ensure they meet predetermined quality or test standards. The analyses are often carried out in a company’s own laboratory, in independent laboratories, in research institutes, or testing centers.

In its simplest form, splitting means taking one layer and separating it into two. Irregular materials can be split to obtain a layer of the material in a desired and consistent thickness, and standard materials can be split to obtain a thinner material. Unlike grinding, the precision of splitting allows for layers even 0.004 in (0.1 mm) thick, depending on the material.

Splitting is ideal for layer analysis, which frequently involves separating a work piece into several separate layers for quality testing and assurance. A standard test specimen split from a certain layer of the source material and die stamped may be for example, requested at .08 ± .004 in (2 ± 0.1 mm) in thickness. Splitting ensures a sample of the desired thickness can be provided quickly and efficiently.

Applications for Splitting Machines 

Splitting machines are predominately used by laboratories in the rubber and plastics industries, however production operations also frequently use them. The machines function within ultra-fine tolerances and are used internationally wherever high-precision separation is a necessity. Hudson Cutting Solution’s Fortuna machines simplify the task of providing test samples to meet scientific standards and accuracy, and yield reproducible results. For research and development of new materials, quality testing and inspecting, or investigating complaints, splitting machines are the obvious choice to ensure quality, accuracy, and efficiency.

Various Uses and Laboratory Applications
(Ensuring accuracy to internationally valid test standards)
Automotive industry Material analyses of industrial gaskets and seals made of rubber or plastic (window and door seals, rubber seals for car windows, etc.), acoustic and thermal insulating materials, profiled parts, and drive belts.
Textile floor covering manufacturing Methods for determination of mass (to ISO 8543) and determination of thickness of pile above the substrate (to ISO 1766).
Cable manufacturing Layer analyses of cable sheets and insulations to ensure they meet specifications.
Water hoses Layer analyses for specification fulfillment.
Tire manufacturing Layer analyses of steel-corded or cross-ply tires for specification fulfillment.
Rubber & plastics industries Conveyor belts, high pressure hoses, and brake hoses.