Whether you are a new user or an experienced rheologist, the software is completely flexible and customizable to your needs. Using building blocks called ‘actions’ you can include instructions (written, image or video) and unique prompts to make SOP test methods. These give you complete control with just a press of one button – start!
A very clever and useful feature of the software is that you can operate in simulated mode. You can test your custom-made methods, practice with the software and analyze results without having to be connected to the instrument. The simulation will generate data so you can even check your bespoke sequences are working in the right way offline.
Complete Sample History
From the moment you load a sample through to unloading and cleaning, data is captured and stored within the results file. Comparisons can be seen before you even perform a measurement. Everything you choose to do to the sample is recorded with time stamps providing a historical audit trail.
rFinder is a helpful search engine within the software. From here, you can find previous results and reports, alternative table and chart templates, standard rheological analysis models and a complete searchable list of inbuilt sequences and solutions to problems.
In order to make sure you have full confidence in the quality of your ‘final result’, we always recommend viewing the live data which is reported in all measurements. For example, in a table of shear rates, the live data should show the stress and strain stepping up in a smooth, controlled manner. It is important to consider that this live data is what the rheometer is actually measuring, this is the data used to calculate the ‘final result’ such as viscosity or modulus. Consider live data as a “quality indicator” – good quality live data means good quality final results.
To learn more about obtaining good quality viscosity results, watch our most recent rheology webinar here.
Dr. Marsh is the Applications and Product Marketing Manager for Rheology at NETZSCH, based in the UK. She has had more than 10 years experience working with rheometry, thermal analysis and other analytical techniques having completed a PhD in Polymer Science investigating the miscibility of biodegradable polymers. Previously, as a technical specialist in rheometry, Shona has been providing international support to customers with her extensive amount of experience in a variety of industries, including the measurements of foods, pharmaceuticals, polymers, inks, paints, coatings, emulsions, asphalt and bitumen. In 2018 Shona was invited to become a council member of the British Society of Rheology.