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Point Semantics Corporation (PSC), a startup commercializing technology licensed from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (US-NRL), today announced its entry into the structural materials testing marketplace with the release of its first product.

The company’s MVE-100 High Performance Machine Vision Extensometer is meant for measuring elongation, strain and crack opening displacement during testing of metal alloys, plastics, composites, elastomers, and other materials.

"Advanced computer vision is revolutionizing so many industries right now and combined with sophisticated processing is producing breakthroughs in strain metrology,” said CEO, Chris Vizas. "PSC’s technology is going to be a materials testing game changer, enabling tests that previously weren’t possible.”

The MVE-100 is priced competitively with conventional contact extensometers, but offers distinct advantages, beyond being non-contacting. Most importantly, Point Semantics’ extensometer measures elongation, strain and crack opening displacement with much higher accuracy, precision, and efficiency for a wide range of strain rates. It provides 6 analog inputs and 4 outputs, strobing for controlling external devices, and internal and external triggering capabilities. Additionally, it measures the total as well as the horizontal and vertical components of elongation between two arbitrary points.

"Our extensometer can measure strain in a deforming specimen or structure while it is being stretched more than twenty times its initial length," said Dr. Iliopoulos, PSC’s CTO. "And it can perform measurements with precision of plus or minus thirty μStrain or three μStrain when the proprietary tMarch™ technology is enabled."

PSC’s extensometer comes with everything needed to capture the data and export the results, including an integrated computer processor and control unit, digital camera and lens optimized for the user application, LED lighting source, support fixtures, tripod, and shock-absorbing storage case. Testing set up is quick and only requires that the user marks two dots on the surface of the specimen or other deforming component and points the camera and a lighting source at it.

PSC’s Ariston-EX™ software is then used to capture and display extension or strain or crack opening displacement histories as function of loading as well as stress-strain curves (when load-cell data are acquired through the analog input interface) in real time. The MVE-100 is currently evaluated under the ASTM E83 and ISO 9513 calibration standards.

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