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Software Functionality - a summary of the highlights


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Exponent is a 32-bit software package which drives the TA.XTplus and TA.HDplus Texture Analysers on which the Powder Flow Analyser is located.

The software provides a flexible graphical user interface to choose test settings and acquire test data in a real-time graphical display. Macro and spreadsheet facilities are built-in to aid automated data collection and analysis with a wide range of data presentation formats.

Stable Micro Systems recognises the need to constantly increase the capability of Exponent software by adding new testing procedures, analytical solutions and background support material. Exponent software is written in-house giving us the ability to quickly add required features suggested by our users. We constantly strive for improvement and pride ourselves on our quality of customer support throughout the world.

The following presents a few highlights of the software which can only be fully appreciated by a live demonstration.


Projects

TEST SET-UP AND DESIGN

Testing starts with your choice of settings. This will depend on the type of test you wish to perform.

Exponent provides you with a wide range of possibilities depending on sample volume, and the properties you wish to investigate.At the click of a button, your chosen project automatically transfers the required test settings to the instrument and loads the associated macro, spreadsheet and report ready to analyse and display the results once the test is performed.

 
Projects have been extended,
improved and made automatically
loadable from Help files.

Cohesion test

Configure test

Experienced users may wish to modify the test projects that are provided or design their own test protocol. 

Three test interface options are available depending upon whether you want to use the provided projects with recommended settings, make small changes to the test parameters with a 'Configure Your Own' project or design a completely new test sequence step by step.



Macros automatically calculate
the important parameters and
annotate the areas of interest
on each test curve.

ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION

Analysis is most usually completed by comparing the force work done or distance ratios, and these provide an accurate, repeatable and sensitive comparison of samples under the flow conditions set up by the Test Settings.

Exponent not only provides macros that are ready to use to analyse your data, once your tests have been performed, but enables macros to be written that can quantify almost any aspect of the Force, Distance and Time data resulting from the test.

The flexibility to perform such a wide range of sophisticated additional mathematical functions within the software is unrivalled.


Data collected from macros is dropped into 
a spreadsheet.


From here, charts in a multitude of formats 
can be automatically displayed or designed 
to suit your data comparison needs.

 

PFA reports
At the click on a button your 
test data can be automatically 
composed into a Report


HELP: within the software and online, we're always trying to help

Powder help menu
Help files have been fully updated to guide
you through your testing and analysis and
provide the background support material you
need to get the best from your instrument.

Cohesion test procedure
Each test explanation has been enhanced
to include videos of each test stage.

Published papers
Read about other people's experiences
and their data.

Test video
An extensive database of videos on
a wide range of powder samples is
now included on DVD.


CUSTOMISABLE USER INTERFACE

Shortcuts
User Configurable Shortcut keys
Enables access to features that you want
and how you want to obtain them


Dockable and Customisable Toolbars
User selectable tools layout

Custom menu
User Configurable Tools Menu
Create shortcuts to your favourite utilities
straight from our menus.

Workspace dialog
Workspaces
For saving window layouts in your preferred configuration.

Language Editor

One software version has all language options. Choose the language you prefer at the USER window.


DATA COLLECTION RATE

This is the speed at which data is collected during the test. Data can be captured up to 500 points per second (PPS). The ability to plug-in peripheral instruments is present in the instrument design to provide multi-channel data acquisition. This allows for many other measuring devices to be used in conjunction with the Powder Flow Analyser and their data simultaneously collected, such as acoustic emission, temperature, humidity.

 
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