Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Express Test, an ultrafast way to conduct high-precision nanomechanical tests on a broad range of materials, has been named an R&D 100 Award winner.

Recipients of these prestigious awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace during the past year.

Express Test is a revolutionary system option designed for exclusive use with the popular Agilent Nano Indenter G200. Together they can perform up to 100 indents at 100 different surface sites in 100 seconds.

For researchers working in scientific and industrial settings, Express Test affords unprecedented speed, remarkable versatility and point-and-shoot simplicity. It is ideal for diverse applications involving metals, glasses, ceramics, structural polymers, thin films and low-k materials.

Express Test allows the Nano Indenter G200 to be operated in controlled-force or controlled-displacement mode. With Express Test, area-function calibration can be performed in minutes, Young's modulus and hardness can be rapidly evaluated with robust statistics, and quantitative maps of mechanical properties can be generated in record time.

The 51st Annual R&D 100 Awards will be formally presented at an awards banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 7.

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