FLUID POWER: Wilson Instruments, an Instron® company and the originator of the Rockwell® Hardness Tester, is pleased to announce its new website - www.wilsoninstruments.com.Showcasing Wilson’s brand new design and logo, the Wilson Instruments site offers many features to enhance the user experience. The site now highlights a featured product section on the home page that links to product specific pages. Designed to emphasize the machine’s features and accessories, the site incorporates full system and application-specific photos, equipment specifications and targeted accessories. The user can easily view comparisons between similar models to find the right one for their application needs.
Additionally, the new Wilson Instruments site features thumbnails for easy navigation; downloadable PDFs for more information; a literature library for the most up-to-date Wilson Instruments brochures, manuals, and newsletters; a resource section to answer all your hardness testing equipment and application questions; and a news site to keep you up to date with Wilson Instruments.
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