The 5583 has a load frame capacity of 150 kN (33.7 kip). It can be used for tension, compression and bending tests. Load cells with ranges of 500 N (112 lb), 5000 N (1124 lb), or 150 kN (33.7 kip) are available. The cross head speed range is 0.002 to 500 mm/min. Accessories include wedge grips, pneumatic grips, compression platens, a dynamic extensometer (Instron 2620-602), and a 3-point bending setup, which accommodates specimens up to 6 in. long. Instron Bluehill software is used to control the test parameters, record and store data.

The Instron is located in Jubel Hall, Room 231.