Just got a bollus of new samples that need their viscoelasticity measured. The measuring is hardly the problem - it's when I have to do the time-temperature superpositon that I start getting blurry-eyed. I always do them by hand. Given the software package I am working with, the automatic superposition is passable at best, most often useless and sometimes you have to wonder how any self-respecting machine could crank some of the results out just that way. I suspect  that the software has improved some, so that if this old machine ever gives up the ghost  then my life will be simpler.
Let me show you an example. Here's what the raw data: Then here's what the automatic software shiften things too:
Look at that. There all sorts of slack that can be taken up. It's disgusting.
While the final plot that I made by hand isn't clean, (the sample was getting too soft at the highest temperatures and things got noisy) it is so much better at the higher shears. As you can tell, these plots were made in Excel which certainly is less than desirable but much better than the instrument's software, but that also then requires that I cut-and-paste the data between the different programs. So that's my day. After a running a dozen of these, I'm pretty much brain-dead.
 Hope and pray?
 Not likely at all. Rheometrics built the RDA II to survive a direct ICBM hit. It will be something for the cockroaches to play with in the post nuclear era.