How to Pick the Right Material Tester?
Material Testing is a foreign world to many people and may seem overwhelming with the large number of tests and attachments that are available. This blog will help you determine the right material tester to fit your unique application.
Material Testing is used to determine the physical and mechanical property and raw materials and components. Material testing is used with a wide range of materials such as metal, rubber, plastic, rope, syringes, bottles, food and more. There are different options with material testers and the complexity of the information required will determine if a force tester or a material tester should be used.
Force testers are used in basic force measurement applications. Force testers can be mechanical or motorized and provide limited data. These testers perform tension and compression tests and are used if the main interest is finding peak load or break. They are commonly used on the production floor. Force testers use either load cells or a force gauge as the load measurement device. These types of testers are great for peel testing or simple break tests.
Material testing machines are much more precise and can be used for production testing, quality control, research and more. They can come with a single or dual column. The dual column test stands are used with higher capacity applications. Chatillon / Lloyd testers range from 225 lbf to 67443 lbf. Material testers use precision load cells and extensometer if measuring elongation is needed. Lloyd makes universal testers or application specific testers such as friction testers, polymer testers, food texture testers. The Lloyd material testers can be used in conjunction with the Nexygen Plus software. Nexygen Plus is a software program that has a wide-ranging library of pre-defined tests. The test setups are based on international standards and adhere to AACC, ASTM, DIN, EN/CEN, ISO and if you can’t find the test needed you can create your own multi-stage test.
Questions That Need to be Answered
- What application will you be using this test stand for?
- What is your budget?
- What capacity do you need?
- Will you be using this tester for future applications?
Five Things to Consider When Deciding on Your Test Stand Purchase
Once it is determined that a material tester is needed for the application the next step is to figure out which stand is best suited.
The main thing you need to be aware of when selecting a tester is the combination of the quality of the test stand and the software being used with the tester. Both of these need to perform stable and reliable tests consistently. The material tester will perform the test while the software calculates and records the data.
Will you be using this tester to run different tests in the future? By picking a test stand with a comprehensive software package, it gives you the freedom to perform many different types of tests than what it was originally bought for. With continuing changes to quality control checks, who knows whether you will need to run additional tests and by picking a universal test stand with software most all applications will be possible.
Ease of Use
Make sure you demo a unit before you decide to buy. This will help to ensure that it will meet your requirements. The Nexygen software will configure the machine to test according to standings of your choosing. Also, easy navigation and wizards make test stands much more user-friendly.
Secure the Future
Make sure you think of the future and what new testing might need to be done. Does the machine have the capacity to test future products? The load cells on test stands are interchangeable so if you go with a higher capacity machine then you will be able to accommodate a wide range of products to test.
Be Realistic About Your Needs
You may not need the most advanced machine for testing so there is no reason to invest in the most expensive model. Research what standards, documentation, traceability and reliability is needed for your application.
Selecting a test stand is not an easy decision. The Scale People have a team with extensive knowledge on test stands and we can help configure the right stand to match your needs. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions.