The MultiTest-i tensile and compression tester is controlled by software run on a computer. It delivers both consistency and reliability by controlling the key test parameters of force, displacement and speed.
This means that the inherent variability found when using manual test methods is almost fully removed. It is relied on by quality-control professionals around the world to objectively assess the mechanical strength of their components, assemblies and finished products.
The single-column MultiTest-i testers are the perfect solution for measuring forces up to 5 kN (1100 lbf) on a huge variety of components made from almost any material, either during their normal operation or when being pulled/pushed until they deliberately fail or break.
Their compact design ensures they occupy very little space on the bench-top and their intuitive controls make them easy to use, even for novice operators.
The versatile construction of these single-column tensile testers means that you can test high-elongation specimens on the long travel 0.5kN and 1kN models, making them ideal for tensile and adhesive peel tests on plastics and rubbers. Alternatively, you can take advantage of our popular 2.5 kN and 5 kN models for general purpose testing of smaller specimens to determine their tension, compression, flexure, shear and fracture characteristics.
Whichever tester you choose you can be sure that Mecmesin will deliver you an affordable solution that does not break your budget. That's why customers from industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, cosmetics, electronics, packaging, pharmaceutical & medical, have all come to rely on Mecmesin as their partner of choice when it comes to tensile and compression testing.
The single-column MultiTest-i testing system comprises four key elements:
The single-column MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt feature a ballscrew-driven motorised test frame, which is designed to apply tensile and compressive forces from a few mN right up to a capacity of 5 kN. Its high-quality construction, manufactured under ISO 9001 quality standards, ensures the ultimate in repeatable testing.
When seeking to precisely measure forces across a wide range it is often necessary to use multiple loadcells. The dovetailed crosshead design of the MultiTest ensures the operator minimises set-up time by quickly and easily sliding on a new loadcell, which is automatically recognised by the software.
The base plate of the MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt is pre-drilled with threaded holes to directly accept a wide range of grips and fixtures. It also accepts the quick-change (QC) adaptors which speed up the interchange of grips when you need to perform a variety of different tests.
Its versatile construction means that the test frame has enough daylight to accommodate tall specimens and enough travel to measure the tensile strength of the most elastic of materials.
Make use of your own PC to run its software and take advantage of its small footprint to make it the ideal choice as your bench-top tensile & compression tester.
The ILC range of interchangeable loadcells is specially adapted to the MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt. They plug into the frame and their calibration characteristics are immediately recognised by the tester without any input from the operator.
Fourteen different sensors, all measuring from zero, are available to cover the range from 2 N up to 5 kN. This ensures that you have the optimum selection to meet all your tension and compression testing needs. Measurement accuracy is an outstanding ±0.1% or ±0.2% of the sensor capacity.
Each ILC sensor is delivered as standard with its own calibration certificate traceable to national standards.
Emperor software is at the heart of the MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt test systems. It runs on any Windows computer and controls the motor of the test frame whilst collecting data at an impressive 1,000 Hz from the ILC loadcell and displacement encoder of the frame.
Step-by-step test routines can be quickly and easily created according to the exact requirements of your testing procedures. The most commonly used test routines can then be simply selected by the operator using their 'favourites' button or from a standard drop-down list.
By plotting measurement data in real-time on a graph the operator can identify exactly how the test specimen is performing. Preset calculations are used to analyse the data to determine whether the specimen has met the pass/fail criteria of the quality-control specifications.
At the end of the test, the powerful reporting module within Emperor™ allows the operator to issue a test report as a PDF. Additionally, the data can be exported to Excel or to the network for further analysis by a Statistical Process Control (SPC) package.
Grips & fixtures
Holding your test specimen in place without it slipping is essential to obtaining repeatable results. Mecmesin has designed a range of tension and compression grips to hold a variety of components. They include wedge grips, vice grips, peel jigs, bend jigs, compression plates and many more...
The varying nature of specimen sizes and shapes often makes it necessary to design and produce a special grip. Mecmesin's team of design engineers can work with you to develop the best grip for your specimen and utilise our 3D printers to produce lightweight, precision fixtures to meet your needs.
Discover more about the MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt range of software-controlled tensile and compression testers.
Download a brochure for the PC and console-driven models :
MultiTest-i PC-driven (PDF)
MultiTest-xt Console-driven (PDF)