MultiTest-i
Twin-column force tester

PC-driven
MultiTest-i

The MultiTest-i is a versatile tensile & compression tester controlled by software running on a PC. The twin-column range can be mounted neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

A wide range of tensile grips, bend jigs and compression fixtures make the MultiTest-i easy to use for measuring tension and compression from as little as 2 N right up to 50 kN.

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Console-driven
MultiTest-xt

The MultiTest-xt is a versatile tensile & compression tester controlled by a touchscreen console. The twin-column range can be mounted neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

A wide range of tensile grips, bend jigs and compression fixtures make the MultiTest-i easy to use for measuring tension and compression from as little as 2 N right up to 50 kN.

Product image of MultiTest 25-xt high capacity twin-column force testing system with integrated console
Product image of MultiTest 25-i high capacity twin-column force testing system with PC

The MultiTest-i is a versatile tensile & compression tester controlled by software running on a PC. The twin-column range can be mounted neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

A wide range of tensile grips, bend jigs and compression fixtures make the MultiTest-i easy to use for measuring tension and compression from as little as 2 N right up to 50 kN.

 

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MultiTest 25-i high capacity twin-column force testing system frame/stand

MultiTest test frame

A motorised test frame driven by twin ballscrews featuring dual-columns and designed to apply tension and compression from 2 N right up to a capacity of 50 kN (1100 lbf).

Its versatile construction makes it perfectly suited for testing all kinds of components in a quality control or R&D environment.

Test frame

The twin-column MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt feature dual-columns containing twin-ballscrews, which are designed to apply tensile and compressive forces from 2N right up to 50kN.This ensures excellent rigidity and strength whilst their intuitive controls make them easy to use.

The quick-fit crosshead design ensures operators can quickly and easily attach new loadcells, which are 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.

Connect your computer
The MultiTest-i requires a Windows PC to run the Emperor software and control the tensile tester. It can be mounted neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

Integrated console
The MultiTest-xt is fitted with a Windows-based touch screen console. Connectivity is comparable to a standard PC for ports but operates excellently as a standalone bench-top tensile tester.

Force sensors

The ILC range of interchangeable loadcells are specially adapted for the MultiTest-i and -xt test systems. Plug and play for automatic calibration and a range of capacities for all requirements, from 2 N to 50 kN.

MultiTest-i 2.5 kN automated force testing system, sensor/loadcell emphasised

ILC Loadcells

The ILC range of interchangeable tension and compression loadcells is specially adapted to the MultiTest-i and -xt test systems.

They plug into the frame and their calibration characteristics are immediately recognised by the software of the tester without any input from the operator.

Each loadcell is fitted with a threaded hole or stud for connection to a range of grips to hold your specimens.

To ensure that you have the optimum selection to meet all your tension and compression testing needs, eighteen different loadcells are available. All loadcells measure from zero and cover the range from 2 N right up to 50 kN.

Loadcell capacity, range and accuracy

Each loadcell reads from zero to its full nominal capacity (listed below). Measurement accuracy is an outstanding ±0.1% or ±0.25% of the loadcell capacity.

Mecmesin issued sensor and device calibration certificates

Each sensor is delivered as standard with its own calibration certificate traceable to national standards.
 

Servicing and calibration

Mecmesin service - mobile and at home

Mecmesin also provides annual servicing and torque sensor re-calibration. Talk to one of our engineers or your local national distributor to find out more.

 

ILC (2 - 500N)

Features a loadcell in a housing with a dovetailed fitting to mount on the crosshead of a single- or twin-column test stand.

Compact design saves space and maximises available daylight.

ILC-S (100 N - 5 kN)

Features an S-beam loadcell beneath a housing with a dovetailed fitting to mount on the crosshead of a single- or twin-column test stand.

The S-shape allows a greater contact surface with grips to provide enhanced stability.

ILC-T (10 - 25 kN)

Features an S-beam loadcell beneath a housing with a through-hole to bolt onto the crosshead of a twin-column test stand.

The S-shape allows a greater contact surface with grips to provide enhanced stability.

ILC-P (20 - 50 kN)

Features a Pancake loadcell beneath a housing with a through-hole to bolt onto the crosshead of a twin-column test stand.

The Pancake design suits higher loads and provides greater overload protection particularly against extraneous loads.

Emperor™ Software

Emperor force test software splash screen background
MultiTest-i test configuration on Emperor software presented on laptop

Emperor™ Force software

Easy-to-use software with almost limitless freedom to design and customise tension and compression tests to suit your needs. Developed by Mecmesin in close collaboration with our customers, Emperor™ is now trusted by over 5,000 companies for the detailed testing and evaluation of their products.

Create simple tests for the production line and more complex laboratory tests to prove design standards are met.

Key features

Create

Intuitive user interface

Build test routines step by step

Favourite one-touch tests

Test

Real-time graph plotting

Display measured and calculated values

Clear pass/fail indication

Report

Standard and customisable templates

Print results to Adobe PDF format

Export results to Excel and SPC packages

Trusted by over 5,000 customers worldwide

Learn more about Emperor

Overview

The MultiTest-i tensile & 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 twin-column MultiTest-i testers are the perfect solution for measuring forces up to 50kN (11,000 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. The design features dual-columns with twin-ballscrews ensuring excellent rigidity and strength whilst their intuitive controls make them easy to use, even for novice operators.

The construction of these twin-column tensile testers provide the daylight and travel required for conducting high-elongation tensile and adhesive peel tests whilst also delivering the strength capability for high-load break tests on rigid materials . All models are ideal for general purpose testing of 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, engineering, packaging, pharmaceutical & medical, have all come to rely on Mecmesin as their partner of choice when it comes to tensile and compression testing.

The twin-column MultiTest-i testing system comprises four key elements:

Test frame

The twin-column MultiTest-i and MultiTest-xt feature dual-columns containing twin-ballscrews, which drive a solid crosshead to which a loadcell is attached. This ensures excellent rigidity and strength whilst their intuitive controls make them easy to use, even for novice operators.

Protective bellows guarantee that dust and small objects cannot become trapped inside the machine. For operator safety a range of protective shields/enclosures are available in situations where specimens may shatter or create projectiles upon failure. 

Designed to apply tensile and compressive forces from 2N right up to a capacity of 50 kN their 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. For higher load applications the loadcells are fitted with a simple bolt connection.

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.

Make use of your own PC to run its software and take advantage of its versatility to make it your ideal choice for tensile & compressive testing up to 50kN.

Loadcells

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.

Eighteen different sensors, all measuring from zero, are available to cover the range from 2 N up to 50 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.

Software

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.

Product brochures

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)

 

Key specs

Tension & Compression

Available loadcells (all measure from zero to the value indicated in the table below)
Model HTC 0.1 0.2 0.3 1 1.5 3 6
N.m 0.1 0.2 0.3 1 1.5 3 6
kgf.cm 1 2 3 10 15 30 60
lbf.in 0.9 1.8 2.7 9 13 26 50
Accuracy

±0.1% or ±0.2% of full scale depending on loadcell selected

Resolution

1:6500

Units of measurement

mN, daN, N, kN, gf, kgf, ozf, lbf

Sampling rate

1000 Hz, 500 Hz, 100 Hz, 50 Hz, 10 Hz (user selectable)

Displacement

Maximum displacement

see crosshead travel of test frame

Accuracy

± 0.013mm per 300mm travel ;  ± 0.005" per 11.8" travel  

Resolution

0.01mm (0.0004")

Speed

Range

1 - 1000 mm/min ; 0.04 - 40"/min (10kN to 25kN models)

1 - 400 mm/min ; 0.04 - 15"/min (50kN model)

Accuracy

±0.2% of indicated speed

Resolution

1 mm/min ; 0.04"/min

Dimensions

Crosshead travel

950 mm ; 37" (10 & 25kN models),  1100 mm ; 43" (50kN model)

Distance between columns

400 mm ;  15.7" (10 & 25kN models),   420 mm ;  16.5" (50kN model)

Height

1500 mm ; 15.7" (10 & 25kN models),  1931 mm ;  76" (50kN model)

Width

826 mm ; 32.5" (10 & 25kN models),  864 mm ;  34" (50kN model)

Depth

542 mm ; 21.3" (10 & 25kN models),  572 mm ;  22.5" (50kN model)

Weight

140 kg ; 309 lbs (10 & 25kN models),  285 kg ;  628 lbs (50kN model)

Common specifications

Voltage

230 V AC 50 Hz or 110 V AC 60 hz

Operating temperature

10 - 35°C (50 - 95°F)

Humidity range

Normal industry and laboratory conditions, non-condensing

Communications

Digital I/O

6 input, 6 output (TTL)

Output of test results to PC/printer/datalogger (MultiTest-xt)

Yes - Includes auto-export to Microsoft Excel. Also data-export via RS232 port (direct or via USB/Network converter in ASCII format)

Network communications (MultiTest-xt)

Ethernet RJ45, USB for external wireless connectivity

 

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