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Mechanical Testing | Hardness | Scratch | Wear

Instruments | Test Modules (Nano/Micro) | Optics

Nanovea Mechanical Testers provide unmatched multi-function Nano and Micro test modules on a single platform. Each module is capable of indentation, scratch and wear testing with no need to interchange modules between tests. The Nano and Micro modules are designed with high quality leading edge technology to ensure data is accurate and repeatable.

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Mechanical Testing Instruments

Depending on budget and application there are three variations of the Nanovea Mechanical Tester.

M3 | Automated Nano or Micro Hardness and Elastic Modulus

M3 Mechanical Tester

The M3 is the first automated ASTM E2546 Hardness and Elastic Modulus tester on the market. It is easy to use with a touch screen interface and fully automated. 5 tests are automatically performed and averages and standard deviation calculated in less than 5 minutes. The M3 works on all types of elastic and plastic materials. Can be installed with Nano or Micro module.

The M3 provides universities, small R&D units and quality control departments an affordable nano and micro indentation capability. In the case of quality control multiple M3 units can be used to quickly and efficiently carry out testing.

Unlike the older more traditional vickers method of hardness testing there is no need to visually observe the indent. As a result a possible source of user error is eliminated.

Key instrument features:

  • Fast hardness & elastic modulus (ASTM E2546)
  • Fully automated with touchscreen
  • Ideal for universities, small R&D units and quality control
  • No need for visual measurement of indent
  • Auto calibration
  • Compact design no outside cabling
  • Ideal for all materials

CB500 | Affordable Single Module Mechanical Tester

The CB500 mechanical tester comes with a single test module, either the nano or micro and is capable of full hardness, scratch and wear testing.

CB500 Compact Mechanical Tester

It is equipped with an automated 50mm x 100mm XY stage and 25mm Z stage. A video zoom microscope can also be equipped and if necessary the XY stage can be converted to manual to reduce the price.

Additional options include heating ovens, cooling chambers, liquid cups and environmental controls.

The CB500 is ideal for quality control and research applications requiring one range of load (nano or micro). It is compact and robust, has a broad application use and has a low cost of ownership coupled with a competitive price.

Available options:

  • Sample heating ovens
  • Liquid cup for liquid testing
  • Humidity and environmental test chambers
  • Cooling test chambers
  • Video zoom microscope

Key instrument features:

  • Single nano or micro test module
  • Full hardness, scratch and wear capabilities
  • 50mm x 100mm automated stage
  • Compact and robust
  • Low cost of ownership and competitive price

PB1000 | Dual Module Mechanical Tester

The PB1000 mechanical tester can have up to two modules on a single system giving the widest most accurate range of testing capabilities available. This means that on one system you can perform hardness, scratch and wear testing at nano and micro loads with no need for manual hardware swaps (excluding basic exchanges such as indenter tips).

It is equipped with an automated 150mm x 150mm XY stage and 50mm Z stage. There is a manual gas-spring slide allowing you to increase the height clearance up to a total of 140mm for varying sample sizes. For rotative testing an optional rotative stage is available.

PB1000 Dual Module Mechanical Tester

As with the CB500 you can attach a video zoom camera. Additional options include heating ovens, cooling chambers, liquid cups and environmental controls.

You can even attach an AFM and/or optical profilometer to complete the capabilities available to you.

The PB1000 is ideal for diverse testing requirements.

Available options:

  • Sample heating ovens
  • Liquid cup for liquid testing
  • Humidity and environmental test chambers
  • Cooling test chambers
  • Video zoom microscope with objectives
  • AFM attachment
  • Non contact optical profilometer attachment
  • Additional height clearance on request

Key instrument features:

  • Single or dual nano and micro test modules
  • Full hardness, scratch and wear capabilities
  • 150mm x 200mm automated stage
  • Additional manual height clearance up to 140mm
  • Robust
  • Low cost of ownership
  • One of (if not) the largest range of testing and loads available on market

Test Modules

There are two test modules available for the Nanovea mechanical testers. The Nano, and the Micro. Both can perform the full range of hardness, scratch and wear testing so the decision on which module to use comes down to the load range you want to test at. Remember that if you purchase the PB1000 you can mount both the nano and micro module on the instrument giving you one of the widest load ranges available on one instrument.

Nano Module | Maximum load of 80, 400, 1800 or 4800mN

The Nanovea nano test module provides nanometer-scale testing during nano scratch, nano wear and nano indentation testing. It combines a piezo actuator, an ultra sensitive load cell and a large surface capacitor ring to give longevity, low maintenance cost and especially high accuracy. Everything in the module is vertically aligned for maximum stiffness. Because the nano module directly measures the actual surface applied load, measurements are made in a true closed control feedback loop. This allows the module to react quickly and accurately to events that occur suddenly during testing such as fractures or changes in composition. Measurement of the actual load allows accurate detection of the sample surface with no need for an additional mechanical reference. This is especially useful when working with soft samples or samples that are easily damaged by touch. Calibration of the ultra sensitive load cell can be easily done using a direct weight scale. This means that calibration can be performed by your own technicians on-site without the need for expensive engineer call our charges.

Nano and Micro Indenters

Key module features:

Nano Testing Modes:

Micro Module | Maximum load of 20, 40, 200, 400N

The Nanovea micro test module provides micrometer-scale testing during micro scratch, micro wear and micro indentation testing. It combines a motor actuator, a sensitive load cell and a large surface capacitor ring to give longevity, low maintenance cost and especially high accuracy. Everything in the module is vertically aligned for maximum stiffness. Because the micro module directly measures the actual surface applied load, measurements are made in a true closed control feedback loop. This allows the module to react quickly and accurately to events that occur suddenly during testing such as fractures or changes in composition. Measurement of the actual load allows accurate detection of the sample surface with no need for an additional mechanical reference. This is especially useful when working with soft samples or samples that are easily damaged by touch. Calibration of the ultra sensitive load cell can be easily done using a direct weight scale. This means that calibration can be performed by your own technicians on-site without the need for expensive engineer call our charges.

Micro Testing Modes:

Optics

On both the CB500 and PB1000 there is the option to include microscope video imaging. The system is precisely calibrated to ensure precise repositioning between the microscope and the indenter. Objectives of up to 100x are available allowing a maximum magnification of 2000X (camera base zoom, x objective x video magnification). Broadview map selection allows the user to take pictures of the surface and then stitch multiple images together. This user can then easily select areas for automatic testing.