The TRIBOTOUCH hand abrasion tester is designed to perform real life testing of finished products or lab samples in respect of resistance to hand abrasion. The TRIBOTOUCH is set-up to exactly reproduce the complex chemomechanical system of human hand abrasion according to international standards. The flexible design of the TRIBOTOUCH allows various mechanical and chemical options.

The state of the art design of the TRIBOTOUCH produces highly reproducible results. The motion of the piston (artificial finger) is electronically controlled to ensure repeatability. The selected components of the TRIBOTOUCH guarantee high reliability by low maintenance.

Tribotron of Switzerland specialise in innovative methods for surface and material testing. They operate a testing and demonstration lab in St.Gallen.


The Test Method

When humans touch a surface they expect a feedback. Our fingers are not sensitive in regards of pressure, however they are very sensitive for shear and friction. Therefore, when we need feedback from a surface we always perform a sliding motion by touching a surface.

The TRIBOTOUCH exactly reproduces the act of a human touch on the surface. The piston moves with an 45° angle and normed speed onto the surface. After touching the surface the piston slides a predefined distance along the surface.

The human hand consists of a visco elastic material containing a rough and structured surface. The visco-elasticity of the finger is reproduced by a silicone material, the structure of the skin is simulated by a normed cotton textile. In addition, sweat or hand cream can be added to create a severe chemical environment.


Standard fabric Simulation of human skin acc.

ISO 12947-1/IEC 68-2-70

Dirt affinity

Simulation of soiling of materials.

Cotton soiled with carbon back/oil (IEC).

Abrasion of leather
Simulation of rub resistance of leather.

Standard wool felt.

Abrasion Pads Simulation of high-abrasive mechanical wear.
Abrasion Pad Scotch test Simulation of abrasion with scotch pads.
Artificial Sweat Artificial Sweat according to DIN ISO 9022-12.
Hand cream / Sun lotion Hand cream and Sun lotion according to customer specification.

More options on request.

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Industries & Applications

Transport & Mobility Road vehicles


Rail vehicles


Construction vehicles

Entertainment & Communication Telephones

Music systems

Control panels



Medicine & Pharma Labels



Control panels

Syringes & ampoules

White Goods & Household Appliances Washing machines


Vacuum cleaner


Food processors

Security Banknotes

Credit cards

Safety elements

Loyalty cards


Watches & Jewellery Watch straps

Finger rings

Fitness trackers


Bath & Sanitary Actuating plates



Electrical Industry Light switch


Cover frame

Intercom systems


Technical Specification

Normal Load 1, 5, 10N (30N optional)
Frication Path 1-40mm
Number of Cycles 1-100 million
Fluid Feed Cyclic
Fabric Feed Cyclic
Power Supply 110V/230V
Weight 95kg
International Norm IEC 60068-2-70
European Norm EN 60068-2-70

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