Materials Testing & Force Measurement

/Materials Testing & Force Measurement
Materials Testing & Force Measurement 2019-03-15T19:15:43+00:00

Force measurement is a crucial part of any quality assurance program in the laboratory or in the field. Kanawha Scales & Systems is a preferred distributor of Starrett precision tools and instruments. Starrett Force and Material test solutions range from simple hand-held measurements to highly advanced applications with extreme accuracy.

Material Testing

L3 Systems are optimized for users involved with materials testing and characterization – the research engineer, the design engineer, the quality control technician, the test technician and others. Measure stress, strain, load, elongation, and extension. Work with easy-to-create test setups using testing standards from ASTM, ISO, DIN, TAPPI, or create custom tests.

Systems

L3 systems represent a new and easier solution for creating a test; performing a test; analyzing your test results; and managing test data. L3 systems meet the requirements of today’s research scientist, design engineer, quality manager or technician responsible for material characterization, verification and validation.

Load Cell Sensors

Starrett offers a full range of precision load cell sensors for material testing, force analysis and force measurement applications. Starrett load cells are compliant with IEEE 1451.4 and meet or exceed ASTM E4, BS 1610, ISO 7500-1 and EN 10002-2. Measurement accuracies of ±0.5% of reading down to 1/100 of sensor capacity may be achieved. Sensors are supplied with a NIST-traceable Certificate of Calibration. Sensors may be used on L2, S2, L2 Plus or L3 Systems.

Entry-Level Force Measurement

Starrett L1 Force Measurement Systems comprise our innovative, entry-level computer-based force testing solution. Optimized for production and quality control testing, they are easy to setup, operate and maintain. L1 Systems can be used to perform a wide variety of testing methods including Load Limit Testing, Distance Limit Testing, Break Limit Testing, Cyclic Count Testing, Cyclic Duration Testing, Constant Load Testing and Constant Distance Testing.

L1 Hand-Held Force Gages

Starrett digital force gages can be used as handheld force gages for basic applications or as a force sensor when used with a FMM Digital Force Tester, MTL and MTH Manual Tester.

L1 Digital Force Testing Systems

FMM testers are available in three capacities: 110lbf (500N), 330lbf (1500N) and 550lbf (2500N). Two travel lengths are available for all capacities: standard travel at 20″ (508mm) and extended travel at 30″ (762mm). Crosshead speeds are controlled locally and can be set from 0.002 to 40 inch/min (0.05 to 1016mm/min). A high-resolution OLED display shows distance measurements with accuracy better than 20µm (0.0008 inch). Travel limits help prevent load sensor overloading. Ideal for tension, compression, flexural, cyclic, shear, and friction applications.

L1 Manual Force Testing Systems

The MTL Manual Testers are single column, manually-operated force testers. These testers operate with a quick-action lever in either tension or compression directions. Force measurement is performed using a Starrett DFC or DFG digital force gage.

Systems

Turnkey system solutions for material testing, force analysis and force measurement. Our systems distinguish themselves from the competition by making it easy to create and perform a test and manage test results. We offer a full range of test frames, software, load cell sensors, test fixtures and more.

Advanced Force Measurement

Designed for professional use in production and engineering environments, Starrett L2 and S2 Force Systems are manufactured to provide high performance test frames and multiple levels of software capabilities to perform demanding force measurement testing. Starrett systems are sleek and modern, and designed for high performance, durability and consistency. The combination of frame, software and fixture options allows Starrett technicians to create a system specified to the needs of all engineering and quality personnel, research and design engineers, test technicians and more.

Load Cell Sensors

Starrett offers a full range of precision load cell sensors for material testing, force analysis and force measurement applications. Starrett load cells are compliant with IEEE 1451.4 and meet or exceed ASTM E4, BS 1610, ISO 7500-1 and EN 10002-2. Measurement accuracies of ±0.5% of reading down to 1/100 of sensor capacity may be achieved. Sensors are supplied with a NIST-traceable Certificate of Calibration. Sensors may be used on L2, S2, L2 Plus or L3 Systems.

Systems

Turnkey system solutions for material testing, force analysis and force measurement. Our systems distinguish themselves from the competition by making it easy to create and perform a test, and manage test results. We offer a full range of test frames, software, load cell sensors, test fixtures and more.

Featured systems we offer are Spring Testing Solutions. S2 Spring Testing systems are ideal for high volume production testing, quality control including incoming inspection verification and validation, and research and design engineering. Our simple, fill-in-the-blank test setups let you test and validate your springs in as few as three steps allowing your testing to be performed in seconds. Learn more about Spring Testing Solutions.

Grips Fixtures

We offer a full range of test fixtures, grips, and accessories. Test fixtures are compatible with all Starrett systems and test frames. Starrett can also engineer and supply custom test fixtures to your exact requirements.

Button Fixtures – Used for terminal and crimp strength testing. Designed to quickly change between wire sizes.
Peel Fixtures – These are suitable for determining adhesive strength on a variety of adhesive tapes, thin film coatings, copper runners and more. Fixed 90° and adjustable models are available.
Platens – Made from aluminum and steel for compression applications; available in fixed or self-leveling for soft samples, cardboards, plastics, steel, stone, foam, and more.
Pneumatic Fixtures – Pneumatic actuation is used to open and close the jaw faces on these grips, ideal for high volume testing and maintaining a consistent clamping pressure.
Roller Fixtures – An excellent self-tightening fixture for materials that deform under load, idea for flat samples, rollers available in smooth, rubber, or serrated jaw faces.
Rope Fixtures – Use these for testing materials like rope, cable, filaments, yarn and more. They are designed to ensure proper sample alignment and prompt a correct sample break.
Scissor Fixtures – A self-tightening grip with a large variety of jaw faces available, great for general purpose testing of elastomers, plastic, rubber, textiles and more.
Vise Action Fixtures A perfect easy sample loading option, these grips are tightened manually and keep alignment simple, jaw faces come in a variety of sizes and surface finishes.
Wedge Action Fixtures Designed for easy loading and alignment these fixtures can be equipped with smooth, serrated, v-notch, diamond-coated and rubber jaw faces. Wedge-action fixtures apply an increasing clamping pressure on the sample as they are pulled axially.
Jaw Sets – Equip your fixture with smooth, rubber, serrated, v-notch, wave and diamond coated jaws to suit your application requirements.
Accessories – A wide range of accessories such as thread adapters, couplers, extension rods and chisel adapters are available to provide solutions for any fixturing challenge.