New motorized tension and compression force tester

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Mark-10 has introduced its new Model ESM303 force tester, a highly configurable single-column solution for tension and compression measurement applications up to 300lbF (1.5kN). Suitable for laboratory and production environments, the ESM303 is ideal for a wide range of tests, including break testing, cycling, limit testing to a load or distance, load holding, elongation testing, tensile testing, compression testing, and more.

Generous travel, clearance, and depth dimensions are provided, while single- and double-column extensions address larger sample applications. For convenience, the available FollowMe function simplifies test set-up via hand-activated force-based positioning; the force gauge can be either pushed or pulled to dynamically adjust the crosshead speed.

Various test methods may be configured through the control panel, such as force and distance limits, cycling, preload, and many other functions, all protected by a password. Up to 50 test profiles can be saved for quick changeover and reduced downtime between tests.

The ESM303 is engineered on a unique, modular function platform. Individual functions such as travel measurement, cycling and load holding may be purchased either upfront or enabled in the field through an activation code.

Force and travel data can be output to a PC for graphing and analysis using MESUR gauge software. For custom applications, the tester may be controlled from a PC utilizing a library of serial commands for motion control and data collection.

April 8, 2015 

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