This year the Austrian manufacturer and technology leader EMCO-TEST presented the latest hardness tester for the metal industry: DuraScan G5. It can be used for a vastly wider range of applications. The standard load range is 10 gf - 62.5 kgf and can be increased at any time to 0.25 gf - 62.5 kgf. Within these load ranges, the Vickers, Knoop and Brinell test methods can be used to measure in compliance with EN ISO and ASTM standards. The force is thereby continuously and precisely monitored electronically using a series of electronic force measuring sensors.
Thanks to the patented rapid traverse for the height adjustment, the height of the test head can be adjusted at 10x speed. This saves valuable time when switching to samples at different heights. The hardness tester is equipped with a 10 MP camera which allows the user to cover more applications with each lens. As a result, fewer lenses – and therefore lens changes – are needed overall. The manufacturer promises a high degree of precision and reliability through use of state-of-the-art measurement and regulation technology, as well as precise results and repeat accuracy. The intuitive user interface of its ecos Workflow operating software reduces the familiarisation time and the number of operating errors. All classic functions of hardness testing are possible here with a small number of clearly structured work steps. The operating software guides the user step-by-step through the measuring process right up to the data backup. The xChange interface included as standard and well documented in all DuraScan G5 devices allows the import and export of test parameters and results to be automated and hence accelerated.