Mark-10 ESM1500 Motorized Test Stand 32 in.

Note: For full operation out of the box, you will need control functions (sometimes optional depending on the application), a Force Gauge, and Grips/Attachments to secure the sample.

Advisory: At 500 lbF (2,500 N) or more, force gauges are not recommended for applications involving sudden, sharp breaks. Examples include compression of brittle materials, pull testing of welds, etc. Consider a test stand model with -LC suffix (in the dropdown near top of this product page) with indicator with load cell.

Data Sheet

If you would like more information about the various options or need assistance with configuring a setup for your application, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice!



Hardware Options

Controller Options

ESM1500 from Mark-10 is a highly configurable single-column force tester for tension and compression measurement applications up to 1,500 lbF (6.7 kN). Suitable for laboratory and production environments, the ESM1500 may be used with an indicator-load cell combination or with a force gauge. Sample setup and fine positioning are a breeze with available FollowMe force-based positioning – using your hand as your guide, push and pull on the load cell or force gauge to move the crosshead at a dynamically variable rate of speed. With generous travel, clearance, and depth dimensions, a wide range of tests can be performed, including break testing, cycling, limit testing to a load or distance, loadholding, elongation testing, tensile testing, compression testing, and more. Satisfy various test methods through an easy-to-use menu, allowing the configuration of test speed, force and distance limits, cycling, preload, and many other functions, all protected by a password.
Controller functions are offered individually through a unique “build-your-own” configuration platform. Order any combination of functions to customize the test stand to specific requirements. Functions not ordered originally can be activated in the field.

Force and travel data can be output to a PC for graphing and analysis using MESUR gauge software. Or, fully control the stand by a PC through a custom-written program in any language supporting ASCII communications. All communication cables required for PC control and data collection are included with the test stand.

ESM1500 Features

  • Compatible with indicators and load cells, as well as force gauges
  • Adjustable, removal controller with intuitive menu navigation
  • Password protection of test parameters
  • Stepper motor-driven, producing smooth and quiet operation with no speed variation under load
  • USB output of force vs. time or force vs. distance
  • Compact footprint, suitable for crowded workbenches
  • Ergonomic design, with smart, clean cable management
  • Most electronics housed in an integrated removable enclosure,easily removed and transported
  • All required communication cables included

* Note: At 500 lbF (2,500 N) or more, force gauges are not recommended for applications involving sudden, sharp breaks. Examples include compression of brittle materials, pull testing of welds, etc. Consider an -LC test stand with indicator with load cell.

Optional Functions

Any of the below functions may be purchased at time of order or may be activated in the field at a later date via an activation code. A complete options package is also available at a discounted price. The stand is supplied in Demo Mode, a 160-hour time period in which all functions are temporarily enabled.

FeaturePart No.DescriptionRequirements
FollowMeTM force-based positioningSF008Crosshead movement responds to manually pushing or pulling on the force gauge shaft or load cell. Increasing force produces greater speeds. Ideal for setups and quick positioning.
    • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
Travel indicationSF009Travel is indicated on the control unit display, with output via USB. An internal scale utilizing Renishaw technology produces significantly higher accuracy than with conventional rotary encoder-based designs. Backlash and nonlinearity are virtually eliminated.
Computer controlSF010The ESM1500 may be fully controlled by a PC through a custom-written program in any language supporting ASCII communications. Also responds to the legacy Chatillon TCD command set and legacy Nexygen TCD software (not available from Mark-10).
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • SF009 travel indication
  • SF011 programmable travel set points
Programmable travel limitsSF011The stand stops at or cycles between programmable upper and lower travel distances.
  • SF009 travel indication option
Overload protectionSF012Protects a force sensor or force gauge against overload. Program the desired percentage of full scale of the gauge. Adjustable analog output voltage setting allows the stand to interface with virtually any gauge with analog output.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
Auto returnSF013The crosshead moves to a limit switch, force set point, travel position, or break, then stops and reverses direction at full speed to the other limit.
  • Reversing at force set point: Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • Reversing at travel limit: SF011 programmable travel limits option
  • Reversing at break: SF019 break detection option
Cycling / dwell timeSF014Same as auto-return, but with the ability to program up to 100,000 cycles. Programmable dwell time for upper and lower limits (set independently) can be set up for up to 10,000 seconds.
  • Same as auto-return, at the same speed in each direction. Add SF016 for independent up and down speeds.
Independent Up and Down speedsSF016Individually configure speeds for the up and down directions.
Low speed extensionSF017Extends the standard speed range down to
0.001 in/min [0.02 mm/min].
High speed extensionSF018Extends the standard speed range up to 90 in/min [2,300 mm/min].
Break detectionSF019Crosshead stops at a sudden drop in force. Programmable percentage of peak force.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
LoadholdingSF020Dynamically adjusts the crosshead position to maintain a programmed load for an indefinite or specified period of time.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • If a specified time is required, order SF014 cycling / dwell time option
Preload / sample touchSF021Stops the crosshead and/or zeroes the travel display at an initial preload – useful in tensile, compression, spring, elongation, and other applications. Preload is programmable as a percentage of force gauge/load cell full scale. Three modes: (1) stop, (2) stop and zero, and (3) zero without stopping.
  • SF009 travel indication
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
Complete options package

Includes all functions listed above.

Requires a Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator.




ESM1500LC (for use with an indicator and sensor)
ESM1500LC Dimensions
ESM1500FG (for use with a force gauge)
ESM1500FG Dimensions
Weight248.00 lbs
Dimensions20.00 × 19.50 × 51.35 in
In the Box

(1) G1081 eye end
(1) G1080 anchor pin
(2) G1079 lock ring, 3/4-16
(2) G1088 spanner wrench
(1) Load cell / indicator mounting kit (ESM1500LC)
(1) Force gauge mounting kit (ESM1500FG)
(1) USB cable
(4) Thumb screw for indicator / force gauge
(1) Allen wrench set
(1) Control panel
(1) Control panel mounting bracket with hardware
(1) Power cord
(1) Resource CD

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