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.
- 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.
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.
|FollowMeTM force-based positioning||SF008||Crosshead 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.|
|Travel indication||SF009||Travel 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 control||SF010||The 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).|
|Programmable travel limits||SF011||The stand stops at or cycles between programmable upper and lower travel distances.|
|Overload protection||SF012||Protects 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.|
|Auto return||SF013||The 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.|
|Cycling / dwell time||SF014||Same 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.|
|Independent Up and Down speeds||SF016||Individually configure speeds for the up and down directions.||–|
|Low speed extension||SF017||Extends the standard speed range down to|
0.001 in/min [0.02 mm/min].
|High speed extension||SF018||Extends the standard speed range up to 90 in/min [2,300 mm/min].||–|
|Break detection||SF019||Crosshead stops at a sudden drop in force. Programmable percentage of peak force.|
|Loadholding||SF020||Dynamically adjusts the crosshead position to maintain a programmed load for an indefinite or specified period of time.|
|Preload / sample touch||SF021||Stops 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.|
|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)||ESM1500FG (for use with a force gauge)|