Mark-10 TSFM500-DC Motorized Test Stand

Replaced by: Model ESM750S

The TSFM500-DC is an advanced motorized test stand featuring a capacity of 500 lbF (2,200 N). The stand is designed for compression and tension testing of springs, packaging, metals, fabrics, and other items. Generous clearance and throat depth accommodate a broad range of sample shapes and sizes.

Data Sheet
User’s Guide – Controller
User’s Guide – Stand
Stand Comparison Chart

Discontinued – Replaced by Model ESM750S

The TSFM500-DC’s durable and rigid column minimizes bending, making it particularly well suited for spring, tensile, and compression testing. Other features include a manual fine adjustment knob and a stepper motor that prevents speed variation with load, making testing precise and repeatable. Adjustable upper and lower travel limit switches are provided. The TSFM500-DC’s controller adds a significant amount of sophistication, including an extended speed range, PC control capability, programmable cycling, auto return, overload protection and other features.

Mark-10 TSFM500-DC Motorized Test Stand Features

  • Maximum force: 500 lbF [2,200 N]
  • Maximum travel: 4″ [102 mm]
  • Speed range: 0.01 – 6 in/min [0.2 – 150 mm/min]
  • Speed accuracy: ±0.2% of setting, ±0% variation with load
  • Loading table with 25 #10-32 UNF holes for fixture mounting
  • Set of upper and lower adjustable solid state limit switches. Repeatable to within 0.001″ [0.03 mm].
  • Universal power supply: 80-250 VAC
  • Manual travel knob
  • Mounting holes for bench mounting
  • Base may be removed for alternative mounting
  • Compatible with Mark-10 force gauges, accessories and grips
  • CE mark

Optional Equipment

  • A wide range of force gauges and gripping fixtures
  • Digital Travel Display
    6″ [152 mm] travel, 0.0005″ [0.01 mm] resolution, SPC output for automated data collection. For output of travel data to a PC, the following items are required: 09-1066 cable and MRS100A communication adapter. Note: continuous data output rate is limited to 2 Hz.
  • Multi-Function Cable, Gauge to Controller
    Connects a Series 4, 5, or 7 force gauge to the controller. This single cable is used to transmit set points, overload signals, and force data.
  • Serial Cable, Controller to PC
    Bi-directional communication with a PC for computer control. Also sends force data from the controller to a PC.
  • RS-232 to USB adapter
    Converts RS-232 to USB output. Includes USB cable and installation CD.
  • Column Extension
    Column can be extended to custom lengths (see Ordering Information).
  • Eye End Adapters
    Allow for quick grip installation and removal, and prevent grip rotation. Mount to common test frames, load cells, and force gauges

Controller Features / Specifications

  • Computer Control
    An RS-232 port is provided to interface with a PC. The TSFM500-DC accepts a number of commands pertaining to test stand motion and force gauge functions*. The following additional items are required for PC control:
    – Series 5 or Series 7 force gauge
    -09-1056 serial cable (see Optional Equipment)
    – 09-1162 multi-function cable (see Optional Equipment)
  • Overload Protection
    Protects a force gauge against overload (requires a Series 4, 5, or 7 force gauge and 09-1162 multi-function cable). The user programs the desired percentage of full scale of the gauge. Adjustable analog output voltage setting allows the test stand to interface with virtually any force gauge with analog output.
  • Auto-return
    The crosshead moves to a limit switch or force set point (requires a Series 4, 5, or 7 force gauge), stops, and reverses direction at maximum speed to the other limit switch or set point.
  • Cycling / Dwell Time
    The crosshead moves up and down between limit switches or force set points (requires a Series 4, 5, or 7 force gauge). Configurable up to 99,999 cycles. Dwell time allows the operator to program the amount of time, up to 9,999.9 seconds, in 0.1 second intervals, for which the crosshead pauses at limits.
  • Programmable UP / DOWN Button Functions
    UP and DOWN button operation can be configured in three user-configurable modes: Maintained: a short push produces continuous motion until STOP is pressed, Momentary: crosshead moves only while the button is pressed, and Auto: short push produces maintained motion, while holding down the button will produce momentary motion.
  • Independent Up and Down Speeds
    Programmable independent speeds for up and down directions
  • Selectable speed units of measurement (in/min & mm/min)
  • Password protection
    Prevents unauthorized changes to test parameters

*Contains no integrated travel measurement. Travel information available only through the external TSF001 digital travel display, requiring an additional serial port on the PC. For an integrated solution with full PC control, including travel distance, see test stand models ESM301 or ESM1500.


TSFM500-DC Vertical Test Stand
TSFM500-DC Horizontal Test Stand

Weight38.00 lbs
Dimensions9.4 × 7.9 × 31.5 in
Load Capacity

500 lbF [2,200 N]

Maximum Travel

4.0 in [102 mm]

Speed Range

0.01 – 6 in/min [0.2 – 150 mm/min]

Speed Setting Accuracy

±0.2% of setting, ±0% variation with load

Limit switch repeatability

±0.001 [0.03 mm]


80-250 VAC


TSFM500: 36 lb [16.3 kg], TSFM500H: 30 lb [13.6] Controller unit: 10.25 lb [1.2 kg]

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