FAQ

About force gauges

Can you tell me how to use a force gauge basically?
You can add force (such as compression or tension) to a measuring thread of a force gauge, so that it indicates load values. A force gauge enables you to measure breaking strength, peel strength, durability, pressure resistance, and many others. We offer a wide range of  grips and fixtures (necessary integral part to perform test) to fit your force measurement needs.
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Can you tell me in what field force gauges are used?
IMADA force gauges are utilized in evaluation of R&D or quality control.
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What is N ? (What is the unit of force?)
N is the unit of force, called “Newton.” 10N=approx.0.98kgf. Kgf (gf) and lbf (ozf) are also used as the units of force measurement, however, N is used the mostworldwide since SI system of units adopts N as the unit of force.  In Japan, only N is allowed in force measurement due to the Measurement Law of Japan.
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I cannot get the difference between force gauges.
They are all different in capacity, accuracy, function, performance and so on.
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What is “F.S.” in accuracy of +/-0.2% F.S.?
F.S. means “full scale”, mentioning capacity. For instance, in the case when capacity is 50N and accuracy is +/-0.2% F.S., its error is [+/-0.1N] (50N multiplied by +/-0.2% makes +/-0.1N). If measured value indicates 30N, its error range would be [29.9N to 30.1N] (30N+/-0.1N).

About test stands

Can you tell me what a test stand is? Is it necessary to perform tests?
A test stand is called “test bench” or “testing machine”. It is combined with a force gauge in order to move it up and down, or right and left. If you would like to perform tests more precisely, a test stand is recommended to use since it provides consistent test speed and direction, improving the repeatability.
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I cannot get the difference between test stands.
They are all different in capacity, dimensions, function, performance, and so on.
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About attachments (grips and fixtures)

What if all of accessory attachments are not suitable for my sample?
We have various kinds of attachments to meet different force measurement needs.
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As another choice, we are willing to offer custom made products to fit your unique needs.
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About torque gauges

What should I choose to measure turning force or torsion?
We offer torque gauge to test such as screw tightening torque, bottle cap opening torque and so on.
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How to select appropriate products

I am not sure which product is suitable for my test.
We are willing to help you selecting products, and offer the best solution for you.
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Is it possible to change design or add functions?
Yes. We offer custom made products to suit your unique measurement needs.
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How to purchase

Can you tell me how to get quotations or purchase IMADA products?
We have distributors in many countries, so you can purchase from them.
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About repair and calibration

NG light of my force gauge is on. Is it broken?
No. NG light indicates that measured value is lower or higher than set points. (-NG: lower than the minimum set point, +NG: higher than the maximum set point) Please refer to instruction manual to select set points.
If there seems to be something wrong with your instruments…
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My force gauge keeps giving buzzer sounds and overload light keeps on.
It is highly likely that its internal sensor is damaged. If so, the sensor is necessary to be replaced.
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Even after charging, my force gauge does not turn on, or goes off soon after switching it on. Is it broken?
It is likely that internal battery life is gone or there is something wrong with AC adapter. Battery and AC adapter are replaceable with charge.
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Can you tell me what calibration is? Is calibration necessary?
Calibration is a process to verify whether a force gauge maintains good accuracy or not. Force gauges are necessary to be calibrated periodically just like a watch maintenance. IMADA and some distributors offer calibration service.
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About certificates

Is it possible to get calibration certificate?
Inspection certificate comes with a gauge when you purchase it.
Also we provide calibration certificate and tradability certificate with charge.
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