Force Test Stand Overview

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Test Stand Overview

Test Stand Overview

Test stands are supplementary products for force measurement to move a force gauge either vertically or horizontally.

Combined with a force gauge and attachments, they can be used as simple desktop force tester for more precise measurement. Unlike handheld measurement, they push and pull the force gauge to make the test speed and direction uniform, thus materializing highly repeatable measurement.

It is also useful when you measure large forces or for small displacements.

Switch-operated motorized types and handle/lever-operated manual types are available to suit your needs.

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How Best to Select a Test Stand

How Best to Select a Test Stand

There are two main types: 1) manual type, operated by handles or levers and 2) motorized type operated by switches.

1) Manual type have two main features; they require no power-source and are small in size, being ideal for the measurement in a limited space i.e., on a small desktop. Lower price is another feature. Compared to the handheld measurement, manual test stands can set the measurement direction uniformly, reduce variation and improve measurement repeatability.

IMADA offers a broad range, from simple inexpensive models, to those that allow minute movement, and those that are compact and easy to carry and install.

2) Motorized type can provide uniform speed as well as direction of measurement, resulting in more repeatable measurements than manual ones. They can be used for applications such as durability test by using the control function to set a specific time, force, and number of travel, and characteristic evaluation by measuring force and displacement using a displacement meter together. Furthermore, analysis features, which can be performed in conjunction with software, extend the measurements.

In either type, desired force value and stroke are important selection point. Selecting a test stand with a force value greater than the desired value will ensure accurate and safe measurements. For large samples or samples with a high expansion/contraction rate, it is necessary to select a model that can provide an appropriate stroke.
Various standards you wish to conform and their requirements are other points to consider.

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*Functions of test stands vary depending on the model, availability of optional cables, and the combination of products used. Check the specifications on the product page for details.

How Best to Use Test Stand as Force Testing Machine

By attaching a combination of a force gauge and attachments on a test stand, more advanced and precise measurement becomes possible as a desktop force testing machine.

Attaching a force gauge to a test stand is relatively easy.
1) Fix a force gauge directly to the test stand with the provided screws, or remove the force gauge mounting plate from the test stand, fix a force gauge to the test stand, and mount the entire mounting plate on the test stand.
2) If an attachment is used, it needs to be attached to the test stand or force gauge.
3) If an optional cable is used, it connects the test stand and the force gauge.
4) Finally, the sample is fixed and the test stand is set up as required for the test, and the preparation is complete.
It is as simple and easy as can be performed by one person.

*Specifications and procedures vary depending on the model. Check the specifications and user guide videos on the product page for details.

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Check the below video for how to use a test stand as a force testing machine.

How Best to Attach Attachment to a Test Stand

How Best to Attach Attachment to a Test Stand

Attachments are used either attached to a force gauge or to test stand to push or grip samples. It is important to select an attachment that matches the measurement method and shape of samples in order to apply appropriate force.

Three ways of fixing attachment to test stand:
1) Fixing on a chuck mounting plate (included in most test stands).
This is a common method, fixing an attachment that is usually fixed to the measuring shaft of a force gauge.
2) Direct fixing on a test stand with screws.
This is applicable to mounting various tables such as sample fixing jig for specific test attachments, vise jig and XY stage that can adjust the position of attachments.
3) Installation of dedicated jig.
For a peel test jig with a dedicated table or an attachment for coefficient of friction test, the table is to be attached on a test stand. Attachment parts may also be mounted on the force gauge mounting side.

By combining various tables in 2) with (a) a vise jig or (b) other attachments using the chuck mounting plate in 1), samples and attachments can be aligned efficiently. Multiple combinations of attachments can be mounted according to the purpose.

Most attachments are easy to install and detach with screws. For more complicated types, a user guide (video) is available on IMADA website or in the instruction manual enclosed in the product.

By simply changing the attachment without changing the test stand, or force gauge, you can perform various measurements of different samples and methods.

Compatibility, range or stroke are among other points for consideration. We support you in selecting an appropriate attachment for your sample shape and material, as well as a test stand or force gauge combination. Contact us for further information.

*Functions and specifications of attachments and test stands vary depending on the model. Check the specifications on the product page for details.

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Tips for more skillful use of Test Stand

Tips for more skillful use of Test Stand

Motorized test stands are equipped with various functions.

Operational functions include adjusting the speed, setting the travel range, and moving back and forth within the set travel range or repeating such movement. Some models also have convenient functions such as digital setting of speed and travel, timer, and counter functions. Some are even equipped with break stop, contact detection, and other advanced functions, designed to improve measurement efficiency and suit measurements needs.

In addition, there are various control functions, such as enabling the overload prevention function and controlling by force value. One prominent example is to apply a constant force for a specific period of time. Some models also have external input/output functions that allow interlocking with external devices, external start, and so on. These functions improve measurement efficiency and safety.

Some models measure displacement too. Combining a force gauge, test stand, cable, and software enables correlation analysis of the force and the displacement, and can be widely used as a desktop force tester.

We provide useful guide for better use of our products, such as videos of various function settings and consultation on effective use of test stands. Contact us .

*Some functions require specific combinations of test stands and their options, force gauges, or cables. Check the specifications on the product page for details..

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