Material testers go by many names, and serve several different purposes. The main objective is to test products to determine properties of various raw materials and components. The type of material tester you need depends on your objectives and the specific characteristics and properties you’re trying to evaluate.
Given the variety of testers on the market – and the various manufacturers who make them – it can be overwhelming to find the exact piece of equipment your facility needs.
Last year, we discussed tips on choosing the right material tester. We covered several questions you need to ask yourself when evaluating testers, and discussed the importance of durability, ease-of-use, and degree of specialization required.
Here are more tips on buying a material tester that fits your requirements.
Versatility as a Deciding Factor
There are material testers for just about any testing need. Sometimes, it seems like you need an entire army of testers to fulfill all of your requirements.
If this is the case, choosing a versatile, multi-functional material tester may fit better within your scope of work and your budget than a highly-specialized model. Versatility isn’t always the solution, but it often can save money through flexibility and adaptability.
Consider a piece that can run multiple types of tests if you are looking to reduce your acquisition costs, like a universal material tester.
Accuracy is an important quality in a material tester. Inaccuracy only leads to mistakes, which can be devastating in fields in which exact results matter.
All other things considered equal, choosing a material tester with a high load accuracy is recommended for most applications. Higher load accuracy leads to a higher dynamic range, which helps to reduce how many load cells you need to test the full range of force.
Load accuracy of 0.5 percent down to one percent of load cell value is a generally accepted standard for material testers.
Choosing Based on Software
Many searchers look at just the tester itself, not realizing that the software used to operate the tester and facilitate analysis of the findings is just as important.
Evaluate material testers not just by their specifications, but also by the software that is used to calculate, store, transfer, and integrate data collected by the tester. This data can then be easily transferred to your analytics software that helps you analyze the results.
There are many factors that determine the worth of a software package, but one of the most important factors is usability. If the software isn’t user-friendly and easy to navigate and operate, it’s not worth the time it takes to navigate the program and overcome its learning curve.
With the above tips, buying a material tester is easier than ever before. Consult with specialists who can help you pinpoint the right piece of equipment for your needs.