Vickers Hardness

The Vickers hardness test method consists of indenting the test material with a diamond indenter, in the form of a right pyramid with a square base and an angle of 136 degrees between opposite faces subjected to a load of 1g to 100 Kgf.

NOVA 130 & 240 series

The new NOVA 130 & 240 series, Vickers and Knoop hardness testing instruments offer a versatile and user friendly solution for a wide range of micro-hardness scale testing. 

For Micro-Vickers & Knoop hardness testing, the NOVA 130 is equipped with a three (3) position turret which includes one indenter position as well as a 10x and 40x objective. For more demanding applications, the NOVA 240 is equipped with a four (4) position turret, including one indenter position as well as 5x, 10x and 40x objectives.

Both units include USB output, up to nine (9) dial selectable test forces and a full color touch screen with interaction dialog support telling the user about the testers current status and what to do next to perform one or more tests.

The intelligent dialog system leads you step by step through the handling of the tester and the bright colors on the display inform in green fields or give warnings in red fields & figures about the outcome of the test results.

The advanced but traditional dead weight NOVA 130/240 series leads in its field of application due to the following key points:

Features

Load selection:

  • 8 positions knop; selectable loads, 10gf up to 1kgf (NOVA 130)
  • 9 positions knop; selectable loads, 10gf up to 2kgf (NOVA 240)
    (no need to exchange weights)

Optics:

  • Analogue or Digital/Electronic eyepiece
  • Eyepiece with 15X magnification
  • Standard objectives 10X and 40X installed (NOVA 130)
  • Standard objectives 5X, 10X and 40X installed (NOVA 240)
  • Optional High Resolution CCD camera system can be integrated, directly or afterwards
  • High quality objectives providing maximum viewing comfort
  • Vertical LED Illuminator
  • Laser adjusted optical path
  • Dual Channel optical system
  • Measuring confirmation button on digital eyepiece

Turret:

  • Automatic, high speed, motorized multi position turret
  • ??Shortest path?? program with anti-back lash positioning

Interface & connectivity

  • 6,5?? Full color high resolution touch screen, tablet type
  • Language selectable interaction dialog system
  • Graphic tester motion control interface
  • Easy operation, no expert skills required, short training time
  • Save and load test programs, tester settings
  • Limit settings, real time statistics
  • Shape correction settings for testing on round parts
  • Host and Device USB connectivity
  • Integrated high speed thermal printer

Others:

  • Prepared for optional remote operation
  • Prepared for optional IMPRESSIONS HD Camera & auto measurement systems
  • Prepared for optional motorized CNC, X-Y stages
  • Prepared for optional motorized Z axis / auto-focus

NOVA 330 & 360 series

The new NOVA 330 & 360 series, Load Cell, Closed Loop, Vickers, Knoop & Brinell (optional) hardness testing instruments offer a versatile and user friendly solution for a wide range of Vickers, Knoop & Low Force Brinell hardness testing.

Features

Load selection:
Electronic Force Sensor technology (Load Cell) closed loop system, offers an unparalleled wide range of test forces and supersedes any traditional dead weight system in test load range and test load accuracy. Setting wrong test forces and over-shoot of test forces is something that now belongs to the past.

The test range, depending on the model, varies from 20gf up to 62,5kgf.
Unique & unparalleled specifications at this cost level.

Optics:

  • Analogue or Digital/Electronic eyepiece
  • Eyepiece with 15X magnification
  • Standard objectives 5X, 10X and 40X installed (NOVA 330)
  • Standard objectives 5X, 10X and 20X installed (NOVA 360)
  • Optional High Resolution CCD camera system can be integrated, directly or afterwards
  • High quality objectives providing maximum viewing comfort
  • Vertical LED Illuminator
  • Laser adjusted optical path
  • Dual Channel optical system
  • Measuring confirmation button on digital eyepiece

Turret:

  • Automatic, high speed, motorized multi position turret
  • ??Shortest path?? program with anti-back lash positioning

Interface & connectivity:

  • 6,5?? Full color high resolution touch screen, tablet type
  • Language selectable interaction dialog system
  • Graphic tester motion control interface
  • Easy operation, no expert skills required, short training time
  • Save and load test programs, tester settings
  • Limit settings, real time statistics
  • Shape correction settings for testing on round parts
  • Host and Device USB connectivity
  • Integrated high speed thermal printer

Others:

  • Prepared for optional remote operation
  • Prepared for optional IMPRESSIONS HD Camera & auto measurement systems
  • Prepared for optional motorized CNC, X-Y stages
  • Prepared for optional motorized Z axis / auto-focus

FALCON 450

Based on the successful fully automatic range of FALCON 500 Micro/Macro Vickers hardness testers, Innovatest has designed a versatile and user friendly eyepiece/ microscope version at this series for less demanding purposes.

The new FALCON 450 offers unique features comparing to similar machines within the industry;

Features

  • Micro/Macro Vickers, Knoop & Brinell scales
  • Multi Load cell, Closed loop, force application system
  • Load range 1gf up to 62.5Kgf
  • Automatic test force setting
  • Unbelievable test force range 1gf up to 62,5kgf
  • 6 position motorized turret, with 2 indenters and
    4 objectives
  • High powered LED illumination
  • Best in class optical system and objectives
  • Motorized z-axis ball bearing slide, with dynamic
    speed controlled height adjustment
  • Manual, high force (100kgf), X-Y stage with
    micrometer heads
  • Choice between standard or XL frame height
  • 6,5? Full color declinable High Definition touch screen
  • Optional High Definition integrated CCD camera,
    positioned under front cover, no visible wires or
    attachments, protected from dirt, damage &
    accidental misalignment
  • Unique dual view system: eyepiece and CCD camera
    can show crisp images simultaneously; excellent for
    group use or educational purposes
  • Smart graphical user interface with dialog system and
    color support
  • Optional IMPRESSIONS? tester automation and 
    workflow control system, automatic measurement
  • USB output to CSV file, can be opened in most MS
  • Office applications such as Excel?.
  • Strong, shock and damage resistant, High End ABS
    machine covers
  • Vickers Scales: HV0.001, 0.002, 0.003, 0.004, 0.005,
    0.006, 0.007, 0.008, 0.009, 0.010, 0.015, 0.020, 0.025,
    0.050, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30,
    40, 50
  • Knoop Scales: HK/0.001, 0.003, 0.005, 0.01, 0.015,
    0.02, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50
  • Brinell Scales:
    HB1/1Kgf, 1.25Kgf, 2.5Kgf, 5Kgf, 10Kgf, 30Kgf;
    HB2.5/6.25Kgf, 7.8125Kgf, 15.625Kgf, 31.25Kgf, 62.5Kgf
    HB5/25Kgf, 62.5Kgf
  • Test force tolerance
    <0,5% for test force 100gr to 62.5kg,
    <1% for test force below 100gr

FALCON 500 series

The FALCON 500 series, Micro Vickers, Vickers and Micro Brinell hardness testing machines are a new generation of instruments, improving conventional hardness testing methods and focused on eliminating user influence on the test results.

The unique force actuator system utilizes an electronically controlled closed loop system and advanced force sensor technology, to achieve absolute accuracy, reliability and repeatability, on each of the forces used for a test.

Besides this advanced electromechanical force application system, the FALCON offers superior quality mechanical and optical components, used to complete the instrument.

The innovative software functions of IMPRESSIONS? workflow control allow file storing, test program setting and storing, image zoom, auto focus, limit settings, conversions to other hardness scales, system setup and (remote) control, pattern testing (CHD/Nht/Rht) and widely contributes to the high reproducibility of test results.

Fully automatic image evaluation combined with intuitive operator software avoid operator influence on the test results.

A rock solid frame structure, that can withstand the harshest environment, is covered by shock and damage proof ABS covers. The covers avoid damage to the machines high tech interior and stay in a good condition over the years to come. No dents or paint damage from fallen work pieces. Replacement of the covers, if required as all, is easy and economic.

The FALCON series beating heart is a powerful embedded micro system controller with no moving or running parts and entirely packed in a chip and dust proof enclosure. The system is easy to service and can be exchanged in just minutes if ever required.

Features

  • Fully automatic Micro/Macro Vickers, Knoop & Brinell system
  • Load cell, force feedback, closed loop system
  • Load range 1gf up to 62.5Kgf
  • Automatic test force setting
  • Vickers Scales:
    HV0.001, 0.002, 0.003, 0.004, 0.005, 0.006, 0.007, 0.008, 0.009, 0.010, 0.015, 0.020, 0.025, 0.050, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50
  • Knoop Scales:
    HK/0.001, 0.003, 0.005, 0.01, 0.015, 0.02, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50
  • Brinell Scales:
    HB1/1Kgf, 1.25Kgf, 2.5Kgf, 5Kgf, 10Kgf, 30Kgf;
    HB2.5/6.25Kgf, 7.8125Kgf, 15.625Kgf, 31.25Kgf, 62.5Kgf
    HB5/25Kgf, 62.5Kgf
  • KIC fracture toughness
  • Test force tolerance
    <0,5% for test force 100gr to 62.5kg,
    <1% for test force below 100gr
  • 15? Industrial HD Touch screen, Embedded Powerful Fanless System Controller, 80GB SSD data storage drive, Windows 7 Embedded, RJ45 LAN, WLAN, USB, RS-232, HDMI & VGA
  • IMPRESSIONS?, full tester & configuration control, graphic indent simulation, test program setting for user defined test programs, large test results storage, 5 simultaneous conversions to other hardness scales, limit settings, advanced test report generator, CSV export, graphics display engine & many more functions
  • Meets or exceeds ISO, ASTM and JIS standards
  • Automatic Brightness, Contrast and Sharpness control
  • Auto Focus
  • Automatic indent measurement
  • CAM 2 Zoom Overview (Optional)
  • Calibrated stepless Indent ZOOM system
  • Auto save, program setup, data storage
  • Motorized Z-axis with dynamic Intelli control
  • 2 indenter positions, 4 objective positions
  • Quality optical system
  • 5Mpx HD camera
  • Collision detection and z-axis retraction system, avoids turret damage
  • Connection for motorized X-Y stages (standard)

Embedded 5 axis CNC controller (standard)