Low-force testing machine

ADMET's latest tester is capable of generating force-displacement curves in tension, compression or flexure.

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ADMET Inc. (Norwood, Mass.), a manufacturer of integrated materials testing systems, has introduced an ultra low force materials testing machine for measuring the mechanical properties of materials at forces down to 0.5 mg (5 micronewtons). The FlexTester is capable of generating force-displacement curves in tension, compression or flexure. It tests in vertical and horizontal orientations with typical actuator strokes of 5 mm/0.2 inch with 1 nm resolution. The tester features ADMET's MTESTQuattro controller and software for closed loop force or displacement control, data acquisition, real-time plotting and generating reports. Specimen baths and light microscopes are optional for testing hard-to-see specimens in solutions. Typical applications include the testing of sensors, optical lenses, adhesives, switches, biomedical materials, fibers and small micro electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based flexures.