Hardness Testing

With so many materials and applications in the world, you need to know that you can trust your products are durable and do what your engineers designed them to do. Manufacturers rely on results from hardness testing and international safety standards require materials to have a specific hardness or stiffness. Different metals need to be tested according to different hardness testing standards, whether it’s using a Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers or a Universal machine. Bowers Group have a variety of portable, bench and floor models in our product range to provide a solution for your hardness testing needs, whatever it may be.

  • INNOVATEST Rockwell and Brinell Hardness Tester Verzus 710 Series
    The VERZUS 700 series is a new generation of hardness testing instrument. Constructed around a rock solid C-frame with unparalleled rigidity, the closed loop system based on a load cell and precision force actuator guarantees the best GR & R results ever seen on Rockwell hardness testers. The tester meets or exceeds the ISO, ASTM and JIS standards and easily passes Nadcap auditing.
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  • INNOVATEST FALCON 500 Micro/Macro Vickers Hardness Tester
    The FALCON 500 series, Micro Vickers, Vickers and Micro Brinell hardness testing machines improve conventional hardness testing methods and focus 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. IMPRESSIONS software allows 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.
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  • INNOVATEST FALCON 5000 Micro/Macro Vickers & Low Load Brinell Hardness Tester
    The FALCON 5000 is the most revolutionary, advanced and powerful Micro Vickers, Vickers hardness testing machine currently available. Apart from Micro Vickers, Vickers, Knoop and low force Brinell scales, configuration of the FALCON 5000 is freely definable and offers flawless upgrades to hardness testing according to standards of Superficial Rockwell, regular Rockwell & higher force Brinell hardness scales. In its ultimate configuration and most advanced version, the FALCON 5000 offers fully automatic advanced coordinate pattern, weld pattern and free style testing of metallic and plastic parts in any common hardness scale; • Micro Vickers • Vickers • Knoop • Superficial Rockwell • Rockwell • KIC fracture toughness • Brinell • HVT (Vickers depth) • HBT (Brinell depth) • ISO 2039 1 & 2 for plastics Stunning Test Force Range The servo driven testers force actuator allows test forces from 10gf up to 250kgf, currently unique on the world market. Great efforts have been taken by INNOVATEST® in designing our own ultra-precise load cells and force control electronics, that are the foundation of this new product. The load/force actuator driven by top class servo technology positions the test head at light speed and at sub-micron level accuracy, in any required position. Setting the GLOBAL Standards for Advanced High Speed Turrets The FALCON 5000’s high speed, 8 position turret, has the first in the industry, standard built in laser positioning system. • The 8 position turret also containts 2 HD cameras with autofocus and optical zoom system, allowing stage (over)viewing at indenter position • Quick change stage & anvil post • Ultra fast, dedicated system controller with i7 processor and 2 Intel SSD drives • Advanced report generator with extended CSV export functionality Quick Change Stage & Anvil Post Alternatively to the standard ultra-fast motorised CNC stages, there is the option to install larger T-slot stages, fixed stages and a number of anvils. To save time exchanging the nearly unlimited choice of stage and anvil options, the tester has another unique feature: The "Quick Change" accessories post, the tester can reconfigure in seconds. Safety First / Collision Detection System In order to ensure maximum safety for the user and to protect the tester against user errors, all FALCON models have an advanced collision detection warning and Z-Axis / test head retraction system. This system is triggered by any uncomon force on the turret and will stop and retract the test head in milliseconds. Finders, hands and work pieces are safe and there is no risk of damage to the indentors. Clamping Device An integrated clamping device will firmly hold the work piece against the anvil or test table while performing Rockwell or other depth measuring tests (optional).
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  • INNOVATEST IMPRESSIONS Video Measuring System
    IMPRESSIONS is the new advanced user operating system, developed by Innovatest, that will be adopted on all future developments. The software incorporates manual and automatic measurement for all scales, image editing, file storing, image storing, report printing, turret operation, manual or automatic focusing and many other advanced functions. All data can be copied or exported in to MS applications like Word, Excel, or a report generator that emails test results directly to your workstation, or server. All data can be accessed over the LAN or WLAN connections. Standard Delivery For manual X-Y stage - IMPRESSIONS software, CCD camera and C-mount included software for manual and automatic measurement of indentations, Indent zoom function, automatic light adjustment, LCD industrial DVI touch screen included (IMP-2, IMP-3, IMP-4). For motorised XY stage & auto focus - IMPRESSIONS software, motorised X-Y stage and motorised Z-axis. CCD camera and C-mount included. Software for manual and fully automatic measurement of indentations. Indent zoom function, automatic indent focus, automatic light adjustment, coordinate multi pattern testing module, motorised X-Y stage, LCD industrial touch screen included, virtual mouse function. (IMP-5 and IMP-6).
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  • CV Portable Analogue Hardness Testers - CV Instrumatic
    A fully mechanical instrument of the highest precision, robust, and maintenance free. The large clearly marked dials on these unique instruments cover a full range of hardness values in Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell A, B, C, covering national and international standards. The Instrument The system is entirely mechanical employing the use of special pre-loaded springs which provide a load of about 15Kg to the diamond. Maximum penetration of the diamond into the specimen is 0.125mm (0.005"). Operation and Use The simplicity of the tester enables it to be used in almost any direction, without affecting accuracy. It can be used ‘on site’ with complete success. The grips are depressed to the fullest extent by using the palms of the hands and the hardness value can be read off the appropriate scale. Repeatability is excellent and the calibration can be checked by the user against a UKAS certified reference test block supplied with each instrument. Each tester is supplied complete with case and detailed operating instructions.
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  • CV Portable Digital Hardness Tester
    The Bowers CV Rangemaster Plus Hardness Tester represents an ideal solution to the problems associated with portable hardness testing. Its clear digital display, ease of use and ability to operate in all major international scales make it the most comprehensive unit of its type currently available.
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  • Universal Portable Hardness Tester - TH-1100 Series
    The new entry-level TH-1100 offers a very affordable but accurate hardness testing solution for on-site testing in workshops and in field operations. The unit assures accurate and reliable measurement. Any metallic products with a minimum solid mass of 2 kg can be tested according to the Leeb principle. The display shows hardness values in all common scales, such as HLD, HB, HRC, HRA, HRB, HV and HS. The instrument is equipped with chargeable batteries that provide 16 hours continuous operation.
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  • Portable Hardness Tester - TH-170 Series
    Handheld dynamic metal hardness tester with integrated Impact device D.
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  • Portable Hardness Tester - W-TH110
    The new TH-110, part of the unbeatable series of CV Leeb type dynamic hardness testers offers a very affordable but accurate hardness testing solution for on-site testing in workshops and in field operations. The unit assures accurate and reliable measurement. All results and statistics can be directly printed on the built-in printer. Any metallic products with a minimum solid mass of 2kg can be tested according to the Leeb principle and directly converted to any common hardness scale. All test results appear immediately on the display, while you toggle between scales and conversions.
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  • Leeb Hardness Tester with External Probe
    This is the most recent Leeb portable hardness tester from Innovatest. The digital display shows hardness values in all common hardness scales, making this a versatile product. This precision measuring instrument is equipped with re-chargeable batteries providing over 20 hours continuous operation.
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