Unlike the traditional hardness testers where intricate power-driven structures were built of various parts and complex weight loads, newer versions are based on load cell expertise. A universal hardness tester avails the luxury of having one single tester catering for all scales. In agreement with reputable stipulations, the machine performs a combination of Vickers, Rockwell, and Brinell tests. The machine comes with an inbuilt backlit LCD and measures hardness results while still monitoring the test’s progress. It makes it possible for the results to be converted, for example, Rockwell to Vickers, Vickers to Brinell, etcetera.
These testers are often more expensive though you can make great savings on the calibration, maintenance, and after-sales service. Another great advantage is combining different test methods, saving on space, and substantial cost savings on purchase. They are also user-friendly and flexible, offering a modest range of dead-weight representations. They are suitable for workshops that require to measure a combination of the Rockwell, Brinell, Knoop, and Vickers scales. This could be universities, schools, or general workshops. They meet the ISO and ASTM specifications.
There are several types of universal hardness testers like:
• Nexus Hardness Tester (7700, 8100, 8100XLM, 605U)
• Nemesis Hardness Tester (5100, 9100, 9600, 9800)
• Verzus Hardness Tester (750U)
• Fenix Hardness Tester (300U)
They come with different specifications with weight capacity variations. Also, the systems vary with i-Touch and Impressions LT systems available. There are also load cell and closed-loop system types, each one having different capacities.