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FTPlus Friction Tester Launched
August 2006


Lloyd Instruments has announced the launch of the FTPlus friction tester, a high accuracy, bench-mounted single lead screw instrument. This dedicated instrument conforms to the requirements of the key ASTM D1894, ISO 8295 and TAPPI T549 friction testing standards and has extensive applications in the packaging and printing industries. The FTPlus can be used for measurements of static and kinetic coefficients of friction, peak load and average load.

Friction tester shown with friction table
A friction table is mounted directly onto the machine, with a full set of accessories to achieve the ASTM, ISO and TAPPI requirements. In addition to providing these standards as user configurable tests, a further seven tests are available for user custom configuration. The FTPlus features a dedicated user interface for friction testing. Tests are set up from, and results displayed on, a backlit LCD integrated into the control console. User defined tests can be configured in terms of final movement limits, relative and absolute calculation limits, sled weights and dimensions.

A high-resolution encoder is used to measure the sample extension and to provide high accuracy speed control. The crosshead is driven by a high precision servo-motor and DC servo system to achieve a wide range of speeds throughout the full load range. Three XLC load cell options are available: 10N, 50N and 100N.
Although the FTPlus is fully self-contained, an RS232 interface is provided to allow computer control using Lloyd Instruments NEXYGENPlus material test and data analysis software. The FTPlus may also be configured as a universal testing machine to perform tensile, compression, flexural and other mechanical tests up to 1kN (225 lbf).

For further enquiries please contact Digital Measurement Metrology,
Canada distributors for LLOYD INSTRUMENTS.

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