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General engineering

Mecmesin Solutions for General Engineering

Around the world many civil, electrical, electronic, materials and mechanical engineering companies already use Mecmesin test equipment to test the quality, strength, performance and usability of their components, materials and finished products.

Mecmesin universal testers for force and torque range from 50 kN twin column in compression and tension, down to 500 N budget testers, and from 10 N.m down to mere mN.m in torque. What they all have in common is our powerful Emperor™ control and analysis software, and real versatility.

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Click these examples of products our clients are testing using Mecmesin systems

 

Wire and cable


Affordable testers and expert service, for wire and cable

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tensile strength        

The tensile strength and yield point determination of wires and cables is determined by a straightforward tensile test. Rating a cable to its required load, without over-specification is important for keeping weight and material costs down. Whether a fine medical guidewire or a construction cable, testing to assure conformance to specification is essential. Mecmesin MultiTest tensile testers are available up to 50 kN, and fine wires can be measured on our low-end models below 500 N.

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 Visit our new dedicated site for wire terminal testing, focused on the specific requirements of quality testing crimped, soldered and welded terminals.

 

 
 

 

Wire terminals, terminators and connectors


Wire terminals, terminators and connectors

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Mecmesin wire terminal strength testers are widely used for versatile and rapid pull testing of standard crimps and welded wire joints and nuggets. Standard and customised fixtures can be provided, with budget machines through to fully programmable touch-screen systems. The same Mecmesin tensile testers can be used to test wire strength, insulating sleeve pull-off and many other related tests.

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 Visit our new dedicated site for wire terminal testing, focused on the specific requirements of quality testing crimped, soldered and welded terminals.

 

 
 

 

Bearings and rollers


Affordable testers and expert service, for bearings and rollers

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friction torque to turn      

Bearings and rollers are designed to rotate freely, so measuring their performance requires precision. Whether the bearing pivots, or rotates completely, the key points are the breakaway force and the torque required to turn. How do your bearings perform, given the small torque you are looking at?

Mecmesin precision torque testers can measure from a few mN.m up to 6 N.m, which means that a full and detailed signature can be acquired, to highlight wear or defects in manufacture. Mecmesin also designs and manufactures custom fixtures to grip bearings of any kind in correct alignment for precision testing.

 
 

 

Chains, slings, strapping and tie-downs


Affordable testers and expert service, for chains, slings, strapping and tie-downs

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tensile strength        

Do you have the means of testing your lifting straps and cargo tie-downs? Or tow ropes? Haulage companies can save time and money by regularly testing their own for safety compliance.

The haulage and heavy lifting industry use a wide variety of load restraints whose tensile strength must be assured for continued safe use. Clearly the tensile forces required are high, so Mecmesin twin-column MultiTest machines are a natural choice.

Grips suitable for different materials provide the means also for testing stitching, riveting and welds using the same machine.

 
 

 

Engineering assemblies and components


Affordable testers and expert service, for engineering assemblies and components

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torque to turn compression fastening torque closure torque tensile strength
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pull-off / pull-out flexure static and kinetic friction      

The design of your component was good, the materials well selected, but have you a means of testing the production line output for quality and compliance to specification? Are they strong enough? Tight enough? Moving as they should?

Testing the robustness and integrity of individual and assembled components can involve almost any kind of test. The important factors are deriving repeatable test programs where industry standards may not apply, and gripping the part correctly for consistent testing. Mecmesin’s Emperor™ software is fully programmable, with test programs retained in a library for instant recall. Emperor can be used to analyse the results, and give instant pass/fail indication. In a production environment our touch-screen controlled testers provide ease of use with minimal training.

 
 

 

Fixings, fasteners and welds


Affordable testers and expert service, for fixings, fasteners and welds

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pull-off / pull-out fastening torque closure torque tensile strength  

Are you auditing your torque fasteners? Pulling your fixings to destruction? Confident of every fastener? Regular computerised testing confirms the quality of supplies and of your constructions.

The integrity of assemblies and constructions almost invariably depends on the security of industrial fasteners and welds. The torque required to secure a threaded fastener, and to audit fastenings on completed assemblies, must be measured accurately and reliably. The tensile strength of the fastener itself has to be quality assured, and the force required to be held must be within adequate safety margins.  These tests require instruments that can provide reliable and repeatable test routines and profile movement and breakdown in fastened joints. Mecmesin test systems for force and torque, driven by Emperor™ control software, can provide for your needs with affordable versatility.

 
 

 

Glass and ceramics


Affordable testers and expert service, for glass and ceramics

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top-load flexure      

How tough is your toughened glass? How much force can your ceramic floor tiles take? Or how high do you stack your bottles? Is that new jar design as strong as the last? A computerised compression testing system will tell you, accurately, every time.

Though stronger than plastic containers, glass is also heavier, and the same requirement applies, to balance weight and strength whilst optimising material thickness. Whilst a PET bottle will ‘give’ under top-load, glass failure is catastrophic. Testers with higher crush capacity and safety enclosures are therefore required. Ceramic materials and glass panels are tested for their flexural strength and breaking point, using three-point bend fixtures. For all these applications, Mecmesin MultiTest universal testing machines provide an ideal solution.

 
 

 

Locks, catches and clips


Affordable testers and expert service, for locks, catches and clips

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Confident in every click? Whatever it is that clicks into place, you can measure precisely what it takes, and whether it’s the smooth, positive action you intend.

Locks, catches and clips are found everywhere, from ultra-high security, to everyday use, simply as exchangeable fastenings, and down to the lightest hold. In most cases they must operate within given tolerances to lock, unlock, simply hold, and provide correct resistance to opening. Cyclic testing for wear and tear may also be a requirement, and they may be combined with the operation of locks and handles. Release forces and closure effort are frequently very different, so for example measuring a high tensile strength but also a manually-applied locking movement can be quite different tests. Mecmesin MultiTest series universal force testers are ideal, with appropriate loadcells and fixtures for different applications.

Mecmesin Vortex torque testers provide all you need for rotary locks and clips. It can also be necessary to measure locks and catches in situ, requiring hand-held instruments. Mecmesin digital force gauges provide the accuracy and means of data capture for these applications.

 
 

 

Magnets and solenoids


Affordable testers and expert service, for magnets and solenoids

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tensile strength pull-off / pull-out      

New high-strength magnets have taken over in the home, office and in clothing and jewellery, where adhesives or mechanical studs used to be. Unlike poppers and clips, they require no force to attach, but have you selected the right magnet? How do you test for this? Neodymium magnets are also widely used as fasteners for bags, jewellery and clothing, and here the pull strength must be strong enough for retention without damaging the items they secure when pulled apart.

Testing the design and suitability of electromagnets, relays and solenoids can also include the application of different electrical inputs, to determine performance through the complete travel of moving parts. This profile of magnetic devices is vitally important for accurate and predictable behaviour. A Mecmesin MultiTest tensile tester with Emperor™ control and analysis software will provide a complete picture of the forces over distance in magnetic and electromagnetic devices, as well as applying a wider range of tension or compression tests on the assemblies where they are in use.

 
 

 

Plastic components and subassemblies


Affordable testers and expert service, for plastic components and subassemblies

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The only way to test the resilience of many products is to subject them to forces beyond specification, as complete assemblies. It is one thing to test component parts, but how they interact in a complex assembly can be less predictable. It may be the integrity of the item that requires being pulled, pushed or twisted, or a moving part needing to be taken to extremes, but it is the working of the whole together that needs testing.

Does one part distort or break first, and what does this lead to as a consequence? Mecmesin MultiTest tension and compression testers can apply forces from less than 1 kN up to 50 kN. The Emperor™ control and analysis software provides fully-programmed repeatable testing, with complete detail in the response of the assembly to the applied forces. The same tester can be used in tension of compression to apply a variety of tests, with programs recalled at the touch of a button.

 
 

 

Rigid and flexible tubes and connectors


Rigid and flexible tubes and connectors

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flexure tensile strength      

Don’t let your brand go down the tubes! Your customers can switch suppliers if your quality slips, but accurate, in-house, routine testing is affordable and practical. As gas or fluid conveyors, tubes may be installed and fixed, or mobile and flexible. All will be jointed and connected for purpose, and may be constricted if twisted or bent.

Knowing how far a bend can go, how strong a connection is, what force is required to pull a tube off or push it onto a connector, or to screw the parts together, is vital information, that can be acquired accurately with a tensile or compression tester. Mecmesin testers, for screw torque, flexure, tension and compression can meet all these needs, fully programmed for repeatable testing.

 
 

 

Seals and seams


Affordable testers and expert service, for seals and seams

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compressive burst lap shear peel pull-off / pull-out tensile strength

Seals and seams, whether elastic, adhesive or welded, are designed to hold under various forces that may drive or pull them apart. Failure may be due to internal pressure, peeling or tensile shear. Some seals are designed to fail at a given force, either for opening or to release pressure for safety. In all cases, the point of failure is important, and for all test types there is a suitable Mecmesin MultiTest, computer-controlled for repeatable testing at the touch of a button. Routine testing of seal strength is a vital part of quality assurance, and is best done at the point of production.

 
 

 

Springs


Affordable testers and expert service, for springs

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compression tensile strength torque to turn    

If you produce of use springs, the chances are they are a mix of custom designs and standards. As a designer and producer, you want to know that the actual performance is held very tightly to specification. As a user, you know your brand depends on components such as these being reliable. Mecmesin spring testers are in use for the smallest precision torsion springs (using our Helixa torque tester) to high-end vehicle suspension springs (using our 50 kN MultiTest universal tester).

 
 

 

Tools calibration


Affordable testers and expert service, for tools calibration

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fastening torque torque to turn      

Calibrated tools such as torque wrenches require regular adjustment to stay in compliance. Mecmesin torque sensors and instruments are calibrated to laboratory standards, and can ensure that your torque tools are accurately assessed every time.

 
 

 

Wire rope fixings, ferrules and tethers


Wire rope fixings, ferrules and tethers

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The strength of any cable or wire rope is only as good as its attachments. Swages, eyes and shackles, terminals, clamps and ferrules on the cable, or eye-bolts that they attach to, can be the weakest point. These components can be bench-tested for correct fitting and tensile strength using Mecmesin MultiTest tensile testers. Where the application is, for example, on a vehicle or a building, hand-held digital instruments and sensors can be used.