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Touchscreen digital force gauge

Mecmesin | VFG touchscreen digital force gauge
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Introducing the VFG, the most advanced touchscreen force gauge, powered by Vector OS.

A handheld instrument built for tough environments to deliver accuracy and reliability. Designed for tensile and compressive testing in the field or as part of a testing system for use in Production, QC and R&D labs.

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Mecmesin | Vector Force Gauge (VFG) touchscreen digital force gauge

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The most advanced touchscreen force and torque gauges, powered by Vector OS.

Handheld instruments built for tough environments to deliver accuracy and reliability.

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Mecmesin | Vector Force Gauge (VFG) touchscreen digital force gauge

Vector OS

Our touchscreen instruments are powered by Vector OS, Mecmesin's technology platform for its latest force and torque test equipment. It delivers intuitive and customisable user interfaces, as well as advanced data acquisition and analysis.

To enhance your testing power you can connect all Vector instruments to a computer and use Mecmesin's VectorPro Lite software for data plotting and reporting.

Advanced data acquisition and plotting

VectorPro Lite working interface screen on laptop

Live tension and compression values are captured and automatically sent to VectorPro Lite to plot the graph of force vs time/displacement.

This helps to visually identify and report on any events during a test that cannot be picked up through the instrument display.

To help determine whether your sample has met the necessary criteria, there is a suite of standard calculations with indicators of pass or fail to immediately alert the operator.

A statistical analysis of results per batch of samples is produced and then incorporated, together with the graphs, into a customisable PDF or CSV test report for your customer.

Collect data from instruments

Expand your force or torque gauge to plot the curve of tension, compression or torque on a graph.

Collect the data and use built-in calculations to see if results meet your pass/fail criteria.

Export the results and data to Excel or use them to generate test reports in PDF format.

User licences
Your licence key grants full and unlimited use - there's no hidden extras or limitations - you get the full package.

Key features

Design

  • Intuitive workspace and 'drag and drop' interface
  • Personalised settings to see data as it suits you
  • Touchscreen enabled

Control

  • Live plotting of data with auto-scaling of axis
  • Overlay multiple samples on the same graph
  • Colour coding of samples for instant identification

Report

  • Calculate results and clear Pass/Fail indicators
  • Customisable report templates
  • Email reports and export data to Excel

Force and Torque sensors

The VFTI, AFTI, VFG and AFG are versatile force and torque indicators designed for use with the Mecmesin range of 'Smart' tension and compression loadcells and 'Smart' static and rotary torque sensors.

Readings are displayed as live values with peak-hold function in both tension and compression, or for torque in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.

Data can be streamed as continuous or single readings for recording on PCs, printers and dataloggers.

VFTI product on its side showing dongle serial port connection to sensor/loadcell

Smart sensors for use with the VFTI and AFTI displays, as well as our VFG and AFG gauges.

A range of interchangeable force and torque sensors for measuring tension and compression and static or rotary torque with the VFTI/AFTI display or VFG/AFG.

Each 'Smart' sensor is delivered with its own connecting cable, which has a proprietary plug containing the calibration data for instant recognition by the VFTI/AFTI.

All 'Smart' sensors read from zero and are delivered at no extra cost with a full calibration certificate traceable to national standards.

Mecmesin issued sensor and device calibration certificates

 

Force Sensors

Tension & Compression - S-beam

S-beam shaped loadcells for measuring tension and compression

A range of 'Smart' S-beam shaped loadcells for measuring tension and compression. Various models to measure from 0 - 100 N right through to 0 - 100 kN.

Tension & Compression - S-beam (Junior)

S-beam (Junior) miniature loadcells for measuring tension and compression in confined spaces

A range of 'Smart' loadcells in a miniature S-beam shape. Suitable for measuring tension and compression for applications where available space is limited. Various models to measure from 0 - 1 N right through to 0 - 500 N.

Compression only - Load Button

Load button loadcell - smart miniature sensor for compression measurement only

A range of 'Smart' sensors for compression measurement only. Available in miniature and sub-miniature sizes for use where space is very limited. Compressive load is applied to the top of the sensor’s central dome. Various models to measure from 0 - 100 N right through to 0 - 50 kN.

Specialised Loadcells

Customised force sensor example - pedal force testing

In addition to the standard range of tension and compressions sensors, Mecmesin also offers specialised loadcells dedicated to specific applications.

 

Torque sensors

Rotary Torque Transducer - Mini (low-torque)

Smart rotary mini torque transducer/sensor for AFTI

Range of 'Smart' mini sensors for measuring rotary torque from 0 - 0.050 N.m right through to 0 - 1 N.m.

Rotary Torque Transducer (mid- & high-torque)

Smart rotary torque transducer/sensor for AFTI

A range of 'Smart' sensors for measuring rotary torque from 0 - 2 N.m right through to 0 - 150 N.m.

Static Torque Transducer (low-torque)

Smart static torque transducer/sensor for low torque applications

A range of 'Smart' sensors for measuring static torque from 0 - 0.05 N.m right through to 0 - 2 N.m.

Suitable for bench-mounting or integration into a complete test rig. Equipped with 1/4" hex drive (or 3mm bore) for the fitting of adaptors.

Static Torque Transducer (mid- & high-torque)

Smart static torque transducer/sensor for mid-to-high torque applications

A range of 'Smart' sensors for measuring static torque from 0 - 1.5 N.m right through to 0 - 1000 N.m.

Suitable for bench-mounting or integration into a complete test rig. Equipped with a square-drive of 3/8" to 1" for the fitting of adaptors.

Static Torque Screwdriver - Mini (low-torque)

Smart mini torque screwdriver sensor for low/miniature testing applications

A range of fine-precision, low-capacity torque screwdrivers for handheld applications. Suitable for the measurement of very fine static torque from 0 - 0.01 N.m right through to 0 - 1 N.m. Equipped with 1/4" hex drive (or 3mm bore) for the fitting of adaptors.

Note: If your application requires multiple rotations of the sensor in one direction, we recommend using a rotary torque transducer.

Static Torque Screwdriver (mid-torque)

Smart torque screwdriver transducer for mid-capacity torque applications

A range of mid-capacity torque screwdrivers for handheld applications. Suitable for the measurement of static torque from 0 - 0.3 N.m right through to 0 - 10 N.m. Supplied as standard with a Jacobs-style 3-jaw chuck that can be removed to allow 3/8" square-drive to be used.

Note: If your application requires multiple rotations of the sensor in one direction, we recommend using a rotary torque transducer.

VFG

 

AFG

Touchscreen

Full colour display that supports touch and gestures, with live graphing and customisable interface

Vector OS

Future software updates, inc. configuration deployment, new features and custom applications

Smart Sensors

Supports our range of external 'Smart Sensors' for a huge variety of applications

Capacity

2.5 N - 2.5 kN
Capture readings from as low as 0.0005 N to 2,500 N

Accuracy

±0.1 % of full scale
eg VFG 500 has a full-scale capacity of 500 N, so is accurate to ±0.5N at any point between 0 - 500 N

Storage

Expandable memory (Micro SD card - supports up to 32GB)

Overview

The VFG is Mecmesin's most powerful digital force gauge, packed full with innovative features and an intuitive touchscreen interface making it easy to navigate for all users. 

Vector OS software is at the heart of the VFG enabling operators to configure the gauge to their requirements, analyse test results quickly in the field, and customise the touchscreen interface.

Available in 10 models with capacities ranging from 2.5 to 2500 N (0.5 to 550 lbf), the VFG caters for a diverse range of industrial applications.

All models are highly accurate to ±0.1% of full-scale with readings displayed in all common measurement units; N, kN, mN, gf, kgf, lbf and ozf.

Whilst most regularly used for push and pull tests using the gauge's internal loadcell, the VFG also acts as a universal display for a selection of external ‘smart’ force and torque transducers. This means you can expand a VFG by connecting additional sensors to a Smart Adapter to perform tests of all capacities for tension, compression and torsion – all with one gauge.

The VFG offers enhanced test features and data analysis capabilities:

  • Max and 1st Peak mode - register the key values from the test
  • Graphing mode - generate a live curve on the display to help identify critical events during the test
  • Fast internal sampling at 5MHz enables a data-acquisition rate of 2,000 times per second - ensures sudden break-force readings are captured accurately
  • Visual pass/fail alarms - alert operators immediately when testing
  • Overload warning - minimise the risk of accidental damage to the loadcell
  • Statistical summary - store displayed readings to a built-in memory for statistical analysis within the gauge  
  • Expandable external memory - save all the raw data-points on a 32GB micro-SDHC card so you can test rapidly now and download results later
  • Output data directly to a PC or printer for further analysis
  • Mount the gauge to test stands and connect to external loadcells & torque sensors - outstanding versatility makes it ideal for hundreds of different applications

The 5" colour touchscreen features a highly intuitive interface to simplify operation for all users. Swipe to access configuration menus and set-up advanced tests by selecting from the icon-driven functions list. Configure the display to include only the options you wish to see. Pinch-and-zoom to expand the live graph. 

The VFG is constructed from a rugged aluminium housing, shaped to fit the hand making it small enough to be used as a hand-held device. It is easily attachable to a motorised stand, thereby making it an affordable first step to more controlled tension and compression testing where optimum repeatability is required. Alternatively, this powerful digital force gauge can also be integrated as a key component into your own custom test rigs.

It is powered by a fast-charge lithium-Ion battery and is supplied in a robust carry case with a standard accessory kit plus a USB-C charging cable and USB-C to USB-A adapter. A removable, rubber bumper is pre-fitted to protect against accidental damage if the gauge is dropped.

A calibration certificate traceable to national standards is included at no extra charge - ensuring full compliance during external audits.

It is the ideal choice for tension and compression tests just about anywhere, making it the solution of choice for factory or outdoor use.

Product brochures

VFG Touchscreen Force Gauge - Sales Flyer (PDF) VFG Touchscreen Force Gauge - Sales Flyer (PDF)

Key specs

Tension and Compression

VFG Touchscreen

Measurement range

All force gauges measure from zero to the value indicated in the table below.

Model VFG
2.5
VFG
5
VFG
10
VFG
25
VFG
50
VFG
100
VFG
250
VFG
500
VFG
1000
VFG
2500
N 2.5 5 10 25 50 100 250 500 1000 2500
lbf 0.55 1.1 2.2 5.5 11 22 55 110 220 550
kgf 0.25 0.5 1 2.5 5 10 25 50 100 250
Resolution

1:50,000
eg. VFG 500 when measuring in newtons has a resolution of 0.01 N

Accuracy

±0.1 % of full scale
eg. VFG 500 has a full-scale capacity of 500 so is accurate to ± 0.5 N at any point between 0 - 500 N

Units of measurement

mN, N, kN, gf, kgf, ozf, lbf

Sampling Rate

5,000,000 Hz 

Overload Rating

150% of full scale

Storage

On-board/built-in memory

8 MB (approx. 500 stored readings)

Expandable memory

Up to 32 GB (via SDHC card)

Dimensions

Width

72 mm

Height

205 mm

Depth

42 mm

Weight

740g

Online demonstrations and training available from Mecmesin technical sales engineers


Online test equipment and training demos

 

As more people are working from home to reduce non-essential travel, our technical sales engineers can provide online equipment demos or training sessions via web-based video calls.

If possible, send in your own samples and our sales team will be able to present your own products being tested.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements and to arrange an online demo or training session.

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