Q10 A Fully Automatic Micro Hardness Tester

The Q10 A is a fully automatic micro hardness tester for performing Vickers, Knoop or light load Brinell micro hardness testing on mounted or unmounted samples. The A model version means the unit does not come equipped with an 18 MP color overview camera system.

A large motorized X/Y stage, creative clamping solutions and the premiere hardness testing software allow processing of multiple samples for extended periods of uninterruped micro hardness testing. With the optional larger stage you can process up to 16 mounted samples or numerous unmounted samples (e.g. rings, finished parts).

An ultra-precise load cell controls the test force for reliable micro hardness testing results between 50 grams and 10 kg. An optional test force extension can take the test force down to 0.25 grams. A motorized 6 place turret is freely configurable to optimize the mix of indenters (Vickers / Knoop / Brinell) and objectives specific to your application.

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  • Amazing 3D CAD User Interface

    Intuitive, structured and professional. The Qpix Control2 software ushers in a new generation of hardness testing software. It has been developed based on customer input and feedback to guarantee maximum user-friendliness. Extensive use of 3D CAD drawings provide the user with a unique experience that is easy to follow.

    Auto-stop vs. Test All Points

    Users are in total control of how the micro hardness tester performs its testing. When using Auto-stop, the tester will indent, then read, then indent, then read, allowing the test to stop once a specific hardness value is reached. Users can also program the number of indents to perform after this limit has been hit. The other method is to perform all indents first, then optically read all. The choice is yours.

    Auto-Snap and Edge Recognition

    Auto-Snap is a standard feature for quickly creating test patterns. Simply drag the pattern close to the sample edge and the software will automatically align the traverse.

    The optional Edge Recognition module is the perfect add-on if you will be using templates for same parts testing extensively. With the Edge Recognition module you only need to roughly position your saved testing template to the sample edge and the software will automatically align the test points for you.

    edge recognition example

    Hardness Color Maps in 2D/3D

    2d/3d mapping example

    The optional 2D/3D Mapping Module allows you to create beautiful hardness color maps in 2D or 3D for use in presentations.

    Users can easily create a contour line for their sample and define the density of the testing grid allowing test patterns of 100s or 1000s of indents depending on how many data points are desired.

    Rotatable Indenter

    The operator can define a contour path, then during testing the indenter will automatically rotate and remain parallel to the defined contour. Great for testing of different material layers.

    rotatable knoop example

    rotatable knoop example

    In addition to rotating along a contour, the rotatable indenter is also great for keeping the intenter in a specific position for case depth lines, regardless of where the sample is positioned in the sample holder.

    Dynamic Height Adjustment

    The joystick provides variable speed control (0.01 up to 20 mm/s) of all 3 axes (X, Y, Z) for quick, accurate and sensitive positioning of the test head and X/Y stage.

    Dynamic Height Adjustment

    Exact Positioning and Large Test Room

    Exact Positioning and Large Test Room

    Constructed in high-quality anodized aluminium, the spacious test area allows testing of large unmounted or traditional samples. The fully automatic XY stage with high precision optical path measurement system can be equipped with an 8-place sample holder for smaller samples (≤40 mm) or a 4 place holder for 50 mm samples. Customer specific sample holders can be managed and created in the software.

    Closed Loop Load Cell

    Electronically controlled test forces ensure quick and precise hardness testing as well as rapid test method changeover (maintenance free) and automatic

    Closed Loop Load Cell

    6 Place Motorized Turret

    6 Place Motorized Turret

    The 6 place motorized turret is standard in all models and offers space for various test methods. For example it can be equipped with 3 different objectives and the corresponding indenters for Vickers, Knoop or Brinell.

  • Test Parameters

    Vickers Tests
    (DIN EN ISO 6507, ASTM E-384, ASTM E92):

    With optional test load extension:
    HV 0.00025, HV 0.005, HV 0.001, HV 0.002, HV 0.005, HV 0.01, HV 0.02, HV 0.025

    With standard test loads:
    HV 0.05, HV 0.1, HV 0.2, HV 0.3, HV 0.5, HV 1, HV 2, HV 3, HV 5, HV 10

    Knoop Tests
    (DIN EN ISO 4545, ASTM E-384, ASTM E92):

    With optional test load extension:
    HK 0.00025, HK 0.0005, HK 0.001, HK 0.002, HK 0.003, HK 0.005, HK 0.01, HK 0.02, HK 0.025

    With standard test loads:
    HK 0.05, HK 0.1, HK 0.2, HK 0.3, HK 0.5, HK 1, HK 2

    Brinell Tests
    (DIN EN ISO 6506, ASTM E-10):

    HBW 1/1, HBW 1/2.5, HBW 1/5, HBW 1/10

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