Micro Hardness Tester / Vickers Hardness Tester
Vickers Principle

Vickers Hardness Tester is a key piece of equipment that is indispensable to metallographic research, product quality control, and the development of product certification materials.

Vickers / Microhardness test procedure as per ASTM E-384, EN ISO 6507, and ASTM E-92 standard specifies making indentation with a range of loads using a diamond indenter which is then measured and converted to a hardness value. For this purpose as long as test samples are carefully and properly prepared, the Vickers / Microhardness method is considered to be very useful for testing on a wide type of materials, including metals, composites, ceramics, or applications such as testing foils, measuring surface of a part, testing individual microstructures, or measuring the depth of case hardening by sectioning a part and making a series of indentations.

Two types of indenters are generally used for the Vickers test family, a square base pyramid shaped diamond for testing in a Vickers hardness tester and a narrow rhombus shaped indenter for a Knoop hardness tester.

The Vickers hardness test method requires a pyramidal diamond with square base having an angle of 136° between the opposite faces. Upon completion of indentation, the two diagonals will be measured and the average value will be considered.

The loads for Micro Vickers or Knoop hardness testing methods are typically very low, ranging from a few grams to 2 kgs. The load range for Macro Vickers hardness test procedure can range up to 50kgs.

Normally the prepared specimens, using metallography mounting presses are mounted in a plastic medium to facilitate the preparation and testing. In order to enhance the resolution of measurement, the indentations should be as large as possible. A new line of Case depth hardness testers are also available from Qualitest, that can non-destructively, within a few minutes and using minimal surface preparations, measure the case depth hardness of materials.

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Available Products

Hardness Test Block

We offer the largest Hardness Test Block selection in the industry, Rockwell Full range, Brinell, Micro, Vickers, Knoop and Master Calibration Kits. All of our Hardness Test Blocks come with Certification.

Motorized Hardness Tester ESATEST MTR

Handy ESATEST X is a portable electronic hardness tester which operates according to the principle of hardness determination through measure of electrical resistance.

Automatic Hardness Tester - Qness10/30 A-A+ Series

The most versatile quality series hardness testers - Qness Hardness Testers. Electronically controlled loads secure a quick and precise hardness testing as well as quick method change (maintenance free) and automatic recognition of the focus layer.

QV-1000AAT Micro Hardness Tester - Analog with Auto Turret (motorized)

Qualitest range of QV-1000 Series Micro Vickers / Knoop Hardness testers are our popular and precise testing systems suitable for microhardness analysis of metallic specimens in metallography laboratories or production environments.

QV 4500 High End Closed Loop Micro / Macro Vickers Hardness Tester

High-end Vickers/Knoop hardness tester featuring Closed Loop, Load Cell, Force Feedback technology for a reliable fast measurement procedure.

QV-430AAT Vickers Hardness Tester - Analog measurement micrometer reading

Our advanced line of Macro Vickers Hardness Tester – QV-405/410/430 features functional design with modular options and complies with state-of-the-art technological standards.

QV- CCD Vickers / Micro-Vickers Video Filar Hardness Tester

QV- CCD Vickers Video Filar System is unique, user friendly system combines the power, speed and flexibility of a personal computer with the precision of our Vickers/Micro-Vickers hardness testers’ series.

Clemex CMT Microhardness / Vickers / Knoop Image Analysis Software

Clemex CMT advanced image analysis software is a flexible yet affordable software solution that enables you to acquire, measure and even analyze the results of your Vickers or Knoop hardness test.

HTD-900 Case Depth Hardness Tester

New innovative HTD-Series Case Depth Hardness Tester, have revolutionized heat treat industries by offering a technology to accurately, non-destructively and within a couple of minutes, measure case depth hardness of the heat treated parts.

Vickers Hardness Tester - MTR-X Series

MTR X-Series perfect for testing of large and small specimen, irregular shapes, interiors, gear evolvents and difficult, until now inaccessible, points, not influenced by deflection and bending operates according to Din 50158 standard ESATEST principle.