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How to Choose the Right Universal Testing Machine?

A wide range of materials including plastic, metal, rubber, among others, can be tested using Universal Testing Machines. Regardless of the product you manufacture, these machines play a vital role in ensuring adherence to the requirements of ASTM and ISO standards. Whether you're upgrading in quality or functionality, or want to purchase brand new equipment, you want to avoid buying a Universal Testing Machine that doesn't meet your specific needs.

Based on your unique testing requirement, there are a range of factors you must consider before purchasing a universal testing machine.

1.    ASTM and ISO Requirements: One of the first and foremost considerations to make while purchasing a UTM is to ascertain the standards required for the test material.  Testing standards often play an important role when selecting testing equipment as most standards include sections with the recommended or required apparatus and fixturing. Standards also specify the details of the test such as preloads, speeds, and the distance between grips. These requirements vary and it’s important to know what type of test the material must undergo.

2.    Material to be Tested: A very broad range of materials can be tested using a Universal Testing Machine. The type of material, weight and its dimensions play an important role in determining the right testing machine for your needs. Qualitest’s machines are capable of testing various materials including rubber, metal, plastic, and more. 

3.    Maximum Load Capacity: Universal Testing Machines are often chosen based on the maximum load needed to conduct a test. There are a range of different machines available including table top, electromechanical, hydraulic, and more. The load capacity ultimately guides the size of the machine. At Qualitest, we provide consultation to our customers based on their unique testing requirement.

4.    Types of Tests: A major factor to consider before purchasing a Universal Testing Machine is to know what types of test you want to conduct. Qualitest’s machines are highly customizable and can perform a range of tests including tensile, compression, torsion, bend, and more. Explore our full range of Universal Testing Machines here.

5.    All Tests, One Machine: Just picking the right Universal Testing Machine isn’t enough. You must also think critically about its future and the range of materials it can be used for. For instance, you may need a tensile testing machine today, but would perhaps also want to use it for drop or bend testing in the future. By considering all current and future requirements, you will be able to reduce costs in the long run by purchasing a truly “universal” testing machine. 

At Qualitest, we work closely with our clients around the world to provide them with the latest testing technology that is versatile and cost effective. Our customized Universal Testing Machines can be used for multiple tests and can be easily modified if needed.

Contact our sales team to learn more about our machines and support services.