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Key Features

  • Integrated 3D Profilometer
  • Nano, Micro & Macro Load Ranges
  • -120°C to 1200°C Temperature Control
  • Interchangeable Test Modules
  • Integrated 3D Profilometer
  • Environmental Control Chamber
The Rtec Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000, with an example 3D profilometry image

Tribometer MFT-5000

The state of the art Rtec Multi Function tribometer Mft-5000 is globally regarded as the most versatile and technologically advanced tribometer. Manufactured at silicon valley, California it is used by several top labs, universities and industries. The tribometer offers next generation patented force sensors with ultra low resolution, highest speeds and wide environmental control range than any other commercially existing tribometer. The patented integrated 3D profilometer allows to analyse surface change vs time. The universal tribometer MFT-5000 allows to create a comprehensive report on friction, wear, tribology and surface analysis.

An example 3D profilometry image

Interchangeable Modules on Same Platform

The tribometer has a modular architecture. Easy to change modules allows it to run practically any friction test, wear test. The platform comes with lower X,Y and and upper Multiple Z stages. On top of XY stage various modules mount. Flow chart about configuring

Rotary - Pin on disk tribometer, ball on disk tribometer etc. 0.001-10,000 RPM
Reciprocating - Linear reciprocating tribometer wear, pin on plate etc. up to 80Hz
Block on Ring - Test bearings, shafts, lubricant, grease, etc. high torque, high speed
Upper Rotation - 4 Ball tester, tapping torque tester, seals etc. upto 5000RPM
Long Stroke High Speed- 40mm at 40Hz. test piston ring cylinder liner, engines, compressors etc.
Fretting Voice Coil - 5um to 4mm stroke, upto 500Hz. Fretting wear, fretting loop creation

  • Rotary
  • Block on Ring
  • Upper Rotation
  • Fretting
  • Fast Reciprocating
  • Long Stroke High Speed

Patented Integrated Inline 3D Profilometer

Rtec friction tester comes with inline integrated 3d profilometer to create surface imaging. This allows to study surface change vs time with nm resolution. Why friction force changes can be easily quantified. Various techniques such as interferometer, confocal , raman are available for the measurements. The tester allows for automatic stitching across a large surface area for volume wear, roughness calculations.

Rigid tribometer design allows for a very low floor noise, that enables to perform 3D images automatically. The optical profilometery was specifically optimized to work on tribology wear marks as they typically have steep slopes, dark texture, liquid layers on top. There are two optical heads available for integration.

Sigma head - White light interferometery
Lambda Head - White light interferometery + Confocal microscopy + Dark Field + Bright Field Imaging

Automatic Sub nm Surface Change Image vs Time

The data shows 3D wear mark progression during linear reciprocating test. The data is then used to calculate and study

Volume wear progression
Roughness change
Crack initiation and propagation
Debris creation
Topography change
Effect of textures on tribology
Effect of surface roughness

The profilometer images can be taken vs time, cycles or on a trigger, for eg. image the wear track when acoustic emission channel shows crack initiation point or when there is sudden change in friction etc.

Unmatched Load Cell Technology - Capacitive, Piezo

The universal mechanical tester has a wide range of patented load cell technology. The offered sensor resolution, negligible drift is unparalleled today. The wide load range extends from nN to 12,000N using fast exchange The sensors comes with various forms 1D, 2D, 6D,

Capacitive Load Cells - Highest resolution load cells with neglibile thermal drifts.
Piezo Load Cells - Sensors to measure data at highest frequencies.
Strain Gauge Load Cells - Sensor with widest load range.
Dynamic torque Sensors - Sensors to measure inline torque during rotating motions.

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