Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000

The MFT-5000 is a modular and versatile universal tribometer. Analyse friction, wear, and mechanical properties. Nano, micro, and macro range with integrated 3D profilometer. Rtec Instruments’ state-of-the art Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000 is globally regarded as the most versatile and technologically advanced tribometer. With patented force sensors, MFT-5000 has higher speeds and wider environmental control range than any other commercially existing tribometer.


Rtec Instruments

Rtec Instruments develops and manufactures advanced mechanical and surface testing and measurement solutions for research and industrial applications. They specialise in combining techniques that provide a unique perspective in material testing. Their testers include tribometer, profilometer, scratch tester, high-temperature indenter, and corrosion testers. Furthermore, their testers provide the most robust and versatile platform in the market for testing friction, wear, adhesion, hardness, roughness, and film thickness from nano to macro-scale.

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Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000

Key Features

  • Integrated 3D Profilometer
  • Nano, Micro & Macro Load Ranges
  • -120°C to 1200°C
  • Modular with Interchangeable Modules
  • Coatings, Lubricants, Materials Surface and Tribology Studies

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.

A tribometer like no other

Versatile and Customisable For Your Needs

  • A: Upper Z structure - High precision multiple Z stages to move load cell, and profiler in Z-axis.
  • B: Open Platform - Open platform architecture allows easy access and use. In addition, large available space provides current or future application modules to mount on one platform.
  • C: Lower Interchangeable Module - Interchangeable fast-exchange modules perform several tests on the same platform. These include rotary, block on ring, reciprocating, fretting, scratch, and more.
  • D: Environmental Control - Wide temperature (-120 to 1200°C), humidity (5 to 95% RH), pressure (up to 200 psi), vacuum (10-7 torr).
  • E: Force Sensors - Interchangeable load cells across a wide range—nN to 10,000 N. Capacitive, piezo, and strain gauge technology.
  • F: Patented In-line 3D Profilometer - In-line Lambda 3D optical profilometer. Inspect any sample with nm resolution. Four imaging modes on the same profilometer–confocal, interferometer, dark field, and bright field.
  • G: XY Stage - Long-stroke, high precision, close loop XY stage. The stage moves modules between test and image positions to create custom motions. Also, slow speed reciprocating, scratch, and combined X-Y motions.
  • H: Data Acquisition, Motion Controller - Advanced high speed, low noise, fast feedback. Multiple channels, and highest data acquisition rate (200 kHz) controllers.

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, thrust washer, and twist compression up to 10,000 N loads
  • Long Stroke High Speed- 40mm at 40Hz. test piston ring cylinder liner, engines, compressors etc.
  • Fretting Voice Coil - 10 µm to 2.8 mm stroke, up to 300 Hz frequency. Fretting wear and fretting loop creation

Patented Integrated Inline 3D Profilometer

The in-line integrated 3D profilometer provides 3D surface change plots with nm resolution. Thus, the profilometer easily correlates the tribology data with surface topography. This technology is specifically optimized for tribology-related tests.

Notably, the lambda head model combines four optical techniques on one head. These techniques include interferometer, confocal, dark field, and bright field imaging. Thus, it can measure any surface– transparent, rough, smooth, and steep slopes surface.

In addition, the XY stage on the tribometer allows for automatic stitching of volume wear and roughness calculations.

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 10,000N using fast exchange The sensors comes with various forms 1D, 2D, 6D,

  • Capacitive Load Cells - Highest resolution load cells with negligible thermal drifts.
  • Piezo Load Cells - Highest resolution load cells with high frequency response.
  • Strain Gauge Load Cells - Sensor with widest load range.
  • Dynamic torque Sensors - Sensors to measure inline torque during rotating motions.

Environmental Chambers

Tribology testing highly depends on environmental conditions. Therefore, tests require conditions close to the real application. The MFT-5000 has a wide range of options. These include high temperature, corrosion, pressure, vacuum, cooling, inert gas on one tribometer.

  • High Heat and Cryogenic: Cryogenic to high temperature close loop chambers: -120 °C to 1200 °C.
  • Controlled Humidity: Control humidity from 5 to 95% RH to simulate real-life scenarios.
  • High Pressure and Vacuum: Solution from 10-7 Torr up to 200 PSI gas pressure with temperature control.
  • Environment: Salt Spray, tribocorrosion, inert gas chambers for various applications.


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Bio-materials
  • Ceramics
  • Hard Coating
  • Lubricants
  • Metal
  • Optics and Glasses
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Polymer
  • Semicon


High Temperature (Up to 1200° C)

  • Hot hardness Tester
  • High Tribology Friction, Wear


  • Lubricant Summary
  • Mini Traction Machine
  • Block on Ring
  • 4-Ball EP and Wear
  • HFRR
  • SRV
  • Grease
  • Tapping Torque, Cutting, Drilling
  • Piston Ring Cylinder Liner


  • Materials Summary
  • Hot Hardness
  • 3,4 Point Bending


  • Low temperature (from -120°C)

Corrosion Testing

  • Tribocorrosion
  • Salt Spray

Friction Wear

  • Catheter Friction Analysis
  • Rotary Pin on Disk Tribometer, Ball on Disk
  • Reciprocating
  • Brake Materials tribology
  • Fretting
  • Low Friction, Nano Tribology
  • Bio Tribology


  • Catheter Friction Analysis
  • Coatings Summary
  • Scratch Test, Adhesion, Hardness
  • 2D Materials, Low Friction Coatings
  • Fretting
  • Pin on Disk, Ball on Disk
  • Reciprocating
  • High Temperature Tribology up to 1200°C
  • Hard Coatings, Cutting Tools


  • Brake Materials Screening
  • Lenses
  • Cutting Tools
  • Piston Ring Cylinder Liner
  • High Pressure Chamber
  • Space Tribology
  • Textile



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Your metrology instrumentation is a major investment that is critical to your business operation and success. In today’s competitive climate, it is more important than ever to extend the functionality and peak performance of your metrology equipment years beyond the expiration of your factory warranty. CN Tech’s Support Programs will help ensure that your investment is protected, and that you and your instrument’s are always operating at peak performance.

With over 20 years’ experience servicing and repairing you can be assured that your system is in safe hands. The independent services we offer include system relocation, maintenance visits, parts and consumables, and break down interventions.

CN Tech’s Support Programs are an economical way to guarantee optimal working condition:

  • Annual Preventive Maintenance
  • Priority Technical Assistance
  • Preferred Parts Availability
  • On-Site User Training
  • Remote Diagnostics
  • No surprise repair expense and much more!

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