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UNITEST - Universal Testing Platform - Ducom Instruments

The most advanced universal test platform

Mechanical testing · Tribology testing · Microscopy · Profilometry

ONE PLATFORM TO DO IT ALL.

Whether it is mechanical testing, tribology or surface imaging, the UNITEST can handle it. Its unique platform design is stiff and precise. Its hybrid construction dampens vibrations and the wide open architecture gives you full flexibility with specimen sizes and testing modules. It has the ability to move and sense with precision in up to 6 independently controlled axes.  

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Fast interchangeability. Vast testing ecosystem - Many modules to choose from. Our patented platform design is modular and open. It comes standard with a synchronized dual drive system and an embedded high precision Y stage. High precision position sensors are embedded in both axes. Its electronics is physically separated for excellent isolation high fidelity data acquisition capabilities. This also makes servicing and upgrades easy and painless.

Ducom Instruments - Rotary Module
Ducom Instruments - Scratch Test
Ducom Instruments - Mild Steel Pin on Disk Test
Ducom Instruments - 3D Profilometer - Scar Scan
UNITEST - DecaForce Load Head

Sensing And measurement

The UNITEST can be equipped with a variety of loading and sensing heads that are quickly interchangeable. These heads are available with force measurement capabilities in 1, 2, 3 and 6 axis. These load cells can be strain gauged, capacitive or piezoelectric. 

Our patented multi-axis load sensor offers unparalleled performance in a compact form factor. Another one of our patented sensor is designed to fully mechanically decouple forces for unparalleled performance. 

MULTI-SCALE testing ready

By interchanging load heads, the UNITEST platforms testing and measurement capabilities can range from nano scale to macro scales. Our load head options are our patented MicroForce load head for multi scale testing, DecaForce Load Head Series, HectoForce Load Head Series and the KiloForce Load Head Series. Our specially developed BioForce Load Head which was purpose built for biotribological applications is also available. 

MicroForce Load Head
Ducom Instruments - Low Load Stage

Motion. Any way you want it.

Precise and controlled movements are fundamental to many mechanical tests and all tribological tests. The UNITEST offers a wide variety of motion modules, so you can adapt your test system to match your specific movement requirements. Motion modules are all software controlled and programmable. Some of our standard motion modules include Linear Micro Drive, Linear Macro Drive, Linear High Performance Drive and Rotary Drives. Other specialized drives are also available. These drives cover motion requirements for a range of applications from pin on disk testing and piston and cylinder liner testing to fretting wear tests

Testing Environments?
Its all here. 

Low temperature testing options for ambient to -120 Deg C (-184 F) and High temperature options for ambient to 1200 deg C (2200 F) are available for testing temperature dependent properties of materials. Other environment control systems like lubrication modules, corrosion modules and humidity modules are also available.

Ducom Instruments - TriboCorrosion Cell

Digital microscopy

Using our plug and play digital microscopy module, you can now image samples with complete flexibility. With built-in Brightfield Microscopy and Darkfield Microscopy modes, the digital microscopy module can be mounted on our unique moving beam and a large platform that can accommodate small to large sample sizes with ease.

Ducom Instruments - Pin on Vee Block
Ducom Instruments - Pin on Disk - 6 mm Al Pin
Ducom Instruments - Disk Wear Track

3D profilometry

Non contact 3D profilometry head can be added on to the UNITEST to enhance surface measurement capabilities. Mounted on the moving Z-Axis beam, the profiler head can quickly and conveniently be placed over the area of interest on a specimen for easy high resolution 3D sample imaging. The integrated software works seamlessly and test data, digital microscopy images and 3D profilometry data can all be combined for easy reporting. 

 

Ducom Instruments - 3D Profilometer - Scar Scan
Ducom Instruments - 3D Profilometer - Scar Profile
Ducom Instruments - 3D Profilometer - HFRR Scar Scan

Easy to configure. in just 4 easy steps

Fast interchangeability, a vast testing ecosystem and many modules to choose from is what makes the UNITEST so powerful and adaptable. Our patented platform design is modular and open. It comes standard with a synchronized dual drive system and an embedded high precision Y stage. High precision position sensors are embedded in both axes. Its electronics is physically separated for excellent isolation high fidelity data acquisition capabilities. This also makes servicing and upgrades easy and painless.

1

Select a load head

2

Select motion drive

3

Choose environment module

4

Pick imaging module

Our application engineers are available to help you to identify the right configuration for your application

Load Head Selection

Pick a load head that matches your scale of testing. For example, for low load friction testing, the MicroForce load head is a good choice. For most macro tribology uses, the DecaForce is a good place to start.

Motion Drive Selection

Once your load head is selected, choose a motion drive that matches your movement requirements. A linear reciprocating drive for scratch testing or reciprocating wear testing is one example. 

Environment Module Selection

If your testing requires specialized conditions like controlled humidity, temperature, corrosive fluid or lubrication choose the required module to enable the test capability. This selection is optional, so if you just want to test under ambient conditions with no need for special environments, you don't need to add an environment module.

Imaging Module Selection

Depending on your reporting needs, you may want to add a digital imaging module or a 3D profilometry module to your test platform. These options powerful capabilities to examine your specimens before, during and after your test. This selection is also optional.

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