Hardness tester FH 12 Rockwell

The FH 12 Series represents one of Tinius Olsen’s most advanced system for universal hardness testing. This multi purpose hardness testing instrument uses a modern design and innovative technology, based on the application of mechatronic components and high-resolution video machine vision systems.
The high level of precision combined with high definition imaging means that the scope of applications for the FH 12 is almost unlimited; whether those applications cover aircraft engine parts, automobile parts, production lines, general quality assurance or general laboratory use.
The FH 12is available in three models with force ranges consisting of 1 to 250 kgf, 3 to 750 kgf, 10 to 3000 kgf. A special feature of the FH 12 is the six position motorized turret, which comes as a standard on each system. The turret can hold up to 3 different indentors and/or 3 (or 4 if only 2 indenters are selected) objectives. Combine the turret with an optional X-Y stage, a rotary table or inclination table and you have one of the most comprehensive testing instruments available.



Motorized Z axis – standard.

Descending test head with automatic workpiece detection.

Testing procedure and results storage on 500GB harddrive.

Large range of optional accessories

Raise and lower up to 600kg specimen – standard.

High definition optical system for images of 0.7-1000x magnification.

650 x 500mm T-slot table for exceptional support of test specimen.

On-board built-in driver for (optional) motorized X-Y stage – standard

Free definable test patterns case depth, traverse, free style, etc – optional.

Rockwell, Superficial Rockwell, Vickers, Knoop, Brinell, Ball indentation, HVT and HBT scales.

Superior range of testloads/force application ranging from 500gf to 3000kgf (1.1-6614lbf), over three models.

Free definable, manual or motorized six position turret for objectives and indentors at choice.

PC-based Horizon hardness testing firmware and database file system – standard.

Automatic or manual focus, manual or fully automatic indent measurement – standard

Large, adjustable 15inch (381mm) industrial touchscreen (or mouse with normal 22in/558.8mm) LCD screen at choice)

Hardness scalesRockwell, Superficial Rockwell Vickers, Brinell, HVT, HBT
Hardness resolution0.01 Rockwell, 0.1 Vickers, 1 Brinell
Load applicationLoad cell, force feedback, closed loop system
Load range1kgf/9.8N/2.2lbf to 250kgf/2.45kN/551lbf, 3kgf/29N/6.6lbf to 750kgf/7.35kN/1654lbf, 10kgf/98N/22lbf to 3000kgf/29kN/6614lbf
Motorized turretThree indenter positions; three objectives positions
Optical systemHigh definition, 5Mp machine vision system
ObjectivesThree installed for 0.7-1000x magnification
Electronic systemHigh performance built-in PC-based controller, Windows 7, 15in (381mm) full color touchscreen, automatic and manual measurement
StandardsComplies to all applicable EN/ISO and ASTM standards
Brinell test range1kgf/9.8N/2.2lbf to 3000kgf/29kN/6,600lbf HB1: 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 30kgf HB2.5: 6.25, 15.62, 31.25, 62.5, 187kgf HB5: 25, 62.5, 125, 250kgf HB10: 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 1500, 3000kgf HBT: 5, 250kgf
Rockwell test scales A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, L, M, P, R, S, V, 15N, 30N, 45N, 15T, 30T, 45T, 15W, 30W, 45W, 15X, 30X, 45X, 15Y, 30Y, 45Y
Vickers test range1kgf/9.8N/2.2lbf to 120kgf/1176N/265lbf (depending on model)
Test cyclesAutomatic and manual
Force control 2-99 seconds
ConnectivityUSB-2, Bluetooth, WLAN, LAN
Specimen accommodationVertical capacity maximum height: 650mm (25.5in), horizontal capacity maximum throat: 400mm (15.7in)
Weight1100kg (2425lb)
Power 100V AC to 240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz, single phase
Operating temperature range5-40°C (41-104°F)
Operating humidity range10-90% non-condensing

Hardness testers available that can rapidly and accurately determine the hardness value of a wide variety of materials including metals, plastics, large parts, small precision parts
Hardness testers are widely used in many fields such as: manufacturing, quality control and engineering services.

Standard Accessories

●  V-anvil
● Flat anvil 60mm
● Round testing table 150mm
● Brinell microscope (FH-30-1)
● Power cable
● Four adjustable feet
● Certificate
● Installation and user manual
● Wireless mouse & keyboard

Options Accessories

● Certified indenters
● Rockwell C indenter
● Rockwell B indenter
● Brinell ball indenters 1mm, 2.5mm, 5mm, 10mm (FH-30-1)
● Certified reference hardness blocks
● Custom testing tables
● Precision vise for small parts, jaw width 36mm
● Precision vise for small parts, jaw width 42mm
● Precision vise for small parts, jaw width 75mm
● V-blocks and special clamps
● Solid tester table and storage cabinet
● Firmware service over internet ‘Team Viewer”

Horizon Software
Computer assisted data acquisition and machine control system which can be supplied with most Tinius Olsen testing equipment. The Horizon software package allows data to be collected, analyzed, graphed (where appropriate), and stored. If the testing machine allows, it can also provide control over testing operations.
Horizon has a comprehensive selection of pre-defined testing programs which includes powerful analysis of testing data, complex control, and sophisticated reporting. These programs can be modified and further enhanced to fit a customer’s particular requirements. The testing data collected by these programs may be exported to an outside source then later transferred to other data analysis systems. The Horizon databases may also be configured to be shared across several computers on a company’s network thereby allowing the testing programs and testing data to be utilized by multiple systems.
Using Horizon will make easy work of your materials testing, whether it’s designed for the demanding rigors of R&D or the charting and analysis functions of QC testing.

Key Features Overview

Advanced Machine Segment Control
Customizable Report Layout
Data Archiving and Backup
Data Exporting (Results/Limits/Statistics/Points)
Data Importing (Result Entries/Limits)
Data Stored with SQL Server Express
Formula Generation
Library of Pre-Defined Testing Programs
Method/Output Editor
Multiple Graphs/Reports for Output
Multiple Machine Controlled by one Horizon
Multiple Users
Networking Databases
Report Consolidation
RS232 Device Communication
Security Lockout Capability
Touchscreen Capability
Video Extensometer Capability

Test & Recall
The testing area allows for the viewing of live data from the machine while the test is being performed. Multiple tabs showcase the recalling of previous testing data as well as each testing machine connected to the software. Once a testing tab is created, it never has to be destroyed. When a new testing program needs to be run, simply change the Tab Options and load a new program. Each testing tab can be configured to display custom results, multiple graphs, multiple plots on a single graph, and live data (including custom formulas). Each tab may be customized to suite a user’s preferences.

Method/Output Editor
The testing program transferred from the Library may be customized for the customer in the Method and Output Editors. Create custom batch/sample identifiers for reporting and recalling purposes. Enhance the control of the machine with advanced machine segments. Automatically accept tests then print or email the report based on pre-defined limits. Customize multiple reports for various recipients. Import specimen data (such as dimensions or limits) from an outside file based on an identifier. Export results, limits, statistics, and/or curve points to an external file.

Custom Results
Methods transferred from the Library contain a number of results which have been standardized. In the Result Editor, however, custom result can be created. Such results can might be defined as entry type, a single point along a curve, a calculation between two points along a curve, a live source, or even a calculated formula. Depending upon how the result is created, it can be added to a testing panel to be viewed during the test or added to a report.

Library of Methods
A searchable database containing a variety of pre-defined testing routines. These methods are based on Standards from ASTM, ISO, EN, BS, DIN and many more. These routines include testing in tension, compression, flexure, torsion, melt index, heat distortion, hardness, impact, and more. Each method may be transferred into the user’s main database and customized with their own identifiers, units, report layouts, etc. With each new version update of Horizon, more and more routines are added to the Library.

Help Desk
Access to the tutorials which guide a user is various activities in the software.Displays details of the Software Key including items purchased. System Information displays valuable data regarding the software as well as the computer which it is installed upon. This guides the Tinius Olsen support staff when there are questions regarding system functionality. Please also note this page offers quick access to the Horizon QS program which will allow our Tinius Olsen support staff to take control of the computer when assistance is requested.

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