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Mecmesin updates OmniTest universal testing machine range – Aerospace Testing International

Mecmesin has expanded and updated its OmniTest universal testing machine range.
The UK-based supplier of force, materials, and torque testing equipment for quality control has added three single-column models to the OmniTest universal test machine (UTM) range with capacities of 0.5 kN, 1 kN, and 2.5 kN.
The compact single-column models feature a precision ballscrew that drives a crosshead mounted with an ELS loadcell. With their small footprint, they are suitable for bench-top use in space-limited environments, catering to forces below 2.5kN.
The company has also undertaken a comprehensive redesign of its existing range of twin-column test stands in 10 kN, 25 kN, and 50 kN capacities. These twin-column models provide rigidity, generous space between columns, and are equipped with twin precision ballscrews to drive a robust crosshead fitted with an ELS loadcell.
The updated design offers enhanced performance and usability for testing larger samples effectively.
In line with the new branding, the OmniTest range also receives a refreshed look, creating a uniform and cohesive visual identity across the entire product family.
Patrick Collins, technical director at Mecmesin said, “Innovative engineering and a deep understanding of our customers’ needs have come together to create a UTM that not only incorporates the latest technological advancements in VectorPro software, our easy-to-use and intelligent test analysis software.
“Our products prioritize powerful functionality, intuitive operation, and touch screen friendliness, ensuring faster, smarter testing with accurate, reliable, and reproducible results.”
The OmniTest range is designed for use in both R&D laboratories and quality assurance environments. It can be used for conducting static tensile and compressive tests to measure the mechanical properties of various materials, including plastics, rubbers, elastomers, metals, composites, fabrics, glass, and ceramics.
The OmniTest UTM delivers quantitative results with a high degree of repeatability, which is crucial for effective quality control.
The OmniTest features a user-friendly front panel for easy selection of test parameters, live load and length readings, and precise manual crosshead positioning using the multifunction controller. Colored LEDs provide visual cues to indicate the machine’s status during testing.
Incorporating a range of high-resolution precision Enhanced Load Sensors (ELS), the OmniTest provides load accuracy with a reading accuracy of 0.5% and a resolution of 1:50,000. This enables a broader range of tests to be performed without the need to switch load sensors.
The UTM is also available with an optional touchscreen controller, designed as an alternative to a desktop or laptop PC. The touchscreen controller operates with Microsoft Windows and is specifically optimized and pre-installed with Mecmesin’s VectorPro® software, making it ready for immediate use with OmniTest.The OmniTest system can be supplied with or without an extensometer, depending on the specific testing requirements of the customers.
John Page, managing director of the Physical Properties Testers Group, which Mecmesin is part of said, “The new OmniTest models with their improved mechanical performance and build quality compliment  VectorPro perfectly. Solving customer problems is in the Mecmesin DNA and we are now placed to offer a range of high-end material testing systems and where required more basic product testing solutions all at an affordable price with the modularity the new OmniTest range brings.”
Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.
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