- The Vantage Compression/Softness Tester is a compact, computer-controlled instrument that provides an objective measure of material softness by evaluating sample loft, thickness, compressibility and structural softness
- Ideal for sheet materials including paper tissue, toweling, nonwovens and textiles.
The Vantage Compression/Softness Tester is a compact, computer-controlled instrument that provides an objective measure of material softness by evaluating sample loft, thickness, compressibility and structural softness of sheet materials including paper tissue, toweling, nonwovens and textiles.
Utilizing cutting-edge technology, all electronics and controls are fully integrated into the test frame enabling the connection to a standard PC with a serial port. No external control boxes or additional PC interface cards are required.
Other benefits include a movable test-control keypad, one-touch auto-zero and a software-based automatic calibration system.
For the highest level of accuracy, the Vantage Compression/Softness Tester compresses test plates to a user-defined force value with no sample installed resulting in a curve (A) that represents the deflection of the machine, load cell, and fixture. This curve is subtracted from the test curves which removes all instrument deflection that could affect test results.
During a test, thickness values are captured until the maximum load is reached. Thickness values are captured in both the compression (B) and recovery phase (C) resulting in two unique curves. The distance between the two curves represents energy lost and is a function of several properties including loft, thickness, compression/recovery, and structural softness.
MAP4 materials testing software enables the user to quickly set up and modify test parameters including dwell time, compression force, speed, trap force points and length of the test.
MAP4 also provides advanced capabilities for database management and reporting and will automatically write result data to Access™ and Excel™.
- MAP4™ Software included
- Operating System: Windows
- Ergonomic Frame
- Small Footprint 16” x 17”
- Automatic Electronic Calibration
- One-Touch Auto Zero
- Serial Load Cell Interface
Compression Fixture with Pressure Foot & Anvil
Extremely robust, the adjustable anvil is mounted securely to the test frame. A pressure foot is also supplied which, in conjunction with a gage block, enables parallel adjustment of the anvil to 1 micron (0.00004inch / 0.001 mm).