Vantage Compression Tester/Softness/Tissue Tester

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.

Description

  • 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.

Test Procedure

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.

Powerful Software

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™.

Features

  • MAP4™ Software included
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • 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).

Additional information

Crosshead Guidance

Precision Ball Screw

Crosshead Speed

1 to 1000 mm/min (0.05 to 40 in/min)

Crosshead Speed Accuracy

0.1%

Depth Clearance

89 mm (3.5 in)

Force Resolution

16 Bit A/D to 0.1 N

Horizontal Clearance

Unlimited

Industry

Nonwovens, Tissue, Textiles

Load Cell

5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 & 1000 N

Model Name

Vantage Compression/Softness

Power Requirements

110V 50 or 60Hz, 220V 50Hz, 230V 50Hz, 240V 50Hz

Safety Features

Emergency stop button, upper & lower limit switches with over-travel protection and load cell overload protection.

Software Available

REQUIRES: MAP4 Software

System Control

USB interface

Testing Property

Burst, Compression, Softness, Tensile

Downloads

Softness Test Overview

Vantage Compression Fixture