Force measurement solutions

Force measurement solutions

February 9, 2018

The L.S. Starrett Company

Athol, Massachusetts – The L.S. Starrett Company has introduced a comprehensive line of innovative, entry level computer-based force testing solutions for applications ranging from load limit and distance testing to break limit, time average, cyclic count and duration testing, constant hold and more. Optimized for production and quality control testing, the versatile, innovative architecture of the L1 system is designed for reliable, fast, repeatable, and easy operation.

The Starrett L1 line of force solutions consists of systems for computer controlled force measurement, digital force gages, Starrett FMM digital force tester motorized test stands, manual test stands, and load cell sensors.

Starrett L1 systems are easy-to-use, computer-controlled testing systems designed for high-volume, in-situ production testing. They are easy to setup, operate and maintain. Six models are available in standard and extended travels with testing capacities of 110 lb-f, 330 lb-f and 550 lb-f. All L1 Systems feature a small footprint and are ideal for lean manufacturing applications. Simple, fill-in-the-blank templates let users create, perform, measure, and analyze their test in seconds and perform limit testing, break testing, constant hold testing, cycle testing and more. Touch screen control simplifies operation and the high-resolution display shows results in tabular and graphical formats. Tolerances can be applied for immediate pass/fail indication. Raw data and results can be exported to Excel for reporting and statistical analysis. Load measurement accuracy is better than 0.1% while distance position accuracy is better than 20 microns.

Digital force gages
Designed for versatility and ideal for basic tensile and compression testing, the Starrett Series DFC and DFG digital force gages can be used as a fast, convenient, affordable handheld testing solution for basic applications, or via the DFC gage, as a force sensor and controller when used with the FMM Series of motorized stands or the MTL and MTH manual stands.

Digital motorized test stands
Starrett innovation is exemplified in the new DFC Series force gage design. The DFC gage can be used as a traditional handheld instrument with a measurement accuracy of better than 0.1%. Or, the DFC can be used as a controller on the column of Starrett’s new FMM Series digital test stands. As a controller, the DFC serves as the user interface where users can setup load limit testing, distance limit testing and break testing.  The DFC controls the FMM tester’s speed, travel distance and direction. The DFC displays both force and distance results and features Bluetooth, USB and RS-232 for interfacing to external devices including computers, printers, networks and more. The DFC Series is available in eight load capacities from 2lbf to 550lbf. All models have a measurement resolution of 10,000:1.

Manual testers
Three new manual testers are also available in the Starrett L1 Line: MTL-110 (110 lb-f), MTL-330 (330 lb-f) and the MTH-550 (550 lb-f). These testers are ideal for applications where occasional testing is performed or where an economical solution is preferred. Combined with a DFC or DFG force gage, the user has an affordable solution that delivers accurate results for tensile or compressive testing.  Starrett manual testers can be used vertically or horizontally. Options include a digital scale for precise distance/height measurements.

Load cell sensors
Starrett BLC load cell sensors are full-bridge, temperature compensated strain gage instruments designed and optimized for basic force testing applications. These S-Beam sensors feature high axial stiffness and minimal deflection at full capacity, which leads to improved measurement accuracy.

When more sophisticated and complex testing is required, Starrett also offers a range solutions via the L2, S2, L2 Plus, and L3 Systems. The Starrett L1 Force Measurement Line is manufactured in the U.S.A. and is available to order now in several configurations including FMM Series digital force testers in three standard travel and three extended travel versions, 14 digital force gages including eight DFC advanced force controllers and six DFG basic force controllers, eight load cell sensors in the Series BLC and three manually operated force testers including two models in the Series MTL and one model in the Series MTH.