Hardness Measurement System
The basis for the hardness measurement system comprises two hardness testing devices: a machine for Rockwell testing and an additional tester for Vickers hardness tests. Both machines are fully automated and designed for testing strip specimens up to 8 mm (~5/16 in.) thick. The specimens are fed using a 6-arm industrial robot: the magazine has a capacity of 100 Rockwell and 160 Vickers specimens. Additional workstations include a barcode reader, which recognizes the relevant test to be performed by the label on each specimen and a thickness measuring station with two sensors for determining the specimen thickness. The system is fully controlled using Zwick testing software testXpert® autoEdition.