This article was originally published on July 1, 2015.

Shimadzu’s HMV-G microhardness testers combine ease-of-use with reliable operation and include models ranging from stand-alone testers, with manual reading using an optical microscope, to fully automated testers that increase efficiency by testing intricate patterns without supervision. Key features include:

  • Vickers hardness as standard, optional Knoop, Brinell and 115° triangular pyramid hardness
  • Electromagnetic control of nine distinct forces between 98.1 mN (10 gf) and 19.6 N (2,000 gf)
  • G-frame design disperses test loads uniformly, increases workspace and accommodates large specimens
  • Electric turret function for automatically switching between indenter and objective lens

Test software uses an intuitive sequence of operations from setting test conditions to displaying results. Advanced functions include mapping a view of an entire specimen for easy stage movement and a visualization of where on a specimen an indentation pattern will be created.