Prior to this new advancement any testing would require mechanical surface
contact, which was impossible during sample movement, to take in account substrate
and machine compliance. Now with the ability to observe the precise depth of
the indenter without touch, sample motion is no longer an issue and true depth
of the indenter can be directly recorded. "We are very excited about our
new technique and look forward to showcasing its superior results," Said
Pierre Leroux, General Manager, Micro Photonics Surface Test Division. "We
are consistently looking for new ways to provide instruments that are as progressive
as the solutions their intended for; I think this technique does just that."
The high precision modules for the determination of the Micro/Macro mechanical
properties of thin/thick coatings and substrates using instrumented indentation
and scratch/adhesion testing. They are ideal for the characterization of industrial
coatings; ranging from plasma processed layers, used in semiconductor and optical
technology, to decorative and protective coatings, used for automobile parts
and consumer goods. Nanovea
Micro/Macro Mechanical Testers use independent force and depth sensors to obtain
depth-versus-load curves used in instrumented indentation and scratch testing.
The result, the fastest and most accurate measuring technique in the industry
and capable on any shape & texture of material and resolves challenges associated
with the older methods for indenter height measurements such as sinking on soft
materials and reference movement on rough surfaces.