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Starrett Launches Line of Innovative Force Measurement Solutions

L1 force line enables fast, versatile testing for a basic production and inspection

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:24

(L.S. Starrett: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co. 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. To view a video and request a brochure, click here.

The Starrett L1 line of force solutions consists of systems for computer controlled force measurement, digital-force gauges, Starrett FMM digital-force tester motorized test stands, manual test stands, and load cell sensors. “We are excited to offer the most advanced, innovative, and easy-to-use line of testing solutions available,” says Emerson Leme, head of the metrology equipment division at Starrett. “Users across many industries and applications will be impressed with the features, flexibility, and modern design of the L1 force measurement platform, which is unprecedented in the industry.”

Starrett L1 systems are easy-to-use, computer-controlled testing systems designed for high-volume, in-situ production testing. They are easy to set up, operate, and maintain. Six models are available in standard and extended travels with testing capacities of 110 lbf, 330 lbf, and 550 lbf. 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. Touchscreen 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 percent, while distance-position accuracy is better than 20 microns.

Digital-force gauges

Designed for versatility and ideal for basic tensile and compression testing, the Starrett series DFC and DFG digital-force gauges can be used as a fast, convenient, and affordable handheld testing solution for basic applications, or via the DFC gauge, 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 gauge design. The DFC gauge can be used as a traditional handheld instrument with a measurement accuracy of better than 0.1 percent. 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 set up 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 (110lbf), MTL-330 (330lbf), and the MTH-550 (550lbf). 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 gauge, the solution is affordable and 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 gauge 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 United States 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 gauges 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.



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The L.S. Starrett Co., founded in 1880, manufactures more than 5,000 variations of precision tools, gauges, measuring instruments, and saw blades for industrial, professional, and consumer markets worldwide. Starrett, a company that has set the standard for fine precision tools in industry for more than 123 years, has rightfully earned the title “World’s Greatest Toolmakers.”