scratch resistance test device / damage resistance / materials / vertical
scratch resistance, damage resistance
The TABER® Multi-Finger Scratch / Mar Tester - Model 710 is used to measure the relative resistance or susceptibility of a material surface to scratching, marring, gouging, scraping, engraving and other similar physical damage not classified as ordinary wear. Based on the apparatus described in popular automotive specifications, the instrument is commonly referred to as a five-finger (five-arm) scratch & mar tester and most often used to evaluate plastics.
The Multi-Finger Scratch / Mar Tester includes a pneumatically driven, moveable platform to which the test specimen is mounted. The platform moves in a linear fashion, and is operated by a control knob for single or multiple pass testing. An electronic timer displays the rate of speed, which can be controlled by reducing or increasing air pressure.
A gantry supports five independent splined-fingers, which provide a constant, vertical load on interchangeable scratch tips. The gantry system includes a handle to raise and lower the arms. In addition, five support rests are incorporated to allow one or more arms to be moved to an upright, rest position such that the arm does not contact the specimen during testing.