New paths in mobile hardness testing
Extensive fields of application
The Krautkramer TIV sets new standards in mobile hardness testing: tests are not only independent of the test position and direction of testing but in this case also of the test object’s material and mass or geometry.
Consequently the TIV opens up a large variety of new application fields which were previously not open to portable hardness testers.
Some application examples
Examples of possible application areas for the TIV hardness tester are as follows:
• Heat treat shops – easy and fast determination of surface hardness, no calibration required
• Aviation – on-site hardness testing on thin-walled components and on different alloys without any additional calibration
• Manufacturers of coils – at last reliable mobile hardness testing on sheet metal
• Testing companies – on-site measurement by means of a universal, portable unit
• Research institutes, labs, and training companies – ”view through the diamond”: observation of the indentation process, and measurement control
Mobile hardness testing with the special view
The TIV method (Through Indenter Viewing) uses special optics to see through the Vickers diamond by transferring an image the test indentation and then evaluating it automatically. Because of this, the TIV hardness tester can be used on any matieral without additional calibrations. TIV testing can also be used on very thin test objects, opening up the applications of portable hardness testing to different sizes of materials that were previously unavailable.
Innovative Krautkramer technolog ensures another step forward in mobile hardness testing: the TIV method (Through Indenter Viewing), based on hardness testing according to Vickers, makes it possible to ”see through” the Vickers diamond by means of special optics. The hardness is measured under load; as soon as the test load is reached, the image of the test indentation is transferred and evaluated directly, automatically, and quickly. Conforms to ASTM A1038-05 UCI METHOD
The advantages – your benefit
The TIV hardness tester can be used irrespective of the material – without any additional calibration. You can use the same instrument to measure the hardness of all sorts of materials without any reference specimens and without any laborious settings: from steel and nonferrous metals through plastics, carbide metals, glass, and ceramics up to different coatings. The static application of the test load reduces the vibration of the test object and therefore the influence of the test material’s elastic properties on the test result. Yet another benefit: you can use the TIV to measure even very thin test objects, such as coils or sheet metal and metal foils, on which stationary or mobile hardness testers have previously failed, without any problem. Consequently, hardness testing becomes independent not only of the material but also of the mass and geometry of the test object. This means that the TIV opens up new application fields for mobile hardness testing. It goes without saying that all the advantages you already know from our proven hardness testers remain or were improved, e.g. direction independance, user friendliness, data management. Plus a lot more.