Are you considering the purchase of a Brinell hardness tester?
Why choose Foundrax? There are other hardness tester suppliers, after all…
Well, it’s all about expertise and pedigree. A mechanical engineer, metrologist, metallurgist and design engineer could, between them, produce a machine that performed Brinell hardness tests. Would that machine, however, be able to perform millions – literally – millions of test cycles in a steelworks? Would it give reliable, repeatable results, year after year with just an annual service and calibration?
Foundrax’s hardness testing machines
Foundrax machines are built to do just that. The company has been supplying them for over 55 years, drawing on an industrial (foundry) heritage that can be traced back to the 19th Century. Every machine we supply has been designed with the rigours of steelworks conditions in mind. One of our machines performed 30 million test cycles in such an environment before being replaced (as a precaution – it was still working!). That same machine survived being shunted through a brick wall by a fork lift truck and when it was tested on the repair bench it was still in calibration! There’s some old video footage of this legendary machine below.
The Brinell test is ideal for steelworks testing because cast parts can be prepared for the test with nothing more complicated than a light surface grinding. The same cannot be said of the Vickers and Rockwell tests, which require far more time-consuming surface preparation and very clean test conditions which are not, of course, found on a factory floor. For this reason, Brinell hardness testing will remain the default method in steelworks and foundries and this, in turn, requires Brinell test machines to be ruggedly constructed if they are to continue performing year after year.
Foundrax’s hardness testing machines are supremely tough. Every component has been designed to give trouble-free operation over many years. Not only that, but they offer integral automatic indentation measurement as an option, giving dramatic savings in time and labour costs over their lifetime of service. They offer tremendous value for money.
The photo shows the test head of our new 400 series machine (photographed during its 300,000-cycle bench trial), where the rugged construction is clearly evident.
You can read more about how Foundrax pioneered automatic indentation measurement below.
Foundrax MD Alex Austin on the ‘slow revolution’ in Brinell testing that the company pioneered Foundrax has been in the hardness testing business for over