Excellence in Nanoindentation, Scratch Testing, Tribology Pin-on-Disk and Coating Thickness
Anton Paar TriTec SA (previously CSM Instruments) has been leader in the development of instruments for surface mechanical properties characterization for over 30 years in both research and industrial fields.
Used to determine the hardness and elastic modulus of coatings and surfaces with high precision at the micro-, and nano-scales to aid in material selection and development. Dynamic testing measurements can be performed to define not only the hardness of the material, but also to evaluate the plastic and elastic deformation, the elasticity module, creep and much more.
Used to measure characteristics such as adhesion of a coating, delamination effects, or cracking in order to optimize coating techniques and determine failure points of the film-substrate system. Adhesion of paints, optical thin films or hard coatings can be defined using one of our Scratch Testers. These span the nano to the macro range to analyze the widest range of materials.
Used to measure the frictional coefficient and wear rate between material pairs, as well as perform lifetime analyses. Based on the pin-on-disc principle, that operates both in the Micro and Nano regime.
3D Imaging options are available for our platform by AFM or ConScan Confocal. These useful options are highly recommended to understand better the mechanical behavior of materials (example: deformation, fracture, pill up, sink-in, ...)
Our focus on research and development helps us to continue our tradition of cutting edge technology and superior performance specifications. We manufacture testing modules that can be configured alone or combined together on a testing platform for a single instrument capable of multiple analysis modes.
In the design of our instruments, we integrate the testing module(s) with imaging module(s) for a seamless testing and imaging process. The modules and microscopes are positionally synchronized so the instrument automatically moves the point of interest under the appropriate imager with a single click. It also allows us to correlate optical coating failures (like cracks) to the exact force, depth, and frictional force… that was occurring at that time.
Additionally, we have a thorough sample testing service and demonstration laboratory where you can send us your samples for evaluation or take a firsthand look at our instruments