zwickiLine for Flexible Low-Force Testing

Powerful, flexible, cost-effective testing solution for all your testing requirements.

The zwickiLine testing machine is equally ideal for research and development as it is for routine quality assurance testing. Development and manufacture of the zwickiLine, including all mechanical, electronic, and software components—together with the comprehensive range of accessories—takes place at Zwick's production facility in Germany, so all components work together seamlessly.

zwickiLine series

Key Advantages and Features

Integrated safety in accordance with the EC Machinery Directive

The statutory safety requirements of the EC Machinery Directive are implemented in all ZwickRoell machines, while an EC Declaration of Conformity accompanies every machine. The most state-of-the-art safety technology and proven industrial components that comply with the highest safety and industrial standards (IEC 60947 etc.) are used. The highest degree of safety for user and testing system is guaranteed.

Powerful drives

Extremely low minimum speeds can be set, combined with high speed-stability. The drive also delivers high crosshead-travel resolution. This is important in cases such as component tests with especially demanding travel-precision requirements, or tests on specimens with high stiffness and small displacements.

The high test-speed range can be used without restriction. In addition, test loads up to 110 % of machine nominal load are permissible to compensate for heavy test fixtures, accessories etc.

High stiffness and precise crosshead guidance

The stiff load-frame profile and generous connecting surfaces reduce the inclination angle of the crosshead under load, enabling very precise alignment and application of force to the specimen. This is advantageous for flexure tests, compression tests, precision tests on components ... and many others.

Modern, high-quality load-frame design

  • The new extruded profile used for zwickiLine possesses 6 continuous, freely accessible standard-profile slots for individual mounting of specimen materials, fixtures, safety devices, accessories etc.
  • The generous test-area depth allows the use of larger fixtures and enables bigger components to be tested. The wide base-crosshead provides optimum securing for these.
  • High quality is designed into the machine, ensuring a long service life; for example the controls for the electronics are made of hard-wearing ceramics.

Fast, convenient testing

zwickiLine can be operated in vertical or horizontal orientation as required and can be swiveled through 180° when in horizontal mode.

Modern safety enclosure

The operator is shielded from flying specimen fragments or other hazards by the CE-compliant safety enclosure featuring a large working area, transparent design and excellent accessibility

Flexible equipment options

A wide range of equipment options enables zwickiLine to be used for tests on plastics, elastomers, metals, composites, paper, board, textiles, foams, foodstuffs and components. The generous test-area depth allows the use of larger fixtures and enables bigger components to be tested. The wide base-crosshead provides optimum securing for these.

ZwickRoell Engineering—Made in Germany

The development and manufacture of materials testing machines, including all mechanical, electronic and software components, together with our comprehensive range of accessories, takes place at ZwickRoell's production facility in Germany, enabling us to create a product that is perfectly harmonized. Each materials testing machine is made of the highest quality standard enabling ZwickRoell to offer the best possible support.

Safety for the Entire Testing System

The two-channel safety circuit, including Emergency STOP, crosshead limit stop switch and interlinked accessories, Drive OFF switch and motor brake function, together with the operation mode switch, ensure enhanced safety during setup. The CE-compliant electrically interlocked safety device prevents interference with the machine during the test.

Fixture for Variable Test Axis Alignment

Fast, convenient testing: testing machine can be used in vertical or horizontal configuration as required and can be swiveled through 180° in horizontal position; includes leveling feet for separate installation of machine electronics.
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Cyclical compression test on soft elastic foam

cLine materials testing machines are especially suitable for component testing and for testing flexible foam materials.

Technical Overview

The zwickiLine series has twelve versions in three heights and four different power ratings.

General

  • Depending on type, zwickiLine is available with test speeds from 0.0005 to 3000 mm/min. Testing machine speed is independent of the test load. Position, force or strain control can be selected as required.
  • The high test-speed range can be used without restriction. In addition, test loads up to 110% of machine nominal load are permissible to compensate for heavy combinations of test fixtures, accessories etc.
  • zwickiLine is available for test loads from 500N to 5kN and with test-area heights from 565 mm to 1365 mm.
  • zwickiLine can be operated with standard commercial PCs or laptops and requires no special expansion cards.
  • Low weight, a small footprint and space-saving design allow this modular system to fit easily on to any laboratory table.

Fmax 0.5 kN

0.5 kN

Type

Z0.5 TS

Z0.5 TN

Z0.5 TH

Item no.

058992

058993

058996

Test load, max. (Fmax)

Test area

Test area height Pmin ... Pmax (without mounting stud in each case)

Moving crosshead mounted with angle up

235 to 565

235 to 1065

235 to 1365

mm

Moving crosshead mounted with angle down

90 to 420

90 to 920

90 to 1220

mm

Test area depth

105

105

105

mm

Travel (s) of the moving crosshead, max.

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

Test area height Pmin ... Pmax (each without mounting stud)

If E < Pmin

If E > Pmin

Load frame

Height without top crosshead, approx.

789[1]

1289[1]

1589[1]

mm

Width

408[2]

408[2]

408[2]

mm

Width with machine electronics

411[2]

411[2]

411[2]

mm

Depth

480[2]

480[2]

480[2]

mm

Depth with machine electronics

±622[2]

±622[2]

622[2]

mm

Weight:

With machine electronics, without accessories, approx.

68

76

81

kg

Average noise level at vmax measured in 1 m distance to the front side of the machine

Drive

Crosshead speed vmin ... vmax

0.0005 to 2000 (3000)[3]

0.0005 to 2000 (3000)[3]

0.0005 to 2000 (3000)[3]

mm/min

Accuracy of the set drive speed

Drive travel resolution

  1. The dimension increases by 9 mm with the additional crosshead option (top crosshead)
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, Width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.
  1. The speed can be increased to 3000 mm/min (optional)

Fmax 1.0 kN

1.0 kN

Type

Z1.0 TS

Z1.0 TN

Z1.0 TH

Item no.

058998

Test load, max. (Fmax)

Test area

Test area height Pmin to Pmax (without mounting stud in each case)

Moving crosshead mounted with angle up

235 to 565

235 to 1065

235 to 1365

mm

Moving crosshead mounted with angle down

90 to 420

90 to 920

90 to 1220

mm

Test area depth

105

105

105

mm

Travel (s) of the moving crosshead, max.

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grip/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

Test area height Pmin ... Pmax (each without mounting stud)

If E < Pmin

If E > Pmin

Load frame

Height without top crosshead, approx.

789[1]

1289[1]

1589[1]

mm

Width

408[2]

408[3]

408[3]

mm

Width with machine electronics

411[2]

411[3]

411[3]

mm

Depth

480[2]

480[3]

480[3]

mm

Depth with machine electronics

622[2]

±622[3]

±622[3]

mm

Weight:

With machine electronics, without accessories, approx.

68

76

81

kg

Average noise level at vmax measured in 1 m distance to the front side of the machine

Drive

Crosshead speed vmin ... vmax

0.0005 to 2000

0.0005 to 2000

0.0005 to 2000

mm/min

Accuracy of the set drive speed

Drive travel resolution

  1. The dimension increases by 9 mm with the additional crosshead option (top crosshead)
  1. With optional “large base”: Width 583 mm, width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, Width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.

Fmax 2.5 kN

2.5 kN

Type

Z2.5 TS

Z2.5 TN

Z2.5 TH

Item no.

059003

Test load, max. (Fmax)

Test area

Test area height Pmin to Pmax (without mounting stud in each case)

Moving crosshead mounted with angle up

235 to 565

235 to 1065

235 to 1365

mm

Moving crosshead mounted with angle down

90 to 420

90 to 920

90 to 1220

mm

Test area depth

105

105

105

mm

Travel (s) of the moving crosshead, max.

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grip/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

If E < Pmin

Pmax - Pmin

Pmax - E

Test area height Pmin ... Pmax (each without mounting stud)

If E < Pmin

If E > Pmin

Load frame

Height without top crosshead, approx.

789[1]

1289[1]

1589[1]

mm

Width

408[2]

408[3]

408[2]

mm

Width with machine electronics

411[2]

411[3]

411[2]

mm

Depth

480[2]

480[3]

480[2]

mm

Depth with machine electronics

622[2]

622[3]

622[2]

mm

Weight:

With machine electronics, without accessories, approx.

68

76

81

kg

Average noise level at vmax measured in 1 m distance to the front side of the machine

Drive

Crosshead speed vmin ... vmax

0.0005 to 1000

0.0005 to 1000

0.0005 to 1000

mm/min

Accuracy of the set drive speed

Drive travel resolution

  1. The dimension increases by 9 mm with the additional crosshead option (top crosshead)
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, Width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.

Fmax 5.0 kN

5.0 kN

Type

Z5.0 TS

Z5.0 TH

Item no.

059005

059006

Test load, max. (Fmax)

Test area

Test area height Pmin to Pmax (without mounting stud in each case)

Moving crosshead mounted with angle up

365 to 540

365 to 1040

365 to 1340

mm

Moving crosshead mounted with angle down

125 to 300

125 to 800

125 to 1100

mm

Test area depth

105

105

105

mm

Travel (s) of the moving crosshead, max.

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grip/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

E = Sum of the installation dimensions of all test arrangements (load cell, specimen grips/test device/test tool, mounting stud)

Test area height Pmin ... Pmax (each without mounting stud)

If E < Pmin

If E > Pmin

Load frame

Height without top crosshead, approx.

789[1]

1289[1]

1589[1]

mm

Width

408[2]

408[3]

408[4]

mm

Width with machine electronics

411[2]

411[3]

411[4]

mm

Depth

480[2]

480[3]

480[4]

mm

Depth with machine electronics

622[2]

±622[3]

622[4]

mm

Weight:

With machine electronics, without accessories, approx.

70

78

83

kg

Average noise level at vmax measured in 1 m distance to the front side of the machine

Drive

Crosshead speed vmin ... vmax

0.0005 to 600

0.0005 to 600

0.0005 to 600

mm/min

Accuracy of the set drive speed

Drive travel resolution

  1. The dimension increases by 9 mm with the additional crosshead option (top crosshead)
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.
  1. With optional large base: Width 583 mm, Width with machine electronics 585 mm, depth 565 mm, depth with machine electronics 707 mm.

testXpert III Testing Software

Powerful, Innovative testControl II Electronics

Innovative testControl II Machine Electronics

All of ZwickRoell's materials testing machines are equipped with the powerful testControl II measurement and control electronics, offering the ideal basis for precise, reproducible test results.

  • The electronics are installed vertically on the load frame to prevent liquids and from entering the unit and contact with conductive particles.
  • The high-quality finish protects testControl II from external influences. The components used are highly durable.

Machine Compliance Correction

High-quality drive technology plus online correction of machine compliance enable very high travel-measurement and positioning accuracy. The ZwickRoell testing software automatically determines the optimum curve, ensuring maximum possible accuracy for travel measurement and positioning via the crosshead displacement transducer.

  • Real-time correction via the corrected channel directly in the testControl II electronics, regardless of test speed and duration!
  • Control and positioning directly to the corrected channel.
  • Ideal for tests for which direct-measurement extensometers cannot be used.

Maximum Accuracy

High (24-bit) resolution and A/D converter with 400 kHz sampling rate for maximum measured-value accuracy combined with large measurement range. As an example, even the smallest force changes on the specimen can still be recorded and displayed accurately.

High Data Transmission Rate

Synchronous 500 Hz measured-value acquisition-rate delivers fast measurement with maximum reproducibility (regardless of number of measurement channels). The measured-value acquisition-rate can optionally be increased to 2000 Hz. The high data transmission rate enables fast measurement with maximum reproducibility. This is highly advantageous for high-speed tests, short brittle-fracture events and in tear-growth, adhesion and peel tests.

Powerful Drives

Powerful drives allow cyclic tests to be performed at maximum speed up to nominal load - with no waiting time between tests. AllroundLine and ProLine use maintenance-free AC drives.

Adaptive control

All required control parameters are set automatically, for fast, accurate approach to target positions.

  • Changes in specimen properties during the test are compensated for online.
  • This brings time and cost savings by eliminating the need for expensive, time-consuming pre-testing.
  • Ideal for strain control to ISO 6892-1 Method A (1).

Fast, Adaptive Drive Controller

The high drive control frequency of 1000 Hz delivers fast, precise force and strain control. Benefits include enabling components to be loaded very quickly and accurately with a predetermined force.

Controller Setup

Special controller set-up for testing situations with demanding control requirements. For example, if the force sensor is located on the fixed crosshead in force-controlled tests, the controller can simply be switched in the software.

Flexibility Through Modularity

testControl II has six flexible time-synchronized slots, allowing multiple sensors to be used simultaneously and monitored and safeguarded regardless of use.

  • As an example, an extensometer and a transverse strain extensometer can be used in addition to the load cell.
  • If the testing system is equipped with several load cells or additional sensors, these can all remain plugged in. All sensors which are plugged in will then automatically be protected against overloads.

Time-Synchronous Signal Processing

Time-synchronous acquisition of measured values from all sensors connected to plug-in slots takes place at the fast system-frequency, as does data transmission to ZwickRoell Roell testing software. This ensures high test-result reproducibility regardless of the sensors in use or the test sequence; for example force and travel signal synchronicity is maintained, even with strongly differing test speeds.

Gigabit Ethernet Interface

The Gigabit Ethernet interface (a proven industry standard) for the testing machine computer enables very high data throughput.

Innovative Interfaces

The innovative EtherCat® interface is incorporated as standard. The time-synchronized real-time Ethernet field bus system ensures future-proof integration of sensors and power units.

Strain Rate Control

The AllroundLine drive technology’s excellent constant-velocity characteristics and interaction with the sensor technology and adaptive control make it ideal for demanding strain-rate control (e.g. ISO 6892-1, Method A1).

Eco Mode

testControl II electronics switch automatically to eco-mode when not in use, saving energy.

Ergonomic Remote Control with Display

Tests can be performed entirely via the remote control, independent of the PC. All important information is shown on the display. Machine operation is therefore more ergonomic and effective. The rocker-switch with integrated dial makes positioning fast yet highly accurate.

A Standard Made in Germany

We manufacture products with maximum care and precision and supply state-of-the-art solutions for research and development to customers from every sector and industry. Our testing machines embody the proverbial quality of "Made in Germany." All of our testing systems comply with the current EC Machinery Directive.

Experience this yourself at our annual exhibition, testXpo, in Ulm.

Dr. Jan Stefan Roell
testXpo tent
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  • Ergonomic operation
  • Flexible and ready for the next generation of technology

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