New cost-effective Equotip 540 portable hardness tester

Supplier: Russell Fraser Sales NDT By: Russell Fraser Sales
13 December, 2018

EQUOTIP became the industry standard in portable hardness testing for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) when it was introduced in 1975.

Still proudly Swiss-made, Proceq’s flagship product the Equotip 550 is a complete all-in-one hardness testing solution which combines Leeb with portable Rockwell and now UCI (Ultrasonic Contact Impedance) methods.

The Equotip 550 outshines the competition with its full colour, dual processor touchscreen unit jam-packed with features. The Equotip 550 also has enhanced software with interactive wizards, automatic verification processes, personalized options, custom report functions and much more.

With its combination of Leeb and portable Rockwell methods, the Equotip 550 is ideal for a broad range of applications including but not limited to Oil & Gas, Automotive, Aerospace and Steel Working. Nevertheless, for some single probe users the fully-featured Equotip 550 sits outside of their budget and comes with more software elements than are needed for basic regular hardness testing.

Presenting the Equotip 540 portable hardness tester which sees Proceq reaching out to the cost-conscious single probe user who doesn’t require extensive reporting or extra accessories (no test block, surface roughness comparator plate and coupling paste). Equotip 540 is designed for a single probe, Leeb D for on-site testing of heavy, large or installed parts or in UCI HV1-10 format for fine-grained materials with any shape and heat-treated surfaces. However, it is important to note that probes are not interchangeable, and the operator must assign the impact direction prior to testing.  Happily, the Equotip 540 can be upgraded at a later time to the Equotip 550 if requirements change.

Both the Equotip 550 and Equotip 540 are designed for rugged environments and are rated IP54 with special protection for hardware connections (probe connector, USB Host, USB Device and Ethernet). Russell Fraser Sales has produced a useful guide [infographic] which serves as a flowchart for hardness testing applications and may assist users in determining whether they need the Equotip 550 or if the Equotip 540 is adequate. Both the cost-effective Equotip 540 and the fully-featured Equotip 550 portable hardness testers are available from Russell Fraser Sales in Sydney. Contact the team today for assistance in determining which of these instruments is most suitable for your application as importantly whilst their Swiss-made hardware is similar in design and quality, these instruments are not identical in functionality and are not interchangeable. Get the correct technical advice from Russell Fraser Sales.