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DuraScan G5
Hardness testers

Micro hardness tester

Maximum efficiency for your laboratory

The hardness testers in the DuraScan G5 family are characterised by their outstanding efficiency, flexibility and process reliability. Designed to perform Vickers, Knoop and Brinell tests, these devices cover a wide load range from 0.25 g to 62.5 kg, making them ideal for versatile hardness testing applications.
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Modern display The machine is operated via a modern capacitive 10" touchscreen with brilliant image reproduction. The mineral glass surface is significantly more resistant to scratches than plastic surfaces. It goes without saying that only specimens are employed that have been developed for use in an industrial environment.
Quick high adjustment The proven height adjustment of the test head allows a constant and ergonomic working height. The rapid traverse helps to significantly accelerate the adjustment to different test specimen heights. The scanning function ensures automatic positioning of the test head to the perfect working distance – the camera image is immediately sharp.
Planular table The DuraScan 10 G5 is equipped with a round planular table, which offers optimum conditions for quick and easy individual measurements. This planular table facilitates the positioning of the specimen and increases the efficiency of the measuring process.
53 Hardening methods
6 Positions
7 Variants

The DuraScan G5

Highlights of the DuraScan hardness tester

The DuraScan G5 hardness testing machine combines advanced technology with user-friendliness. Its patented quick-action mechanism for height adjustment of the nose cone speeds up the changing of specimen holders and enables efficient testing of specimens with varying heights. The operating software sets a benchmark for efficiency and ease of use. The user is guided intuitively through the process and the calibration wizard supports you in complying with the standards.

The DuraScan G5

Expert from the very beginning in the Vickers hardness tester

The DuraScan series far exceeds simple hardness detection. The testers offer comprehensive test software equipped with various modules and extensions to support complex applications that require advanced expertise.
Predefined processes are available for many applications, from the placement of the test points to the evaluation of the result, making standard-compliant and efficient work much easier – which is important for reliable test results.

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Secure results and a high return on capital

Investing in a DuraScan G5 hardness tester significantly reduces costs in the laboratory. The fast preparation of your testing tasks, the saving of templates for identical parts, numerous automated processes, and the fully automated testing process reduce the working time in relation to hardness testing, thus saving money daily. Thanks to an intuitive and user-friendly software, training and safe operation are ensured after a short period of time.

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Reliable test results with the right test method

Depending on the specimen hardness and surface condition, the optimum combination of indenter and test load must be selected on the test device in order to achieve the highest possible test accuracy and repeatability.

The electronically controlled force application of the DuraScan hardness testers, in combination with the fast 6-position turret and a high-quality optical system, enable maximum flexibility and allow you to test each specimen using the optimum method (up to 62.5 kg).

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DuraScan in detail

Electronically controlled force application and automatic image evaluation are standard features of all hardness testing machines in the DuraScan series. The height adjustment of the nose cone is also always motorised. The semi-automatic hardness testers (DuraScan 10 and 20) also offer many innovative details that help you to complete your test tasks with maximum safety and efficiency. For more complex test tasks and even greater efficiency, the fully automatic hardness testers (DuraScan 50, 70 & 80) offer a fully-fledged axle system to perform test series even on multiple specimens. Modern test software make complex tasks simpler and faster.

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Single measurement

The software guides you through the test cycle in just a few steps. Select your chosen method and test force and then determine the point on the specimen where the test is to be carried out. All test points are summarised in bar charts or statistics and provide an informative overview of your results. For a more detailed analysis of individual points, the generated lists in the "Results" section come in handy.

Serial measurements & CHD, NHD, SHD curves

From the DuraScan 20 upwards, serial measurements as well as CHD, NHD and SHD curves are possible. Depending on the machine version, the required distances are controlled and checked manually or automatically point by point using the test bench. At the end of your measurement, you will find complete lists and a graphical hardness curve of your test points in the results.

CHD, NHD, SHD test

Create your CHD, NHD or SHD series according to exact dimensions using the grid mode in the test point editor. Then place your rows on your specimen. Positioning in the image is supported with the evaluation camera, the overview camera and in the panorama view. For NHD measurements, core hardness points can be defined separately.

Gear testing

This optional function for all DuraScan fully automatic machines enables precise testing of gear samples. CHD, NHD and SHD rows can be set at the gear teeth, on the flanks and in the axle of the gear. The basis of the line construction is the 30° tangent, starting from the gear teeth. The core toughness point is precisely positioned via the construction. You can use the template function to check your gear quickly, efficiently and reproducibly. The tool complies with the standard guidelines for load testing the gear teeth and is available as a separate feature of the ecos Workflow software.

Controlling the semi-automatic DuraScan series

Find the right position by moving your specimen using spindles or by hand. As soon as the test point has been defined, the magnification is determined by swivelling in the desired lens and focusing if necessary. Your hardness tester is now ready for the next test.

Measurement data management

Organise your tests in advance by creating a separate measurement data group for each specimen. By selecting such a group, your test results are saved separately and organised into lists. The management of grouped measurement data allows you to assign test data to specific users, user groups, specimens, batches or departments.


The polyline tool allows you to draw contours, surfaces or specific paths on a specimen. You can distribute any number of test points along the line, with various distribution options available. It is also possible to place test points with an offset or to fill drawn areas with numerous points. Each line created can be saved as a template, providing you with quick support in the testing process.


The automatic test point evaluation works with a precise algorithm for the evaluation of test points. Depending on the surface quality, test method and material, it may be necessary to re-measure a test point in some cases. Using ecos Workflow, all points can be re-measured or analysed with an alternative lens. If the indentation cannot be analysed due to inclusions, sinkholes or contamination, it can be replaced by a new measuring point.

Customised specimen holder

Whether individual specimen holders or moulds, any shape can be mapped in the software exactly according to your specifications. An editor is available for this purpose, with which you can easily create your virtual specimen holder yourself. Quickly navigate between individual specimens and place rows using drag & drop.

Reference lines

The ecos LINEplus software module offers a range of line tools that make it possible to position test points and rows on your specimen according to exact dimensional specifications. You can draw lengths and angles on your specimen according to your requirements. Start and end points have a snap function that makes it easier to place test points. Reference lines can be amended at any time and saved as a template together with all associated test points.

Template function

A template created in advance considerably shortens the work with fully automatic hardness testers. Use of the template is recommended for tests on identical parts or when you frequently specimens that always have the same parameters (tolerances, test methods, test point templates, geometric correction, etc.). Saved templates can contain test parameters (method, test load, revaluation and geometric corrections) as well as complete test series including specimen reference point. Specimens that have already been measured can also be used as a template. After opening your specimen, only the reference point is aligned at a specific point on your specimen and your hardness test can begin immediately.

Hardness mapping - areaMASTER

This optional software module is your convenient assistant when it comes to automated solutions for complex hardness testing tasks. The module supports laboratory users wishing to position a large number of test points on a defined surface or along the edge of the specimen. The integrated hardness map – a colour display of the hardness distribution on the surfaces being tested – ensures the optimum visualisation of your results. Even large volumes of information, such as hardness values and coordinates of the test points, are shown clearly Because logic, transparency and ease of use are the focus of our software developments.

Automatic detection of specimen edges

The optional ecos AUTOROW software module was developed to increase the efficiency of fully automatic hardness testers. The module enables the automatic fine positioning of test series at the specimen edge. The evaluation camera precisely recognises this and the row is shifted accordingly or aligned at right angles to the edge. This function is particularly suitable in conjunction with predefined specimens, where the test rows are already defined and the specimen only needs to be aligned using the specimen reference point in the live image. Fine positioning is performed automatically with just one click using ecos AUTOROW.

Evaluation camera

Your indents are evaluated with a high-resolution 12 Mpix colour camera. Images can be viewed at three selectable zoom levels without any loss of quality. A wide application range is covered with just a few lenses. Each measurement is fully automatically focused, exposed and then analysed. The test cycle, from the start of the test to the analysed result, can be completed with just one mouse click.

Overview camera

Use the overview camera to keep an eye on everything during complex test procedures with multiple test points or test cycles. Make orientation on your specimens easier with the powerful 12 Mpix colour camera. Active LED coaxial lighting puts your surfaces in the right light. Despite ambient light, the micro hardness tester provides uniform illumination and sharp colour images for precise positioning. Your specimens can be presented in three variants. Depending on the surface characteristics of your specimens, reproduction using ambient light, coaxial lighting or HDR view leads to the optimum solution.

Testing of identical parts

Place several specimens with the same test requirements on the XY slide. All test parameters are taken from an existing template and transferred to the additional specimens. Before the tests start, the test points are created in full on all specimens. Once the testing process has started, the hardness tester will perform all tests fully automatically – including overnight.

Panorama view

Create a panoramic view of your specimen by photographing the specimen surface with a high-resolution overview camera. The individual shots are then stitched together to create a detailed panoramic image (stitching). Test points and test rows can be created directly in this panoramic view. In addition, the live image from the evaluation camera is displayed as an overlay in the offline image so critical areas can be viewed in more detail. With the stitching function, comprehensive detailed images from the evaluation camera can be integrated into the panoramic image, providing an optimised view of your specimen.

Serial measurements

The test point editor is a convenient tool for creating test points at precise distances from each other. However, rows can also be set up directly on the specimen via the evaluation camera, the overview camera or in the panorama. The individual points are placed in the image by mouse click. You can also use line or polygon line tools to automatically distribute the test points in your row. Depending on the application, distances to specimen edges or to test points are defined precisely in accordance with the standard.

User management

Create a separate account for each user. You can log in with your user name and password, where required. You can also specify which activities are permitted or not permitted for certain groups of users.

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