Universal Testing Systems for Tensile, Compression, and Flexure Testing

The NEXT GENERATION 6800 Series universal testing systems range in capacity from 500 N to 300 kN and provide exceptional performance with unparalleled accuracy and reliability. Offering up to 5 kHz data acquisition and 0.5% accuracy down to 1/1000th of load cell capacity, the 6800 Series offers ultimate flexibility for any testing need.

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0.02 N (2 gf) - 300 kN Force Capacities

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Low-Force Testing Systems

The 6800 Series single column systems provide up to 5 kN capacity available in standard and extra height options.

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Mid-Range Testing Systems

The 6800 Series dual column table models provide up to 50 kN capacity available in standard and extra height/width options.

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6800 Series Floor Model Universal Testing System
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High-Force Testing Systems

The 6800 Series floor models provide up to 300 kN capacity available in standard, extra height/width, and tall base options.

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Any Application

The 6800 series Universal Testing Machines are designed to perform tensile, compression, flex, peel, puncture, friction, shear tests, and more. The systems are compatible with hundreds of grips and fixtures found in Instron’s expansive accessories catalog, with specific configurations designed to perform the most popular tests specific to the biomedical, automotive, consumer electronics, and raw materials industries.

Bluehill Universal Test Method Selection

Powered by Bluehill® Universal

The 6800 Series universal testing systems are powered by Instron’s Bluehill Universal software. Equipped with easy-to-understand icons and workflows, Bluehill Universal makes it simple to train users and set up tests, helping you maximize lab efficiency while minimizing costly errors.



For when you need results fast, QuickTest allows users to enter a few simple parameters and run their test within seconds.


Pre-Loaded Templates

Bluehill Universal includes an extensive library of pre-configured methods for some of the most commonly used ASTM, ISO, and EN standards. The methods are packaged in modules that are specific to your testing application.

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Users can be guided through the entire testing process with step-by-step instructions, ensuring that their tests remain repeatable, simple, and error-free. The prompts can be easily customized with your own text and images.

Auto Positioning

Auto Positioning saves the correct fixture separation or starting location for each test method. This ensures all operators run each test exactly the same way across all shifts every day.

TestProfiler in Bluehill Universal Materials Testing Software


Build simple cyclic tests that include ramps, holds, and triangle waves. Conditional logic allows users to create looping patterns that help mimic real life scenarios within tests.


Safety without Sacrificing Throughput

Operator Protect

The 6800 Series is built on Instron’s patent-pending Operator Protect architecture. An intelligent workflow keeps equipment and operators safer by controlling system status from setup to test completion.

Safety Coaching

Built-In Safety Coaching

The 6800 series provides clear visual feedback regarding system status at all times. Users will easily understand when the system is in a safe set up mode, and clearly reminded to exit the test space once these safety limits are removed.

Smart-Close Air Kit

Finger pinch hazards from pneumatic grips are reduced through lower grip-closing pressure and restricted speed during the set up phase of your test.

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6800 Series Handset


The 6800 handset brings system controls closer than ever before with an all-new ergonomic handset, mounted directly to the frame. Operators can use the handset in the mounted position or removed from its dock.

Customizable Soft Keys

With 2 user-defined ‘Soft Key’ buttons, the operator can initiate a variety of commands. The Soft Keys can be defined per method, allowing for customization for each test.

Virtual Interlock

With Instron’s patent-pending system architecture, the machine’s movement is restricted to prevent unintended motion of the crosshead.

Variable Speed Jog

During set up mode, your system will default to a safe speed appropriate for an operator to work in the test space.

Precise Positioning

The Fine Position adjustment thumbwheel with tactile feedback allows for precision positioning of the crosshead in 4 μm increments when performing sensitive testing.

Specimen Protect

Specimen Protect prevents unwanted forces from being applied to the specimen by automatically making fine adjustments to the crosshead, protecting your valuable specimen from damage.

6800 Series Dual Column Universal Testing System

Protecting Your Investment


During setup, Collision Mitigation reduces damage to load cells, other equipment, and delicate specimens by stopping the crosshead if force is detected upon return or during a jog.

Instron 6800 Series with Pneumatic Grips

Load Cell
Overload Protection

During a test, the 6800 Series systems automatically stop when the load cell reaches maximum capacity to prevent damage to the load cell, system, and accessories.

2580 Series Load Cells

2580 Series
Load Cells

Designed for use with 6800 Series systems, the 2580 Series load cells can measure forces as low as 1/1000th of the force capacity to an accuracy of ±0.5% of reading.

6800 Series Table Model Universal Testing Machine Internal Components


Precision Guidance for Alignment and Bending

When performing a uniaxial test, accurate stress and strain results can only be achieved with a system that contains robust, precise guidance columns that ensure minimal specimen bending under load.

Stiff Frames for High-Strength Materials

The 6800 is built for high performance. It features pre-loaded bearings, precision ball screws, an extra thick crosshead and base beam, and low-stretch drive belts to ensure superior performance and longevity.

Larger Motors for Better Reliability

The 6800 load frames use powerful motors with reserve capacity that allow for quicker rates of acceleration. Maintenance-free brushless AC servomotors enable cyclic, creep, and relaxation testing for up to 10 days (up to 1Hz at 25°C).

Servo-Controlled Drive System

Along with a powerful motor, the 6800 drive system consists of a rugged steel casting with a dual-belt drive system. Unlike systems that use gear-reducers, which create backlash and lower drive system stiffness, the dual-belt system provides synchronous movement of the ball screws, eliminating crosshead tilt and aiding system alignment.


Built to Handle Your Most Demanding Tests

The high force floor model systems have been fortified against shock and vibration which allows for continuous testing at the maximum rated frame capacity.

Designed to Last

Reduction in debris ingress has been achieved through gasketing and a patent-pending airflow design. Internal electrical and mechanical hardware is located safely away from directly beneath the test area. The 12 mm metal work surface is treated with an abrasion-resistant coating for durability.

Ergonomic Testing Station

Tall base option on floor model systems provides an ergonomically comfortable testing station, the contoured design allows the operator easy access to the testing space for fixture assembly and a comfortable reach to the new ergonomic handset.


Model Force Capacity Preinstallation Manual  The Preinstallation Manual is what you need to know when preparing your facility for a new system installation. It details the site and power requirements, dimensional drawings, lifting and handling instructions, installation procedure, and preventative maintenance details. Operator's Guide  The Operators' Guide provides the information you need to know to start testing after the system has been installed and set up for the first time. The document provides safety information, a detailed introduction, notes on prepping the system, and information on testing specimens. 3D CAD Models  Disclaimer: © 2022 Instron Corporation. These materials can be used solely for the purpose of preparing fixtures for Instron-manufactured equipment. These materials cannot be used, copied, published, distributed, displayed, or reduced to any electronic medium or machine-readable form for any other purpose without the prior express written consent of Instron Corporation.
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