Metals Testing Applications


Why Organizations Around the World Trust Instron

For over 75 years Instron has supplied testing systems to the world’s leading manufacturers and educational, scientific, and research institutions. Instron has long partnered with metals manufacturers to design systems to meet their unique needs. Our engineers participate in all relevant ASTM and ISO committees to advance the standards and make sure that all Instron systems, software, extensometers, and accessories are up to date on compliance. Our testing systems are designed to last for decades, and buying an Instron is assurance that your investment will continue to meet industry standards well into the future.

To Meet the Demands of Metals Testing

Instron Solutions

Instron offers a full spectrum of universal testing systems to meet the needs of metals manufacturers. The electromechanical 68TM-50 table top system is for testing up to 50 kN (~ 11,250 lbf), the electromechanical 5980 Series floor standing systems are for testing up to 600 kN (~135,000 lbf), and the hydraulic Industrial Series systems are for testing between 300 kN (~67,500 lbf) and 2,000 kN (~450,000 lbf). Each of these systems has matching accessories required to perform metal testing to ASTM and ISO standards including heating and cooling chambers, load cells for force/stress, extensometers for strain, and a wide range of tensile grips depending on your test specimen geometry.

5980 Series Universal Testing System

Test Smarter
1) Dependable Machines
Robust systems designed for industrial environments
2) Test All Your Product on One Machine
Class leading load cell accuracy down to 1/1000 of the load cell capacity
3) Reliable Results
Premium controller technology provides simple and reliable strain control
4) Simple to Use
Touch operated Bluehill® Universal software with a comprehensive library of metals test methods
5) Traceable Results
Bluehill Universal Traceability module provides confidence in your methods
6) Test at Any Temperature
Standard solutions from -150°C to +1200°C
7) Grip All Specimen Types & Geometries
Wide range of gripping technology suitable for all metal applications


Tensile Grips for Metals Testing
Knowing Which Grip is Best for Your Application

Instron's wide range of gripping technologies allow for testing of all forms of metal specimens, from thin wire to rebar and sheet metal to large plate. Each Instron grip has specific advantages for different applications and budgets.

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How to Improve Repeatability Between Testing Systems

In 2009, ISO 6892-1 replaced and combined both the previous ISO 6892 and the widely used EN10002-1:2001 standards. Most notably, it introduced testing rates based on strain rate (Method A). To better clarify these changes, the requirements of Method A were updated in ISO 6892-1:2016 which now includes two clearly defined approaches - Method A1 (closed-loop strain control) and Method A2 (constant crosshead separation rate). The benefits of strain control include more repeatable and comparable results from machine to machine, minimized time per test, simpler setup, and reduced operator training.

Learn About the Challenges of Strain Control

Choosing the Best Extensometer for your Application 

Extensometers are an important part of metals testing due to the material's need for precise strain measurement. Instron builds and calibrates contacting and non-contacting extensometers that have been specifically designed for testing metals.

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r & n VALUES
How To Improve the Accuracy of Your Test Results

Sheet metal product development is always striving to increase strength while maintaining formability. The plastic strain ratio (r-value) and the strain hardening exponent (n-value) are critical mechanical properties that define the formability of these materials.

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AT6 Robotic Automated Testing System

Improving Efficiency for High Volume Testing

Instron has installed hundreds of automated testing systems for most of the world’s largest metals producers as well as metals-producing startups. The AT6 Automated Testing System is known for its durability, accuracy, consistency, safety, and throughput. Our dedicated team of experienced automation engineers will work with you from concept generation to installation and sign-off at your facility.

For Some of the Most Common ASTM, ISO, & EN Standards

The Bluehill® Universal metals module includes 30 metals testing standards to make testing simple and more consistent across many different systems and labs. Some of the methods included in this module are ASTM A370, A615, E8, E21, E646, E517, ISO 6892-1, ISO 6892-2, ISO 10113, and ISO 10275.

Test Method Templates for Metals in Bluehill Universal Software

To Perform the Most Common Test Types for Metals

High Force Universal Testing Systems
Universal Testing Systems

Instron universal testing machines perform tensile, compression, bend, peel, tear, and other mechanical tests on metallic materials and products to ASTM, ISO, JIS, and other industry standards.

ElectroPuls Testing Systems
Servohydraulic and Electrodynamic Testing Systems

Servohydraulic and electrodynamic systems with force ranges from 1 kN to 5,000 kN (200 lbs to 1,000,000 lbs) are used for dynamic testing of metallic materials and components.

MPX Pendulum Testing System
Pendulum Testing Systems

The Instron MPX motorized pendulum impact test system with the new Bluehill Impact software is the preferred system for metals impact testing to Charpy and Izod standards. Available in capacities ranging from 300 to 900 Joules, the MPX is efficient and easy to operate, making it suitable for high volume testing.

Instron Service Map

Global Service Approach | Available in Your Local Area

Instron is part of ITW, one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturers, and has a worldwide service and support team to help you to maintain your investment regardless of your location. Dedicated to keeping our customers operating at peak efficiency, Instron has more than 250 service staff available around the globe ready to answer your questions, provide training and classes, install systems, repair and upgrade existing machines, provide calibration and verification services, and make sure your equipment complies with global testing standards.