Mark-10 Corporation is an independent, family-run business that designs and manufactures force and torque measurement products. Force measurement is an invaluable tool for manufacturers and Mark-10 products are used in various industries such as automotive, medical, textile, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, packaging, and food.
Mark-10 products can be used in a virtually limitless number of tension and compression force testing applications. Various items and materials can be tested such as springs, wires and cables, connectors, caps, and mechanical components and assemblies.
Mark-10 Corporation has a wide variety of instruments necessary for a force testing system, from digital indicators, test stands, grips, and data collection software.
Mark-10 Force Gauges have many useful features such as Peak/hold readings, selectable units of measurement, full-scale load bar, and setpoints with high/low limit indicators. They have a broad range of capacities available from 50 grams to 2,000 lbs of force full scale. Typical overload protection for most of the Force Gauges is at least 150% of capacity.
Mark-10 Force Gauges may be used by hand for light force measurements or used with a force test stand and gripping fixtures to create a complete testing solution for large force measurements or when higher accuracies are needed.
Test stands and grip attachments are an important part of a force testing system. Test stands are useful in eliminating inconsistencies inherent in hand testing and can help to automate test and manufacturing processes. Grip attachments mount to most Mark-10 force gauges with a quick-change convenience and can assist in maintaining repeatable measurements.
Mark-10 Force Gauge Calibration
Mark-10 Force Gauges are typically calibrated by comparing the Force Gauge indication to a known force standard.
For gauges under 200 lbs, Mark-10 Force Gauges are usually calibrated by using calibrated weights suspended from a weight hanger. An L-shaped bracket attached to a bench is sufficient to attach the Force Gauge for the stability of the test. For gauges with higher capacities, other reference standards such as load cells with digital indicators will be required. Mounting the Force Gauge into a test stand at these higher capacities will significantly assist in the alignment of the Force Gauge and standard and allow the calibration to be performed safely.
The Force Gauge should be calibrated at a minimum of every 20% of the full-scale capacity of the gauge to ensure the linearity of the load cell is accurate throughout its full-scale range. The Force Gauge display should indicate the force standard value within the stated manufacturer’s specifications. If adjustment is required, a number of Force Gauges have calibration functions that will realign the gauge when a specific force, typically a full scale or near full-scale value, is applied.
The recommended calibration interval for Force Gauges is one year, however, calibration should be performed more frequently if the gauge was severely mishandled or dropped, is used in hazardous environments or is suspected of being overloaded.