In protective coating applications there is a requirement to measure surface roughness.
Measurements of surface roughness are expressed in terms of Ra, Rz or Tp. These values include peak-to-valley profile measurement in combination with an assessment of the frequency of peaks within the sample area.
The Elcometer 7061 surface roughness tester is a light weight and portable measuring solution for the range of surface roughness measurements required for compliance to International Standards.
The unit is also suitable for assessing surface roughness conditions in a wide range of general industrial applications; particularly where the sample is too large to bring to the laboratory.
- Multi-Lingual Display: All the required information is displayed on screen in a choice of 14 languages.
- Flexible: Can be used in virtually any position; horizontally, vertically, upside down. A height adjustment accessory to accommodate various sample sizes is supplied with each gauge as standard.
- Integrated Calibration Standard: No external calibration standard is required; provides greater ease of use.
- Drive Unit: Can be rotated and moved longitudinally; enables the stylus pick-up to be moved to the calibrating position. The stylus pick-up is also protected for transport in this position.
- Stylus pick-up with removable protection: 2µm (80µin) diamond stylus tip with a measuring force of 0.7 mN. Different stylus' are available for various applications.
How to use a surface roughness tester
Surface roughness testers consist of a stylus which is mechanically drawn across the surface recording an 'image' of the surface roughness across a pre-defined sample length. The measurement technique provides a number of measurement parameters including:
Rmax: The greatest distance between the highest peak and lowest valley over the sampling length.
Ra: The average surface roughness over the sampling length.
Rt: The distance between the highest peak and the lowest valley within any given sampling length.
Rz: The average distance between the highest peak and the lowest valley over a number of sampling lengths.