Vantage Compression / Softness Tester

Compact and dedicated instrument for measuring softness of sheet material by evaluating the sample loft, thickness, compressibility and structural softness of the sample. Specifically designed compression fixture. Primarily used for tissue and non-wovens.

The Vantage Compression/Softness Tester is a compact, PC-controlled instrument that provides an objective measure of material softness by evaluating sample loft, thickness, compressibility and structural softness of sheet materials including paper tissue, toweling, non-wovens and textiles.

All electronics and controls are fully integrated into the test frame enabling the connection to a standard PC with a serial port. No external control boxes or additional PC interface cards are required.

Other benefits include a movable test-control keypad, one-touch auto zero and a software based automatic calibration system.

Test Procedure
For the highest level of accuracy, the Vantage Compression/Softness Tester compresses test plates to a user-defined force value with no sample installed resulting in a curve (A) that represents the deflection of the machine, load cell and fixture. This curve is subtracted from the test curves thereby removing all instrument deflection which could affect test results.

During a test, thickness values are captured until the maximum load is reached. Thickness values are captured in both the compression (B) and recovery phase (C) resulting in two unique curves. The distance between the two curves represents energy lost and is a function of several properties including loft, thickness, compression/recovery, and structural softness.

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MAP-4 Materials Testing Software

Powerful Software
MAP-4 materials testing software enables the user to quickly set-up and modify test parameters including dwell time, compression force, speed, trap force points and length of test.

MAP-4 also provides advanced capabilities for database management and reporting and will automatically write result data to Microsoft® Access® and Microsoft® Excel®.


  • MAP-4 Software included
  • Operating System 2000/NT/XP
  • One Serial Interface to a PC
  • No PC Interface Cards
  • Serial Load Cell interface
  • Movable test control panel
  • Side electronics panel for easy serviceability
  • Push-button auto zero

Compression Fixture with Pressure Foot & Anvil
Extremely robust, the adjustable anvil is mounted securely to the test frame. A pressure foot is also supplied which, in conjunction with a gauge block, ensures parallel adjustment of the anvil to 1 micron (0.00004inch / 0.001 mm).

Crosshead Guidance: Precision Ball Screw Crosshead Speed: 1 to 1000 mm/min (0.05 to 40 in/min)
Horizontal Clearance: Unlimited Accuracy: ±0.1%
Depth Clearance: 89 mm (3.5 in) Safety Features: Emergency stop button, upper & lower limit
switches with over-travel protection and load cell overload protection
Load Cells (N): 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 Power Requirements: 110 VAC, 50/60 Hz / 220/230 VAC, 50 Hz / 240 VAC, 50 Hz
Position Resolution: 0.6 µm (0.00002 inch) Operating Environment: Air Temperature: 10 ° to 50 ° C (50 ° to 122 ° F)
System Control: PC-Based with serial interface
(No PC slave cards)
Relative Humidity: 10% to 85% (Non-Condensing)
Operating System: Windows® 2000/XP Storage Environment: Air Temperature: -25 ° to 70 ° C (-13 ° to 158 ° F)
Relative Humidity: 5% to 90% (Non-Condensing)

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