Hard Coating

Rtec Instruments provides several ASTM, DIN, ISO standard and customized tests for cutting tools, decorative, functional coating, and more.

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Solutions We Offer

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Scratch Adhesion, Resistance 

Study scratch adhesion, scratch hardness, and scratch resistance at nano, micro and macro scale. In-line integrated 3D profilometer creates 3D stitched images to comprehensively and conclusively characterize the coating failures. Advanced capacitive sensors measures penetration depth with resolution needed to differentiate coatings that have similar properties.

scratch data images
cutting tool on block on ring drive to simulate cutting process

Cutting Tool Simulation

The state-of-the-art Rtec tapping, cutting, drilling test setups provides the study of metalworking fluids, inserts, taps, and coatings. Automatic XYZ stage allows tapping, drilling, or cutting automatically at several positions.

Friction, Wear

Perform tribology, friction, and wear tests under a wide test load range from mN to 12,000 N.  Environmental conditions of -120 °C to 1200 °C, vacuum, or high pressure are possible. Rotary, linear reciprocating, fretting, and block on ring modes are available. The choice depends on the application.

nano tribology of thin films using tribometer
Fretting Test Module


Fretting studies for hard coating industry are of critical importance. Rtec Instruments provides unequaled specifications for fretting evaluation. Controlled stroke from 5 microns and frequency up to 500 Hz frequency, in-line friction monitoring,  and a wide temperature range makes it an ideal fretting wear tester.

High Temperature

Perform up to 1200 °C high temperature tests for various applications. Characterize hot hardness, friction, fretting, wear, erosion, and much more under controlled atmospheric conditions.

High temperature tribology chamber
tribocorrosion data from tribometer


The corrosion resistance of hard coatings affects its functionality and durability. Study effect of corrosion of coatings and components durability, adhesion, hardness, fretting, wear resistance, and friction. 

Offered solutions involve mechanical and electrochemical interactions between components in motion. Each tester measures in-line current, voltage, friction, wear, temperature, down force, ear, and acoustic emissions at all times.

3D Imaging

Combine 4 imaging modes in one head. It requires only one mouse click to alternate between the different imaging modes. Image any surface with ease – transparent, flat, dark, flat, curved, and more.

Scratch tester data for hardcoat

See It In Action

Watch as we demonstrate how our instruments can fulfill all of your applications.

 Universal-Tribometer MFT-5000 von Rtec Instruments
Need Versatility

Take a closer look at the Multi Function Tribometer.

Air Jet Erosion Tester AJ-1000 from Rtec Instruments
Need An Erosion Tester?

Check out our Air Jet Erosion Tester, the AJ-1000

Rtec Instruments Surface Material Tester, SMT-5000
Need Indentation and Scratch Testing?

Learn more about our Indentation and Scratch Tester, the SMT-5000.

Universal-Profilometer von Rtec Instruments
Need 3D Microscopy?

Check out our 3D Optical Profilometer, the UP Series

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