Multi Function Tribometer

The MFT-5000 is a modular and versatile universal tribometer. Analyze friction, wear, and mechanical properties. Nano, micro, and macro range with an integrated 3D profilometer

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    A Tribometer Like No Other

    Versatile and Customizable For Your Needs

    Upper Z structure

    High precision multiple Z stages to move load cell, and profiler in Z-axis

    Open Platform

    Open platform architecture allows easy access and use. In addition, large available space provides current or future application modules to mount on one platform.

    Lower Interchangeable Module

    Interchangeable fast-exchange modules perform several tests on the same platform. These include rotary, block on ring, reciprocating, fretting, scratch, and more.

    Environmental Control

    Wide temperature (-120 to 1200°C), humidity (5 to 95% RH), pressure (up to 200 psi), vacuum (10-7 torr).

    Universal Tribometer Schematic
    Force Sensors

    Interchangeable load cells across a wide rangenN to 10,000 N. Capacitive, piezo, and strain gauge technology.

    Patented In-line 3D Profilometer

    In-line Lambda 3D optical profilometer. Inspect any sample with nm resolution. Four imaging modes on the same profilometer–confocal, interferometer, dark field, and bright field.

    XY Stage

    Long-stroke, high precision, close loop XY stage. The stage moves modules between test and image positions to create custom motions. Also, slow speed reciprocating, scratch, and combined X-Y motions.

    Data Acquisition, Motion Controller

    Advanced high speed, low noise, fast feedback. Multiple channels, and highest data acquisition rate (200 kHz) controllers.

    Interchangeable Drives

    Our interchangeable modular drives boast versatile adaptability, seamlessly integrating electrified capabilities for precise control and enhanced functionality. These drives mount easily on the MFT-5000’s flexible platform, accommodating customizable tests tailored to diverse experimental requirements across a spectrum of research and developmental applications.

    Block on ring tribometer test module

    0.001-10,000 RPM rotational speed

    upper rotary modular drive for Rtec-instruments tribometer
    Upper Rotation

    Twist compression up to 10,000 N loads

    Block on ring tribometer test module
    Linear Reciprocating

    Wear, pin on plate up to 80 Hz

    Block on ring tribometer test module
    Block on Ring

    Test bearings, shafts, lubricants, and grease

    mini traction modular drive for tribometer
    Mini Traction

    Downforce 0 to 200N, speeds 6 to -6 m/s

    Block on ring tribometer test module
    Fretting Voice Coil

    10 µm-2.8 mm stroke, up to 300 Hz frequency

    Impedance vs. changing linear velocities, 10SRR At Different Linear Velocities

    Measure Impedance vs. Changing Linear Velocities

    Transition from Ohmic to Capacitive Behavior over lubrication regimes. By precisely measuring impedance against varying linear velocities, we provide valuable insights into the dynamic tribological behavior of materials under different speed conditions.

    Patented Integrated In-line 3D Profilometer

    The in-line integrated 3D profilometer provides 3D surface change plots with nm resolution. Thus, the profilometer easily correlates the tribology data with surface topography. This technology is specifically optimized for tribology-related tests.

    Notably, the lambda head model combines four optical techniques on one head. These techniques include interferometer, confocal, dark field, and bright field imaging. Thus, it can measure any surface– transparent, rough, smooth, and steep slopes surface.

    In addition, the XY stage on the tribometer allows for automatic stitching of volume wear and roughness calculations.

    Two widely used optical head options are available for integration:

    • Sigma head – White light interferometry
    • Lambda Head – White light interferometry + Confocal microscopy + Dark Field + Bright Field Imaging


    Lambda in-line profilometer rtec-instruments

    Unmatched Load Cell Technology

    Capacitive, Piezo, And Stain Gauge

    The universal mechanical tester has a wide range of patented load cells. This provides unparalleled stability and resolution. In fact, the wide load range extends from nN to 10,000 N with easily interchangeable load cells. In addition, the sensors come with various configurations: forces measured in 1, 2, or 6 axes.

    Capacitive sensors for friction measurement on tribometer
    Capacitive Load Cells

    Highest resolution load cells with rigid design

    Piezo Load Cells

    Highest resolution load cells with high frequency response

    Strain Gauge Load Cells

    Sensors with widest load range

    Dynamic Torque Sensors

    Sensors for measuring in-line torque during rotating motions

    Environmental Chambers

    High temperature rotary chamber for tribometer

    Automatic Sub nm Surface Change Image vs Time

    tribology testing example of wear mark progression on universal tribometer using in-line 3D profilometer

    The data shows 3D wear mark progression during a linear reciprocating test. Calculate and study:


    • Volume wear progression
    • Roughness change
    • Crack initiation and propagation
    • Debris creation
    • Topography change
    • Effect of textures for tribology testing
    • Effect of surface roughness


    Application-specific solutions

    Rtec Instruments’ Universal Tribometer provides versatility and modularity. It supplies several tribological and mechanical testing solutions for various industries. Today, the MFT-5000 is widely used to measure the friction coefficient for lubricants and grease. Testing applications also include bio, automobile, semiconductor, aerospace, ceramics, space industries, and more.

    It is essential to conduct experiments in conditions close to the real application. This is required for valuable tribological data. Meaningful data is now easy with the Universal Tribometer. This is because it provides custom motions and a wide load range, as well as customized holders and drives.

    Solution To

    Due to its multiple configurations, Multi Function Tribometer MFT-5000 tribometer is used extensively across a wide range of industries:

    • Thermal Spray Coatings
    • Wear Resistance
    • Fretting
    • Vacuum
    • High Temperature
    • Cryogenic
    • Abrasion, Erosion Resistance
    • Brake Testing
    • Marr Resistance, Scratch Adhesion
    • Thermal Spray Coatings
    • Oil, Lubricant, Additives Testing
    • Fretting and Wear Resistance
    • Engine Related Tests
    • Tribology, Friction, and Wear
    • Coatings Adhesion
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Fretting and Wear Resistance
    • Corrosion
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Tribology and Friction Testing
    Hard Coating
    • Indentation
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Fretting
    • Turning and Tapping Torque
    • High Temperature
    • Block on Ring, Timken, OK, EP
    • 4Ball Wear and EP
    • Rotary pin, ball, ring on disk
    • HFRR
    • SRV
    • Tapping Torque, TCT, Drilling
    • Piston Ring Liner
    • Thrust Washer
    • Low Temperature Testing
    • High Temperature Testing
    • Linear Reciprocating
    • Variable Rolling to Sliding
    • Hot Hardness
    • Scratch Hardness
    • Tribology and Friction Testing
    • High Temperature
    Optics and Glasses
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Indentation
    • Tribology and Friction
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Indentation
    • High Temperature
    • Turning and Tapping Torque
    • Indentation
    • Scratch Resistance
    • Tribology and Friction Testing

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