“Taber Test” delivers reliable data in minutes. Used to evaluate a material’s resistance to wear, a flat specimen is mounted to a turntable platform that rotates on a vertical axis. As the turntable rotates, contact of the specimen against the sliding rotation of two abrading wheels cause wear while a vacuum system removes loose wear debris during the test. The resulting abrasion marks form a pattern of crossed arcs in a circular band that cover an area approximately 30 cm².
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The TABER® Rotary Platform Abrasion Tester - Model 1700 / 1750 is commonly referred to as the Taber Abraser (Abrader) or Rotary Platform Dual (Double) Head Tester. First introduced in the 1930's, this precision built instrument was developed to perform accelerated wear testing. Capable of providing reliable data in a matter of minutes compared to the years that may be required by in-use testing, the Taber Abraser (Abrader) rapidly became the world standard for evaluating abrasion resistance. Since its inception, the Taber Abraser has been used for quality & process control, research & development and material evaluation. Used to test a wide spectrum of materials, the instrument has been referenced in numerous standards and specifications (including plastics, coatings, laminates, leather, paper, ceramics, carpeting, safety glazing, etc.)
Taber tests involve mounting a flat specimen approximately 100mm square or round to a turntable platform that rotates on a vertical axis at a fixed speed. The standard material thickness that can be evaluated with the Taber Rotary Abraser is 6.35 mm (materials greater than 6.35 mm but less than 40 mm can be tested with optional accessories). Two genuine Taber abrasive wheels, which are applied at a specific pressure, are lowered onto the specimen surface.
Characteristic rub-wear action is produced by contact of the test specimen against the sliding rotation of the two abrading wheels. As the turntable rotates, the wheels are driven by the sample in opposite directions about a horizontal axis displaced tangentially from the axis of the sample. One abrading wheel rubs the specimen outward toward the periphery and the other, inward toward the center while a vacuum system removes loose debris during the test. The wheels traverse a complete circle on the specimen surface, revealing abrasion resistance at all angles relative to the weave or grain of the material. The resulting abrasion marks form a pattern of crossed arcs in a circular band that cover an area approximately 30 cm2.
Each turntable has dual abrading arms that are precision balanced. Independently operated, the abrading arms can be raised (or lowered) to mount or inspect specimens. Each arm is precision balanced and will apply a load of 250 grams against the specimen, exclusive of the weight of the wheel. To increase the load to 500 or 1000 grams, a mount for auxiliary weights is located on the outside of the abrading wheel bearing assembly. This location ensures that weights are concentric with the abrading wheel. An optional counterweight kit is available for the Model 1700/1750 to reduce the load. For older style Taber Abrasers, a stud on the rear end of the abrading arm is used to carry an optional counterweight. All models use counterweights to reduce the load by 50, 125, 150 or 175 grams.
Taber Abrasers Model 1700 or 1750 offer the following standard features:
The TABER® Abraser (Abrader) is available in two models - single or dual specimen tables. Both offer the same durable design and can be used interchangeably.
TABER® Abraser (Abrader) - Model 1700 (115/230V; 60/50Hz)
Model 1700 features a single specimen turntable.
TABER® Abraser (Abrader) - Model 1750 (115/230V; 60/50Hz)
Model 1750 features two specimen turntables, allowing you to perform two tests simultaneously (test two different or identical specimens for comparison or contrast). The touchscreen interface allows you to set different test parameters and operate the specimen turntables independent of each other.