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Mecmesin has supplied an automated tennis ball testing system to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to allow the organisation to test and approve the tennis ball samples submitted by manufacturers. Tennis balls must meet certain criteria to ensure uniformity and consistency in performance during tournaments.

The ITF required a versatile test system that could accommodate standard-size tennis balls as well as the larger-sized, slower foam balls designed for use by beginners.

Mecmesin was selected to upgrade the tennis ball testing system and to develop a cost-effective automated system to meet the exacting requirements.

The system is driven by Mecmesin’s Emperor software, with the pneumatic ball-handling mechanism based around the Multitest-I force testing stand.

Key benefits of product application

  • Using the automated sample-handling system, testing is more reproducible and does not require constant attendance from technicians, freeing operators to perform other duties.
  • The system can be left unattended to perform all required tests and, on completion, a comprehensive test report is available with graphical display of the test results.
  • Emperor software has a simple interface, allowing the user to select which tests are to be made from a menu of options.
  • The pneumatic ball-handling mechanism can locate and position the tennis balls on the force testing platform, a weighing scale or the 12-sample carousel.
  • The design can be modified for use with other types of sports balls, including those found in golf, baseball, cricket and hockey.
  • Results can be stored within the system or exported to other software applications for secure data storage.

A leading force and torque measurement specialist for over 40 years, Mecmesin designs and manufactures affordable, reliable and accurate test measurement equipment to suit a wide range of applications and customer requirements.

Quality Standards
Mecmesin’s range of test equipment is an affordable way to measure force and torque to BS, DIN, ASTM and ISO standards.

Operating under ISO 9001 quality standards, Mecmesin force and torque testers are used to guarantee the quality of components, materials and finished products, direct from the production line or within a QC laboratory. These checks help businesses maximise production and conform to international or in-house standards, whilst reducing the costs associated with excess wastage.

Products
From simple hand-held instruments to fully-comprehensive computer-controlled test systems, Mecmesin designs products to suit many different test applications and budgets.

Force Test Systems
Mecmesin’s force test systems provide machine control of tension and compression testing plus many other test types via the addition of appropriate fixtures, such as flexure/bend, peel, pull-off/pull-out and top-load/crush resistance. A choice of load ratings, including high capacity up to 50 kN, and a range of physical dimensions cater for a broad spectrum of force testing applications.

Torque Test Systems
Mecmesin’s torque test systems provide machine control of the testing methods for all types of torque – breakaway, fastening, running and torque to turn. The ability to simultaneously apply an axial load to the sample is available on all systems. A choice of load ratings cater for a broad spectrum of torque testing applications, with the addition of a range of high precision systems suitable for measuring very low torque values and running with exact rotational alignment.

Application-specific Testers
Mecmesin also supplies a range of application-specific testers, designed to test to test to international standards for a diverse range of distinct test applications, such as coefficient of friction, pull testing of cables, page pull strength of books, automated bottle testing, testing muscle strength and testing sprayed concrete.

Force and Torque Instruments
Mecmesin’s manual force and torque instruments provide digital accuracy in test measurement combined with affordability and portability. Three digital hand-held gauges are available with convenient levels of functionality and ranges of capacity. These gauges can be paired with manual lever or wheel-operated test stands to perform basic tension and compression tests with increased repeatability.

Mecmesin’s range of manual, hand-operated torque testers enable the testing of rotational systems including container caps and tamper-evident closures.

Accessories
Gripping a sample correctly for testing is a fundamental aspect of test repeatability.  Mecmesin supplies a full range of grips and fixtures for use with all our test systems and instruments.

In addition to our standard products, Mecmesin application engineers can design and manufacture test solutions to meet the needs of unique applications with specific criteria.  These typically include vacuum fixtures for preform packaging, cap mandrels to fit specific designs, grips for control devices with moving parts, jigs for bending awkward or large items, fixtures for torsion springs, guards and containment, and many more…

Our Customers
Providing a tailor-made service to create the ideal system with almost limitless testing capability, Mecmesin test solutions cater for a diverse range of industries:

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