Product Description

hanatek-ft3-film-thickness-gauge

The Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge (Film Thickness Gauge) is specifically designed to quickly and accurately measure the thickness of a variety of substrates including film, paper, board, foil, tissue and textiles.Best in class repeatability, resolution and accuracy.

At a Glance

  • Accurate and repeatable thickness measurements
  • Compliant to a multiple standards
  • Choice of configuration

Features

  • Repeatability of better than 0.4 µm
  • 0.1 µm resolution
  • User programmable number of readings, dwell time and down speed
  • Metric or imperial units
  • Easy to use touch screen / integrated software
  • Flatness of measurement head/anvil <0.1μm, typical parallelism <1μm
  • Temperature stability circuitry ensures the instrument electronics reach optimum conditions before testing.
  • Batch Test: Calculates the thickness difference between two measurement sets, used to assess the thickness of coatings, adhesives or sample batches
  • Extended two year warranty
  • UKAS traceable calibration certificate, 2000 and 500 µm calibrated check gauges

Defined Parameters

  • Up Time : This parameter allows the user to manipulate samples between Measurements. 1-10sec
  • Speed of measurement : The speed of the measurement head is especially important when measuring deformable materials. 1-5mm/sec
  • Dwell/Down Time : The dwell time determines the settling time of the measuring head on compressible materials. 1-15sec
    The instrument is operated via an integral touch screen and features different measurement modes.
  • Standard Test : Full statistical analysis of up to 500 readings.
  • Batch Test : Calculates the thickness difference between two measurement sets, used to assess the thickness of coatings, adhesives or sample batches.
  • Standard Tare Test : Automatically tares the instrument before each test using user defined conditions.
  • Pass/Fail Test : Enter the target thickness with percentage tolerance. Results are displayed with a PASS or FAIL.

Data Transfer

Measurements made using the FT3 thickness gauge can be exported to Microsoft Excel* via interface software.
All measured and calculated parameters are transferred along with the date / time stamp, instrument serial number and calibration date.
Sample excel sheets available on Request

Applications include testing thickness of:

Recycled Paper, Leather, LDPE Film, Coatings, Fibreglass, Carbon Fibre, Non-Woven Materials, Envelopes, Laminated Film, Carton Blanks, Foils, Banknotes, Printed Paper, Pouches, Film Lids, Films, Paper Gaskets, Bags & Sacks, Textiles, Paper, Cartons, Tissues, Synthetic Fabric, Ink, Plastic Film, Printed Cartons, Polyester, Shrink Film, PE Film, Floor Tiles, PVC Floor Coverings, Tobacco Cartons, PE Bags, PP Film, PVC Film, Labels, Metallised Film, LLDPE Film, Coex Film, BOPP Film, Surface Print Non-Woven, OPP Film, Galvanised Steel, Foam, Woven Composite Materials, Varnish, Lacquer, Coated Tinplates.

Why is Film Thickness important?

Plastic films are often used to encapsulate, protect and preserve products that are sold to consumers or industry. The film is used as a two way barrier to stop product leaking out and also external contaminants migrating in.

The effectiveness of the film as a barrier is related to its chemical composition and also its thickness.

Films which are below a specified thickness may fail physically- bursting, splitting or leaking, they will also be less effective at stopping the migration of oxygen and contaminants that can lead to product spoilage.
Packaging developers and product manufacturers measure and specify the thickness of the film to ensure the robustness of the packaging and the functionality of the barrier.

The Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge is used in accordance with :

Measurement standards BS, ISO, TAPPI, ASTM

Plastic Film

  • BS 2782-6 Methods of testing plastics. Dimensional properties. Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning of flexible sheet
  • ISO 4593:1993 Plastics – Film and sheeting – Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning
  • ASTM D6988 Part B Standard Guide for Determination of Thickness of Part A OR B Plastic Film Test Specimens
  • DIN 1942 Self adhesive tapes. Measurement of thickness

Paper & Board

  • ISO 534 Determination of thickness, density and specific volume
  • DIN 53105
  • BS EN 20534 Determination of thickness and apparent bulk density or apparent sheet density of paper and board
  • SCAN P7
  • SCAN P31
  • FEFCO No 3
  • ISO 3034 Corrugated fibreboard. Determination of single sheet thickness

Tissue

  • BS EN 12625-3 : 2005 Tissue paper and tissue products. Determination of thickness, bulking thickness and apparent bulk density
  • SCAN P47

Textile

  • ISO 5084 Determination of thickness of textiles and textile products
  • ASTM D5199 Determination of thickness of geosynthetics
  • ASTM D1777 Standard test method for thickness of textiles
  • ISO 2589 Leather. Physical and mechanical tests. Determination of thickness

Gaskets

  • ASTM F36-99 Standard test method for compressibility and recovery of gasket materials

Floor Coverings

  • EN428 Resilient floor coverings – Determination of overall thickness

Flexible Packaging

  • ASTM F2251 Standard Test Method for Thickness Measurement of Flexible Packaging Material

Tape

  • DIN EN 1942 Self adhesive tapes – Measurement of Thickness
  • ASTM D3652 Standard Test Method for Thickness of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes

Configurations

Each standard of compliance specifies a different pressure which is calculated by the force applied to the sample through a measuring head of a given diameter.

  • FT3 : Single standard of compliance. Fixed pressure measurements.
  • FT3-20 : As per FT3 but with extended 19mm measuring range.
  • FT3-V : 1+ standard(s) of compliance. Pressure varied by adding additional weight to the measurement platen.
  • FT3-V20 : As per FT3-V but with 19mm measuring range.
  • FT3V-LAB : Compliance to multiple standards. Pressure is varied by adding additional weight to the platen and by changing the measuring head – suitable for use in R & D environments or by testing laboratories.
  • FT3V20-LAB : As per FT3V-Lab but with 19mm measuring range.
  • FT3-U : ISO 4593 standard of compliance. Fixed pressure.

Precisely Measures the thickness of a variety of materials

Test Parameters Physical test parameters can be factory configured according 
Momentum and profile of measurement head to International Standards or customer requirements.
Measurement pressure Measurement speed and dwell time are controlled
Measurement dwell time by user defined parameters.
Instrument The instrument is linearised throughout its measurement
Accuracy, linearity, calibration range using a multi point calibration.
Flatness/parallelism of measurement area Flatness of measurement head/anvil <0.1μm
Typical parallelism <1μm
Operator The Hanatek instrument provides full statistical analysis of data.
Incorrect recording and analysis of results The optional printer allows a time/date stamped results label
to be attached to job sheet or retained samples.
Sample handling and measurement technique User defined routines or the optional footswitch mean hands
free operation for easy sample manipulation.
External Effects Temperature stability circuitry ensures the instrument
Temperature electronics reach optimum conditions before testing.

Specifications

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Specifications

Description Specification
Resolution 0.1 μm (0.01 μm on FT3-U)
Repeatability Better than 0.4 μm*
Reproducibility Better than 0.8 μm*
Measurement Range 0 – 4000μm
0 – 19000 μm extended range instrument also available
Output RS232
Power 110V/220V 50Hz/60Hz
Accessories All Hanatek FT3 gauges are supplied with a UKAS
traceable calibration certificate and traceable
2000 μm and 500 μm checking gauges
Options Results printer, foot switch, additional weights
Weight 10kg (max)
Dimensions (h) 285 x (w) 302 x (l) 285 mm
Packed weight 15.7kg
Commodity code 90273010
*Dependant on operating conditions
Standard Measurement Heads for FT3, FT3-V & FT3-U
Ball 3mm radius
Domed 25.5mm radius
Flat 6 / 6.35 / 8 / 10 / 11.3 / 16 / 25.3 / 28.7 / 35.7 /
50.5mm diameter**
**Non standard heads between 6 and 50mm diameter are available on request
Test Masses
FT3 Standard 50g – 2000g
FT3-V 100g – 4000g
FT3-U 50g – 500g
FT3V-LAB 100g – 4000g

 

Data Sheet

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Data Sheet

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Data Sheet

Standards

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Standards

The Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge is used in accordance with :

Measurement standards BS, ISO, TAPPI, ASTM

Plastic Film

  • BS 2782-6 Methods of testing plastics. Dimensional properties. Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning of flexible sheet
  • ISO 4593:1993 Plastics – Film and sheeting – Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning
  • ASTM D6988 Part B Standard Guide for Determination of Thickness of Part A OR B Plastic Film Test Specimens
  • DIN 1942 Self adhesive tapes. Measurement of thickness

Paper & Board

  • ISO 534 Determination of thickness, density and specific volume
  • DIN 53105
  • BS EN 20534 Determination of thickness and apparent bulk density or apparent sheet density of paper and board
  • SCAN P7
  • SCAN P31
  • FEFCO No 3
  • ISO 3034 Corrugated fibreboard. Determination of single sheet thickness

Tissue

  • BS EN 12625-3 : 2005 Tissue paper and tissue products. Determination of thickness, bulking thickness and apparent bulk density
  • SCAN P47

Textile

  • ISO 5084 Determination of thickness of textiles and textile products
  • ASTM D5199 Determination of thickness of geosynthetics
  • ASTM D1777 Standard test method for thickness of textiles
  • ISO 2589 Leather. Physical and mechanical tests. Determination of thickness

Gaskets

  • ASTM F36-99 Standard test method for compressibility and recovery of gasket materials

Floor Coverings

  • EN428 Resilient floor coverings – Determination of overall thickness

Flexible Packaging

  • ASTM F2251 Standard Test Method for Thickness Measurement of Flexible Packaging Material

Tape

  • DIN EN 1942 Self adhesive tapes – Measurement of Thickness
  • ASTM D3652 Standard Test Method for Thickness of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes

Accessories

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Accessories

Optional Accessories

  • Results printer Printer:
    • Time & date stamped labels allow thickness variation to be easily documented
  • Data transfer software

Instruction Manual

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Instruction Manual

Hanatek FT3 Precision Thickness Gauge – Instruction Manual