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Single-column texture analyzer

MultiTest-i 2.5 kN automated texture testing system

The MultiTest-i Texture Analyzer is a versatile tensile and compression tester controlled by software running on a PC.

The single-column range fits neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product texture testing applications according to your own test methods.

A wide range of tensile grips, bend jigs and compression fixtures make the single-column MultiTest-i easy to use for measuring tension and compression, from as little as 2 N right up to 5 kN.

MultiTest-i 2.5 kN automated texture testing system with operator console/touchscreen

The MultiTest-xt is a versatile tensile and compression tester controlled by software running on a touchscreen console.

The single-column range fits neatly on your bench-top and is ideal for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

A wide range of tensile grips, bend jigs and compression fixtures make the single-column MultiTest-xt easy to use for measuring tension and compression from as little as 2 N right up to 5 kN.

Product image of MultiTest-i motorised texture analyzer for advanced texture (tension and compression) testing

Advanced software-controlled tensile and compression tester powered by our trusted testing software, Emperor Force.

  • Product and component testing
  • Quality control environments
  • Research and development labs
  • Capacity: 2 N to 5 kN

The single-column range is an ideal bench-top device for product testing applications according to your own test methods.

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MultiTest-i test configuration on Emperor software presented on laptop

Emperor™ Force software

Easy-to-use software with almost limitless freedom to design and customise tension and compression tests to suit your needs. Developed by Mecmesin in close collaboration with our customers, Emperor™ is now trusted by over 5,000 companies for the detailed testing and evaluation of their products.

Create simple tests for the production line and more complex laboratory tests to prove design standards are met.

Key features


Intuitive user interface

Build test routines step by step

Favourite one-touch tests


Real-time graph plotting

Display measured and calculated values

Clear pass/fail indication


Standard and customisable templates

Print results to Adobe PDF format

Export results to Excel and SPC packages

Trusted by over 5,000 customers worldwide

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Example applications


Delivering consistency and reliability, the MultiTest-i tensile and compression tester controls all key test parameters such as force, displacement and speed.

Emperor Force testing software drives the test system, removing the inherent variability found in manual testing methods.

A single-column MultiTest-i is designed for measuring forces up to 5 kN (1100 lbf) on virtually any component, made from almost any material, either during their normal operation or when being pulled/pushed until they fail or break.

A compact bench-top design that takes up very little space, with intuitive controls makes the MultiTest-i system easy to use, even for novice operators.

Available in a range of sizes and capacities

For example, you can test high-elongation specimens on the long travel 0.5 kN and 1 kN models, ideal for tensile and adhesive peel tests on plastics and rubbers.

Our most popular 2.5 kN and 5 kN models for general purpose testing of smaller specimens, to determine tension, compression, flexure, shear and fracture characteristics.

Mecmesin deliver affordable solutions to please every budget

Customers from industries such as automotive, aerospace, cosmetics, electronics, packaging, pharmaceutical, medical, have all come to rely on Mecmesin as their partner of choice for tensile and compression testing solutions.

Technical specification

For more details about the MultiTest-i range, as well as the full technical specifications, visit our corporate website (MultiTest-i product specs).


The single-column MultiTest-i testing system comprises four key elements:

Test frame

Ballscrew-driven motorised test frame, design for applying tensile and compressive forces from a few mN up to 5 kN. High-quality construction manufactured under ISO 9001 quality standards.

Dovetailed crosshead design for minimising operator setup time with 'plug and play' (interchangeable) loadcells automatically recognised by the software.

Pre-drilled base plate with threaded holes for configuring a wide range of grips and fixtures. Quick change (QC) adaptors make it even easier to swap grips for performing different tests.


Specially adapted 'plug and play' (interchangeable) loadcells, from 2 N up to 5 kN with outstanding measurement accuracy of ±0.1% or ±0.2% of the sensor capacity.

A calibration certificate (traceable to national standards) is provided as standard with every sensor.


Easily create step by step test routines to your exact testing procedure requirements. Commonly used tests can be run with one-click by the operator from a 'favourites' menu or a configured drop-down list.

Emperor Force testing software runs on a Windows computer, controlling the test frame motor and collecting data at 1,000 Hz from the loadcell and displacement encoder.

Plotting measurement data on a realtime graph enables the operator to see exactly how the specimen is performing. Preset calculations can analyse test data to determine if the specimen has met the quality control pass/fail criteria.

Emperor Force enables the operator to issue test reports as PDFs, as well as exporting data to Excel or the network for further analysis in a Statistical Process Control (SPC) package.

Grips & fixtures

Holding your test specimen in place without it slipping is essential to obtaining repeatable results. Mecmesin design tension and compression grips to hold any size/shape component.

We also have team of design engineers that will work with you and develop the best grip for your specimen, commonly using in-house 3D printing to produce lightweight precision fixtures.

Tension & Compression

Test frame rated capacity
Model 0.5 kN 1 kN 2.5 kN
N 500 1000 2500
kgf 50 100 250
lbf 110 220 550


Throat depth

67 mm (2.6") - 0.5, 1 & 2.5kN models
95 mm (3.7") - 5kN model

NOTE: It is recommended to fit protective bellows, to protect against dust and particle ingress and splash into the column. This reduces the throat depth by 18 mm (0.71")


1616 mm (67") - 0.5kN model 
1416 mm (59") - 1kN model
941 mm (37") - 2.5kN model
1082 mm (43") - 5kN model


290 mm (11.4") - 0.5, 1 & 2.5kN models
328 mm (12.9") - 5kN model


414 mm (16.3") - 0.5, 1 & 2.5kN models
526 mm (20.7") - 5kN model


31 kg (68 lbs ) - 0.5kN model
27.5 kg (61 lbs) - 1kN model
24 kg (53 lbs) - 2.5kN model
38 kg (84 lbs) - 5kN model
Excluding console, approx. 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)



1 - 1000 mm/min (0.04 - 40"/min) - 0.5, 1 & 2.5kN models
1 - 500 mm/min (0.04 - 20"/min) - 5kN model


±0.2% of indicated speed or ±20 µ/min, whichever is greater*
* See for additional info.


1 mm/min (0.04"/min)


Maximum displacement (crosshead travel)

1186 mm (46.7") - 0.5kN model
986 mm (38.8") - 1kN model
507 mm (20") - 2.5kN model
590 mm (23") - 5kN model


±0.13 mm per 300 mm
(±0.005" per 11.8" travel)


0.01 mm (0.0004")



±0.1% or ±0.2% of full scale depending on loadcell selected



Units of measurement

mN, daN, N, kN, gf, kgf, ozf, lbf

Sampling rate

2000 Hz

Data-acquisition rate

1000 Hz, 500 Hz, 100 Hz, 50 Hz, 10 Hz (user selectable)

Common specifications


230 V AC 50 Hz or 110 V AC 60 hz

Operating temperature

10 - 35°C (50 - 95°F)

Humidity range

Normal industry and laboratory conditions, non-condensing


Digital I/O

6 input, 6 output (TTL)

Output of test results to PC/printer/datalogger (MultiTest-xt)

Yes - Includes auto-export to Microsoft Excel. Also data-export via RS232 port (direct or via USB/Network converter in ASCII format)

Network communications (MultiTest-xt)

Ethernet RJ45, USB for external wireless connectivity

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