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ESM301 Programmable Test Stand with PC Control

The ESM301 Programmable Test Stand with PC Control is no longer available and has been replaced by ESM303.
Click here to see the ESM303.

Made in the USAThe ESM301 is a highly configurable motorized test stand for tension and compression testing applications up to 300 lb (1.5 kN). The stand can be controlled from the front panel or via a computer. The ESM301 is engineered on a unique modular platform, allowing for "build-your-own" configurability. Features can be ordered individually at time of order or activated in the field. Integrated travel indication, overload protection, and a host of programmable parameters makes the ESM301 quite sophisticated, while its intuitive menu structure allows for quick, simple setup and operation. A password can be programmed to prevent unauthorized changes. With a rugged and modular design, the ESM301 is a compelling solution for applications in laboratory and production environments.

The ESM301 travel distance is 11.5", while the extended length ESM301L features travel distance of 18". All other specifications are the same.

*The ESM301 is shown in a typical configuration with Series 5 digital force gauge and film and paper grips

  • LCD display with UP, DOWN, STOP and emergency stop buttons and soft keys
  • Removable fixture mounting plate with matrix of threaded holes
  • Selectable speed units of measurement (in/min & mm/min)
  • Stepper motor-driven, produces 0% speed variation load
  • Password protection of test parameters, to prevent unauthorized changes
  • Mounting holes for bench mounting
  • Integrated travel limit switches
  • Unique mechanical design significantly reduces column blending

Hardware Options/Accessories

Multi-function cable, Series-4 / Series-5 to controller
Connects a Series 4/5 force gauge to the controller. This single cable is used to transmit set points, overload signals, and force data.

Serial cable, controller to PC
Sends force and travel data on a single cable via RS-232 to a PC.

Bench mounting kit
Facilitates safe mounting to a work bench. Consists of a set of mounting adapters, and four sets of hardware with Allen key to accommodate surfaces of various thickness.

Column extensions
Available in 6", 12", 24", and custom lengths

Optional Controller Features

Computer Control A bi-directional RS-232 port is provided to interface with a PC. Users can write their own custom program or control the stand via a PC using NexygenTM TCD software. A Series 5 force gauge is required, along with 09-1056 serial cable and 09-1143 multi-function cable. ESM301-001 integrated travel indication is required for NexygenTM software, and recommended for interfacing with a custom program

Travel Indication
Travel is indicated on the front panel, and an RS-232 port is supplied. Position indication is provided via an internal linear scale, producing significantly higher accuracy than with conventional rotary encoder-based designs. Backlash and nonlinearity are virtually eliminated. Resolution is 0.001"

Programmable Travel Limits
The ESM301 can stop at or cycle between programmable upper and lower travel distances.

Overload Protection
Protects a force gauge against overload (requires the 09-1143 multi-function cable). The user programs the desired percentage of full scale of the gauge. Adjustable analog output voltage setting allows the ESM301 to interface with virtually any force gauge with analog output.

The crosshead moves to a limit switch, force (requires a Series BG force gauge), or travel position (requires EF017 programmable travel limits), stops, and reverses direction at full speed to the other limit switch, force, or travel position.

Cycling / Dwell Time
Same as Auto-return, but with the ability to program the number of cycles up to 99,999 cycles. Dwell time allows the operator to program the length of time, up to 9,999.9 seconds, in 0.1 second intervals, for which the crosshead pauses between cycles. Independent up and down speeds may be programmed (requires EF013).

Programmable Button Functions
Expands UP and DOWN button operation to three user-configurable modes:
1. Maintained (standard): short push produces continuous motion until STOP is pressed
2. Momentary: crosshead moves only while the button is pressed
3. Auto: short push produces maintained motion, while holding the button down will produce momentary motion

Independent Up and Down Speeds
Configurable speeds for up and down directions

Low Speed Extended Range
Extends the speed range to 0.02 - 13 in/min (0.5 - 330 mm/min)

High Speed Extended Range
Extends the speed range to 0.5 - 45 in/min (13 - 1100 mm/min)

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Dimensions ESM301


Capacity Up to 24 in/mm: 300 lbF / 1.5 kN
> 24 in/mm: 200 lbF / 1 kN
Standard Speed Range 13 - 330 mm/min (0.6 - 13 in/min)
Maximum Travel ESM301 11.5 in (292 mm)
ESM301L 18 in (457 mm)
Speed Setting Accuracy ±0.2%
Speed Variation with load ±0% (Stepper motor driven)
Limit switch repeatability 0.001 in (0.03 mm)
Power Universal input 80-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Weight (without options) 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
Included accessories Ext. rod, small hook, medium hook, #10-32 coupler, compression plate, gauge mounting hardware, tool kit
*Note Optional Distance Meter Max Sampling Rate Output - 3 Samples Per Second
* If force data output is required, both the 09-1143 and 09-1056 cables are required.

** Factory installation only. Can be retrofitted at a later date at the factory for € 795.00 / € 975.00 (ESM301 / ESM301L).

*** Requires a Series 5 force gauge, 09-1056 serial cable, 09-1143 multi-function cable, ESM301-001 integrated travel indication, and EF011 programmable travel set points

**** Requires ESM301-001 integrated travel indication option

***** Requires Firmware version 2.0+

The ESM301 is supplied with a small hook, medium hook, 2" diameter compression plate, extension rod, and #10-32 coupler.