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MST Series Tension Meter

Made in Germany4 Ranges

Yarn tension meter with motorized take-up fixture for measuring and adjusting the tension of sewing machines to get best and highest quality stitched seams. Therefore e. g. yarn breaks can be adjusted under constant conditions (speed of the thread).

To control the tension at sewing machines as well as the take-off tension of shuttles.

  • Electronic yarn tension meter MST  with motorized take up with tension range up fixture
  • The electronic tension meter ETX is the basis of this instrument
  • Motorized take-up fixture to have constant speed of the thread 8 m/min
  • Storage of AVG, MIN, MAX and PEAK tension values of a user set time frame. These values can be recalled in the display
  • Adjustable electronic damping for better reading when tension is constantly fluctuating
  • Vacuum base for positioning the unit on the work plate when tension is measured at the sewing machine
  • Special fixture to determine shuttle tension
  • Output signal:
    – analog 0 – 2 V DC
    – digital RS-232
  • The tension meter MTS can be connected to a PC using the RS-232 interface to monitored readings constantly on a PC
  • Memory of max. 4000 displayed tension values split up to 255 series of measurements and statistics (Last, AVG, MIN and MAX of displayed values, MIN-PEAK and MAX-PEAK are values measured within a measuring frequency of 100 Hz)

MST diagram 

4 different memory modes can be selected by the operator:
– Mode S: only statistical values per series are displayed
– Mode L: statistics plus 10 displayed values of each series of measurement
– Mode C: statistics plus 4000 displayed values arbitrary split up to 255 series
– Mode F: as C plus higher sampling rate of 100 Hz = values/s

Model MST can be connected to a PC with the RS-232 cable. With optional available software SW-TI3 »Tension Inspect 3« readings can be displayed, statistically analyzed and saved.


  • Storage of last, average, MAX MIN, PEAK-MAX, PEAK-MIN values as well as statistical analysis (average value) during a user-selected period
  • Motorized take-up fixture to have constant speed of the thread 12 m/min
  • Suction-cup base for positioning the unit on the work plate when tension is measured at the sewing machine
  • Special fixture to determine shuttle tension
  • RS-232 output for batch download or real-time data transfer to TensionInspect Software
  • TensionInspect Software plus RS-232 cable provided FREE

Tension Ranges
MST-200 1 - 200 cN     
MST-500 1 - 500 cN     
MST - 1000 1 - 1000 cN     
MST - 2000 1 - 2000 cN     

Dimensions-MST Series

Complete Kit
The MST tension meter is supplied as a complete kit including the motorized meter, suction cup base / post, AC adapter / charger and instruction manual in a fitted carrying case.


SW-TI3 Software Tension Inspect 3

  • Real-time reading
  • The readings are also shown in a X-Y- diagram (time/date-tension)
  • For data analysing the buffered diagram can be zoomed and scaled

More details

SW-TI3 Software Tension Inspect 3 127418

Related Products

Tension Inspect Data Transfer & Analysis Program

  • TensionInspect is an easy-to-use program designed to display, record, graph and print data transferred from the gauge.
  • Can be used for: Tension Meters: Series DT, ETX, KXE, MST, TS and FS
  • Displays the measurements as digital value
  • Displays the measurements as X-Y diagram

More details

Tension Inspect Data Transfer & Analysis Program

Accuracy±0.5 % from measuring value ±1 digit or better
Overload20 % full scale, without accuracy guarantee
Overload protection100%
Measuring frequencyMax. 5 kHz
DampingMoving averaging
Display update time2 times/s
MemoryLast, average, MAX, MIN, PEAK-MAX, PEAK-MIN
Output signalAnalog: 0 - 2 V DC, linearized, conversion rate 30 Hz
Digital:RS 232 (9600, 8, N, 1)
Vacuum baseAdjustable height for measuring position above working plate 120 to 220 mm
Temperature range10 - 45 °C
Air humidity85 % RH, max.
Power supplyLI-Ion Battery or 12 V AC Adapter for 230 V AC, option 115 V AC
Housing MaterialsAluminum

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