Tensilkut I

Every great invention, widely used or not, is born of someone’s need, and his or her ability to create a solution to that problem or need. The Tensilkut is one such invention. Created by a metallurgist working for a major corporation in 1954 when he encountered delays in getting his physical test specimens prepared by his company’s machine shop, the man soon patented his machine and struck out on his own.

The Tensilkut I is nearly identical to the machine created back in 1954. It is a precision milling machine designed specifically for machining flat tensile samples from metals and non metallics. Tensilkut machined specimens are free of induced heat or cold working distortion, and create test samples accurate to within +/-.0005″, when used with a Tensilkut template and cutter.

The test strip is clamped in a precision template which is manually moved across the Tensilkut table during the machining of the test specimen. The depth of cut is controlled by a micrometer control knob located on the control head. Specimens are cut in a series of light passes – the depth of each cut will depend upon both the material and its thickness. Of course, for the final passes, the recommended depth of cut is .0005″ to .001″. When the sample is machined to its final gauge width, the control head will reach a stop, and prevent further machining of the specimen. Additionally, the Tensilkut template assures repeatability of the specimens, so variations in test results will be caused by variations in the material.

In the past 50 years, tensile bars prepared on a Tensilkut machine have become the benchmark, as they have been proven to be the most rapid, economical and repeatably accurate samples a testing laboratory can use.

Tensilkut I

Tensilkut I

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