Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, inventor and scientist of genius of the 15th century, manufactured among others a simple tensile testing instrument for wires – an early forerunner of modern universal testing machines. In the course of the last centuries the branch “material testing” gained more and more in importance.
The comparative assessment of different materials has developed to a high-tech science – the modern, mechanical material testing. Today this makes it possible to stress in a defined manner kinds of materials or components and to measure and evaluate exactly and reproducibly the resulting forces. Using perfected mechanical testing instruments and systems as well as an ultra-modern mensuration and control techniques, the ERICHSEN testing machines not only comply with the today’s requirements, but they are already provided to a high degree for future applications, too.