Vickers hardness testers 

The Vickers hardness test method, also referred to as a microhardness test method (ASTM E-384, E92 and ISO 6507), consists of indenting the test material with a diamond indenter. This indenter has the form of a pyramid with a square base and an angle of 136 degrees between opposite faces, subjected to a load of 1gf to 120kgf. The method is mostly used for small parts, thin materials. welded sections, coated parts, or case depth hardness measurement. (CHD). The method can be used on almost any type of material. The Vickers test is useful for a variety of applications, for instance for testing thin materials like foils, or measuring individual micro structures.

The Vickers hardness test has one of the widest scales, known as HV.

How it works

The Vickers method is based on an optical measurement system, which can be a microscope or advanced camera system. The test procedure specifies a range of relatively light loads. A diamond indenter is used to make an indentation, which is measured and converted to a hardness value. All sorts of materials can be used, as long as the test samples surfaces are carefully prepared, to permit a regular indentation shape and good measurement. The sample must be held perpendicular to the indenter. Loads of Vickers and Micro Vickers are generaly between 1gf and 120kgf. Lower and higher forces are outside the standard.

Diamond indenter

The indenter shape is capable of producing geometrically similar impressions, irrespective of size. The impression should have well-defined points of measurement,

Vickers testing machines

Above you find all our Micro and Macro Vickers testing systems.


In the early stage of your interest in our testers, our sales team will gather the required information to offer a product adapted to your individual requirements. Do not hesitate and ask for customized solutions on both software and hardware. In close cooperation with our customers we will develop and supply the right configuration for your job. 

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