roboTest R Robotic Testing System

For Automated Tensile, Flexure and Compression Tests and Complex Test Tasks 

The roboTest R (polar) robotic testing system is used for fully automated tensile tests on metal specimens (e.g. to ISO 6892) or tensile and flexure tests on plastic specimens (e.g. to ISO 527-2, ISO 178 or ASTM D638).

Tensile tests, for example to ISO 37 or tear growth tests to ISO 34-1, can also be performed on elastomer specimens.

roboTest R robotic testing system for tests on metals and plastics

Key Advantages and Features


  • The system can be added to materials testing machines from 5 to 2000 kN.
  • A six-axis industrial robot is used to transport the specimens.
  • Several materials testing machines can be used in one system
  • For manual tests, the robot arm can be put into park position, making the materials testing machine accessible to the operator.
  • roboTest R can also be used for specimen feed to other devices (for example, pendulum impact testers and colorimeters)
  • An industrial controller with autoEdition3 automation software controls the system.
  • Optional components such as a barcode reader, cross-section, hardness and roughness measuring devices, temperature chamber, spectral analysis, etc. complete the system.

Advantages & Features

  • Operator influences (hand temperature/moisture, off-center or angled specimen insertion etc.) are eliminated for high test result reproducibility
  • Qualified laboratory staff are relieved of routine activities, making them available for more complex tasks
  • Machine can be used during idle times (lunch breaks and night shifts), which utilizes the full capacity and produces faster results
  • Testing system reduces the testing costs per specimen and typically pays for itself within one to two years
  • System allows for reliable documentation and statistical long-term monitoring

Automated tensile testing in the metals industry

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel-producer. At its Ghent (Belgium) plant alone, annual black and coarse plate capacity is in excess of five million tonnes. Quality assurance includes tensile testing of metal dumbbell specimens up to 16mm thick. The system used for this consists of two ZwickRoell testing machines, a specimen magazine, a cross-section measuring-device and a barcode-reader. The metal specimens are handled via a KUKA KR6 industrial robot.