InspectorX Testing Software

InspectorX is the intuitive control and evaluation software for force-indentation curves used to determine mechanical parameters with the universal ZHN nanoindenter. For small depths of indentation it is very important to gain a high accuracy of the correction functions for the tip shape as well as for the zero point (position of the surface) and thermal drift.
InspectorX main screen

Significant Advantages and Features

InspectorX offers particularly sophisticated correction routines and algorithms, whose quality was proven, for instance, by comparative measurements of The National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt – PTB):

  • Determination, description and correction of instrument compliance or stiffness
  • Determination and description of indenter area function (24 different fit functions available)
  • Zero point correction (automatic or manual)
  • Thermal drift correction (automatic or manual)
  • Creep analysis (fit of the creep curve, calculation of creep rate)
  • Analysis of dynamic data (continuous or quasi continuous stiffness measurement)
  • Special analysis of wholly elastic measurements using a Hertzian contact model for coated materials with up to three layers
  • Determination of stress-strain curves of metals from indentations with spherical indenters

With the testing software InspectorX you can use and analyze the following hardness testers:

  • ZHN nanoindenter
  • ZHU/zwickiLine

InspectorX – Intuitive Software

Step 1: Select indenter

Operational control indenter

Indenters and Their Parameters

Select the indenter best suited to your application. The indenter's parameters, stiffness and area function, are defined so that you can even call up your test data and analyze it years later.

Step 2: Define specimen grips

Operational element normal

Specimen Grips on the Precision Table

Upon entering the specimen grip type, you have immediate access to all presettings. The system provides you with a complete overview of the current position of the precision tables and makes control with step sizes of less than 1 µm possible.

Step 3: Select specimen type/enter specimen data

Operational control samples

Document Your Specimen Data

Data is completely traceable and is easy to enter while setting up the test. The comprehensive integrated software quickly yields the associated Poisson's ratio.

Step 4: Selection of test method (for example, scratch test)

Operational control define

Step 5: Set positions

Operational element positions

Step 6: ... Measuring

Operational control measure

Characterization of coatings in the nano range

As coatings become thinner, the difficulty in determining their physical properties increases. The limits of previously tried and tested surface engineering techniques are encountered and results become unreliable. Available from ZwickRoell is an efficient solution to this problem in the form of a tester developed specifically for characterizing mechanical surface properties in the micro and nano ranges.