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Automated testing systems

Automated testing systems assume the specimen handling task in the testing lab and perform repeatable and reproducible tests according to standard requirements. They ensure compliance with the demanding requirements placed on tests and system operation.

ZwickRoell offers automated testing systems:
For metals For plastics For medical applications For textiles Special automations

Additional information on our automated testing systems:
Benefits Accessories Manual tests

Automated testing with ZwickRoell

With ZwickRoell automation, specimens awaiting testing are manually sorted into magazines. This relieves qualified laboratory staff of routine activities, leaving them available for more demanding tasks.

Depending on requirements, additional measuring devices can be integrated into this sequence, particularly ZwickRoell’s cross-section measuring device with four independent, automatically applied measuring transducers for precise determination of the cross-sectional area.

Graphic visualizations transmit system status in real time to mobile devices such as tablet PCs. This allows full process control via all current browser programs. Visualization increases the efficiency of the robotic testing system by reducing idle time.

> 600 Automated testing systems delivered worldwide
>30 years knowledge and experience
Approx. 40 new systems are delivered per year

We support the latest trends in automated testing – for reliable test results.

Automation trends

Automated testing systems for metals

Automated testing systems can be used for tensile tests, flexure tests or impact tests (Charpy or Izod) on metals.

Due to the modular design of our robotic testing systems, required metals tests can be performed efficiently and with reproducibility. Standard components can be used to build customized solutions. A team of experts ensures consistent availability of the automated testing systems.

Automated testing systems for plastics

Due to the modular design of the robotic testing systems for plastics, tensile tests, flexure tests, compression tests and impact tests can be efficiently and reproducibly performed on different plastics applications.

  • Thermoplastics and thermosetting molding materials
  • Films
  • Polymer foam
  • Elastomers
  • Composites

Automated testing systems for medical applications

Especially in medical engineering, where reliable test results are of particular importance, robotic testing systems can be custom assembled due to their modular design.

Examples of typical applications include:

Automated testing systems for textiles

Because of the lack of stability of textile specimens, automated tests present a particular challenge. With the special clamping system provided by the roboTest F, textiles can be accurately and reliably positioned in the testing machine.

Automated testing systems for components and special automations

The robotic testing systems can be used for tensile tests, compression tests or function tests on components . Robotic testing systems can also be used for customized applications, such as for testing of iron ore pellets, testing in the hot cell, roughness testing or hardness testing.

Due to the modular design of the robotic testing systems, the required tests can be carried out efficiently and reproducibly. Customized solutions can be put together using standardized components.

Advantages of automation

ZwickRoell has an extremely large range of automated testing systems with a wide variety of features to suit all applications.

  • Thanks to parallel processing of specimens, ZwickRoell automated systems deliver test results significantly faster than automated systems with a conventional software architecture.
  • Graphic visualization transmits the system status in real time to mobile devices such as iPads.


  • Eliminating operator influence delivers high reproducibility of the test results.
  • Qualified laboratory staff are relieved of routine activities, making them available for more complex tasks.
  • Unsupervised 24/7 system operation ensures consistently high efficiency in the testing laboratory.
  • Main objectives of robot based testing systems:


Manual testing with automated testing systems

With an automated testing system, manual testing by the operator is possible at any time.

For manual specimen testing, the robot is moved to a safe parked position or the testing system is uncoupled from the machine. The operator manually inserts the specimen and starts the test from the testXpert screen.

Interesting customer projects with automated testing systems