Foam Compression Tester

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Complying with relevant standards, the Foam Compression Tester is used to evaluate a degree of firmness common within the foam and furniture industries, either in the laboratory, or on the production line.

This universal measurement of firmness and hardness is based on a physical property called the indentation force deflection (IFD) and is calculated by determining the force required to deflect the test piece a percentage of its original thickness using a circular indentor.  

The circular indentor foot applies a force, while also recording the degree of indentation.  To compare test results, test pieces must be of the same size and thickness. The whole article may be used if moulded shapes are being tested.


The Software Program for the Foam Compression Tester is automatic.  Once the Test Configuration menu has been programmed, “Start” button is pressed, initiating the test. The results of the test are displayed on the PC in real time. They can then be saved and/or printed for later use. 


Data Sampling is adjustable from 1-200,000Hz

Position or Load control

Test parameters displayed with graph simultaneously

Real time graphic display of data

Selectable graphical display presentation

Data can be sent to Excel

Out of range stop

Auto return after a test is selected

Calibration File to calibrate the instrument

Statistical analysis

Printable Reports

Windows based software

Overlay display of data curve possible during test

ISO and ASTM Test Methods programmable

Other test methods programmable by the operator


Cyclic testing with data recording during cycle






• Flexible cellular polyurethane • Car seats • Bike seats • Mattresses • Furniture • Chairs • Springs
• AS 2281 • AS 2282.8 • ASTM F1566 • ASTM D3574 -- Test B • ISO 3386:1984 • ISO 2439 • BS EN 1957:2000 • GB 10807 • JIS K 6400
• Large Support Table allowing any test width • Easy operation • Capability of testing different sized samples • 322 ± 2cm² circular indentor foot (8” Ø) • Loading System — closed loop micro computer, which drives a ball screw and nut for its vertical movement • Maximum Capacity: 0-2224N • Travel (mm) approx.: 750mm x 0.1mm • Speed (mm/min) 0.05 to 500 mm/min • Speed Accuracy better than + 0.2% • Return Speed (mm/min) 500mm/min • Load Measurement Accuracy ± 0.5% of indicated value or ± 0.1% of full scale • Load auto-zeroing, load cell discrimination • Safety function for overloading provided at test • Max. Stroke Limiter upper/lower — 2 points • Electrical: 220/240 VAC @ 50 HZ or 110 VAC @ 60 HZ • Dimensions: 2,925mm x 2,500mm x 1,350mm • Weight: 245kg OPTIONS: • Load Cells • Custom Platen Fixtures • Platen: 13 ½” Ø
• Easy to use • Fast results • Accurate