Buying a hardness tester for your company is a large and important investment. Not only in terms of price, but important in terms of your manufacturing or production process. That is why Hardness Tester after sales support is an important consideration when you are choosing who to buy your hardness testers and hardness testing supplies from.
Open Communication with You and Manufacturers
One of the obvious considerations for after sales support is who is going to be available for questions about the hardness testers after you buy it? As much as we would like everything to go perfect right out of the box, sometimes things go wrong. Even after you have used the hardness tester for a while, something might go amiss. You need to consider who can you go to for help with trouble shooting any issues. This includes training if needed.
If you are buying from distributor company like METSUCO, they need to have open communication channels with the direct manufactures. This way, if there is a question the distributor can’t answer, they have a direct line of communication to the people that designed the machine.
Different companies have different internal processes for checking your hardness tester. Checking your hardness tester requires certified hardness tester blocks. Depending on what your processes are for checking hardness testing, you could go through a lot of hardness testing blocks. This means one of the after-sales considerations is having a company or source of on hand hardness test blocks
You also need to know what range you are testing in. If you are testing multiple ranges, you are going to want hardness test blocks close to those ranges.
Anvils and Indenters
Are you testing different-sized parts or different materials? This is definitely applicable to benchtop hardness testers. If you are testing different sizes and shapes, you are going to need different anvils. Anvils are what the piece you are testing sits on. It can be of different sizes and shapes, including flat or “v-ed” so a pipe can sit in the anvil. You are going to want a supplier that can help you talk through those things and help supply you with the different anvils and even indenters that you will need in order to test the material you are working on.
How often do you need to get a calibration certificate? Typical ISO standards say once a year. Your internal process though may require more. However often you need them done, it requires either someone to come on to your site, or have the tester shipped to and from. So you want to set up a source or supplier that can get these certifications done for you. Here at METSUCO, we are able to do hardness tester calibration certifications.
METSUCO has been supplying the automotive industry around the country for over 30 years with quality hardness testing supplies. This includes benchtop and portable hardness testers and testing blocks. We are here to build relationships with companies so as their hardness testing needs change, we can supply them with what they need at a reasonable cost. Call 713-827-0700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.