Criterion® Custom Test Systems
In North America, we can update the MTS Criterion Test System's user interface with an ergonomic adjustable touchscreen PC system and accessory mounting channels, add more capability with custom fixtures designed to fit your testing needs, or integrate third-party accessories, components or sub-systems, including automation solutions. See some of our customization options below.
- Carbon Fiber
- Ceramic Matrix Composites
- Metal Matrix Composites
- Polymer Matrix
- Elastomeric Materials
Key Product Features
Add frame-mounted touchscreen and controls
Add axial-torsional or other capabilities
Add fixtures designed for your application
Advanced Safety Features
Add automated crosshead speed reduction
Full Product Information
Our engineering team in Westerville, Ohio designs and builds our custom Criterion test systems. Before the start of the project, you'll meet with the engineering team to discuss requirements and scope. They will then generate a quote and work with you to finalize the design. From there, they'll build the system to the agreed upon specifications. After your acceptance, the system will be shipped to you and installed by our MTS field service team.
For custom fixture & system inquiries, please contact your MTS sales representative to start the process.
Custom Solution Examples
New Torsional Testing Capabilities
We've modified many Criterion Systems to add torsional or axial-torsional testing capabilities. In this example, we added axial-torsional capabilities to a Criterion Model 44 with dual work zones. We added a motor and gearbox to the upper zone, removed and re-machined the crosshead to accept the bearing and spindle setup, and piloted adapter plates to mount the A/T cell and MTS torsion grips to the crosshead. The machine now functions as two machines in one.
Additional Safety Features
This is an example of a modified Criterion Model 45 Wide that was made for a biomedical customer. We added light curtains that allow open access for test setup and start, yet can automatically reduce the crosshead speed when the light curtain beams are broken. We created a custom working height for this floor-standing machine with our leveling caster kit and custom height T-slot table. We designed a full-width version of the T-slot table with custom hole patterns so the customer could use their exiting fixtures. Finally, we made this a standalone workstation with the addition of a frame-mounted touchscreen and keyboard system.
Frame-Mounted FeaturesWe've added and modified frame-mounted features such as touchscreen interfaces, PC keyboards, non-contacting extensometers, handsets and more.
We've created external electronics for systems that needed to be placed in humidity chambers and nuclear hot cells.
- Left - Criterion Model 41 with Remote Electronics; for use in a Humidity Chamber
- Below - Reduced-height Criterion Model 43 with Remote Electronics; for Nuclear Hot Cell
Custom FixturesWe've made torsional fixtures, added slow speed modifications for creep testing, added positive air pressure systems to minimize debris when testing carbon fiber, and much more.
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