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Compression strength

The 17-36 Short Span Compression Tester measures the compression strength of paper and board. The distance or free span can be set from 0.3 - 0.7mm (steps of 0.1). When performing a compression test on such a short distance the stability of the clamps and instrument is very important. The 17-36 Short Span directs all the forces of the clamped sample to the load cell, making it one of the most accurate instrument available on the market.

Test results

Edgewise compressive strength also referred to as Short Span Compression (SCT) was developed in 1980 as an improved method to measure buckling and compressive failures of paper and board. Short Span Compression is considered an important property and can be used to predict the performance of container board used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes. 

Technical specifications

Model 17-36 Series
Measuring units N, kN/m, Lb and Lb/inch
Load cell range 250N or 500 N
Accuracy less than 1% of reading
Test speed mov. Jaw 3mm/min ± 1mm/min.
Adjustable span 0.3 – 0.7 mm (steps 0.1)
Span accuracy 0.05 mm
Dimensions (LxWxH) 430 x 420 x 195mm
17 x 16.5 x 8 inch
Weight 33 kg
73 lbs

Key features

  • Compact and modern design
  • Automatic clamping of sample
  • Touch screen
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Unique clamping mechanism
  • Statistical information
  • GraphMasterPro™ compatible
  • Serial printer output

International standards

  • ISO 9895
  • TAPPI T-826
  • DIN 54518
  • SCAN P46
  • AS/NZ 1301.4SO RP
  • BS 7325

Product demo: 17-36 Short Span Compression Tester

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Messmer Büchel (Messmer Buchel)Messmer Buchel is a specialist in design and manufacture of a wide range of testing instruments for pulp, paper and packaging industries. An experienced engineering and operations team provide high precision instrumentation with unmatched quality and robustness.
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