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FD-A2 Advanced Floor Mounted Falling Dart Tester – Ray-Ran

Drop Dart or Falling Dart Impact Tester is a a simple to use stand-alone machine, for measuring the impact resistance of plastics film, sheet, and laminated materials to multiple international test standards.




Utilizing on-board microprocessor technology the Ray-Ran Microprocessor Controlled Falling Dart Impact Tester has taken falling dart testing machines to an advanced level at an affordable price. Built with operator simplicity in mind, its ease of operation and high accuracy makes it ideal for product development and quality control within production, research and development labs and teaching institutions.


The break energy that causes thin flexible materials such as plastic film, paper and composite sheets to fail under specified conditions of impact from a free falling dart has never been easier to establish. Complying with the ASTM D4272, the apparatus uses photo electric cells to measure the energy (joules) to break or cause failure to the sample being tested. Usually manual testing requires at least sixty drops for each sample to gain a good result. For the Ray-Ran Microprocessor Controlled Apparatus this is greatly reduced. For perfect energy readings on new samples, a quantity of film will be required to firstly establish the working range of the drop weight required as the tup must completely fall through the sample to give an energy reading during a test. This test is very simple to conduct using the Break Mass test. Once the weight to pass through the sample has been established a working range of 50% of the tup weight should be good enough to produce repeatable results. If the break mass is already known then the Break Energy test will give you your energy reading in Joules

The methods of holding the test specimen and releasing the dart are designed so that they may be accurately repeated for each test performed. Test specimens are simply clamped in the unique two piece pneumatic clamp system which gives a constant tension across the surface area of the specimen ensuring test repeatability. A dart of a known weight is then allowed to free fall and hit the sample. To comply with the relevant test standards dart drop heights of either 660mm or 1500mm are easily obtained using the built in telescopic assembly. The dart release mechanism is solenoid actuated for easy release and requires the use of both hands to release the dart to ensure optimum operator safety. A fully electrical interlocked guard is also supplied to ensure the operators safety from falling and rebounding darts and for ruptured samples a dart return shoot is supplied for easy dart retrieval after the test.

The large on board liquid crystal display (LCD) provides simple on screen instruction and using the alpha/numeric membrane keypad test parameters such as user names, material reference numbers, batch numbers and tup types are entered and stored in operator lists for future recall and results presentation. Selecting the type of test is done at the press of a button and the testing parameters such as drop height, tup weight and sample size are entered to give the required testing conditions. At start of each batch of tests a simple calibration of the apparatus is conducted. Batch statistics of mean, standard deviation and co-efficient of variation are automatically updated after each test and results are shown in graphical and tabular format for analysis when downloaded to the supplied Techni-Test PC software. For quality control purposes High and Low limits can be defined when test results are downloaded showing the user instantly if the material is a pass or fail.

The apparatus is supplied as standard with Ray-Ran’s Techni-Test Windows based PC software for connection to the apparatus via an RS232 or Ethernet connection. Test results can be printed directly from the Techni-Test software or can be saved and exported as .CSV files which can be opened with Microsoft Excel in tabular form which can be manipulated to your specific requirements such as preparing a graphical presentation or copying the results to a Word document for a report presentation if required. If the apparatus is connected to the PC via the Ethernet connector over a LAN network then the RS232 can be used for connection to an optional thermal printer for direct printout by the operator.

Weight:  110 kg

Dimensions:  500x630x760 mm (WxDxH)

Power:  110-240VAC, 50-60hz

Display:  160 x 128 dots graphic LCD module with alphanumeric keypad

Weight:  110 kg

Dimensions:  500x630x760 mm (WxDxH)

Power:  110-240VAC, 50-60hz

Display:  160 x 128 dots graphic LCD module with alphanumeric keypad

Features & Benefits

Advanced dedicated microprocessor control

Touch membrane Alpha / Numeric keypad

Easy to read liquid crystal display

Sequence logic menu auto prompt selection

RS232 interface connector

Ethernet Interface connector for LAN Networking

Self-calibration procedure.

Photo electric cell technology

Variable drop height adjustment as standard 660mm – 1500mm

Pneumatic clamping system

Constant sample tension for repeatability

Solenoid actuated dart release mechanism with audible pre-warning

38.1mm (1 ½”) and 50.8mm (2”) spherical darts as standard

Dart return shoot

Binary weight set supplied as standard

Electrical interlock safety guard

Tabular and graphical statistical analysis

Techni-Test PC software

Product User Manual

CE declaration certificate

Traceable Calibration Certificate

1 year return to base warranty