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TQC Sheen Manual Cupping Test

The TQC Sheen Manual Cupping Tester SP4400 measures the resistivity of coatings at various stages of deformation in accordance with ISO 1520 standards. 


Developed by TQC Sheen, our paint testing specialist brand, the Manual Cupping Tester SP4400 enables you to inspect the elongation and deformability of lacquers and protective coatings applied to metal substrates. The cupping test allows you to test the durability of a lacquer or protective coating before the coating is applied to a product.

Cupping tester with digital micrometer

The SP4400 cupping testing machine presents crystal clear depth of deformation data, digitally displayed with a resolution of 0,01mm.

Easy to use

The built-in gearbox of our sturdy cupping tester minimizes the manual force required to deform the test panel, allowing smooth and easy deformation.

Multi-sector cupping test credentials

Our cupping testing machine is relied upon by our customers involved in steel protection and galvanizing. You’ll also find the SP4400 in laboratories and used in the coating industry within paint manufacturing.

What’s in the box?

When you purchase the cupping test machine you get:

  • TQC Sheen manual cupping tester 
  • Digital micrometer 
  • Calibration plate 
  • 1mm Allen key 
  • User manual

Quality cupping test standard performance

The TQC Sheen Manual Cupping Tester SP4400 was designed to support testing to international standards, including  ISO 1520 and DIN-EN 13523-6. 

It’s also mandatory to carry out cupping test inspections at Qualicoat, QIB and GSB accredited laboratories.

Cupping test product portfolio

Across the Industrial Physics portfolio, we have plenty of products that can be used to support your manual cupping testing process.

For example, we make accessories like calibration plates or refurbishment kits for older models of TQC cupping testers, like the model SP4200. 

Through TQC Sheen we have a wide range of test panels available in a large variety of dimensions, materials and thicknesses. Our test panels enhance the reproducibility of physical and chemical tests. 

A cupful of cupping test insight

We’re always pleased to share the knowledge we’ve gained over decades of making machines to test metal samples, parts and components.

In the knowledgebase section of our website you’ll find blogs about subjects related to the product on offer on this page. For example, this one explores how to assess car paint quality. Or perhaps you’d consider this blog that asks manufacturers whether they should switch to water based paints of more interest. 


This item is also included in the Qualicoat kit.


SKU: SP4400

Applications: Hardness Testing

Materials: Elastomers, Inks and Coatings

Max. sample thickness: 0,8mm steel or 1,2mm aluminum

Max. sample width: 95mm

Max sample length: infinite

Punch diameter: 20 mm hardened steel

Die diameter: 27 mm hardened steel

Micrometer resolution: 0,01mm

Cupping range/stroke: 15mm

Displacement per revolution: 0,48 mm per handle revolution

Dimensions (H x W x D): 313 x 340 x 370 mm (12,3 x 13,4 x 14,6 in)

Total weight: 16kg

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The Problem

When your customers must be able to rely on your inks and coatings there’s no margin for error in your test and inspection processes. So, settling for second-rate equipment and advice is a risky business! 

The Solution

With several dedicated inks and coatings testing brands in the Industrial Physics family, our industry-leading product portfolio and expertise is even relied upon by leading paint testing laboratories.   

The Result

Artur Palasz, R&D Director at Spektrochem, said:

Many of our customers appreciate Industrial Physics equipment, because it is a world-class apparatus that they know and use in their laboratories. Excellent technical contact, perfect customer service and fast order processing time are undoubtedly additional advantages that determine the choice of Industrial Physics as our permanent supplier of laboratory equipment today and in the future.”

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