StarrettStarrett says there are common misconceptions that handheld force measurement devices provide less accuracy than traditional, static machines. However, the company claims its DFC Digital Force Controller, features measurement accuracy within 0.1% full scale with internal data sampling at 25kHz. Quality control engineers can use the device as a universal interface to set up tests and configure load and distance limits and break limits, as well as crosshead travel direction and speed.

The company says using a handheld device gives production teams more flexibility, no longer relying on relatively longwinded quality inspection measures, nor having to wait for the quality control department to move and measure larger parts and products.