Elmendorf Tear Tester


An automatic, digital tear tester equipped with an optical encoder for measuring the angular position of the pendulum during tearing and converting this measurement to tear strength units. A large, full-color touchscreen display with intuitive, easy-to-use software provides a revolutionary new approach to testing and data review.

AS/NZ 1301.400S, ASTM D 1424, ASTM D 1922, ASTM D 689, BS 4468, CPPA D 9, ISO 1974, ISO 6383/2, SCAN P11, TAPPI T 414
Adhesive and Label Testing, Corrugated Testing, Film and Foil Testing, Package Testing, Paper and Tissue Testing, Plastic Testing, Textile and Non-Wovens Testing
Flexible Packaging and Films, Nonwoven and Textiles, Paper and Pulp
Burst Strength, Impact Testers, Tear Testers, Tensile Strength / Stress / Strain

Elmendorf Tear testing determines the force required to continue the tearing of an initial cut in sheet materials such as paper, plastic film, textile and non-wovens.

Pneumatic clamps

Simple, two-button operation of the pneumatic clamp and swing operations ensures efficient and repeatable measurements of tear strength.  A built-in cutting blade prepares samples for testing.

Universal pendulum

A universal pendulum with tool-less hardware and interchangeable weights provides multiple testing options.  The required calibration weights are included in the set.

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Easy-to-use touchscreen interface

The model 83-76 features a dynamic digital touchscreen user interface that allows for complete user interactivity and instrument control.  The 7” full color screen displays a resolution of 800×480 pixels and provides optimal viewability at almost any angle.

Software features include custom test and sample IDs, data export via RS-232 and USB, maintenance/diagnostics menus and more.

Calibration of the pendulum is accessed through the touchscreen interface and is completed automatically in a few simple steps.


  • 7” full-color digital touchscreen display
  • Storage and editing of up to 200 readings
  • Universal pendulum with interchangeable weights
  • Pneumatic clamps and pendulum release
  • Automatic calibration of pendulum
  • Multiple data export options: USB flash drive, USB  ESC/POS printer, RS232 and GraphMaster™ software
  • Selectable units: grams-force, millinewtons, lbs-force, percentage of pendulum capacity
  • Onboard statistics: average, min, max, standard deviation
  • Clamp pressure in psi and kg/cm
  • Calculates force of multiple plies
  • Report printout with optional printer
  • NOW AVAILABLE: An optonal add-on for testing Spencer Impact: See PDF at right

Watch our Elemedorf Tear Tester video


  • 83-11-06     3200 gram pendulum
  • 83-11-07     6400 gram pendulum
  • 83-11-08     Universal pendulum 200, 400, 800 & 1600 gram (the required calibration weights are included)


Selectable units:
Percentage (%), Millinewtons (mN), Grams-force (gf), Pounds-force (lbf)
Sample statistics:
Average, High/low results, Standard deviation
Additional options:GraphMaster™ software, Printer
USB flash drive, USB ESC/POS printer, RS232, GraphMaster™ software
120/240 VAC 50/60 Hz
600 kPa (87 psi) - IG4 Instrument Grade Air (ISO Class 1-4-1), ¼” OD tubing
Dimensions (WxDxH):
12 in x 12 in x 20 in (305 mm x 305 mm x 508 mm)
Weight (approx.):
23 lbs (10.4 kg)

Ordering Information

Catalog number: 83-76

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