When testing the properties of a material or component, a range of options are available for examining, reporting and tracking tensile data. In addition to reporting just the most common load and distance data for a tensile test performed on a force or material measurement system, there is more information that can be incorporated to improve traceability, readability, and context to measurements. These might include graphs, tolerances, comments, and test criteria.
A visual comparison of graphical data from a force measurement test can serve as a quick, straightforward tool to compare tests to one another. These visual checks can often help operators identify issues. Many software options have the ability to overlay and recall previously run tests with known good parts that can be used as a reference guide, much like a “golden part.” Expanding on this, some force and material testing software have interactive graphs, so when problem areas are identified they can then be analyzed in greater detail and annotated.