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Gustin-Bacon Measure-Matic™
by CertainTeed Machine Works
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adapter installed.

The instrument for easy, accurate measurement of the thickness, resilience and firmness of compressible and deformable materials. The Gustin-Bacon Manufacturing Company designed and patented the Measure-Matic™ prior to its merger with CertainTeed.   It has so successfully answered the need for a simple, precision instrument for thickness measurement that it is now offered to other industries by CertainTeed Machine Works.

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• Standard Measure-Matic™ with analog dial indicator
• Standard Measure-Matic™ with digital indicator
• Non-Standard Measure-Matic™ with longer uprights (for thickness 3 ½” to 9 ½”)
• Analog Dial Indicator Kit
• Digital Indicator Kit
• Firmness Test Adapter

The Standard Measure-Matic™ package includes:

• (1) Measure-Matic™
• (1) Counter Weight
• (1) Analog or Digital Indicator
• (1) Indicator Mounting Bracket
• (1) Spacer
• (1) Bolt
• (1) Wing Nut
• (2) Washers

Typical test methods include, but are not limited to:

• ASTM D5729-97 (2004) – Std Test Method for Thickness of Nonwoven Fabrics
• ASTM D5736-95 (2001) – Std Test Method for Thickness of Highloft Nonwoven Fabrics
• Ford Laboratory Test Method BN 023-02 – Thickness Testing For Padding Materials
• Ford Laboratory Test Method BN 123-01 – Firmness Test For Padding Materials
• INDA WSP 120.2 (09) – Std Test Method for Thickness of Highloft Nonwoven Fabrics
• INDA WSP 120.3 (09) – Std Test Method for Measuring Compression and Recovery of Highloft Nonwoven Fabrics
Measure-Matic™ Manual (PDF)

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The Measure-Matic™ moves freely and effortlessly, with the faces of the Platen and Table parallel at all times. By adjusting the Counter Weight, the Platen can be made to balance perfectly at any desired height above the Table up to five inches.

Appropriate laboratory test methods should be followed to achieve consistent, repetitive and comparative results. A predetermined load, typically two grams per square inch of surface area, is applied to the platen during the measurement process. Due to the linkage ratios of the Measure-Matic™, the Indicator movement represents a ten fold movement of the Platen. For example, an Indicator reading of 0.01 inches indicates a Platen travel or material thickness change of 0.10 inches.

To Measure Thickness – Position the Counter Weight on the rear of the Measure-Matic™ until the Platen remains at rest a known height above the Table. Raise the Platen and carefully place the test specimen on the Table. Add the weight to the Platen and carefully lower the Platen until it comes in contact with the material. Release the Platen, wait approximately ten seconds, and then record the Indicator reading.

To Measure Resilience – Measure the thickness as described above. Place an additional load on the Platen and, after a predetermined period of time, record the new Indicator reading. Remove only the additional load, and after a period of time, again record the Indicator reading. Comparison of the original thickness, compressed thickness, and final thickness provides an indication of the material’s compression and resilience characteristics.

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