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News Release - ACS and MTS Systems

Australian Calibrating Services (A’sia) Pty Ltd wish to announce that as of 7 September 2017 we will no longer represent MTS Systems Corporation in Australia or New Zealand.

We would, however, like to re-assure all our existing customers that ACS will continue to provide a full NATA calibration and service offering for any make of testing equipment including MTS Systems equipment.  Our Calibration and Service team include factory trained service engineers and calibration technicians with up to 28 years’ experience with MTS Systems and other makes of testing machines.

Should you have any questions regarding this or any other service, please do not hesitate to contact the service team at our Head office or your nearest State office.

Click here for contact details of your nearest ACS office.

Australian Calibrating Services continues to expand its scope of service.

Australian Calibrating Services continues to expand its scope of service.

Australian Calibrating Services continues to increase its scope of services and has recently being granted a Trade Measurement Servicing license for Class 1.1 - Measures of length not exceeding 2 metres.

This accreditation is in addition to, and complimentary to ACS’s current NATA accreditation and allows ACS to test and verify measuring instruments used for trade. Servicing licensees employ verifiers who are nominated to verify trade measuring instruments under the servicing license.

Servicing licensees provide a valuable service to Australian industry, businesses and consumers in making sure there is trust and confidence in the accuracy of measurements used to determine the trade value of goods.

Should you have any questions on this added service or have any calibration requirements please do not hesitate to contact the ACS Team.

ACS VNCX Extensometer

ACS is proud to announce our VNCX, or Video Non-Contact Extensometer.

VNCX is a non-contact, optical strain measurement device for measuring the average gauge length and width of a tensile specimen without locking in a particular procedure or assuming the material behaves in a particular way. Measurements can be taken throughout the entire testing period up to specimen fracture and hence the proof stress and all elongations can be automatically recorded for every specimen tested.

One or two cameras are mounted on a fixed frame with the camera axis pointing in a direction normal to the tensile test. The camera frame rate is set between 30 and 200 frames per second depending on camera type, lighting, and the field of view. The image processing can support this rate with either dots or lines defining the gauge marks.

ACS is the only supplier of a dual camera system allowing for very long gauge lengths.

For more information or a demonstration, please contact ACS tollfree on 1800-334-184

Click here to download the VNCX Specifications

ACS Adelaide gains NATA accreditation for electrical calibration.

Australian Calibrating Services South Australia has recently gained accreditation for Electrical Calibration from NATA the National Association of Testing Authorities.

ACS has a strong history of providing calibration services to the SA market both in the laboratory and out in the field across a broad range of industries.

With the extension of electrical capabilities in South Australia ACS can provide prompt turnaround at competitive pricing on equipment used by Electrical contractors, Technicians and Laboratories.

Typical items which can be calibrated are as follows:

  • Digital Multimeters
  • Analogue Multimeters
  • Clamp Meters & Tong testers
  • Non contact Voltage testers
  • Insulation testers
  • Resistance boxes
  • Potential dividers
  • Precision Multimeters
  • Precision resistors
  • Current Shunts
  • Digital Multimeters
  • Analogue Multimeters
  • Clamp Meters & Tong testers
  • Non contact Voltage testers
  • Precision Multimeters
  • Current Shunts
  • HV Measurement to 28 kVac 30 kVdc
  • Appliance testers
  • Portable Appliance testers
  • Frequency Meters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Function Generators
  • Power supplies
  • RCD testers
  • Earth Loop Testers
  • Fault Loop Testers
  • Calibrators
  • Process Meters
  • Tachometers
  • Stopwatches and Timers

Please contact our friendly staff at:

Australian Calibrating Services (A'sia) Pty Ltd
3/543 Churchill Road,
Kilburn SA 5084
Telephone: +61-8-8260-6164
Mobile: +61-475-806-142

GDS Launch The Modern Replacement for a Traditional Hanging Weight Oedometer

The Automated Oedometer System (GDSAOS) is a self-contained stepper motor driven unit that can be controlled either manually using its Smart Keypad or from a PC using the USB interface. There is no requirement for compressed air or manually placed weights. When used with the GDSLAB control and data acquisition software, the GDSAOS can be used for a complete array of tests beyond those which a hanging weight oedometer can perform.

The greatest benefit of the GDSAOS is the flexibility of the systems and the options available:

: GDSLAB with the Oedometer module –Automated testing (step loading) and data acquisition.

: External Displacement transducer – Increases the accuracy of strain measurements (generally required to comply with national standards).

: Several Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) Options.

: Further Advanced Testing Options including closed loop and displacement control & permeability testing.

Click here for more info

GDS Anaylsis Tool Features in Ground Engineering

The launch of GDS new bender elements analysis tool has been showcased in the April edition of Ground Engineering magazine.The GDS Bender Element Analysis Tool (GDSBEAT) itself is an easy-to-use set of Add-Ins accessible through Microsoft Excel, allowing any laboratory to participate in performing automated analysis of bender element data, without the prior requirement of software programming knowledge.
The analysis tool is available to download free of charge for limited period of time. The aim is to share the software with the geotechnical community and help the progression towards accepted standards for these tests. GDS are happy for customers to distribute the tool but are reminded the purpose of the tool is to create discussion rather than consider this the final word in automated bender element analysis.
Click here to download the full article and software analysis tool.

ACS to participate in National Manufacturing Week 2013

ACS will be participating as an exhibitor on stand 3313 at the National Manufacturing Week 2013 Exhibition from May 7-10, 2013, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. NMW - the event that strengthens Australian manufacturing through technology, innovation and education.

We will be focusing on five (5) key product groups which will include

  • MTS Systems – Dynamic and Static Materials Testing Machines
  • Tovey Engineering - Precision Loadcells
  • Straightpoint - Lifting and Crane Scales
  • Tekscan - Load and Pressure Distribution
  • Indentec (Zwick) - Hardness Testing Machines

We propose having available some demonstration equipment available. Don't miss this opportunity to discuss the range of equipment and services available through ACS.

Click here for National Manufacturing Week's website for more details.

Australian Calibrating Services (ACS) exclusive distributor for Loadlink range

One of Australia’s largest and oldest suppliers of Materials Testing Equipment and Calibrating Services, ACS, is the exclusive distributor for the Loadlink range of force measurement devices.

Loadlink is a product of UK manufacturer Straightpoint (UK) Limited. Straightpoint are world leaders in the design and manufacture of force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cells up to 1,000 tonnes capacity. They provide an extensive range of equipment to lifting and weighing companies globally.

The company is renowned worldwide for manufacturing products that are technologically advanced, rugged, reliable and easy to use.

One of the major benefits of the Loadlink product is that all models are very small, easy to carry around and simple to use – a marked contrast to some of the heavy, cumbersome models that are currently available. Loadlink is manufactured from aerospace grade hi-tension aluminium whereas many competitors use heavy steel.

The standard Loadlink range available in Australia consists of Loadlink Plus, Wirelink and Radiolink with a capacity range from 2.5 to 100 tonnes. However, capacities of up to 500 tonnes are available upon special request. All models incorporate the latest load cell technology and come standard with carry/storage cases.

The Loadlink Plus, originally introduced in 1979, was the first electronic force measurement device with an integral display. The latest version features push button controls for tare, units (kg, lbs, kN and tonnes), peak hold, pre-set tare, audible set point alarm and the overload counter. Remote output is fitted as standard allowing connection to a wide range of accessories.


Wirelink is the non-indicating version of the Loadlink Plus and is designed to be connected to the Handheld Plus remote control or used with an optional analogue output unit. The unit comes with ten metres of cable as standard.

Radiolink Plus is a radio controlled version of the popular Loadlink and comes standard with a handheld display. The unit operates on a 2.4 GHz licence exempt frequency.

The standard handheld display features an impressive 100 metres range and features a push button control for tare and on/off functions. Up to 12 Radiolinks can be displayed on the optional advanced handheld display unit.

Fitted with standard alkaline batteries, Radiolink Plus provides an impressive 850 hour battery life and is both rugged and weatherproof. Importantly, the unit has no external antenna to get in the way. It can also be connected to a PC using the optional ‘desktop controller’ data logging software package.

“When it comes to force measurement devices, the Loadlink product range sets the benchmark for quality, durability and performance,” ACS Managing Director, Tim Kennon said.

“We are proud to be the exclusive distributor for Loadlink and all the models have found ready acceptance in the marketplace – we also aim to keep a good supply of stock so can usually offer immediate delivery,” Mr Kennon added.

ACS has been operating for over 40 years and has NATA accreditation for an extensive range of calibration services – more than any of our other competitors. ACS also sells an extensive range of Materials Testing equipment from leading manufacturers around the world, as well as designing and manufacturing its own range of products.

ACS products and services are used throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Product sales, customer service, advice and calibrations are supported by offices across the region.