Sophisticated design, excellent usability.
Evolution of the long-selling microhardness tester FM series.

The front panel uses a simple sheet switch system.
D1 and D2 measurement is mechanical.
Measure the scale visually.

Load range and test method

  • A type






  • FM-X1


  • FM-X1R



Equipped with a built-in camera mechanism

Equipped with a built-in camera mechanism

Independently developed automatic indentation with high performance dedicated software & PC measurement.
By removing the measuring microscope, the appearance is refreshed.
(R type with automatic indentation reading function)

Test force by weight

Evolution of the long term seller, weight type Microhardness tester.

tilted turret

Tilted turret

By adopting a tilted turret, the turret rotation reduces the risk of contact bewteen the sample and the indenter/objective lens.

Infinity lens

In addition to the standard 2 lenses (×10 and ×50), up to 5 can be installed at the same time. (option)
A wider range of measurement and observation is possible from low magnification to high magnification.

The front panel

Front panel

The front panel uses a simple sheet switch system.
D1 and D2 measurement is mechanical. Measure the scale visually.



Next-Generation Microhardness Tester.
Built-in camera with an automatic indentation reading.

Best performance and larger field of view is guaranteed and the high-resolution camera and dedicated software is equipped as standard.
The indentation is displayed on the PC/tablet and automatically measured.
Significantly reduces the burden on operators and individual differences in reading.

Dedicated software ARGO main screen

“ARGO” software main screen

Various data output such as PDF is now possible.
Access is restricted by operators' ID and password.
In addition, no complicated setup of conventional software is required.
Anyone can easily perform measurements without the need of complicated settings.

  • ①:Measurement results, D1 & D2, conversion values for each scale etc. are displayed.
  • ②:Displays the most recent measurement results in a list.
  • ③:Various operations can be carried out for the operators to operate easily.
    • Items are displayed with easy-to-understand illustrated icons.
    • For load application & reading, lens selection, indenter selection, setting change of various species, data and image save & recall, it became possible to smoothly create report, etc.
  • ④:Live/saved image display screen.
    • The use of a high-resolution camera improves operator visibility and measurement accuracy. Indentations on rough surfaces, which were previously difficult to read, can now be read in many cases.
    • By making the aspect ratio almost 1:1, it is possible to display and measure wide indentations.


Item FM-X1R FM-X1
Test load 8 load levels for A type:10/25/50/100/200/300/500/1000gf
Test load switching method Weight type dial switching type
Loading mechanism Automatic load/hold/release method
Load applying speed 60μm/sec (Compliant standards: JIS B 7725, ISO 6507-2, ASTM E92: 15 to 70μm/sec)
Dwell time 5 ~ 40sec
Turret mechanism Rotation: Automatic / Form: 15° tilt type 6 positions
Diamond indnter Standard 1 Vickers indenter (HV)
Option Mounted indenter can be changed to Vickers indenter (HV) or Knoop indenter (HK).
(Simultaneous mounting of multiple indenters is not possible.)
Infinity objective lens Standard 2 Lenses ( X 50 & X 10)
Option Up to 5: (2 standard lenses + 3 additional lenses): X1.25 / X2.5 / X5 / X20 / X100
*5 lenses + 1 indenter
Automatic measurement camera device Standard equipment
(Details below)
Light source Built-in LED light source
Dimensions W283 x D480 x H620mm
Weight 45kg
Power supply Single phase AC100~240V 50/60Hz

Please see the catalog for details of the specifications.


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