ESM1500 / ESM750

Motorized Tension / Compression Test Stands

ESM1500 and ESM750 single-column force testers are highly configurable solutions for tension and compression measurement applications, with capacities of 1,500 lbF (6.7 kN) and 750 lbF (3.4 kN), respectively. With generous travel and clearance, they are suitable for break testing, cycling, limit testing to a load or distance, loadholding, elongation testing, tensile testing, compression testing, and more.

Satisfy various test methods through an intuitive menu with selectable test parameters, such as speed, number of cycles, etc. Up to 50 profiles may be saved and password protected. Crosshead positioning for sample setup is a breeze with available FollowMe®. Using your hand as your guide, push and pull on the load to move the crosshead at a dynamically variable speed.

The stands feature a unique modular controller function platform. Functions such as travel measurement, cycling, etc. are offered individually, accommodating a wide range of budgets and applications.

Collect force and travel data, plot and analyze results, and control test stand motion via MESUR®gauge Plus software. Or, fully control the stand by a PC through a custom application.


  • Broad force range and clearance dimensions
  • Compatible with load cells and force gauges
  • USB output of force vs. time or force vs. distance
  • Adjustable, removable control panel with intuitive menu navigation
  • Unique modular function platform – select functions as required for the application
  • Password protection of test parameters
  • Stepper motor-driven, producing smooth and quiet operation with no speed variation under load
  • Compact footprint, suitable for crowded workbenches
  • Most electronics are housed in an integrated removeable enclosure, easily accessed for service


Load capacity:1,500 lbF [6.7 kN] at < 60 in [1,525 mm]/min
1,000 lbF [4.5 kN] at > 60 in [1,525 mm]/min
750 lbF [3.4 kN] at < 35 in [900 mm]/min
500 lbF [2.3 kN] at > 35 in [900 mm]/min
Maximum travel distance:32.0 in [813 mm]14.2 in [360 mm]32.0 in [813 mm]14.2 in [360 mm]
Standard speed range:0.5 – 24 in/min [10 – 600 mm/min]
Available speed range:0.001 – 90 in/min [0.02 – 2,300 mm/min]0.001 – 60 in/min [0.02 – 1,525 mm/min]
Speed setting accuracy:±0.2% of setting
Speed variation with load:±0% [stepper motor driven]
Travel accuracy*:±0.002 in. per 10 in. [±0.05 mm per 250 mm]
Travel resolution:0.001 in [0.02 mm]
Limit switch repeatability:±0.001 in [0.03 mm]
Power:Universal input 80-240 VAC,
50/60 Hz, 450W
Universal input 80-240 VAC,
50/60 Hz, 120 W
Weight:198 lb [90 kg]160 lb [72 kg]185 lb [84 kg]150 lb [68 kg]
Shipping weight:248 lb [113 kg]206 lb [93 kg]236 lb [107 kg]196 lb [88 kg]
Warranty:3 years [see individual statement for further details]
Conformance:CE mark

* Because load cell deflection and system deflection are present and not automatically compensated for, this equipment is recommended for applications requiring at least 0.2 in [5 mm] of travel distance.

In The Box

All test stands are supplied with the following accessories:

(1) AC1047-2 eye end kit
(2) G1088 spanner wrench
(1) Load cell / indicator mounting kit (-LC models)
(1) Force gauge mounting kit (-FG models)
(1) USB cable
(1) Interface cable, gauge/indicator to test stand
(4) Thumb screw for indicator / force gauge
(1) Allen wrench set
(1) Control panel
(1) Control panel mounting bracket with hardware
(1) Power cord
Shown at left: Model ESM1500LC

Optional Functions

FeaturePart No.DescriptionRequirements
force-based positioning
SF008Position the crosshead by manually pushing or pulling on the force gauge shaft or load cell. Increasing force produces greater speeds. Ideal for setups and quick positioning.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
Travel indicationSF009
(ESM1500 / ESM750)

(ESM1500S / ESM750S)
Position is indicated on the control unit display, with output via USB. An internal scale utilizing Renishaw technology produces significantly higher accuracy than with conventional rotary encoder-based designs. Backlash and nonlinearity are virtually eliminated.
  • For data output to a PC, a Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator is required.
Computer controlSF010

Fully control the stand and force gauge / indicator via custom-written application in any language supporting ASCII communications. Also responds to the legacy Chatillon TCD command set and legacy Nexygen TCD software (not available from Mark-10).

This option is not required for MESUR®gauge Plus software.

  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • SF009 travel indication
  • For full speed range, consider SF017 and SF018 speed range extensions
Programmable travel limitsSF011The stand stops at or cycles between programmable upper and lower travel distances.
  • SF009 travel indication option
Overload protectionSF012Protects a force gauge or force sensor against overload. Also compatible with many competitors’ gauges.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
Auto returnSF013The crosshead moves to a limit switch, force set point, travel position, or break, then stops and reverses direction at full speed to the opposite limit.
  • Reversing at force set point: Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • Reversing at travel limit: SF011 programmable travel limits option
  • Reversing at break: SF019 break detection option
Cycling / dwell timeSF014Same as auto-return, but programmable up to 99,999 cycles. 
Programmable dwell time at upper and lower limits up to 9,999 seconds.
  • Same as auto-return, at the same speed in each direction. Add SF016 for independent up and down speeds.
Independent Up and Down speedsSF016Individually specify speeds for the up and down directions.

Low speed extensionSF017Extends the standard speed range down to 0.001 in/min (0.02 mm/min).

High speed extension



ESM1500 / ESM1500S: Extends max speed to 90 in/min (2,300 mm/min).

ESM750 / ESM750S: Extends max speed to 60 in/min (1,525 mm/min).

Break detectionSF019Crosshead stops at a programmable drop in force.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
LoadholdingSF020Dynamically adjusts the crosshead position to maintain a specified load for an indefinite or specified period of time.
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
  • If a specified time is required, order SF014 cycling / dwell time option
Preload / sample touchSF021Stops the crosshead and/or zeroes the travel display at an initial preload – useful in tensile, spring, elongation, and other applications.
  • SF009 travel indication
  • Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator
ProfilesSF022Save and recall sets of test parameters, such as speeds, travel limits, preload, etc. Maximum of 50 profiles may be stored.
Complete options package

SFCOMP (ESM1500 / ESM750)

SFCOMP-1 (ESM1500S / ESM750S)

Includes all functions listed above.
Requires a Series 7 or 5 gauge or indicator.

Hardware and Software Options

Control panel tabletop mounting kit
For applications requiring remote use of the control panel. Features an adjustable viewing angle and a base with thru holes for bench mounting.

Data collection & motion control software
Consider MESUR®gauge Plus for force vs. travel or force vs. time data acquisition, plotting, analysis, reporting, as well as motion control. The software coordinates motor start / stop and data acquisition with one click.

Note: MESUR®gauge Plus does not require any optional test stand functions, such as PC Control. If force vs. travel vs. time output is required, order the Travel Indication option. See below section for details.

Select from Models M7i or M5i. Both indicators mount directly to the crosshead adapter.

Note: Force gauges cannot be mounted to the ESM303H test stand.

Series R01 force sensors
S-beam load cells for use with any Mark-10 indicator. Capacities from 50 to 2,000 lbF (250 N to 10 kN).
Series R03 force sensors
Inline force sensors for use with any Mark-10 indicator. Capacities available from 0.25 to 100 lbF (1 to 500 N).
Load cell hardware kit
Set of mounting hardware to mount any Series R01 load cell up to 2,000 lbF capacity and any Series R03 force sensor. Can also be adapted to other manufacturers’ load cells with #10-32, 1/4-28, and 1/2-20 mounting threads. Note that Series R01 and R03 load cell part numbers ending in -1 (ex: MR01-500-1) include mounting hardware for LC test stand models, ex. ESM750LC.

Force gauges
Choose from several gauge series. Consider a Series 7 or 5 gauge to take advantage of all available test stand functions.


Note: At 500 lbF (2,500 N) or more, force gauges are not recommended for applications involving sudden, sharp breaks. Examples include compression of brittle materials, pull testing of welds, etc. Consider an -LC test stand with indicator and load cell.

Base plate, matrix of holes
Features a matrix of #10-32 threaded holes and a 1/2-20 center hole, ideal for custom fixture mounting.
Base plate, three hole sizes
#10-32, 5/16-18, and 1/2-20 holes are provided, along with an array of four 1/4-28 holes.
Remote emergency switch
Convenient for when the standard emergency switch is inaccessible, for example if a safety shield is used. Includes an 8’ (2.4 m) cable, and plugs directly into the rear of the test stand. The standard, attached emergency switch remains operational while the remote switch is plugged in.
Grips and fixtures
Choose from a wide range of tensile and compression grips and fixtures.
Eye end adapters
Allow for quick grip installation and removal, and prevent grip rotation.
Mount to common test frames, load cells, and force gauges.

Dimensions - LC

LC Models

For use with an indicator and sensor.

8.13 – 40.13
[206.4 – 1019.2]
8.13 – 22.33
[206.4 – 567.1]
8.13 – 40.13
[206.4 – 1019.2]
8.13 – 22.33
[206.4 – 567.1]

Dimensions - FG

FG Models

For use with a force gauge. For applications involving a sudden, sharp break, we recommend force gauge capacities up to 500 lbF (2,500 N) only. Otherwise, consider an -LC test stand instead.

5.25 – 37.25
[133.4 – 946.2]
5.25 – 19.45
[133.4 – 494.0]
5.25 – 37.25
[133.4 – 946.2]
5.25 – 19.45
[133.4 – 494.0]

Ordering Information

Part No.DescriptionUS Price
Test Stands
ESM1500LCMotorized test stand with force sensor / load cell mount, 1,500 lbF, 110V1$6,950.00
ESM1500FGMotorized test stand with force gauge mount, 1,500 lbF, 110V1$6,950.00
ESM1500SLCMotorized test stand with force sensor / load cell mount, 1,500 lbF, 110V1$6,450.00
ESM1500SFG2Motorized test stand with force gauge mount, 1,500 lbF, 110V1$6,450.00
ESM750LCMotorized test stand with force sensor / load cell mount, 750 lbF, 110V1$5,950.00
ESM750FG2Motorized test stand with force gauge mount, 750 lbF, 110V1$5,950.00
ESM750SLCMotorized test stand with force sensor / load cell mount, 750 lbF, 110V1$5,450.00
ESM750SFG2Motorized test stand with force gauge mount, 750 lbF, 110V1$5,450.00
Optional Hardware
AC1055Base plate, matrix of threaded holes$125.00
AC1054Base plate, multiple center hole threads$125.00
AC1057Force gauge mounting kit (included w/FG models)$450.00
AC1056Load cell mounting kit (included w/LC models)$450.00
AC1065Load cell hardware kit for ESM1500$85.00
AC1074Remote emergency switch$250.00
09-1089-1Power cord, 110V US (included with US models)$30.00
09-1089-2Power cord, 220V EUR (included with “E” models)$30.00
09-1089-3Power cord, 220V UK (included with “U” models)$30.00
09-1089-4Power cord, 220V AUS (included with “A” models)$30.00
ESM303-004Control panel tabletop mounting kit$350.00
Optional Functions
SF008FollowMe® force-based dynamic manual positioning$450.00
SF009Travel indication, with USB output, ESM1500 / ESM750$1,600.00
SF009-1Travel indication, with USB output, ESM1500S / ESM750S$1,200.00
SF010Computer control via USB$950.00
SF011Programmable travel set points$750.00
SF012Overload protection$650.00
SF013Auto return$450.00
SF014Cycling / dwell time$650.00
SF016Independent up and down speeds$400.00
SF017Extended speed range, low$450.00
SF018Extended speed range, high, ESM1500 / ESM1500S$450.00
SF018-1Extended speed range, high, ESM750 / ESM750S$450.00
SF019Break detection$450.00
SF021Preload / sample touch$550.00
SFCOMPComplete options package, ESM1500 / ESM750$5,450.00
SFCOMP-1Complete options package, ESM1500S / ESM750S$5,150.00


1. Contains a universal power supply (80 – 240V) and power cord with US plug.
Add suffix ‘E’ for Euro plug, ‘U’ for UK plug, or ‘A’ for Australian plug. Ex: ESM1500LCE

Power cords also available for purchase individually.

2. At 500 lbF (2,500 N) or more, force gauges are not recommended for applications involving sudden, sharp breaks. Examples include compression of brittle materials, pull testing of welds, etc. Consider an -LC test stand with indicator and load cell.