Buehler, an ITW Company celebrates the 100-year anniversary of its acclaimed Wilson® hardness brand which was originally known as the Wilson Mechanical Instrument Company. Here Stanley Rockwell and founder Charles H. Wilson introduced the Rockwell hardness tester, an industry standard. Later, Wilson became the home of the legendary Tukon line of micro-indentation testers – renowned for Knoop and Vickers testing. These early inventions revolutionized industry and paved the way for Wilson today, with innovations that improve usability and allow for full connectivity and automation like the DiaMet software and the powerful and versatile Universal hardness tester.
Buehler is proud to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of the Wilson name. Buehler’s affiliation with Wilson began in 2012 when the Wilson® brand of hardness testers encompassing Reicherter, Wilson, and Wolpert products became part of Buehler’s offering.
According to Buehler General Manager, Julien Noel, “We are proud to continue the 100-year legacy of innovation and excellence in Wilson Hardness. By having our engineering, manufacturing, and service in-house, Buehler’s Wilson products have become the preferred choice for demanding labs that need to consistently meet quality standards. In the coming year, Buehler will continue to focus on exceeding customer expectations with a new and improved Rockwell tester, and an extended range of hardness reference blocks according to ISO, ASTM and JIS standards.”
Wilson Engineered and Manufactured by Buehler Since 2012
Today Buehler’s Wilson hardness line includes a comprehensive range of hardness testers including Rockwell®, Knoop/Vickers, Universal, and Brinell as well as the comprehensive DiaMet™ software that provides control, data management and reporting options up to and including fully automatic production systems. Buehler’s hardness testers are complemented by a range of ISO, ASTM and JIS-certified hardness reference test blocks, accessories, and fixtures.
Buehler works closely with customers in manufacturing, research, and education to create leading-edge hardness solutions. During the last eight years, Buehler improved upon the original Wilson designs and also revolutionized hardness testing with the fully configurable DiaMet™ software, the Wilson VH3100 Vickers All-in-One hardness tester, and the heavy-duty Wilson UH4000, an eight-turret, large stage universal hardness tester. All hardness equipment, test blocks, and software are manufactured at Buehler facilities.
DiaMet™ Software, the Heart of Wilson Innovations
Buehler launched the DiaMet™ software to provide an easy operation for automated hardness testing. The proven DiaMet™ software offers specimen mapping, edge detection, scanning, stitching of overview images, case depth calculations and statistical analysis tools as well as weld testing and geometric measurement functions and a barcode scanner interface. Data and indent images can be exported to all common file types in user-adaptable templates. Furthermore, DiaMet™ is available in different configurations based on the capabilities of the hardness tester. It can be applied for a basic machine, without full-automation hardware (motorized XY-stage and Z-axis) as well as a high end automated tester that can perform multisample testing in a full automated sequence.
The DiaMet software platform works seamlessly with the Wilson hardness equipment line: