Order no.: PCE-5000

Material Hardness Tester PCE-5000

£ 5,251.00
£ 6,301.20
price ex. (VAT / delivery)
Delivery time: 1-2 working days


PCE-5000 Material Hardness Tester Uses the ASTM A1038 ultrasonic contact impedance (UCI) method for metal and alloy hardness testing

PCE-5000 is a portable material hardness tester that uses the ASTM A1038 ultrasonic contact impedance (UCI) method to measure the hardness of metals and alloys with a minimum thickness of 2 mm / .08 in. Ultrasonic hardness testing is considered nondestructive, as it creates a microscopic indentation only visible when using a high-powered microscope. 

Featuring a quick 2-second measurement time, this UCI hardness tester is the ideal tool for weld inspection, hardness control of metal coatings and hardness measurement of fine-grained metals, small forgings, cast materials, heat-affected zones, ion-nitrided stamping dies and molds, forms, presses, thin-walled structures and parts, bearings, tooth flanks, pipes, tanks, steel sheets and products with intricate or complex shapes.

Additional measuring sensors can be connected to the ultrasonic meter, which vary in their test force, which is applied to measure the hardness. The different sensors measure the hardness of the objects depending on the roughness of their surface. For example, the standard sensor with 20 N measures surfaces with a roughness of less than 5 µm. The 10 N sensor measures a roughness of less than 3.2 µm and the one with 98 N measures a roughness of less than 15 µm.


- Measures the hardness of metals and alloys with a minimum thickness of 2 mm / .08 in
- Displays measurements in Rockwell A (HRA), Rockwell B (HRB), Rockwell C (HRC), Brinell (HB), Vickers (HV) and MPa (N/mm²) SI units
- Measuring range: 61 … 85.6 HRA, 41 … 100 HRB, 20.3 … 68 HRC, 85 … 650 HB, 50 … 999 HV, 255 … 2180 MPa (N/mm²)
- Accuracy: ± 1.5 HR, ± 3% HB, ± 3% HV
- Stores up to 2000 measurement groups / 20 calibration sets to memory
- Provides measurements in just 2 seconds
- Probe fits into small spaces and hard-to-reach places
- Features a large and easy-to-read LCD screen, simple calibration and an RS-232 interface


Measuring range
Rockwell A B C61 … 85.6 HRA, 41 … 100 HRB, 20.3 … 68 HRC
Brinell85 … 650 HB
Vickers 50 … 999 HV
Tensile strength255 … 2180 N/mm²
Rockwell± 1.5 HR
Brinell± 3% HB
Vickers± 3% HV
General specifications
Measurement methodUltrasonic contact impedance (UCI) per ASTM A1038
Direction of measurement360°
Measurement time2 seconds
Hardness unitsHRA, HRB, HRC, HB, HV, MPa
DisplayLCD with backlight
Minimum material thickness    2 mm
Data memoryUp to 2000 measurement groups
Up to 20 calibration sets
Measurement probe20 N (standard)
Probe cable length1.5 m / .06 in
FunctionsSingle value, min / max, average value
Power supply4.2V rechargeable battery, 4800-mAh
Battery lifeApprox. 10 hrs of operation at full charge (without backlight)
Dimensions162 x 81 x 31 mm / 6.38 x 3.19 x 1.22 in
Operating conditions-10 ... 40°C / 14 ... 104°F, ≤ 85% RH
Storage conditions-20 ... 60°C / -4 ... 140°F, ≤ 85% RH
WeightApprox. 755 g / 1.67 lb (including probe)

Delivery Scope

1 x PCE-5000 material hardness tester with 1 x 4.2V battery
1 x 20 N probe (standard)
1 x Protective cap for probe (silicon)
1 x Probe cable
1 x USB cable
1 x USB charger
1 x RS-232 interface cable
1 x Screwdriver
1 x Bibration-resistant carrying case
1 x User manual