Handheld Surface Roughness Meter PCE-RT 1200

Order no.: PCE-RT 1200
£ 885.00
£ 1,062.00
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PCE-RT 1200
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Delivery time: 1-2 working days

Handheld Surface Roughness Meter

Portable roughness meter for fast detection of Ra, Rz, Rq and Rt /
Large OLED display / Micro-USB interface / With calibration plate and roughness standard / Measuring software / Permanently installed li-ion battery

The handheld roughness meter is used to determine the surface roughness. The compact surface handheld roughness meter is a handheld device for mobile use. Due to the power supply via a powerful battery, it can be used directly on site. This handheld surface roughness meter is used in the laboratory, production and generally wherever the roughness of the surfaces is to be determined. The measured values are displayed on the very clear OLED display directly on the meter. In addition, the handheld roughness meter has a storage option for up to 20 measured values, which can later be read out via the micro USB an interface. For this purpose, the measurement software can be used, which, as well as the USB cable, is in the delivery. The built-in rechargeable battery is also charged via the micro USB interface. The already mentioned measurement software is particularly suitable if some series of measurements are available. The data is then transferred to the software and can be evaluated directly on the screen.

The handheld roughness meter has a protective cap for the sensor, which protects it from external influences and can be easily screwed to the device. A calibration plate with roughness standard also belongs to the standard equipment and serves to check the correctness of the measurement results. In addition there is a very special detail: This instrument works very smooth, with low measurement noise and has a very high reproducibility thanks the “Swiss Made” high precision roughness test mechanism built in the handheld roughness meter by PCE Instruments.

During the roughness measurement, different technologies and surface roughness measuring devices for determining the roughness are used. There is a big difference between contact and non-contact methods, whereby within these two distinguishing features, in the practice, some more different approaches for determining the surface roughness parameters are used.Handheld Surface Roughness Meter Application. Thus, a tactile working handheld surface roughness meter can be operated, for example, with a single-call probe system, a two-stage probe system or even with a reference probe system. The handheld roughness meter PCE-RT1200 operates according to the touching method compliant with ISO 3274. It is a tactile method, in which the probe tip (diamond) of the handheld roughness meter is pulled at a steady speed over the surface of a workpiece in a horizontal direction. The horizontal displacement of the probe tip simultaneously leads to its vertical deflection. This shift is registered via an inductive displacement measurement in the handheld roughness meter and corresponds to the surface profile of the workpiece. The handheld roughness meter thus senses the surface profile, detects the deviations in the shape and based on that calculates the roughness parameters and profiles.

It follows that the probe tip itself is an important parameter in the determination of the roughness parameters. Depending on the selected tip angle and probe tip radius of the diamond, the handheld roughness meter can depict the surface profile more or less accurately. At a large angle and with a large radius, the diamond tip only detects the coarser recesses, grooves and hollows; the sharper the angle and the smaller the radius, the deeper the diamond can penetrate into the profile unevenness and produce an exact image of the surface profile. Here, however, it is important to evaluate and consider when choosing a suitable measuring device. A handheld roughness meter with a pointed diamond and a small radius is much more susceptible to wear and brittle fracture than a handheld roughness meter with a blunter geometry. For regular surface inspection, the handheld roughness meter from PCE Instruments, with a point angle of 90 ° and a tip radius of 5 μm, represents a very good compromise between robust, low-wear durability and precise roughness index determination according to accuracy class 2. A calibration according to DIN ISO 5436 is therefore easily possible for the surface handheld roughness meter.

Rz = average roughness 
The average roughness Rz is the arithmetic mean of the largest single roughness depths of several adjacent individual measuring sections.
Ra = arithmetic centers roughness
Ra is the generally recognized and internationally applied roughness parameter. It is the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of the profile deviations within the reference line. The measured value Ra is always smaller than the Rz value determined on the same roughness profile.


- Very compact
- Easy to handle
- A large OLED display
- 4 measurable parameters of roughness
- The probe of the roughness meter consists of a high-quality diamond
- The display of the roughness meter outputs the measured values in tabular form
- The measured values can also be output by the roughness meter as a graph
- A micro-USB interface for online data transmission to a PC (for example useful for serial measurement or
  laboratory measurement)
- An internal rechargeable battery (3000 measurements with one battery charge (Li-ion))

Measurement parameters Ra, Rz, Rq, Rt
Measuring ranges Ra, Rq: 0.005 ... 16.00 µm / 0.197 ... 629.921 µin
Rz, Rt: 0.002 ... 200.0 µm / 0.079 ... 7874.016 µin
Radius probe tip 5 µm/ 196.850 µin
Material probe tip Diamond, 90° angled
Max. recommended force for static measurement     4 mN (0.4 gf)
Radius longitudinal guide bar 45 mm / 1.77"
Maximum driving distance 15 mm / 0.59"
Measuring principle Inductive
Cut-off wavelength 0.25 mm / 0.8 mm / 2.5 mm 

0.009" / 0.03" / 0.098"

Testing speed 0.135 mm/s at cut-off wavelength: 0.25 mm
0.5 mm/s at cut-off wavelength: 0.8 mm
1 mm/s at cut-off wavelength: 2.5 mm
Reversing speed: 1 mm/s
Measuring accuracy < ± 10%
Repeatability < 6%
Display OLED
Units μm / μinch (switchable)
Interface Micro-USB
Power supply Rechargeable Li-ion battery
Dimensions L x W x H 150 x 60 x 43 mm / 5.9 x 2.36 x 1.69 in
Weight 370 g / < 1 lb

1 x Handheld Surface Roughness Meter PCE-RT 1200
1 x Micro-probe
1 x Protective cap for the probe
1 x Chuck
1 x Downloadable Software
1 x Calibration plate
1 x Roughness standard
1 x USB cable
1 x Charging adapter
1 x Carrying case
1 x User manual