The Munro Stanley Pendulum Tester is built to last. Providing the instrument is regularly serviced and calibrated, it is capable of providing several decades of service with no deterioration in the quality of the results.
As with all precision instruments, it is important that the Pendulum Tester is carefully prepped prior to use. Failure to do so may result in inaccurate and unreliable readings.
In this post, we will explain how the items in the Accessories Kit are used to set up the instrument, condition the rubber sliders and verify your results.
What is included in the Accessories Kit?
These are supplied in accordance with the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) guidelines. We recommend all users of the Pendulum obtain a copy of these useful instructions.
Rubber Sliders are fitted onto the end of the Pendulum arm. There are three main types of slider. Each one has specific properties and must be carefully selected depending on the type of surface that you are testing.
15 mm Spanner
Use the spanner to fasten the rear leg into position.
Once you have attached the Pendulum arm to the rotating head, tighten the retaining nut using the C Spanner.
Note: Ensure that the dowel is correctly engaged. Do not force it, as this may cause the hole to widen.
Aluminium Sample Holder
The Aluminium Sample Holder is used for conditioning the rubber sliders, verifying the Pendulum and holding floor/tile/road samples. It will prevent unwanted movement when testing samples and verification surfaces.
Perspex Setting Gauge
The Setting Gauge is to set the sliding length (or ‘footprint’) of the conditioned Rubber Slider. This is the distance the rubber slider travels whilst in contact with the test surface. The sliding length should be 124±1 mm (or 76 mm if using small rubber sliders). This should be measured from the trailing edge of the metal slider plate, not the rubber itself.
The outer marks on the Setting Gauge are 125 mm apart. The two marks on the left-hand side indicate the 2 mm tolerance allowed. The distance between the right-hand mark and the middle mark is 76 mm.
The Setting Gauge also has a working edge ruler. This helps to determine when the rubber slider is too thin to use.
Rubber Slider Conditioning Surfaces
The following equipment is required to prepare your rubber sliders before use:
Preparation of the rubber sliders is crucial for good reproducibility of results. It ensures that each slider begins the test in the same condition. Rubber Sliders must always be clean and free from contamination. Failure to follow this procedure may affect the validity of your results.
Click here for instructions on how to condition rubber sliders.
Pendulum Verification Surfaces
The Pendulum Tester should be verified at the start of each day of testing and after re-assembly or transportation. The verification procedure is an extremely important part of the testing procedure. It demonstrates to you, and all those making use of your results, that the instrument has been set up correctly and is functioning properly.
Verification is achieved by performing tests on a number of well-defined surfaces with a known Pendulum Test Value (PTV). These are given in the table below:
|TRL(55) Rubber Slider||4S(96) Rubber Slider|
|Pink Lapping Film||N/A||59-64 PTV|
|Float Glass||5-10 PTV||5-10 PTV|
|Pavigrés Tile||13-19 PTV||32-36 PTV|
If these values are not obtained, you must not proceed with testing. The pendulum set-up procedure (including slider conditioning) should be re-performed, and the rubber slider should be checked for defects. If you continue to experience difficulties verifying your instrument, please contact Munro Instruments for further assistance.
If you would like further information on using the Pendulum Tester accessories, please get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (+44 (0) 20 8551 7000).