Universal Testing Systems for Tensile, Compression, and Flexure Testing

The NEXT GENERATION 6800 Series universal testing systems range in capacity from 500 N to 50 kN and provide exceptional performance with unparalleled accuracy and reliability. Offering up to 5 kHz data acquisition and 0.5% accuracy down to 1/1000th of load cell capacity, the 6800 Series offers ultimate flexibility for any testing need.

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0.02 N (2 gf) - 50 kN Force Capacities

6800 Series Single Column Universal Testing System

Low-Force Testing Systems

For low force applications, the 6800 single column series provides up to 5 kN capacity available in standard and extra height options.

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6800 Series Dual Column Universal Testing System

Mid-Range Testing Systems

For higher force applications, the 6800 dual column table model series provides up to 50 kN capacity available in standard and extra height options.

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Any Application

The 6800 series Universal Testing Machines are designed to perform tensile, compression, flex, peel, puncture, friction, shear tests, and more. The systems are compatible with hundreds of grips and fixtures found in Instron’s expansive accessories catalog, with specific configurations designed to perform the most popular tests specific to the biomedical, automotive, consumer electronics, and raw materials industries.

Bluehill Universal Test Method Selection

Powered by Bluehill® Universal

The 6800 Series universal testing systems are powered by Instron’s Bluehill Universal software. Equipped with easy-to-understand icons and workflows, Bluehill Universal makes it simple to train users and set up tests, helping you maximize lab efficiency while minimizing costly errors.



For when you need results fast, QuickTest allows users to enter a few simple parameters and run their test within seconds.


Pre-Loaded Templates

Bluehill Universal includes an extensive library of pre-configured methods for some of the most commonly used ASTM, ISO, and EN standards. The methods are packaged in modules that are specific to your testing application.

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Users can be guided through the entire testing process with step-by-step instructions, ensuring that their tests remain repeatable, simple, and error-free. The prompts can be easily customized with your own text and images.

Auto Positioning for the 6800 Series Universal Testing System

Auto Positioning

Auto Positioning saves the correct fixture separation starting location for each test method. This ensures all operators run each test exactly the same way across all shifts every day.

TestProfiler in Bluehill Universal Materials Testing Software


Build simple cyclic tests that include ramps, holds, and triangle waves. Conditional logic allows users to create looping patterns that help mimic real life scenarios within tests.


Operator Protect

Safety without Sacrificing Throughput

Operator Protect

Operator Protect

The 6800 Series is built on Instron’s patent-pending Operator Protect architecture. An intelligent workflow keeps equipment and operators safer by controlling system status from setup to test completion.

Built-In Safety Coaching

Built-In Safety Coaching

The 6800 series provides clear visual feedback regarding system status at all times. Users will easily understand when the system is in a safe set up mode, and clearly reminded to exit the test space once these safety limits are removed.

Smart-Close Air Kit

Smart-Close Air Kit

Finger pinch hazards from pneumatic grips are reduced through lower grip-closing pressure and restricted speed during the set up phase of your test.

6800 Series Handset


The 6800 handset brings system controls closer than ever before with an all-new ergonomic handset, mounted directly to the frame. Operators can use the handset in the mounted position or removed from its dock.

Customizable Soft Keys

With 2 user-defined ‘Soft Key’ buttons, the operator can initiate a variety of commands. The Soft Keys can be defined per method, allowing for customization for each test.

Virtual Interlock

With Instron’s patent-pending system architecture, the machine’s movement is restricted to prevent unintended motion of the crosshead.

Variable Speed Jog

During set up mode, your system will default to a safe speed appropriate for an operator to work in the test space.

Precise Positioning

The Fine Position adjustment thumbwheel with tactile feedback allows for precision positioning of the crosshead in 4 μm increments when performing sensitive testing.

Specimen Protect

Specimen Protect prevents unwanted forces from being applied to the specimen by automatically making fine adjustments to the crosshead, protecting your valuable specimen from damage.

6800 Series Dual Column Universal Testing System

Protecting Your Investment

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Collision Mitigation

Reduce damage to equipment and delicate specimens by stopping the crosshead if force is detected upon return or during a jog.

Load Cell Overload Protection

Load Cell Overload Protection

The 6800 series systems automatically stop when the load cell reaches maximum capacity to prevent damage to the load cell, system, and accessories.

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2580 Series Load Cells

The 2580 Series load cells are specifically designed for use with 6800 testing systems, offering exceptional performance with the ability to measure forces as low as 1/1000th of the force capacity to an accuracy of ±0.5% of reading. The Instron designed and manufactured load cells can withstand loads up to 150% of their force capacity without damage and 300% without mechanical failure. Automatic transducer recognition and electrical calibration makes them easy to use.

6800 Series Dual Column Internal Components


Stiff Frames for High-Strength Materials

The 6800 is built for high performance. It features pre-loaded bearings, precision ball screws, a thick crosshead and base beam, and low-stretch drive belts to ensure superior performance and longevity.

Precision Guidance for Alignment and Bending

When performing a uniaxial test, accurate stress and strain results can only be achieved with a system that contains robust, precise guidance columns that ensure minimal specimen bending under load.

Larger Motors for Better Reliability

The 6800 load frames use powerful motors with reserve capacity that allow for quicker rates of acceleration. Maintenance-free brushless AC servomotors enable cyclic, creep, and relaxation testing for up to 10 days (up to 1Hz at 25°C).

Servo-Controlled Drive System

Along with a powerful motor, the 6800 drive system consists of a rugged steel casting with a dual-belt drive system. Unlike systems that use gear-reducers, which create backlash and lower drive system stiffness, the dual-belt system provides synchronous movement of the ball screws, eliminating crosshead tilt and aiding system alignment.


6800 Series Single Column Table Model

6800 Single Column Table Models
Model Force Capacity Preinstallation Manual  The Preinstallation Manual is what you need to know when preparing your facility for a new system installation. It details the site and power requirements, dimensional drawings, lifting and handling instructions, installation procedure, and preventative maintenance details. Operator's Guide  The Operators' Guide provides the information you need to know to start testing after the system has been installed and set up for the first time. The document provides safety information, a detailed introduction, notes on prepping the system, and information on testing specimens.
68SC-05 0.5 kN Download Download
68SC-1 1 kN Download Download
68SC-2 2 kN Download Download
68SC-5 5 kN Download Download

6800 Series Dual Column Table Model

6800 Dual Column Table Models
Model Force Capacity Preinstallation Manual Operator's Guide
68TM-5 5 kN Download Download
68TM-10 10 kN Download Download
68TM-30 30 kN Download Download
68TM-50 50 kN Download Download

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