Pinch Tester

Model PCA-150N

Standard Features

  • Designed to measure a variety of industrial, medical, and common tools such as: forceps, nippers, pliers, clamps, pincers, tweezers and tongs.
  • The attached scale enables easy adjustment of pinch or spread width
  • Lightweight fixture
  • Easy-to-use basic force gauge with backlit LCD display and user-friendly menus
  • 30,000/sec ultra-high sampling rate
  • Selectable real time or peak mode operation
  • USB and RS-232C output
  • Overload capacity 200% F.S.; Display flashes at overload limit
  • Runs on internal Ni-MH batteries (user replaceable) or AC adapter; charge with USB port or portable charger
  • Kit includes AC charger/adapter, calibration cert traceable to NIST and carrying case

The PCA-150N pinch tester is designed to measure the pinching or spreading force of small tools like forceps, nippers, pliers, clamps, pincers, tweezers and tongs. The attached scale makes it easy to adjust the pinch or spread width. The fixture is lightweight and easy to carry.
Imada DST digital force gauges are simple-to-use force gauges featuring user-friendly menu operation. Selections including unit and measuring mode can be locked to prevent accidental changes.
The large backlit LCD display can be reversed and configured with high/low setpoints with OK indicator for Go/No Go testing.
The gauges have a 30,000/sec ultra-high sampling rate. Collect the data via USB or RS-232 connections with the optional Force Logger or SW-1X software.
DST gauges are powered by rechargeable Ni-MH batteries or the AC adapter/charger. The batteries are user replaceable and can also be charged using USB ports or USB portable chargers.
All DST gauges are sold as kits complete with gauge, carrying case, six attachments and AC adapter/charger.
Force Logger (optional)
Available to users who need to collect peak data. Please inquire.
SW-1 Data Acquisition Software (optional)
Capture and analyze real-time data from any Imada gauge with a USB or RS-232 port directly into any Windows program. Log measurements and generate a profile graph plus statistical information. Control the gauge functions from your computer.

PCA-150N Specifications
Max. Pinching Gap5~15mm
Max. Spreading Gap1~15mm
Fixture WeightApprox. 360g
Attachment WeightApprox. 50g
DST Specifications
Accuracy± 0.2% F.S., ± 1 LSD
Selectable Units
lbf(ozf), kgf(gf) or Newtons
Display4 digit backlit LCD
Overload AlarmAudible alarm at 90% of capacity;
Audible alarm and indicator flashes beyond 110% of F.S.
Sampling Rate30,000/second
Battery LifeApprox. 30 hours backlight off
Approx. 14 hours backlight on
4.5 hours required for full charge
Battery IndicatorBattery icon displays three levels of charge
SetpointsProgrammable high/low setpoints with OK indicator
OutputsUSB, RS-232C
Operating Temp.32° to 100°F (0° to 40°C)
Accessories IncludedAC adapter, Attachments (hook, flat tip, conical tip, chisel tip,
notched tip, extension shaft), Carrying Case

DST Ranges (Resolution)

For PCA-150N Pinch Tester
ModelCapacity (Resolution)
DST-0.4A7.000 (0.001 ozf)-200.0 (0.1 gf)-2.000 (0.001 N)
DST-1A17.00 (0.01 ozf)-500.0 (0.1 gf)-5.000 (0.001 N)
DST-4A-4.400 (0.001 lbf)-2.000 (0.001 kgf)20.00 (0.01 N)
DST-11A-11.00 (0.01 lbf)-5.000 (0.001 kgf)50.00 (0.01 N)