Universal Testing Systems for Tensile, Compression, and Flexure Testing - 3400 Series

The 3400 Series Universal Testing Machines from Instron – USA range in capacity from 500 N to 300 kN and are built to handle all force testing requirements.

3400 Series Universal Testing Systems

Instron’s patent-pending Operator Protect system architecture renders the 3400 Series smarter, simpler, and safer than previously possible. Engineered to perform tensile, puncture, flex, friction, peel, compression, shear tests, and more, these systems can be used with numerous grips and fixtures found in Instron’s extensive accessory catalog.

Available Models — 0.025 N (2.5 gf) to 50 kN Force Capacities

Low-Force Testing Systems

500 N, 1 kN, 2 kN, and 5 kN force capacities

In the case of low-force applications, the 3400 single column series offers up to 5 kN capacity available in regular and extra height options.

Single-column testing machine.

Single-column testing machine.

Mid-Range Testing Systems

5 kN, 10 kN, 30 kN, and 50 kN force capacities

In the case of higher force applications, the 3400 dual column table model series offers up to 50 kN capacity available in regular and extra height options.

Dual-column testing system.

Dual-column testing system.

Simpler — Powered by Bluehill® Universal

Bluehill® Universal has been designed from the ground up for touch interaction. The Operator Dashboard is comprised of large touchpoints to make the user experience simpler and smarter. Simple workflows and icons render it easy to train new or skilled users, streamline operator training, and allow users to begin testing even faster than previously possible.

Bluehill® Universal Software for Next Generation Static Materials Testing


For quick results, QuickTest enables users to enter a few basic parameters and then run their test within seconds.

Pre-Loaded Templates

Bluehill® Universal includes an all-encompassing library of pre-configured techniques for some of the most frequently used ISO, ASTM, and EN standards. The approaches are packaged in modules that are specific to the user’s testing application.

Bluehill Universal materials testing software.

Bluehill Universal materials testing software.

Exporting Tools

Users can be directed through the whole testing process with step-by-step directions, ensuring that their tests stay simple, repeatable, and error-free. Users can customize the prompts with their own images and text.

Safer — Safety without Sacrificing Throughput

Operator Protect

The 3400 Series is based on Instron’s patent-pending Operator Protect architecture. A smart workflow offers improved safety to operators and equipment by regulating system status from setup to end of the test. 

Built-In Safety Coaching

The 3400 system offers clear direction to users about when it is safe to venture into the test space and when they should stay clear of it.

Smart-Close Air Kit

Finger pinch risks from pneumatic grips are curtailed through lower grip-closing pressure and limited speed during the installation phase of a test.

Operator protect.

Operator protect.

All-New Operator Panel

With the all-new upgraded operator panel, the 3400 Series brings system controls closer than ever before. Ergonomics and throughput are improved by jogging the crosshead, starting and stopping tests, and returning to the starting position straight from the instrument.

Operator panel.

Operator panel.

1. Variable Speed Jog

During the installation mode, the system will default to a safe speed suitable for an operator to work in the test space.

2. Status at a Glance

The system status can be monitored with indicator lights and corresponding Safety Coaching messages in Bluehill® Universal.

3. Virtual Interlock

With Instron’s patent-pending system design, the movement of the instrument is limited to prevent the accidental movement of the crosshead.

Smarter — Protecting User’s Investment

Collision Mitigation

Damage to equipment and fragile specimens can be reduced by stopping the crosshead if force is detected during a jog or upon return.

3400 Series internal components.

3400 Series internal components.

Load Cell Overload Protection

The 3400 Series systems automatically halt when the load cell touches maximum capacity. This avoids damage to the system, load cell, and accessories.

Built to Last

Driven by maintenance-free brushless AC servomotors, the 3400 Series is built to last. All electromechanical systems offered by Instron are fitted with guidance columns along with preloaded ballscrews for increased robustness.

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