Variable Force Precision Thickness Gauge FT3-V

The Hanatek Variable Force Precision Thickness Gauge FT3-V is specifically designed to quickly and accurately measure the thickness of a variety of substrates including film, paper, board, foil, tissue and textiles.



  • Repeatability of better than 0.4 µm
  • 0.1 µm resolution
  • User programmable number of readings, dwell time and down speed
  • Metric or imperial units
  • Easy to use touch screen / integrated software
  • Flatness of measurement head/anvil <0.1μm, typical parallelism <1μm
  • Temperature stability circuitry ensures the instrument electronics reach optimum conditions before testing
  • Batch Test: Calculates the thickness difference between two measurement sets, used to assess the thickness of coatings, adhesives or sample batches
  • Extended two year warranty
  • UKAS traceable calibration certificate, 2000 and 500 µm calibrated check gauges


  • Printer: Time & date stamped labels allow thickness variation to be easily documented


Resolution 0.1 μm
Repeatability Better than 0.4 μm (dependant on operating conditions)
Reproducibility ZBetter than 0.8 μm (dependant on operating conditions)
Measurement Range 0-4000μm (0 – 19000 μm extended range instrument also available)
Output RS 232
Power 110/240V 50/60 Hz (please specify when ordering)
Weight 10kg (max)
Size (h) 285 x (w) 302 x (l) 285 mm


Plastic Film

  • BS 2782-6 Methods of testing plastics. Dimensional properties. Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning of flexible sheet
  • DIN 53370 Testing of plastic films - Determination of the thickness by mechanical scanning
  • ISO 4593:1993 Plastics - Film and sheeting - Determination of thickness by mechanical scanning
  • ASTM D6988 Part B Standard Guide for Determination of Thickness of Part A OR B Plastic Film Test Specimens
  • DIN 1942 Self adhesive tapes. Measurement of thickness

Paper & Board

  • ISO 534 : 2005 Determination of thickness, density and specific volume
  • DIN 53105
  • BS EN 20534 Determination of thickness and apparent bulk density or apparent sheet density of paper and board
  • TAPPI T 411 Thickness of Paper and Paperboard (Soft Platen Method), Test Method T 551 om-06
  • SCAN P7
  • SCAN P31
  • FEFCO No 3
  • ISO 3034 Corrugated fibreboard. Determination of single sheet thickness
  • BS 4817 Method for the determination of the thickness of corrugated fibreboard


  • BS EN 12625-3 : 2005 Tissue paper and tissue products. Determination of thickness, bulking thickness and apparent bulk density
  • SCAN P47
  • BS 7387 Method for determination of the bulking thickness, apparent bulk density, compressibility and compressibility index of soft creped tissue paper


  • ISO 5084 Determination of thickness of textiles and textile products
  • ASTM D5199 Determination of thickness of geosynthetics
  • ASTM D1777 Standard test method for thickness of textile Part 1, 3, 4 OR 5 materials
  • ISO 2589 Leather. Physical and mechanical tests. Determination of thickness


  • ASTM F36-99 Standard test method for compressibility and recovery of gasket materials

Floor Coverings

  • EN428 Resilient floor coverings - Determination of overall thickness

Flexible Packaging

  • ASTMF2251 Standard Test Method for Thickness Measurement of Flexible Packaging Material

Self Adhesive Tape

  • DIN EN 1942 Self adhesive tapes - Measurement of Thickness


Applications include testing thickness of:

Recycled Paper, Leather, LDPE Film, Coatings, Fibreglass, Carbon Fibre, Non-Woven Materials, Envelopes, Laminated Film, Carton Blanks, Foils, Banknotes, Printed Paper, Pouches, Film Lids, Films, Paper Gaskets, Bags & Sacks, Textiles, Paper, Cartons, Tissues, Synthetic Fabric, Ink, Plastic Film, Printed Cartons, Polyester, Shrink Film, PE Film, Floor Tiles, PVC Floor Coverings, Tobacco Cartons, PE Bags, PP Film, PVC Film, Labels, Metallised Film, LLDPE Film, Coex Film, BOPP Film, Surface Print Non-Woven, OPP Film, Galvanised Steel, Foam, Woven Composite Materials, Varnish, Lacquer, Coated Tinplates.

Why is Film Thickness important?

Plastic films are often used to encapsulate, protect and preserve products that are sold to consumers or industry. The film is used as a two way barrier to stop product leaking out and also external contaminants migrating in.

The effectiveness of the film as a barrier is related to its chemical composition and also its thickness.

Films which are below a specified thickness may fail physically- bursting, spliting or leaking, they will also be less effective at stopping the migration of oxygen and contimanants that can lead to product spoilage.

Packaging developers and product manufacturers measure and specify the thickness of the film to ensure the robustness of the packaging and the functionality of the barrier.