Test stands are measurement assisting devices that ensure a specimen is pulled or pushed in axis with the force gauge and at a consistent speed. Test stands deliver better testing reproducibility.
A test stand has a stationary attachment point (typically at the base) and a moving crosshead, where the force gauge is attached. Most test stands can exert tension and compression loads.
Manual test stands offer better speed and direction consistency versus a handheld test stand.
Test stands generally are not considered a measurement instrument and are not reviewed for calibration.