Digital tear tester

We went back to basics to design our Elmatear2 to create a digital tear tester which accelerates and simplifies routine tear testing. We removed every complexity and designed an instrument, which is intuitive and straightforward to operate. Sometimes referred to as a ballistic tear tester or an elmendorf tester, Elmatear2 is reliable and simple to use. Downtime between tests is minimal helping you to save time and achieve maximum throughput.

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Elmatear elmendorf tester

Designed With You In Mind

The intuitive and intelligent software does all the hard work - no need for you to do any calculations.

Quick and effective clamping using innovative rotary cam lock jaws and interchangeable jaw faces.

Foolproof operation: automatic level compensation, pendulum weight detection and visible and audible alarms.

Elmatear Applications

Wide range of materials

Originally conceived for testing textiles, the instrument is extremely versatile and may be used to test nonwoven as well as paper and plastic products. The standard capacity of 64N may be doubled with the optional, heavy duty (E) Pendulum Kit. If you have an unusual application, we may be able to modify the instrument to suit.

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Which other materials can you test with Elmatear?

Jeans tested for tearing Elmendorf method

Elmatear2 is used to test the tear strength of shirts, blouses and denim.

Elmatear2 is used to test paper, including paper bags for tear strength.

plastic bags tested for tear strength

Plastic is another material that is commonly tested using Elmatear2.

Our Elmatear Expert

I sell Elmatear2 instruments for various applications including textiles, plastics and packaging. I test samples pre-sale and carry out post-sale technical training. There are different tear tests, and I will work closely with you to understand exactly what you need, making sure that we supply the most appropriate instrument. Elmatear2 is based on the original ‘Elmendorf’ principle. Providing training is a rewarding task, as the James Heal Elmatear2 is remarkably easy to use and you will be delighted by its look and functionality.

Gregory Godeau, Sales Account Manager

Elmatear Elmendorf tear tester


Support Services

We understand that you are looking for a full package so we offer complete support for the full life of your Elmatear:

  • Installation
  • Training
  • Breakdown Support
  • Applications Support
  • Spare Parts
  • Service & Calibration

Find out more about our full support services.

Elmatear Accessories

Elmatear2 is supplied with everything you need to start testing:

  • Pendulum Weights (A-D)
  • Optional Pendulum Weight (E)*
  • Check Weights
  • Specimen Preparation Templates

* The optional heavy duty Pendulum Weight (E) allows you to double the standard capacity of 64N to 128N.


Product Brochure

The product brochure contains in-depth details about our Elmatear.


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Corporate Brochure

Our corporate brochure contains details of our key instruments and other services.


James Heal Textile Testing Catalogue