Mechanical Testing

As an A2LA ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited mechanical testing laboratory, the RIH Orthopaedic Foundation is equipped to assist orthopedic researchers and medical device manufacturers with all of their mechanical testing needs. A unique feature of our accreditation is our parametric scope, which confers accreditation to a set of test methods rather than to a set list of specifications. As a result, RIHOF is able to perform accredited mechanical testing for any specification which utilizes those accredited test methods. 

Load Frames


  • Instron ElectroPuls E10000 Linear-Torsion Testing System (Specs)
  • (2) Instron ElectroPuls E3000 Linear-Torsion Testing Systems (Specs)
  • MTS 810 Uniaxial Servo-hydraulic Material Testing System (Specs)
  • Instron ElectroPuls E1000 Testing System (Specs)
  • MTS Bionix Electromechanical Torsion Test System (Specs)


  • Linear Dynamic Capacity: 10N – 10kN (2.2 lbs – 2,250 lbs)
  • Linear Static Capacity: 10N – 25kN (2.2 lbs – 5,620 lbs)
  • Torsion Capacity: 2Nm – 100Nm (17.7 in-lbs – 885 in-lbs)
  • Linear Stroke: 100mm (3.94 in)
  • Rotation: ±135° (±16 revolutions)
mechanical testing Instron E10000 load frame

Six-Axis Industrial Robot


  • KUKA KR 6 R700 sixx Six-Axis Robotic Arm (Specs)
  • Mini45 Six-Axis Force/Torque Sensor (Specs)
  • simVITRO musculoskeletal simulation software (Specs)


  • Force (X and Y axes): 560 N (125 lb)
  • Force (Z axis): 1,160 N (260 lb)
  • Torque (X, Y and Z axes): 20 Nm (177 lb-in)
  • Range of Motion: 0.7 m from centroid
  • Payload: 6 kg (13 lb)
  • Speed: 700 mm/s
mechanical testing Kuka robot

ASTM Mechanical Testing Standards

With our parametric A2LA scope, RIHOF is accredited for mechanical testing methods contained in a wide array of ASTM standards including, but not limited to:

✓ ASTM F543

Standard Specification and Test Methods for Metallic Medical Bone Screws

✓ ASTM F382

Standard Specification and Test Method for Metallic Bone Plates

✓ ASTM F564

Standard Specification and Test Method for Metallic Bone Staples

✓ ASTM F1717

Standard Test Method for Spinal Implant Constructs in a Vertebrectomy Model

✓ ASTM F1798

Standard Guide for Evaluating the Static and Fatigue Properties of Interconnection Mechanisms and Subassemblies Used in Spinal Arthrodesis Implants

✓ ASTM F2193

Standard Specification and Test Methods for Components used in the Surgical Fixation of the Spinal Skeletal System

✓ ASTM F2009

Standard Test Method for Determining the Axial Disassembly Force of Taper Connections of Modular Prostheses

✓ ASTM F1820

Standard Test Method for Determining the Forces for Disassembly of Modular Acetabular Devices

✓ ASTM F1875

Standard Practice for Fretting Corrosion Testing of Modular Implant Interfaces: Hip Femoral Head-Bore and Cone Taper Interface