Mecmesin’s mid-range Top-load Tester provides a cost-effective solution for top-load testing on a variety samples. The versatile TLT 5 kN model ensures that containers can withstand the forces encountered during manufacture and distribution, providing high accuracy with repeatability and reliability of results.

Key Features

  • Touch Screen tablet PC - easy programming for use on the production floor & minimal operator training required
  • Suitable for containers up to 7.5” (190 mm) diameter. Bespoke solutions for larger containers can be provided including crosshead extensions and larger base plates.
  • Samples of any shape can be tested including PET, HDPE, metal and cardboard containers
  • Defined platen positioning for ease of sample removal and placement
  • 5 customisable favourites for speedy access to testing
  • Free Height of container can be calculated automatically saving extra steps and time
  • Calculations such as ‘Free Height’, ‘Peak Load’ and 'Collapse Force' can be color coded for pass/fail
  • Automatic export of defined results minimises key strokes by the operator
  • Designed for repetitive testing on a production floor with ease of use and minimal maintenance costs
  • 5 kN (1100 lbf) capacity



  • The TLT 5 kN top-load tester provides versatility for medium-strength and medium sized items such as boxes, cans and bottles
  • Maximum Force: 5 kN
  • Maximum Travel: 590 mm (23.2”)*

Part Number

  • 815-003



Part Number


Vented Compression plate. Two circular vents allow air to escape from the container during compression and an integrated nose cone helps to position containers centrally.

  • 432-346 Flat with slots
  • 432-347 Cone with hole (500N)
  • 432-348 Cone with hole (5000N)


Cross-head extension and elevated base plate, for fitting larger samples to the stand.

  • 432-406


Hardened circular compression plate. Recommended for crush resistance testing of metal cans up to 130 mm in diameter

  • 432-342

* Travel distance measured without loadcell or grips
Mecmesin reserves the right to alter equipment specifications without prior notice E&OE

Many other optional accessories are available, including custom-designed fittings.

Related Applications

  • ASTM D2659 - 11 Standard Test Method for Column Crush Properties of Blown Thermoplastic Containers
  • Lateral force tests on cans in vending machines
  • Lateral force tests on plastic squeeze bottles


Mecmesin has been supplying Top-load Testers to many companies from the beverage, plastics, packaging and associated industries - contact our sales team to see how we can help you.

Silgan Plastics

“Our investment in the MultiTest-xt top-load test unit has paid for itself time and time again. The unit is so easy to use that no outside training was needed at start-up and training new operators was very minimal. This has resulted in no misjudgments from equipment set-up. The displayed graph makes it very easy to understand what is occurring during the test and aids in troubleshooting and correcting issues. The touch screen/computer combination reduces the footprint to less than half the size of our older unit. Overall the unit gives great performance at a very competitive price.”

Dan McMillin, Quality Manager at Silgan Plastics, Kentucky, USA