E1 gauge – Electronic crackmeter

287,00 w/o VAT with 5 pairs of P1E1 plates (for 5 cracks)

  • Digital readout with 0.01 mm resolution
  • 1-axis or 2-axis crack monitoring
  • Removable crackmeter with positioning on transparent plates
  • Measurements can be tracked using the free Saugnac.app application
  • Supplied in a carrying case with 5 pairs of P1E1 plates (for monitoring 5 cracks on 1 axis), a standard, installation templates and detailed instructions.

Made in France

Technical specifications

  • Resolution
    0.01 mm with digital readout
  • Repeatability
    +/- 0,01 mm
  • Type of monitoring
    Monitoring the evolution of cracks on 1 or 2 axes
  • Type of crack
    All types of cracks
  • Mounting
    The plates are fixed using the impact anchors supplied. Can be fixed with epoxy glue
  • Dimensions
    E1 gauge: 220 mm (length) x 60 mm (width) x 30 mm (height)
    E1 plates: 33 mm (diameter without tongue) x 9 mm (thickness)
  • Plate material
  • Fixing pin material
    Hard anodised aluminium
  • Measurement range
    approx. 25 mm (variation possible between maximum and minimum measurement)
  • Weight
    210 g

Crackmeter functioning principles

The E1 Gauge is a digitally-readable electronic crackmeter that can monitor the evolution of cracks on 1 or 2 axes with a resolution of 0.01 mm and a repeatability of +/- 0.01 mm.

Its patented fixing system consists of fixing 2 transparent plates on either side of the crack using the template supplied (3 plates for 2-axis monitoring). After setting zero in the standard provided, the E1 gauge is positioned in the transparent plates to take the reading. The plates are made from a material (PA12) that is highly resistant to weathering (rain, sea spray, UV).

This material is commonly used for parts that are highly exposed to the elements, such as car headlights, watch windows, boat parts, spectacle frames, control panels, etc.

Its unique fixing system allows installation configurations with a high degree of flushness (up to 35 mm), in corners or on a ceiling without having to hold the gauge when taking measurements.

Electronic crack monitor mounted at an angle E1 digital crack monitor on misalignment digital crack monitor E1

plates for E1 electronic crack monitor
Once the measure has been done, only the transparent plates remain on the stand. Each pair of plates supplied has a QR code and a unique identifier so that measurements can be tracked using the Saugnac.app application supplied.

The E1 gauge is supplied in a quality case for easy storage and transport, with :

Electronic crack monitor in its case – a carbon standard with a very low coefficient of expansion (3.5 x 10-6) for zeroing before measurement. The standard is measured with a value indicated on the body of the standard so that values can be compared in the event of a change.

– a 1-axis installation template

– a 2-axis installation template

– 5 pairs of P1E1 plates with impact anchors for monitoring 5 cracks on 1 axis

– detailed instructions

Electronic crack monitor accessories

How to fix the plates? 

The plates are fixed on either side of the crack and are used to position the E1 gauge during measurement. The plates are transparent and therefore not very visible. They are less than 10mm thick, which means they take up very little space. The PA12 material used guarantees high resistance to weathering (rain, UV) without deterioration.

Mounting plates for electronic crack monitor

Fixing is mechanical, using the 4mm impact anchors supplied. The plates are manufactured with a Ø 4mm hole in the centre: these holes make it easier to fix them mechanically using impact anchors. Ø4 mm holes 30 mm deep must be drilled at the marks obtained with the installation template supplied.

The 4 mm diameter makes it easy to drill the hole on any surface. Simply pass the impact anchors through the plate into the hole, tap with a hammer, then finalise with the PZ1 screwdriver. A Bosch SDS Ø4 mm drill bit + Stanley PZ1 screwdriver set is available to make installation easier.

It is also possible to glue the plates in place using fast-curing epoxy glue. This fast-setting adhesive can be fixed in 4 minutes, but as the final set time is 2 hours, you should wait until then to take the first measurement to ensure that the plates can no longer move. As the resolution of the E1 gauge is one hundredth of a mm (0.01mm), the repeatability of the measurement to one hundredth depends on the quality of the fixing.

How do you measure the evolution of a 1-axis crack using an electronic crack monitor ?

Tracking a single-axis crack with the E1 crackmeter is very simple. First of all, the pair of 1 axis plates (P1E1) must be fixed on either side of the crack (see above). 5 pairs of P1E1 plates for 1-axis tracking are supplied with the E1 gauge, and boxes of 5 pairs of P1E1 plates can be purchased for further tracking.

E1 gauge on standard for zeroing
Then the crackmeter must be zeroed on the standard supplied: the E1 electronic crackmeter works by comparative measurement against a standard supplied. Always zero the gauge on the standard before taking a measurement on the plates. We recommend carrying out this operation directly in the case so that the standard lies flat.
digital crack monitor
Then position the crackmeter in the plates and take the measurement. The difference between two measurements will be used to calculate the evolution of the movement. Measurements can be easily tracked using the Saugnac.app application.
Each plate supplied has a unique QR code that enables measurements to be traced by associating a measurement history with a plate.

How do you measure a crack in a corner?

The E1 gauge’s fastening system allows it to be fitted in corners. The installation template supplied for tracking on 1 axis can be used to determine the reference points for fixing at an angle. Simply position the gauge in the plates to read the measurement and transfer the values to the Saugnac.app application.

installation of electronic crack monitor

Electronic crack monitor mounted at an angle Angled mounting plates for electronic crack monitor



How do you measure a crack on 2 axes (spacing + shear)?

The E1 crackmeter offers the advantage of being able to monitor cracks along 2 axes, i.e. both crack spreading and shearing. This may be the case, for example, in the event of partial subsidence of the subsoil (illustrative example on the left).

To monitor a crack or movement of this type, use the E1 gauge combined with P2E1 plates for 2-axis tracking and the Saugnac.app application to perform the calculations.

The P2E1 plates are similar in terms of operation to the P1E1 plates (identical fixing and positioning) but are supplied in triplicate (3 plates).

Using the 2-axis template supplied, the P2E1 plates are fixed at the 3 points A, B and C. Measurements AB, AC and BC will be taken the first time. The next measurements will be taken only on the lengths AB and AC (BC does not vary).

E1 plates for 2-axis tracking Digital crack monitor E1 electronic crack monitor for 2-axis tracking 2-axis angled crack monitoring with electronic crackmeter

The Saugnac.app application can be used to project these values into an orthonormal X,Y reference frame and to deduce the movement on these 2 axes. To clearly identify the corresponding X,Y reference frame, it is shown on the template. We recommend that you take a photo of the plates with the template in front of you to clearly identify plates A, B and C as well as the X,Y axes, to facilitate further measurements and interpretation.

Any position is possible (vertical, horizontal, oblique or angled crack), by positioning the template according to the crack. Example of positioning the gauge and plates to follow an angled crack on 2 axes:

2-axis crack monitoring with digital crackmeter 2-axis angled crack monitoring with electronic crackmeter 2-axis angled crack monitoring with electronic crackmeter

Download the Saugnac.app application to monitor your measurements

The Saugnac web application, which is completely free with no restrictions, is available on PC or smartphone from https://saugnac.app. Thanks to the unique identification of each pair of P1E1 plates (for 1-axis tracking) or triplet of P2E1 plates (for 2-axis tracking), it is possible to associate measurements with each survey point. The application allows you to :

Follow the evolution of cracks with the Saugnac.app application

– save measurements in your space
– retrieve temperature and humidity levels using geolocation
calculate variations on 2 axes (X and Y)
– work with several people on the same gauge
– manage alert thresholds
– classify gauges by location and locate them on a map
– download data in Excel format
– automatically display graphs
share data with others without an account
– access the application from your PC or smartphone
– add measurements without a connection in offline mode

Find out more about how the application works

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