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Elcometer 456 IPC Dry Film Thickness Gauge

The Elcometer 456 Industrial Protective Coating Thickness Gauge1 is designed to measure dry film thickness on shot or grit blasted steel substrates.

Pre-calibrated with 4 profile ranges2 to ensure accurate coating thickness measurement on blasted substrates, the Elcometer 456 IPC Thickness Gauge is fast and very easy to use.


Profile Ranges

The user selectable surface profiles include smooth, fine, medium and coarse ranges. The gauge’s built in integral ferrous probe allows thickness measurements to be taken on flat or curved surfaces, in mils or microns.  




















With a reading rate of 70+ readings per minute, the gauge displays three individual thickness readings together with the average. 

Coating thickness readings can be transferred via Bluetooth® or USB to ElcoMaster®, or your own software application, for instant report generation.


Key features of the Elcometer 456 IPC Dry Film Thickness Gauge include:

  • Pre-calibrated with 4 profile ranges2
  • Displays 3 individual readings together with their average in microns or mils
  • Stores up to 150,000 readings in 2,500 batches
  • Built in integral probe for stable, repeatable readings on flat or curved surfaces
  • USB or Bluetooth® data output to the ElcoMaster® or your own software application
1 USA patent number: US6243 661

2 European Patent Number: 2754993

Elcometer 456 IPC: Made for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPod touch (4th and 5th generation).

“Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Suitable for mobile devices running Android™ software version 2.1 and upwards. Android™ and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.


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Technical Specification

Product Features
Model Model S Model T

Part Number


Test Certificate

Fast, accurate reading rate; 70+ readings per minute

Data output

USB; to computer

Bluetooth®; to computer, Android& iOS1 devices
On screen statistics; in Batch Mode
Number of readings; η, Mean (average); x, Standard deviation; σ,
Highest reading; Hi, Lowest reading; Lo, Coefficient of variation; CV%,
Elcometer index value2; EIV, Nominal dry film thickness; NDFT,
High & low limits; definable audible & visual alarms,
Number of readings above high limit; Number of readings below low limit
ElcoMaster® software & USB cable  
Integral Probe type; Ferrous (F)
Measurement range; 0 - 1,500μm (0 - 60mils)
Resolution; 10μm/1mil (where 5μm/0.5mil is rounded up)
Accuracy3; ±5%
Minimum substrate thickness; 300μm (12mils)

Pre-calibrated with 4 profile ranges5;

Smooth 0-25µm 0-1mil, Fine 25-60µm 1-2mils,
Medium 60-100µm 2-3mils, Coarse >100µm 3-4mils

Auto calibration

Calibration memory type; gauge (g) or gauge & batch (gb)

g gb

Number of batches; with unique calibrations


Calibration lock; with optional PIN code unlock

Delete last reading

Gauge memory; number of readings


Individual batch calibrations; sent to PC via ElcoMaster® software


Limits; user definable audible & visual pass/fail warnings


Gauge & batch specific limits


Date and time stamp


Review, clear & delete batches


Batch types; normal, counted average


Batch review graph


Copy batches and calibration settings


Alpha-numeric batch names; user definable on the gauge


Operating Temperature

-10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)

Battery Type

2 x AA batteries, rechargeable batteries can also be used

Battery Life4

Alkaline: Approx. 16 hours

Lithium: Approx. 24 hours

Weight (including batteries)

156g (5.5oz)

Gauge Dimensions

141 x 73 x 37mm (5.55 x 2.87 x 1.46")

Packing List

Elcometer 456 IPC Gauge, calibration foils, wrist harness, protective case, 1 x screen protector, USB cable, test certificate,
2 x AA batteries & user guide



ASTM D7091, ISO 2808, ISO 19840, SSPC PA-2, US Navy NSI 009-32



1 Click here to find out how to integrate Elcometer’s MFi certified products to your App

2 Elcometer Index Values are used in the automotive industry to assess a coating’s overall quality; USA patent number US7606671B2

3 When in test calibration mode

4 Using default settings & lithium batteries, alkaline or rechargeable batteries may differ

5 European Patent Number: 2754993


Test certificate supplied as standard



Using the Elcometer 456 IPC in accordance with SSPC-PA2 & NSI 009-32

Reduce coating thickness inspection times on blast cleaned steel substrates with the Elcometer 456 IPC Dry Film Thickness Gauge. Pre-calibrated with 4 surface profile ranges, in accordance to the NAVSEA Standard Item (NSI) 009-32, the Elcometer 456 IPC is fast and accurate.


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