Handheld Coatings Thickness Gauges

Many users are not aware of that coatings are of enormous importance in industry. Often, certain products only achieve their functionality with the application of a special coating. Such coatings solve various tasks: as aesthetic finish, protection against corrosion and they fulfill mechanical functions. Therefore, the demands placed on the coating are high.

Just as important as the coating itself is to test the thickness directly during the manufacture of the products. And that's possible using a portable coating thickness gauge. In this way, cost-effectiveness and the correct function can be guaranteed. If, for example, the gold layer is applied too generously on printed circuit boards, the material costs increase immeasurably. If the layer is too thin, product failure is imminent. However, not only during production but also during the entire life cycle of ships, aircrafts and more, other safety-critical components have to be checked continuously using a coating thickness gauge. In this way, clarity is provided that the coating and the component still meet the requirements.


The Universal Thickness Gauge for Industrial Coating Thickness Measurement

One coating thickness measuring device – diverse applications! The MMS® Inspection DFT is the all-rounder in the field of coating thickness measurement. Ideally suited for coating thickness measurement on both steel and non-ferrous metals, it finds application in a variety of industries. But here’s something special in a coating thickness gage: it’s protected against dust and water jets by an IP65-rated housing. Even under harsh conditions like in heavy corrosion protection, the dry film thickness gauge makes measuring is easy.

Due to its simple operation and a secure three-point support, you can complete the most demanding measuring tasks reliably and quickly. Signaling through light, sound and vibration immediately indicates whether the readings are within tolerance – without having to look at the display of the coating thickness gauge. Last but not least: the coating thickness measurement complies with DIN EN ISO 2178 and ASTM D7091 or DIN EN ISO 2360 and ASTM D7091.


  • Coating thickness measurement according to DIN EN ISO 2178 and ASTM D7091 or DIN EN ISO 2360 and ASTM D7091
  • Evaluation according to the following standards: IMO PSPC, SSPC-PA2, ISO 19840, AS 3894.3 and SIS 184160 (gauge versions High)
  • Ideal for use in harsh environments: robust, ergonomic and easy to use with one hand – even when wearing gloves
  • Dustproof and protected against water jets in accordance with IP65
  • Intuitive user interface makes operation extremely simple: guided navigation through the functions of calibration, measurement and report generation
  • Direct monitoring of the tolerance limits, indicated by means of lights, sounds and vibration
  • Automatically rotating display makes reading the measured values easy in any measuring position
  • Automatic base material detection (gauge versions FE+NF)
  • Optional industrial package: 4 pre-configured batch types (applications) especially for coating thickness measurement in industrial settings
  • Optional corrosion package: 6 pre-configured batch types (applications) especially for measuring coating thickness in corrosion protection
  • Storage space for up to 250,000 measured values in 2500 batches (gauge versions ENHANCED and HIGH)
  • USB interface for secure and fast data transfer


  • Non-magnetizable layers e.g. zinc, chrome, copper, paint, lacquer, ceramic or plastic on steel, iron or their cast materials; measuring range 0 – 2500 μm
  • Electrically non-conductive layers e.g. paint, lacquer, ceramic or plastic on aluminum, copper, brass and other non-magnetizable materials; measuring range 0 – 2000 μm
  • Anodized coatings on aluminum


Dry Film Thickness Gauge Measurement for Beginners and Advanced Users Alike

Proven Fischer know-how for non-destructive coating thickness measurement: the mobile dry film thickness  gauges of the FMP family. With over 70 probes, you’ll find the right solution for almost any dry film measuring task. Different test methods ensure precise DFT measurements of the coating thickness on steel and coating thickness measurements on non-ferrous metals. The handheld dry film thickness gauges of the FMP10 to FMP40 series thus offer you the utmost flexibility for your coating thickness measurement needs. 

Dry Film Thickness Gauge Features

  • Changeable probes provide flexibility for a diverse range of measurement tasks
  • Automatic recognition of probe and substrate material
  • Measurement results always visible via the large, easy-to-read color display
  • Simple device operation via intuitive menu
  • Memory for up to 1000 readings
  • Measurement acquisition as soon as the probe is applied
  • Adaptation to the measured part through zero-point correction (normalization)
  • Simple corrective calibration
  • Fast data transfer via USB interface
  • Keyboard lock prevents unintentional operation
  • Variety of display languages
  • Switch between the measurement units µm and mils
  • Measurement with tracking display for continuous surface sampling
  • Display of important characteristics such as mean value, standard deviation, min, max and range

Additional features with FMP30 and FMP40

  • External start button – ideal for measurements in e.g. hollow cylinders with small diameters
  • Acoustic and visual warning when tolerance limits are exceeded
  • Graphical evaluation of the measurement results
  • Statistics of the most important characteristics displayed in block and final results, as well as analysis of variance (ANOVA) values
  • Instead of memory for 1 measuring task, application memory for up to 100 measuring tasks including calibration
  • Memory for up to 20,000 measured values
  • Structuring of the measured values in up to 4000 blocks
  • Special measuring modes support coating thickness measurements according to IMO PSPC, SSPC-PA2, QUALANOD or QUALICOAT
  • COM interface option in addition to the USB interface



  • Chrome, copper or zinc coatings on steel and iron
  • Paint, varnish or plastic coatings on steel and iron
  • Measurement of surface profile depth with the FPR1 probe


  • Paint, varnish or plastic coatings on aluminum, copper or brass
  • Chrome or nickel on aluminum, copper or brass
  • Copper on printed circuit boards
  • Anodized coatings on aluminum
  • Measurement of surface profile depth with the FPR1 probe


  • Measurements on steel and iron as well as on non-ferromagnetic metals and non-conductive substrates (see applications for DELTASCOPE and ISOSCOPE)
  • Measurement of duplex coatings (lacquer/zinc) on steel with separate display of lacquer and zinc coatings
  • Measurement of surface profile depth with the FPR1 probe



The perfect coating thickness gauge for professional quality assurance

Get maximum flexibility in coating thickness measurement while simultaneously meeting the highest demands in precision and accuracy: You can, with the DUALSCOPE® FMP100 and DUALSCOPE® H FMP150 coating thickness gauges from Fischer! They combine the magnetic-inductive measuring method and the eddy current testing method into one coating thickness gauge, so you can measure coating thicknesses on both steel and non-ferrous metals without changing instruments.

The DUALSCOPE H FMP150 coating thickness gauge offers you the magnetic method as well. This allows you to measure nickel layers on non-ferrous metals or electrical insulators, among other things.
The DUALSCOPE FMP100 and DUALSCOPE H FMP150 gauges are ideal for the most advanced measurement applications in quality assurance. You can use these handheld coating thickness devices to measure paint film , for example. You can even measure CDC coatings easily and precisely. Equipped with a touchscreen and the Windows™ CE operating system, the instruments are fast and intuitive to operate. And thanks to their large memory, they can process several thousand measuring tasks with several thousand measured values. 

Various statistical and analytical functions are available for evaluating the measurements. Another one of their advantages is our patented factory diagnosis diagram (FDD). This evaluation option visualizes the process and provides a graphic overview of the distribution of production variables like layer thickness


  • Wide range of measuring probes incl. many special probes for precise execution of various layer thickness measuring tasks
  • Maximum flexibility, thanks to the magnetic-inductive measuring method according to DIN EN ISO 2178 and the eddy current testing according to DIN EN ISO 2360; additional magnetic method with the DUALSCOPE H FMP150
  • Coating thickness measurements according to standards, with special modes for IMO PSPC, SSPC-PA2, QUALANOD or QUALICOAT
  • Probes and base materials automatically recognized by the measuring device
  • Detailed display of measurement patterns and inspection plans on the high-resolution graphical touchscreen
  • Extensive evaluation and statistics functions with supporting graphical presentation options
  • Large memory for several thousand measuring applications with different calibrations
  • Windows CE operating system enables intuitive operation via graphical user interface and user-definable file-and-folder structure
  • Optionally available: Fischer DataCenter software for individual creation of test plans
  • USB connection to PC and printer port


  • Non-magnetizable coatings on iron and steel; insulating coatings on non-ferrous metals
  • Duplex coatings (paint/hot-dip galvanised coatings) on steel (heavy duty corrosion protection), whereby paint and zinc coatings are measured simultaneously and displayed separately
  • DUALSCOPE H FMP150: thick metal and protective coatings on steel or iron; nickel coatings on non-ferrous metals or electrical insulators 


Perfectly Suited for Measuring Coating Thickness on PC Boards and Electroplated Surfaces

Using a handheld coating thickness tester like the PHASCOPE® PMP10 makes it simple to measure electroplated coatings even on small galvanized parts like nuts, bolts and screws. Versatile and easy to use, it can also determine the thickness of non-ferrous metal coatings, for example on insulating substrates like PCB boards, or nickel on steel, zinc or copper on steel, and copper on brass or bronze.

PHASCOPE PMP10 has several features that save you time and can improve the quality assurance processes of electroplating operations. When paired with the ESD2.4 probe, it allows you to quickly measure coatings on small parts, because re-calibration for the specific geometry of the measuring spot is typically not required. It can also test on rough surfaces without diminishing the accuracy of measurements.

The PHASCOPE PMP10 uses the phase-sensitive eddy current method, which is ideal for small objects like nuts and bolts because the shape of the test piece exerts very little influence on the measurement itself. This method also enables non-contact measuring: for example, determining the thickness of copper plating on a circuit board – right through a protective paint coating.


  • Handheld coating thickness measurement of nickel, zinc or copper on steel, even on rough surfaces, using phase-sensitive measurement techniques
  • Easy processing and reporting of measurements with Fischer DataCenter software
  • Ideally suited for tests even in the field


  • The best handheld coating thickness tester for measuring zinc on steel or copper on galvanized steel 
  • Nickel on steel; copper on iron or on bronze
  • Non-ferrous metals on non-conductive substrates, e.g. copper on circuit boards
  • Thermally sprayed aluminum (TSA) on steel
  • Curved geometries; convex and concave measuring stations and rough surfaces
  • With special probes for inter-layer connection holes in circuit boards
  • Coatings in the micrometer range on non-ferrous metals, iron or steel
  • Multilayer systems consisting of single layers in the micrometer range


Measuring the Thickness of Duplex Coatings Has Never Been That Easy

Looking for a car paint thickness gauge to measure duplex coatings (paint/zinc) on aluminum or galvanized steel substrates? The answer is Fischer’s PHASCOPE® PMP10 DUPLEX. The automotive sector considers it the best paint meter for processing sheet metal, brake line tubing, wire and other industry-typical applications. Improve your quality processes and save time with the ultimate automotive coating thickness tester: the PMP10 DUPLEX from Fischer.

When paired with the ESG20 probe, the PHASCOPE PMP10 DUPLEX offers many features that can save time and improve quality assurance processes in automotive manufacturing. This thickness gauge measures both the paint and the zinc layers in one go – and displays them separately on the screen. The automatic substrate recognition feature makes it easy to measure on steel or aluminum without needing to switch probes.

The PHASCOPE PMP10 DUPLEX combines three different methods for measuring automotive duplex coatings. The magnetic induction method according to DIN EN ISO 2178 measures the overall thickness of paint/zinc coatings on iron. The amplitude-sensitive eddy current method, DIN EN ISO 2360, measures a single paint layer on aluminum. The phase-sensitive eddy current method ISO 21968 measures just the zinc coatings on iron, ignoring any overlying paint layers.


  • Measure paint thickness on galvanized steel in a single procedure
  • Coating thickness measurement of nickel, zinc or copper on steel, even on rough surfaces, using phase-sensitive measurement techniques
  • With Fischer DataCenter, readings can be easily processed and reports generated
  • Test onsite or in the field


  • The best paint thickness gauge for duplex measurements such as paint/zinc on steel
  • Paint on aluminum and paint on zinc on iron
  • Easy measurement on curved geometries such as convex and concave surfaces as well as rough surfaces
  • Thinnest coatings (micrometer) on non-ferrous metals, steel or iron
  • Multilayer systems consisting of single, micrometer thin layers



  • Especially robust instrument design for reliable coating thickness measurements under harsh conditions
  • FP models with connected cable probe for easy measurement in hard-to-reach places
  • Easy handling via intuitive menu navigation and 2 illuminated displays
  • 3-point support and conductivity compensation for repeatable measuring results even with oddly shaped samples
  • Measurement with tracking display for continuous surface sampling
  • Statistical information such as mean value and standard deviation
  • Memory for up to 1000 readings

Additional features with the MP0R models

  • Automatically rotating displays for easy viewing of the measuring result
  • Memory for up to 10,000 readings
  • Pre-installed measuring modes for coating thickness measurement according to IMO PSPC or SSPC-PA2
  • USB interface for transmitting the readings and evaluation with FISCHER DataCenter software


PERMASCOPE MP0 and MP0R models

  • Precise coating thickness measurements of thin layers on steel and iron:like zinc, chrome, copper, paint, lacquer, or plastic coatings on steel, iron or cast iron
  • Coating thickness measurements on both smooth and rough surfaces

DUALSCOPE MP0 and MP0R models

  • Coating thickness measurements on steel and non-ferrous metals like zinc, chrome, copper, paint, lacquer, or plastic coatings on steel, iron or cast iron
  • Coatings of paint, lacquer or plastic on aluminum, copper or brass
  • Anodized coatings on aluminum
  • Suitable for both smooth and rough surfaces


  • Measurement of thick non-ferrous metal layers and thick protective layers on steel and iron
  • Measurement of insulating layers on non-ferrous metals


  • Precise coating thickness measurements on practically all non-ferrous metals like coatings of paint, lacquer or plastic on aluminum, copper or brass
  • Anodized coatings on aluminum