Elcometer 456 Separate Coating Thickness Gauge

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Product Description

The new Elcometer 456 Coating Thickness Gauge sets new standards making measuring dry film thickness faster, reliable and accurate; helping you to become more efficient.


The Elcometer 456 is available in four different models: E, B, S and T. Each coating thickness gauge provides the user with increasing functionality - from the entry level Elcometer 456 E, to the top of the range Elcometer 456 T, with memory, alpha-numeric batching and Bluetooth® communication.


Separate models, with their wide range of probes, provide even greater measurement flexibility.


All probes are fully interchangeable; whilst ferrous gauges accept any ferrous probe and non-ferrous gauges accept any non-ferrous probes the dual FNF gauges accept all ferrous, non-ferrous and dual FNF probes


View Integral Coating Thickness Gauge


Key Features of the Elcometer 456 Coating Thickness Gauge include:



  • Large buttons ideal for gloved hands
  • Easy to use menus in multiple languages
  • High contrast colour LCD with auto rotate
  • High and low reading limit indicators
  • Factory calibrated for immediate use


  • Measurement Capability to ±1%
  • Conforms to national & international standards
  • Temperature stable measurements
  • Increased reading resolution for thin coatings
  • Measures accurately on smooth, rough, thin and curved surfaces


  • Repeatable and reproducible
  • 2 year gauge warranty
  • Supplied with fully traceable test certificates
  • Batch date and time stamp facility


  • Sealed, heavy duty and impact resistant
  • Dust and waterproof equivalent to IP64
  • Scratch and solvent resistant display
  • Durable gauge and probe construction
  • Suitable for use in harsh environments


  • Fast reading rate of 70+ per minute, 140+ per minute with Ultra/Scan Probe
  • Multiple calibration memories
  • Alpha numeric batch identification
  • User selectable calibration methods
  • Compatible with ElcoMaster™ and ElcoMaster™ Mobile App


  • Wide range of interchangeable probes
  • USB and Bluetooth® data output to iPod, iPhone and iPad or Android™ mobile devices
  • Stores up to 150,000 readings in 2,500 batches
  • Measures up to 30mm (1200mils) of coating on metal substrates

Separate Gauge Options

Click here to see the full range of Dry Thickness Probes
Model E Model B Model S Model T
Elcometer 456 Ferrous Separate - A456CFBS A456CFSS A456CFTS
Elcometer 456 Non-Ferrous Separate - A456CNBS A456CNSS A456CNTS
Elcometer 456 Dual FNF Separate - A456CFNFBS A456CFNFSS A456CFNFTS

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For more information on the Elcometer 456 Coating Thickness Gauge, visit www.elcometer456.com.


Formal quality systems, such as those described in ISO 9001, require that gauges be properly controlled, logged and in calibration. Increasingly, users are specifying that the readings taken by gauges are traceable to National Standards. A comprehensive range of certified foils together with zero test plates is available to ensure the accuracy of the gauges, click here


Elcometer 456 Models S & T: Made for iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad (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. All other trademarks acknowledged. Mobile Devices running Android software version 2.1 and upwards.

Coating Thickness Gauge - Elcometer 456 Separate Gauge
Coating Thickness Gauge - Elcometer 456 Separate Gauge
Coating Thickness Gauge - Elcometer 456 Separate Display
Coating Thickness Gauge - Elcometer 456 Separate Gauge

Technical Specification

Product Features   Standard
Model E Model B
Model S
Model T
Fast, accurate reading rate;
70+ readings per minute
Repeatable & reproducible measurements
Easy to use menu structure;
in 30+ languages
Tough, impact, water & dust resistant; equivalent to IP64
Bright colour screen; with permanent back light

Scratch & solvent resistant display; 2.4" (6cm) TFT

Large positive feedback buttons
USB power supply; via PC
Test certificate
2 year gauge warranty*
Automatic rotating display;
0°, 90°, 180° & 270°
Ambient light sensor;
with adjustable auto brightness
Emergency light
Tap awake from sleep
Gauge software updates¹;
via ElcoMaster™ software
Data output
USB; to computer
Bluetooth®; to computer, Android™ & iOSǂ devices
On screen statistics
Number of readings; η
Mean (average); x
Standard deviation; ó
Highest reading; hi
Lowest reading; lo
Coefficient of variation; COV
Elcometer index value²; EIV
Nominal dry film thickness; NDFT
%>NDFT, %>90
High & low limits;
definable audible & visual alarms
Number above high limit;
Number below low limit;
Live reading trend graph; in batch mode
ElcoMaster™ software & USB cable
Replaceable screen protectors
Protective case
Plastic transit case
Separate models;
with automatic probe recognition
Probe type;
Ferrous (F), Non-Ferrous (N), Dual (FNF)³
Measurement range 0-30mm
On-screen calibration instructions;
in 30+ languages
Multiple calibration methods
Factory; resets to the factory calibration
2-point; for smooth and rough surfaces
1-point; zero calibration
Zero offset4;
for calibration according to ISO19840
Predefined calibration & measurement methods
ISO, SSPC PA2, Swedish, Australian
Automatic calibration;
for rapid calibration
Calibration memory type;
gauge (g) or gauge & batch (gb)
g g gb gb
Number of batches;
with unique calibrations
1 2,500
Calibration memories;
3 user-programmable memories
Measurement outside calibration warning
Calibration lock; with optional PIN code unlock
Delete last reading
Gauge memory; number of readings Last 5 1,500 150,000
Individual batch calibrations;
sent to PC via ElcoMaster™
user definable audible & visual pass/fail warnings
Gauge (g) or gauge & batch specific (gb) limits g gb
Date and time stamp

Review, clear & delete batches

Batch types;
normal, counted average, IMO PSPC
Batch review graph
Navsea Mode
Copy batches and calibration settings
Alpha-numeric batch names;
user definable on the gauge

Scan & Auto Repeat Modes; with Ultra/Scan probe connected

Fixed batch size mode; with batch linking


Display information 2.4" (6cm) QVGA colour TFT display, 320 x 240 pixels
Battery type 2 x AA dry cell batteries, rechargeable batteries can also be used
Battery life ~24 hours of continuous use at 1 reading per second5
Gauge dimensions (h x w x d) 141 x 73 x 37mm (5.55 x 2.87 x 1.46")
Gauge weight 161g (5.68oz) including supplied batteries
Operating temperature -10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)
Certificate available Certificate of Test - for variable calibration equipment and supplied with readings. A Certificate of Inspection states the instrument is tested in accordance with our procedures.
Packing List Elcometer 456 gauge, wrist harness, transit case (T), protective case (B, S, T), 1 x screen protectors (S, T), 2 x AA batteries, operating instructions, USB cable (S, T), ElcoMaster™ software (S, T)

* The Elcometer 456 is extendable within 60 days from date of purchase, free of charge, to 2 years

1 Internet connection required

ǂ Visit www.elcometer.com/sdk 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 FNF patent numbers UK: GB2306009B; USA: 5886522
4 Zero Offset USA patent number US6243661
5 Using default settings & lithium batteries supplied, alkaline or rechargeable batteries may differ

Can be used in accordance with:
AS 2331.1.4, AS 3894.3-B, AS/NZS 1580.108.1, ASTM B 499, ASTM D 1186-B, ASTM D 1400, ASTM D 7091,
ASTM E 376, ASTM G 12,
BS 3900-C5-6B, BS 3900-C5-6A, BS 5411-11, BS 5411-3, BS 5599, DIN 50981, DIN 50984,
EN 13523-1, IMO MSC.215(82), IMO MSC.244 (83), ISO 1461, ISO 19840, ISO 2063, ISO 2360, ISO 2808-6A,
ISO 2808-6B,
ISO 2808-7C, ISO 2808-7D, ISO 2808-12, NF T30-124, SS 184159, SSPC PA 2, US Navy PPI 63101-000,
US Navy NSI 009-32

Standards in grey have been superseded but are still recognised in some industries.


T99922341 Self Adhesive Screen Protectors (x10)
T99924797 USB Bluetooth® Adaptor (V2.0+) - for PC's without Bluetooth®
T99921325 USB Cable
T45622371 Benchtop Inspection Stand
T45621821 Protective Case
T45622343 Plastic Transit Case
Click here to see the full range of Dry Thickness Probes
Click here to see our extensive range of foil sets and zero plates


355_jumbo Jumbo and V-Probe Adaptors, when attached to any Elcometer 456 Scale 1 or Scale 2 straight probes, improve measurements accuracy and repeatability on flat and curved surfaces
vprobe F and N Probes Dual FNF Probes
Jumbo Adaptor T9997766- T99913225
V-Probe Adaptor T9997381- T99913133






The Elcometer probe placement jig is the ideal accessory for measuring coatings not only on small or complex components but also when the highest levels of repeatability and accuracy are required.


Each probe placement jig is supplied with a probe housing to suit Scale 1 or Scale 2 straight probes and a component holder.

T95012880 Probe Placement Jig
Additional accessories are also available including:
T95013028 Component Hand Vice
T95012888 Cable Release Assembly - ideal for remote measurements
T95015961 Dual FNF Probe Housing Adaptor
T95016896 Mini Probe Housing Adaptor


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