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PILOT PRO is the best choice for Qualtiy Control laboratories to carry out a high throughput of routine failure tests including compression, fle...
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PILOT PRO is the best choice for Qualtiy Control laboratories to carry out a high throughput of routine failure tests including compression, flexure and indirect tensile tests.


PILOT PRO introduces new features and capabilities that will revolutionize the operations of any progressive construction quality testing laboratories.
LinkLAB is CONTROLS’ new proprietary Laboratory Connectivity Package. 
It allows your PILOT PRO to be a connected part of your laboratory infrastructure by taking inputs from any number of ancillary measuring systems and devices increasing efficiency and eliminating transposing errors.

The machines consist of:

Rigid welded steel construction. Premium Heavy Duty spherical seat and rectangular platens 310x410x90 mm (12.2”x16.1”x3.5”) for testing blocks according to ASTM C140 and ASTM C1314.

Compression platens
Rectangular platens 310x410x90 mm (12.2”x16.1”x3.5”) for testing blocks according to ASTM C140 and ASTM C1314. Traceable certificate of surface hardness available on request.


Conversion set to test cylinders up to 6” x12” to ASTM C39 (on request, see accessory 50-A29/CYL)
Accessory for compression machine models 50-A29Pxx and A39Pxx for testing cylinders up to dia. 6"x12" (150X300 mm) to ASTM C39 and AASHTO T-22 including:
- spherical seat and compression platen dia. 165mm
- system for easy removal and repositioning of the upper block testing platen and spherical seat based on rails
- mounting tools                                  
- steel base for the compression machine/frame    

PILOT PRO, Automatic power and control system 
See technical specifications.

Safety features
Includes: Max. pressure valve to avoid machine overloading; piston travel limit switch; emergency stop button; front door and rear transparent fragment guard.




Technical Specifications



  • Dual-stage pump: centrifugal low pressure for fast approach automatically switches to radial multi-piston high pressure for loading
  • DC motor, 720W, 50-60Hz
  • Maximum working pressure 700 bar
  • Load/unload valve
  • Second/third frame selection valve available as option



  • 524,000 points high-resolution/stability analog channels
  • 3 channels for load sensors
  • Control frequency 250 Hz
  • Sampling frequency 250 Hz
  • 5.1”, 800 x 480 pixel, 16 M colors, icon-driven capacitive sensing touchscreen graphic display
  • Unlimited storage capacity for test data on internal 16 GB SD card
  • USB port for test data storage on external USB memory stick and for firmware upgrade
  • Ethernet port for PC / Internet /network communication
  • Optional integrated graphic printer including Load-Time plot
  • RS 232 port for data downloading in ASCII format



  • Execution of compression, flexure, indirect tensile, ACV tests in automatic mode with load rate controlled by a closed-loop P.I.D. system
  • Execution of loading ramps with the possibility to manually increase or decrease the test speed during the test
  • Pause command to maintain steady load can be enabled at a pre-set value before the test or as required while testing
  • Simultaneous display of load, specific load, actual load rate, load/time graph
  • Saving of the specimen failure type (to EN or ASTM) in the test results
  • Download data to internal printer (optional) or to PC via RS 232 port or to USB memory stick
  • PC / network communication via Ethernet
  • Multi-coefficient linearization of the calibration curve for better accuracy at low loads thus avoiding the use of a second pressure transducer
  • Recording facility for up to 9 test profiles for each channel including: type of test (e.g. compression, flexural, indirect tensile), specimen size and shape, load rate, test standard and other general information. Each one of the recorded test profiles can be recalled automatically to save time
  • Improved PID algorithm and multi PID selection. Up to 3 different PID settings can be tuned for a variety of materials  (e.g. cylinder with neoprene pads, low strength specimens) and test methods (e.g ACV, flexure, indirect tensile).
  • Compatible with the newly released Datamanager software, tailored for construction material testing laboratories, for real-time data acquisition, display and management
  • Peripheral devices integration with Link-LAB
  • Automatic load measurement verification procedure, by connecting suitable load cells and our digital readout unit to PC
  • Language selection (including Cyrillic and Chinese)
  • Unit selection (kN, ton, lbf)
  • USB port for firmware upgrade and safe backup of the original configuration data (PID, calibration, etc.), in case of loss and/or data corruption. The restore of the machine to the factory settings is easy avoiding the need of any technical support.



Model 50- A29P02 (A29P12**)
A29P04 (A29P14**)
A39P02 (A39P12**)
A39P04 (A39P14**)
Capacity kN (lbf) 2000 (450,000) 3000 (660,000)
Max vertical daylight, mm* (inches) 300 (11.8") 260 (10.2”)
Max. vertical daylight with 50-A29/CYL set 410 (16.1") 410 (16.1")
Horizontal daylight, mm (inches) 370 (14.6”) 370 (14.6”)
Max. piston travel*, mm (inches) 50 (2") 50 (2")
Platen dimensions, mm (inches) 310 x 410 x 90 mm
 (12.2” x 16.1” x 3.5”)
310 x 410 x 90 mm
 (12.2” x 16.1” x 3.5”)
Platen surface hardness 55.5 HRC (600 HV) 55.5 HRC (600 HV)
Platens flatness toll, mm  0.05  0.05 
Overall dimensions, mm  800x520x1760 800x520x1760
Weight approx., kg 980 980

*Use distance pieces conforming to the specimen size to avoid piston overtravel.
** These machines are calibrated in lbf unit.


  • AASHTO T22
  • ASTM C39
  • ASTM C140

Accessories and Spare Parts