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Automatic Vicat apparatus

Automatic setting time tester for cement, mortar and gypsum

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EN 196-3 | EN 480-2 | ASTM C191 | AASHTO T131
Main features
  • New functional and ergonomic design based on the innovative CVi-TECH philosophy invented by CONTROLS througt the recent years
  • Advanced electronics technologies providing superior performances and total flexibility combined with simplicity in use
  • Easy-to-use double interface: local mode, with large size 4,3" touch screen color display, and remote mode, with PC
  • Supplied complete with PC software for data processing VICASOFT-BASIC
  • With PC software VICASOFT-PREMIUM (optional) up to 32 indipendent units can be connected to a single PC via LAN port and hub. All units are remotely controlled. Adopting the multi-test network concept laboratory productivity is maximized
  • Integrated graphic printer is available as optional accessory showing both results in numerical format and setting time plot
  • Easy setting and storage of user-defined test profiles allowing quick test start
  • Large accessibility to the test space
  • Practical in-water testing accessory (optional)
  • Automatic determination of initial and final setting time
General description
General description
CONTROLS have long tradition in manufacturing automatic setting time testers for cement and mortar. A new generation, the third one, is now available. The new machine has been completely redesigned based on the innovative CVI-TECH philosophy. As with the older generations the test procedure is unchanged, a needle (or a probe) drops freely into a cement sample at regular intervals and in fixed positions. Penetration depth is measured by a sensor with 0,1 mm resolution. Along with hardening process development the penetration depth decreases, when it matches some thresholds pre-defined by Standards initial and final setting times are measured and recorded.
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Technical specifications

Technical specifications
  • Conforming to EN 196-3, 13279-2, 480-2, ASTM  C191, C187
  • Large size 4,3" touch screen color display
  • LAN port for direct connection to PC of a single unit or connection to a LAN hub for creating a network with up to 32 independent units all controlled by a single PC. 1 LAN cable is included
  • USB port for data storage on pen-drive (included)
  • Test procedures can be customized and stored to match user-defined requirements
  • Can incorporate an integrated graphic printer showing test result and setting time plot
  • Large test space with easy accessibility
  • Automatic calculation of initial and final setting time at programmable penetration depth limits
  • Wide range of accessories including EN and ASTM/AASHTO parts, in-water testing kit, needle cleaning device, integrated printer, probes for testing consistency and gypsum
  • Minimum penetrations rate: 10 seconds
  • Penetration measurement by encoder    
  • Power: 50 W
  • Dimensions: 200x400x410mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight approx.: 10 kg

Firmware specifications
  • Easy programming of customized test profiles, recallable for future tests, including:
    • adjustable test start delay
    • penetration points positions 
    • manual or automatic penetration rate
    • free or driven dropping mode
    • holding intervals inside the sample
    • automatic end- test detection
    • automatic measurement of initial and final setting time     
  • Test data: test number, operator, client, date, hour, cement type, water percentage, delay 
  • Easy calibration menu         
  • Clock calendar
  • Multi-language

Ordering info

VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum. Complete with EN 196-3 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.13 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC.
110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.

VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for  setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum. Complete with ASTM C191 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.00 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC.
110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.

VICAMATIC-2, automatic electronic apparatus for  setting time test on cement/mortar/gypsum complete with PC software VICASOFT-BASIC. Supplied without accessories (mould, needle and mould centering ring).
110-240V, 50-60Hz, 1ph.



Accessory for needle cleaning and in-water testing

LAN hub for PC connection of up to 7 VICAMATIC-2 units or up to 6 units in case of multi-hub network. LAN cable from hub to PC is included. Each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable

Upgrading of a VICAMATIC-2 unit for incorporating a graphic printer into the head. Test settings and results are plotted both as numerical and graphical format including penetration depth/time diagram. The upgrading shall be factory installed

Needle for final setting test to EN

Cylindrical probe for consistency test.

Cylindrical probe and addition weight for consistency test to ASTM C807. 

Additional weight 700 g

Conical penetration probe 8 mm dia x 50 mm complete with 100g calibrated weight for gypsum testing to EN 13279

2 mm dia. needle to ASTM C807

Brass cylindrical mould to ASTM C807

Water thermostatic unit for VICAMATIC -2. Up to 2 units may be connected. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph
Same as above, but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph

VICASOFT-PREMIUM software for PC connection of up to 32 VICAMATIC-2 units including remote control of each unit, data acquisition - processing - filing, printout of  test reports.
Communication via LAN port (each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable). The connection of one VICAMATIC-2 unit is direct via the PC LAN-port, for more VICAMATIC-2 units (up to 32) one or more LAN hubs are required with total number of ports equal (or bigger) to the number of VICAMATIC-2 units included in the network. LAN hubs are not included

Spare parts
Cenitering ring for EN mould

Centering ring for ASTM mould

1,13 mm dia. needle for initial setting time test to EN

1 mm dia. needle for setting time test to ASTM/AASHTO

Plastic mould to EN

Plastic mould to ASTM/AASHTO

Glass base plate

Spare base plate for in-water testing kit


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