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ASTM - PILOT PRO - Automatic compression testers for cylinders and blocks

ASTM C39 | AASHTO T22 | ASTM C140 | ASTM C1314
Main features
Smart automatic and connected concrete Power and Control System for standard failure testing.

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.
  • Huge boost in efficiency and error elimination: LinK-LAB – Integrated testing station solution for seamless connection and data inputs from many ancillary devices for dimensional measurement, weight, bar code, etc.
  • Multipurpose: it can be used for blocks testing to ASTM C140 and cylinderst to ASTM C39
  • Highly accurate and energy saving: Our DC motor technology quietly and efficiently delivers super accurate load control at both low-speed and low-loads.
  • Intuitive, quick and simple operation: The integrated control system features an intuitive 5.1” color graphical display, which works like a tablet or smart-phone, and makes PILOT PRO quick and simple to operate.
  • Standards compliant – peace of mind: Hardware and firmware are in total compliance with all the main international concrete testing standards including ASTM C39 and EN 12390-3.
  • Multilingual functionality: The system is available in multiple languages and is fully compatible with non-Latin characters for Chinese, Cyrillic (and more).
  • Premium Heavy Duty spherical seat and rectangular platens 310x410x90 mm (12.2”x16.1”x3.5”) for testing 
General description
General description
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:

Frame
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.

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.
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Technical specifications

PILOT PRO AUTOMATIC POWER AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Hydraulics
  • 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
Hardware
  • 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 capacitative sensing touchscreen graphic display
  • Unlimited storage capacity for test data on internal 8 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 downloadingin ASCII format
Firmware
  • 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
  • Possibility to reach at controlled speed a load target and to keep a steady loading phase.
  • 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 10 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 (ACV, flexure, compression with neoprene pads, etc.)
  • Compatible with the newly released Datamanager software, tailored for construction material testing laboratories, for real-time data acquisition, display and management
  • Peripheral devices integration and web services available as option (see page…)
  • 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.
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION TABLE

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.

Ordering info

50-A29P02
PILOT PRO Compact-line 2000 kN cap. automatic ASTM compression tester for blocks. 230 V, 50-60Hz, 1 ph

50-A29P04 
as above but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph

50-A29P12 
PILOT PRO Compact-line 450 klbf cap. automatic ASTM compression tester for blocks. 230 V, 50-60Hz, 1 ph

50-A29P14 
as above but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph


50-A39P02 
PILOT PRO Compact-line 3000 kN cap. automatic ASTM compression tester for blocks. 230 V, 50-60Hz, 1 ph

50-A39P04 
as above but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph

50-A39P12 
PILOT PRO Compact-line 660 klbf cap. automatic ASTM compression tester for blocks. 230 V, 50-60Hz, 1 ph

50-A39P14 
as above but 110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph

Accessories

CONNECTIVITY PACKAGES

 
50-KLAB/L
LinK-LAB Local connectivity package for AUTOMAX Pro testers
 
50-KLAB/E
LinK-LAB Enterprise connectivity package for machines controlled by PC via Datamanager Software.
 
11-D0630/24K
24000 g cap. x 0.1g resolution, digital balance.
230V/50-60Hz/1ph.
 
82-D1655/K
Digital caliper 300 x 0,05 mm   
 
82-D1950/K 
Barcode reader


MACHINE ACCESSORIES

Slotted distance pieces to adjust the vertical daylight, to suit the size of the specimen
65-L1000/100B
Slotted distance piece dia. 195 x 100 mm

65-L1000/68B
Slotted distance piece dia. 195 x 68 mm

65-L1000/50B
Slotted distance piece dia. 195 x 50 mm

65-L1000/40B
Slotted distance piece dia. 195 x 40 mm

Software 
50-SW/DM
Datamanager PC Software suitable for remote control of the machine, data acquisition, processing and filing. Allows printout of customized test certificates.

Fragment guard lock switch
50-C50/P1 
Fragment guard lock switch. To prevent test execution with the front door open (optional)

Frame pedestal 
50-A29/B
Pedestal for frame and testing machine models 50-A29xxx and 50-A39xxx

 
TEST ACCESSORIES

Splitting tensile test devices
50-C9000/C
Splitting tensile test device for cylinders up to dia. 160x320 mm (6.3”x12.6”). Conforming to EN 12390-6 and ASTM C496
Note: Requires conversion set 50-A39/CYL

50-C9002/A
Hardboard strips 4 x 14 x 345 mm for 50-C9000/C conf. to ASTM Standards. Pack of 50.

Compression devices for cement and mortars
50-C9030/A
Compression device to test portions of 40x40x160 prisms broken in flexure to ASTM C349. High stiffness model. Total height 225mm.

50-C9032
Compression device to test 50mm (2”) cubes to ASTM C109. High stiffness model. Total height 193mm

Flexural test device for concrete beams
50-C9010/C 
Flexural test device for concrete beams 100x100x400/500 and 150x150x600/750 mm, to EN 12390-5, ASTM C78, ASTM C293 and AASHTO T97
Note: Requires conversion set 50-A39/CYL

50-C9010/CA
Same as above but with:
- distance between upper rollers 4" or 6" or single
- distance between lower rollers 12" or 18"

Capping retainers
55-C0122/A4 
Capping retainers (couple) for 4” dia. concrete cylinders

55-C0122 
Capping retainers (couple) for 150 mm (6”) dia. cylinders

55-C0122/B 
Capping retainers (couple) for 160 mm dia. cylinders

Neoprene pads

55-C0122/A44 
Neoprene pads for 4” dia. cylinders. Set of two.

55-C0122/2 
Neoprene pads for 6” dia. cylinders. Set of two.

55-C0122/4 
Neoprene pads for 160 mm dia. cylinders. Set of two.

Additional Information

This model fully complies with the ASTM C140 Standard which specifies the minimum platens thickness related to the spherical seat bearing area and the specimen dimen­sions as shown in the sketch.
Min. platens thickness = d = A – DPL/2
A: distance from spherical seat centre to specimen corner
DPL: diameter of spherical seat bearing surface (see ASTM C140 Annex A8)
(see photo 9)

Upgrading

(To be specified at time of order: these items has to be factory installed.)

Serial printer 
50-Q60P/PR
Upgrade of PILOT PRO system to incorporate a serial graphic printer in the rear panel, allowing results (including a load/time plot) to be printed at the end of test


Second and third frame connection
The PILOT PRO System can be upgraded with a hydraulic valve for controlling (not simultaneously) a second and third frame.
Note: when connecting a low capacity frame (i.e. flexural or cement) pressure regulator 65-L1400/X5 may be necessary.Please ask our technical department.

50-C10C/2F 
Two-way valve for PILOT PRO System to control a second frame. This item must be factory installed.

50-C10C/3F 
Three-way valve for PILOT PRO System to control a second and third frame. This item must be factory installed.

Special calibration procedure
50-C0050/CAL
Special calibration of compression testers assuring Class 1 (EN) and Class A (ASTM), from 1% to full load range.

Conversion set to test cylinders
This innovative upgrade is achieved by fitting the conversion apparatus, which consists of a rail sliding system and a 165 mm (6.5” ) diameter compression platen with a spherical seat, to the rear part of the frame.Once installed, the testing configuration can be changed with minimum effort: all that’s required is to loosen the central screw using the upper hand wheel, slide off the upper block platen with spherical seat and fit the cylinder spherical seat assembly.

50-A29/CYL
Conversion set to test cylinders up to 6” x 12” to ASTM C39, comprehending spherical seat and upper compression platen dia.165 mm (6.5”) system for easy removal and repositioning of the upper block spherical assembly

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