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Automax PRO SMART line, fully automatic control console

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Main features
Smart automatic and connected concrete Power and Control System for standard failure testing.

AUTOMAX PRO is CONTROLS’ new top-of-the-range Compact-Line compression machine and is the first choice for automatic standard failure tests and advanced concrete mechanical properties assessment. The new cutting-edge connective technologies allowing you to manage all test data online, automatically with no risk of transposing errors is a major development. Boasting an all new specification, it is a step change from its predecessors.
  • 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.
  • Fully automatic – time saving: Full test-cycle automation maximizes productivity and ensures tests are performed accurately according to pre-set methods, eliminating operator variables.
  • 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 7” color graphical display, which works like a tablet or smart-phone, and makes AUTOMAX 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).
General description
General description
AUTOMAX PRO is CONTROLS’ new top-of-the-range Smart-Line control consoles and is the first choice for automatic standard failure tests.
A major development are the new cutting-edge connective technologies.

LinkLAB Laboratory Connectivity Package allows AUTOMAX PRO to be a connected part of your laboratory infrastructure by taking inputs from any number of ancillary measuring systems and devices increasing efficiency, eliminating transposing errors.
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Technical specifications


  • DC motor, 720W, 50-60Hz
  • Maximum working pressure 700 bar
  • Load/unload electrovalve for test execution via display/PC and automatic stop at specimen failure
  • Active control of up to 4 frames by selection via display/PC (third and fourth frame as option). See accessories.
  • ES Energy Saving technology to reduce the power consumption and enable silent operation
  • 524,000 points high-resolution/stability analog channels
  • 4 channels for load sensors
  • Control frequency 250 Hz
  • Sampling frequency 250 Hz
  • 7”, 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
  • 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
  • Zoom option on the test 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.
  • Overall dimensions: (hxlxd) 1292x350x450 mm
  • Weight approx .: 80 kg

Ordering info

AUTOMAX PRO SMART line, Automatic control console, for connection to two testing frames. PC not included. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph 

AUTOMAX PRO SMART line, Automatic control console, for connection to two testing frames. PC not included.  110 V, 60 Hz, 1 ph

Additional Information

The following standards refer to the execution of the testing procedures (eg load rate, load application, accuracy, etc.) as the mechanical and physical requirements.
  • EN 12390-3  
    Compressive strength of test specimens
  • EN 12390-4  
    Specification for compression testing machine
  • EN 12390-5  
    Flexural strength of test specimens
  • EN 12390-6  
    Tensile splitting strength of test specimens
  • EN 1338        
    Concrete paving blocks
  • EN 1339        
    Concrete paving flags
  • EN 1340        
    Concrete kerb units
  • EN 196-1      
    Determination of cement strength
  • EN 772-1      
    Determination of compressive strength of masonry units (blocks)
  • ASTM C39    
    Compressive strength of cylindrical concrete specimens
  • ASTM C78    
    Flexural strength of concrete. Third point loading
  • ASTM C293  
    Flexural strength of concrete. Center point loading
  • ASTM C496  
    Splitting tensile test of cylindrical concrete specimens
  • AASHTO T22
    Compressive strength of cylindrical concrete specimens


Serial printer 
Upgrade of AUTOMAX 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

Third and fourth frame connection
The AUTOMAX PRO System, which can control two frames as standard, can be upgraded with a hydraulic valve for controlling (not simultaneously) a third and a fourth 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.

Electovalve for AUTOMAX PRO System to control a third frame. 

Electovalve for AUTOMAX PRO System to control a fourth frame.