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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 a...
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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.


These machines, featuring a very rigid four columns frame, have been designed for the testing of the cement prism either in compression or in flexure.
Three versions are available:
models, double testing chamber, 15/300 kN cap., inbuilt flexural jig for 40x40x160 cement prisms and compression apparatus for portions of 40x40x160 mm prisms broken in flexure.
Conforming to EN 196-1, 1015-11.

models, double testing chamber, 15/300 kN  cap., fitted with round platens for testing in compression and flexion cement, mortar, resins and other materials.
Conforming to EN 196-1, 1015-11, ASTM C109, C348, C349 using the suitable accessories.        

65- L18P1x
models, 300 kN cap., fitted with round platens for testing cement, mortar, resins and other materials and other materials. Conforming to  EN 196-1, 1015-11, ASTM C109, C349 using the suitable accessories.

All models are fitted with high accuracy load cell/s.

Models fitted with compression platens 165 mm dia. (L28Pxx,L18Pxx) have a vertical span of 200 mm hence can house all standard accessories for cement and mortar testing (see accessories) and furthermore can be used to test other specimens directly on the standard compression platens adjusting, if necessary, the vertical daylight, with the suitable distance pieces (see accessories). Compression platens can be supplied complete with Platen surface hardness certificate.

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 on request.



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.




  • ASTM C109
  • EN 196-1
  • ASTM C348
  • ASTM C349

Accessories and Spare Parts