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ASTM - AUTOMAX PRO - Top-of-the-range Automatic compression testers for cylinders

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ASTM C39 | AASHTO T22
PRINCIPALES CARACTÉRISTIQUES
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.
  • 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).
DESCRIPTION GÉNÉRALE
DESCRIPTION GÉNÉRALE
AUTOMAX PRO is CONTROLS’ new top-of-the-range Compact-Line compression machines and is the first choice for automatic standard failure tests.

AUTOMAX 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 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 and eliminating transposing errors.
 
The machines consist of:

Frame
Rigid welded steel construction. ASTM spherical seat allows free alignment at the initial contact with the specimen. It is designed strictly conforming to the Standards, to test 4” and 6” diameter specimens.

Compression platens
See table. Traceable certificate of surface hardness available on request.

Automax 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

AUTOMAX PRO AUTOMATIC POWER AND CONTROL SYSTEM

Hydraulics
  • 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
Hardware
  • 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
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 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.
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION TABLE
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION TABLE

Model 50- A12F02 (A12F12**)
A12F04 (A12F14**)
A42F02 (A42F12**)
A42F04 (A42F14**)
A52F02 (A52F12**)
A52F04 (A52F14**)
Capacity kN (lbf) 1500 (330,000) 2000 (450,000) 3000 (660,000)
Max vertical daylight*, mm (inches) 375 (14.7") 375 (14.7") 375 (14.7")
Horizontal daylight, mm (inches) 265 (10.4") 350 (13.8”) 370 (14.6”)
Max. piston travel, mm (inches) 50 (2") 50 (2") 50 (2")
Upper platen dimensions, mm (inches) dia. 165 (6.5”) dia. 165 (6.5”) dia. 165 (6.5”)
Lower platen dimensions, mm (inches) dia. 250 (9.8") dia. 300 (11.8"x2")*** dia. 300 (11.8"x2")***
Platen surface hardness 55.5 HRC (600 HV) 55.5 HRC (600 HV) 55.5 HRC (600 HV)
Platens flatness toll, mm (inches) 0.02 (0.0008") 0.02 (0.0008") 0.02 (0.0008")
Overall dimensions, mm 810x425x1085 930x420x1530
(36.6" x 16.5" x 60.2")
1020x475x1550
(40.16" x 18.7" x 61")
Weight approx., kg 285 740 1105

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

Ordering info

50-A12F02
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 1500 kN cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A12F04 
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A12F12
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 330 klbf cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.
 
50-A12F14 
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A42F02
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 2000 kN cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A42F04 
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A42F12
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 450 klbf cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.
 
50-A42F14 
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.


50-A52F02
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 3000 kN cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A52F04
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.
 
50-A52F12
AUTOMAX PRO Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 660 klbf cap., for cylinders up to dia. 160 x 320 mm (6” x 12”).
230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.

50-A52F14
As above but 110 V,60 Hz, 1 ph.

Accessories

CONNECTIVITY PACKAGES

Link-LAB Laboratory connectivity package
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 

Distance pieces to adjust the vertical daylight
50-C9080/P
Distance piece dia. 200x30 mm  with threaded centering pin

50-C9082/P
Distance piece dia. 200x50 mm  with threaded centering pin

50-C9083/P
Distance piece dia. 200x68 mm  with threaded centering pin

50-C9086/P
Distance piece dia. 200x100 mm  with threaded centering pin


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.


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

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/H 
Compression device to test 50mm (2”) cubes to ASTM C109. High stiffness model. Total height 225mm

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

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

Force verification
The conformity of the compression tester to the stringent requirements of the ASTM C39 Standards is precisely verified using specific traceable apparatus (load cells 82-E0100 series and 82-P0801/E digital tester).

Upgrading

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

Serial printer 
50-Q60P/PR
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.

50-C10D/3F 
Electovalve for AUTOMAX PRO System to control a third frame. 

50-C20E/4F 
Electovalve for AUTOMAX PRO System to control a fourth frame. 


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.

Traceable certificate of surface hardness
50-C0050/HRD11
Supply of the compression machine/frame A42xxx, A52xxx

50-C0050/HRD12
Supply of the compression machine/frame A12xxx

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

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