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AUTOMAX PRO: Top-of-the-Range Automatic Compression Testers for Cubes and Cylinders

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).


EN 12390-4


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:
Four column high stiffness welded frame tested for stability to EN 12390-4.
Heavy duty spherical seat in lubricating oil bath, allowing initial free alignment at the initial contact with the specimen and automatic jamming up to the end of test.

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.


  • 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
  • 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.


  • 50-C46F02
    AUTOMAX PRO, Super- Automatic Compact-Line compression tester, 2000 kN cap. for cubes up to 200 mm and cylinders up to dia. 160x320 mm. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph
  • 50-C56F02
    AUTOMAX PRO, Super-Automatic Compact- Line compression tester, 3000 kN cap. for cubes up to 200 mm and cylinders up to dia. 160x320 mm. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph
  • 50-C68F02
    AUTOMAX PRO Super-Automatic Compact- Line compression tester, 4000 kN cap. for cubes up to 300 mm and cylinders up to dia. 250x500 mm. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph
  • 50-C78F02
    AUTOMAX PRO, Super-Automatic Smart- Line control consol connected to 5000 kN cap. compression frame for cubes up to 300 mm and cylinders up to dia. 250 x 500 mm. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph


Machine accessories

  • Distance pieces to adjust the vertical daylight
    • 50-C9080 Distance piece dia. 200x30 mm
    • 50-C9082 Distance piece dia. 200x50 mm
    • 50-C9083 Distance piece dia. 200x68 mm
    • 50-C9086 Distance piece dia. 200x100 mm
      Note: The above distance pieces are also available with threaded centering pin which are recommended for testing high strength/explosive failures specimens. They are identified adding the suffix /P after the code number.
  • Software
    • 82-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

Test accessories

  • 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 Hardboard strips 4 x 14 x 345 mm for 50-C9000/B conf. to EN Standards. Pack of 50.
  • 50-C9002/A Hardboard strips 4 x 14 x 345 mm for 50-C9000/B conf. to ASTM Standards. Pack of 50.
  • 50-C9070/B Splitting tensile test device for concrete block pavers and concrete cubes. Conforms to EN 1338 and EN 12390-6.
  • 50-C9002 Hardboard packing strips 4 x 15 x 345 mm, to EN 1338 and 12390-6. Pack of 50.
  • 50-C9030/H Compression device to test portions of 40x40x160 prisms broken in flexure to EN 196-1. 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.
  • 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

technical specifications

Super-Automatic compression testers for cubes EN
Super-Automatic compression testers for cubes EN
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AUTOMAX PRO: Top-of-the-Range Automatic Compression Testers for Cubes and Cylinders