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INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR

COMPRESSION TESTER

MODEL: B-001/LCD

ALFA Testing Equipment for Concrete-Soil-Asphalt


2271. Sk. No:14 Ivedik OSB- Ankara / TURKEY
Tel
: + 90 312 395 25 22
Fax
: + 90 312 395 25 27
e-mail
: info@alfalab.eu
Website
: www.alfalab.eu

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Table of Contents
1. DESCRIPTION .......................................................................................................................... 2
2. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................................................... 2
3. SAFETY STANDARDS ................................................................................................................ 2
4. TEST PROCEDURE.................................................................................................................... 3
4.1 Testing in accordance to EN standards .............................................................................3
4.2 Testing in accordance to ASTM standards ........................................................................4
5. CONNECTING TO COMPUTER ................................................................................................. 4
6. LCD UNIT SETTINGS MENU ..................................................................................................... 5

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1. DESCRIPTION
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Compression Tester is used to test the compression strength of concrete


cubes/cylinders of different sizes.
The rigid design provides stability and strength for a better using experience.
Equipped with an LCD unit that displays the data graphically of each test with the
ability save and recall the results of the tested specimens.
The Data Acquisition Control provides real-time graphical indication.
Automatically determines the load rate in accordance with the international
standards upon sample type.
With the AUTO-STOP function, the test will automatically stop.
Fully automatic mode or manual mode in which the user gets the ability to adjust the
load rate and period manually are available.
The upper seating adjusts itself to apply homogeneous loading on the sample.
Supplied complete with spacer discs

2. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
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Capacity: 3000 kN / 2000 kN / 1000 kN


Full Automatic
LCD Graphical Data Acquisition Control System
Automatic Load Rate
Stops Automatically upon test completion
Real time graph indication and Max. load and stress are shown
Unit selection available (kN, kgf, lbf)
User-friendly 5-Points calibration (password protected)
Test result can be printed by thermal printer (via RS-232)
Limit switch installed to prevent piston over-travelling
Equipped with safety front guard
Platens are hardened in accordance with standards
Supplied with distance pieces to test:
Cubes (150 mm) & (200 mm)
Cylinders ( 6) & ( 6)
Test can also be performed through computer via ALFAs state-of-the-art software
that gives the best and easiest user-experience
with the ability to save/recall and report the test results.
Power Supply: 220 V / 50-60 Hz (110 V / 60 Hz version is also available)

3. SAFETY STANDARDS
It is important that the operator has read and fully understood the safety aspects. Use of
other purposes beside marshall compacting tests will be considered improper and ALFA will
not be responsible for any damage to persons or the machine. Bearing in mind the weight of
the machine and electronics it contains, the machine should be used indoors and free from
dust and high humidity.

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ATTENTION: The electrical source of the lab must be conveniently earthed


conforming to the International Standards.
ATTENTION: Danger to operator due to the fact that it is an automatic machine. Do
not place hands while the test is running.
ATTENTION: DO not remove digital indicator or any other electrical/electronic
components.

4. TEST PROCEDURE
a. Plug the machine to sufficient electricity source and turn it on
b. Place the sample in between the seating, make sure to center the sample on the
base plate
c. From the LCD menu, choose the standard you are wishing to test according to,
choose the type of the sample (cube / cylinder) and the dimensions
d. Press start button when ready
e. The machine will stop automatically once the test is finished indicating the strength
of the sample

4.1 Testing in accordance to EN standards

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4.2 Testing in accordance to ASTM standards

5. CONNECTING TO COMPUTER
The machine can be connected to computer using RS-232 cable (provided). Tests can be
performed, saved and reported using ALFAs state-of-the-art software which is designed
especially for this machine.

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6. LCD UNIT SETTINGS MENU


The menu of the LCD contains the following:
Option
SETTINGS/CALIBRATION
CALIBRATION MANUAL
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
PREVIOUS TESTS

Usage
Used to select the unit of the test and to
calibrate the machine
Contains the calibration steps and how to
perform it properly
Contains a brief description about the
machine and its technical specifications
Allows the user to access the results of the
old tests performed by the machine (saves
up to 1000 tests)

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