ELE programs automatic compressive strength test machine control

The ADR Touch Control Pro features what system developers call the latest in materials testing lab technology. A key feature of new ADR-equipped machines is LAN connectivity for remote control via the PC-based app, known as ‘ELE Logger.’ It enables quality control technicians to initiate and monitor tests away from the lab, and service staff to conduct remote diagnostics.

“This is [our] most significant product launch in over a decade,” says ELE Managing Director Tony Power. “The advantages of the ADR Touch Control Pro are now available on new compression machines, and we are also able to offer the system as an upgrade for existing ELE cement and concrete [models].”

“Key drivers in the development process were the requirements to make testing easier, even more reliable and transparent,” adds Product Manager Adeel Hassan. “All of the most common standard tests are built into the machine and users are guided intuitively through the testing process. The new 7-in., high-resolution, color touchscreen is scratch and splash proof, and located in a flexible head that can be rotated to 75 degrees and tilted to 45 degrees. The screen display language is available in a choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese or French, and users can set tests as ‘favorites’ for faster start-up.”

“As a result of these enhancements,” he contends, “concrete and cement testing will be easier than ever before, and inbuilt product quality combined with test automation will remove the potential for human error and inconsistencies between operators.”

Automatic sample loading is provided by a closed-loop microprocessor controlled system, with automatic stress calculation. All test results are logged with the machine serial number, and load vs. time is plotted in real-time. “Labs will be able to clearly demonstrate full compliance with the testing standard,” Hassan observes. “This level of traceability is vital in any modern laboratory.” — ELE International, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, +44 20 7193 6027; www.ele.com