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Automatic Vicat Apparatus

    Automatic Vicat Apparatus


    The setting time determination of cement/mortar/gypsum is one of the most important parameter for the quality inspection and verification. The machine is based on the innovative CVI-TECH philosophy. On the machine, a needle (or a probe) drops freely into a cement sample at regular intervals and in fixed positions. Penetration depth is measured by a sensor with 0.1 mm resolution. Along with hardening process development the penetration depth decreases, when it matches some thresholds predefined by Standards initial and final setting times are measured and recorded.



    EN 196-3, 13279-2, 480-2; ASTM C191, C187; AASHTO T131

    Main Features
    • Functional and ergonomic design based on the innovative CVi-TECH philosophy.
    • Advanced electronics technologies providing superior performances and total flexibility combined with simplicity in use
    • Easy-to-use double interface: local mode, with large size 4,3" touch screen color display and  remote mode with PC
    • Supplied complete with PC software for data processing VICASOFT-BASIC
    • With PC software VICASOFT-PREMIUM (optional) up to 32 indipendent units can be connected to a single PC via  LAN port and hub. All units are remotely controlled. Adopting the multi-test network concept laboratory productivity is maximized  
    • Integrated graphic printer is available as optional accessory showing both results in numerical format and setting time plot
    • Easy setting and storage of user-defined test profiles allowing quick test start
    • Large accessibility to the test space
    • Practical in-water testing accessory (optional)
    • Automatic determination of initial and final setting time


    Technical Specification
    • Conforming to EN 196-3, 13279-2, 480-2, ASTM C191, C187
    • Large size 4,3" touch screen color display
    • LAN port for direct connection to PC of a single unit or connection to a LAN hub for creating a network with up to 32 independent units all controlled by a single PC. 1 LAN cable is included
    • USB port for data storage on pen-drive (included)
    • Test procedures can be customized and stored to match user-defined requirements
    • Can incorporate an integrated graphic printer showing test result and setting time plot
    • Large test space with easy accessibility
    • Automatic calculation of initial and final setting time at programmable penetration depth limits
    • Wide range of accessories including EN and ASTM/AASHTO parts, in-water testing kit, needle cleaning device, integrated printer, probes for testing consistency and gypsum
    • Minimum penetrations rate: 10 seconds
    • Penetration measurement by encoder


    Firmware Specifications
    • Easy programming of customized test profiles, recallable for future tests, including:
      •  adjustable test start delay
      •  penetration points positions
      •  manual or automatic penetration rate
      •  free or driven dropping mode
      •  holding intervals inside the sample
      •  automatic end- test detection
      •  automatic measurement of initial and final setting time
    • Test data: test number, operator, client, date, hour, cement type, water percentage, delay
    • Easy calibration menu
    • Clock calendar
    • Multi-language



    UTCM-0551 Accessory for Needle Continuous Cleaning and In-Water Testing

    UTCM-0552 LAN hub for PC connection of up to 7 VICAMATIC- 2 units or up to 6 units in case of multi-hub network. LAN cable from hub to PC is included. Each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable.

    UTCM-0553 Upgrading of a VICAMATIC-2 unit for incorporating a graphic printer into the head. Test settings and results are plotted both as numerical and graphical format including penetration depth/time diagram. The upgrading shall be factory installed.

    UTCM-0554 Needle for Final Setting Test EN

    UTCM-0555 Cylindrical Probe for Consistency Test

    UTCM-0556 Additional Weight 700 g,

    UTCM-0557 Water thermostatic unit for VICAMATIC -2. Up to 2 units may be connected. 230 V, 50-60 Hz, 1 ph.

    UTCM-0558 Conical penetration probe 8 mm dia x 50 mm complete with 100g calibrated weight for gypsum testing to EN 13279

    UTCM-0566 Cylindrical probe and addition weight for consistency test to ASTM C807.

    UTCM-0567 2 mm dia. needle to ASTM C807

    UTCM-0568 Brass cylindrical mould to ASTM C807

    UTCM-0559 VICASOFT-PREMIUM Software for PC connection of up to 32 VICAMATIC-2 units including remote control of each unit, data acquisition - processing - filing, printout of test reports.

    Communication via LAN port (each VICAMATIC-2 unit is supplied complete with LAN cable). The connection of one VICAMATIC-2 unit is direct via the PC LAN-port, for more VICAMATIC-2 units (up to 32) one or more LAN hubs are required with total number of ports equal (or bigger) to the number of VICAMATIC-2 units included in the network. LAN hubs are not included.


    Spare Parts

    UTCM-0560        1,13 mm dia. needle for initial setting time test to EN

    UTCM-0561        1 mm dia. needle for setting time test to ASTM/AASHTO

    UTCM-0562        Plastic mould to EN

    UTCM-0563        Plastic mould to ASTM/AASHTO

    UTCM-0564        Glass base plate

    UTCM-0565        Spare base plate for in-water testing kit

    UTCM-0571E      Centering ring for EN vicat mould

    UTCM-0571A     Centering ring for ASTM vicat mould


    UTCM-0550E is supplied complete with EN 196-3 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.13 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC.

    UTCM-0550A is supplied complete with ASTM C191 accessories: initial setting time needle 1.00 mm dia., mould and PC software VICASOFT-BASIC.

    Other accessories should be ordered separately for the tests.



    200x400x410 mm

    Weight (approx.)

    10 kg


    50 W