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ConMatic IPC, Automated, Soil Consolidation System

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ConMatic IPC, Automated, Soil Consolidation System

Supports the following standards: ASTM D2435ASTM D5333, AASHTO T216, BS 1377:5

The HM-5470.3F ConMatic IPC is a fully-automated, incremental pressure controller for performing incremental consolidation tests. The ConMatic IPC allows consolidation, constant load and volume swell tests to be run automatically, freeing up technicians for other tasks and reducing the duration of the testing procedures by more than half—effectively saving time and manpower and increasing lab profitability. One ConMatic IPC automated system can replace the production of several manual machines— running incremental consolidation tests according to ASTM D2435 Method B, where successive load increments are applied after 100% primary consolidation.

Once a sample has been placed onto the test platform and the test conditions set, the ConMatic IPC performs all consolidation tests, including moving to the next stress level, without operator assistance. The system automatically moves through the different test parameters specified by the user with incremental consolidation tests typically being completed in 24 to 48 hours. The Humboldt NEXT software with the HM-5100SW Consolidation module uses sample deformation readings taken from the displacement transducer and load readings from the load cell to maintain a constant applied stress to the sample through the use of a digital pressure regulator. Test results are recorded and rendered in real-time on the computer screen while test data is stored and calculations are performed automatically. Humboldt‘s NEXT software with the HM-5100SW Consolidation module provides:

  • Live test data tabulation and live graphing capabilities (real-time)
  • Complete test reporting including all calculations and graphs required for testing
  • Review and exporting of tests using Microsoft Excel
  • Smart Test Function: automatically picks up where it left off if the test was not finished due to unexpected events within your computer

The unique design of the ConMatic IPC system enables the user to connect multiple ConMatic IPC units to a single computer and run them independently and simultaneously when connected via a LAN-network.

Computer Control
NEXT software and the enhanced Consolidation module, HM-5100SW, is included with the ConMatic IPC automated consolidation machine. This software provides robust machine control, calibration, data acquisition and report generation for those using a computer to control consolidation testing operations. In addition, operators have the ability to view and control testing operations from a PC in the lab, in the next room or at a different location, while also providing report generating capabilities using the consolidation test-specific software module.

So, whether you are controlling a single consolidation machine, controlling multiple machines, or even a complete geotechnical lab, Humboldt’s NEXT software, in conjunction with Humboldt’s ConMatic IPC, provides a complete solution for the acquisition, recording and presentation of consolidation testing data in data tabulation and graphic chart formats.

  • Machine control, and data acquisition via networked computer
  • Provides the ability to use Humboldt‘s Next Software’s, advanced test-specific modules
  • Real-time graphical chart and numerical display of tests via computer display
  • Effective sampling rate of 50 readings per second
  • Stores unlimited tests with up to 3000 points per test.
  • Up to 255 individual tests can be run simultaneously from a single PC
  • Provides advanced graphing capabilities
  • Provides full-unit customization
  • Reports can also be exported to Excel or a CSV file, if desired, and, we can provide custom integration/export solutions for LIMS, EQuIS, gINT, etc.

The required PC computer is not supplied

Sample size: up to 4″ (100mm)
Maximum load: 2200lbf (10kN
Clearance, vertical: 8.25″ (210mm)
Clearance, horizontal: 7.75″ (197mm)
Maximum piston travel: 0.5″ (12.7mm)
Dimensional: 12″ x 12″ x 30″ (305 x 305 x 762mm)
Net weight: 42 lbs (19kg)

Controller Specifications

Display (Resistive Touch) 7″ (178mm) VGA (480 x 800)
Real-time Test Data Graphic and Tabulation
Processor Dual 32-bit ARM
Memory, Non-Volatile 4GB
Analog to Digital Converter 24 bit
Logging Rate effective rate of 320 readings per second
Multi-Test Storage 1000
Points Per Test 3000
USB port (front) export data, import/export calibration data, WiFi
USB Port (back) provides external power for wireless access point
Ethernet Connection for network connectivity
24-bit Differential Analog to Digital Converter 2
Ambient Temperature Sensor 1
Firmware Update Ethernet or flash drive

System Requirements

AC Supply 110/220VAC 50/60 Hz 5 Amp
Air Supply Clean and dry (air filter, water trap), minimum: 100psi (689kps) max.: 300psig (2068kpa) continuous air supply 4.2CFM (0.12m3/min)

Typical HM-5470.3F Consolidation Setup

Conmatic IPC HM-5470.3F
Fixed-ring Consolidation Cell HM-1220.20

Other size consolidation cells are available.

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Elite Series Consolidation-2022 ALL (Data Sheet PDF)

Elite Series Consolidation 5470 (Data Sheet PDF)

HM-5470-Manual (Product Manual PDF)


ASTM D2435

ASTM D5333


BS 1377:5

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