FORNEY 1500kN Compression Machine

SKU: B-001/LCD/2 CATEGORY: Compression Machines & Accessories


Test hydraulic cement, down hole cement, mortar, grout, concrete, self-consolidating concrete, CLSM, flowable fill, proppant, ceramics, metals, and plastics.

push one button and the machine performs the complete test, including piston retract. Accurately controls the rate of load at the desired setting, thus no question about meeting ASTM (or other) specifications and ensuring repeatable results. Frees the operator to do other tasks while testing is in process.

The load frame is manufactured from structural steel angles welded to top and bottom crossheads of solid steel plate. The hydraulic cylinder assembly is mounted to the bottom crosshead, with force being applied in upward direction and debris protection by metal shroud.

The hydraulic unit is supplied as a complete, fully integrated assembly. The unit is pre-piped and pre-wired. It incorporates hydraulic valves, including an optional proportional valve for controlled piston retract required by code for Modulus of Elasticity and Poisson’s Ratio tests.

The human machine interface (HMI), hydraulic unit, E-Stop, and dump valve are directly connected to the compression unit. Single unit design permits easy installation and provides portability without disassembling of hydraulic or electrical components.

Setup of testing protocol, real-time display of test data, and post-test data transfer is accomplished through the ForneyLink touchscreen HMI. The operator can navigate options for:

Test Run
Test Setup
Machine Setup
Reporting and Data Transfer
Provides simultaneous display of force, stress, and rate of load and displays a real-time graph of Load vs. Time, or Stress vs. Strain.

Standard functionality includes data collection by the ForneyLink HMI for printing and transfer.

Data from optional extensometer and compressometer displacement transducers are also collected by the HMI. This data is captured with the same timestamp as the load data.

Make your machine smart – enable two-way data communication by accessing information and making it available for the testing process. Connect your machine seamlessly to LIMS packages, QC software, and other third-party software participating on the ForneyVault platform. ForneyVault enabled machines help control the workload, and make your technicians smarter and more productive, with fewer costly errors.

A smart machine can:

  • Enable intelligent workflows
  • Enable Bar Code Scanning capability to identify the specimen to be tested
  • Validate specimen geometry
  • Calculate proper preload settings – based on actual and/or expected strength
  • Calibration Monitor provides notification of impending calibration requirements
  • Discard Dashboard provides context enabled specimen management for untested specimen disposal decisions.
  • Notify you that a correction factor should be used
  • Notify you of individual low breaks
  • Notify you of excessive variance among several specimens

Electrical – A PC-based system utilizes a variable frequency drive to control the hydraulic pump motor. This maximizes efficiency – only running the pump at speeds necessary to achieve the desired pressure. This energy-efficient approach dramatically reduces heat build-up in the hydraulic system and greatly extends hydraulic component life.

Here are the main components of the system:

  • Variable frequency drive (VFD)
  • Windows-based touchscreen human machine interface (HMI)
  • Pressure transducer that provides pressure feedback
  • E-stop PB
  • Limit switch
  • Solenoid-operated dump valve

Several safety features are incorporated to protect both operator and testing machine:

Maximum Capacity Protection:  A high-pressure safety relief value protects the hydraulic circuit and load frame from exceeding maximum capacity.
Overextension Protection: A piston over-extension limit switch system protects against piston extension beyond maximum travel.
Fragment Safety Guard: Fragment guards with latches and hinges are mounted to both the front and rear of the compression frame. Fragment guards are made of Lexan® and permits clear viewing of the test in process.

With a user-provided Internet connection (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet), all Forney VFD systems are capable of real-time, online support from the Forney Support Team for basic settings and test setup to advanced troubleshooting, fault finding, and software updates.

We offer unlimited Remote Technical Support for all Forney Testing Machines during the two-year warranty period.

For ForneyVault® subscribers, post-warranty remote technical support fees are waived for the life of your subscription.

Please refer any special requirements to a Forney sales representative.

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.


Voltage:  110/220VAC Single Phase

Displacement:  Available Upgrade

Capacity Options: Dual Range (2 transducers) on Single Frame (2R)

Frame Options: 

  • Second Frame Capability (AB)
  • Dual Frame Capability (adds 250k de-rated frame to machine) (2F)
  • Dual Frame Capability (adds 30k frame setup for Concrete Beam) (BT)
Travel Limit Switch: Standard Equipment

  • AS 1012.8
  • ASTM C469 MOE (M)
  • ASTM C469 MOE & Poisson's Ratio (MP)
  • ISO 13503-2 Proppant (SW-0010)
  • AS & ASTM C1609 Beam (SW-0030)

*Additional accessories required
*Inquire about other test type requirements