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Installation Preparation

Installation Preparation

Feb 16 2016

Installation Preparation

An Electronic copy of this document can be downloaded as PDF in the support section: SUP0082

When an installation and training package has been ordered with your VJ Tech system then the following instructions below should be undertaken before the engineer’s arrival to save time; which will ensure that the best use is made of the time available during your training sessions.

Initial Checks

All equipment should be unpacked as soon as possible after delivery, the following should be checked:

-       That all equipment ordered has been delivered

-       That no equipment has been received damaged

If any damaged is found, or equipment is missing, please report this to VJ Tech immediately.

This is important as any equipment which is missing or damaged and not useable may delay the training.


If you have ordered a Clisp Studio module to use with your new system and have not purchased a computer from VJ Tech then please read the following:

Computer specification – Clisp Studio is a modern computer program that requires the right specification to ensure the software works correctly. The full computer specification can be requested from VJ Tech’s service department (

Administrative Rights – When installing Clisp Studio onto your computer the VJ Tech Engineer will require administrative rights to do this. Please ensure that the login used for the computer has administrative rights or that a person is available on site that can give these permissions during the VJ Tech Engineer’s visit.

Register to Website – Please register to VJ Tech’s website ( where Support Documentation and User Guides can be found. It is also possible to download Clisp Studio from the website, but the VJ Tech Engineer will bring the latest version of Clisp Studio with them.

A CD of Clisp can be obtained by request.

Internet Access – To help with remote support for you and your new system VJ Tech strongly recommend that the computer running Clisp Studio is connected to the internet. If no internet connect is available this will limit VJ Tech’s ability to help you with your system

Monitor – We recommend a monitor at least 21” or bigger


Laboratory Environment

Having purchased a new system it is important that the laboratory environment in which the equipment is to be placed is correct to help make the system as easy to use as possible and to help ensure the quality of the data collected.

The following is a list of the area’s environment that every laboratory should consider:


The temperature range laboratory equipment is used at can have a great effect on results. This can be to such extent that the standards for certain tests will stipulate the temperature requirements of the laboratory. An example of this for triaxial tests to BS 1377: 1990, were a temperature range of +/- 2oC is required. This is often referred to as temperature control. VJ Tech would strongly recommend that all Triaxial, Consolidation and Shear systems are used in a temperature controlled environment.

Please refer to your local testing standard or inspection body for the environmental requirements.


Having the correct benching for your system will ensure that it is easy and safe to use. It is important to consider the following: height of benches, ease of access to equipment, pipes and cables, weight of equipment and balance of equipment. Please ensure as much of your system is positioned on the correct benches before the VJ Tech Engineer arrives.

Note: The VJ Tech Engineer will connect pipes and cables to your system.

For Triaxial systems:

Figure 1

Some example suitable setups can be seen below.

Figure 2

Benching options can be purchased from VJ Tech. Contact to discuss your requirements.

For ACONS or ACONS 2 Systems:

ACONS systems can be located in a number of ways including on a bench or stacked.

Figure 3

Its import to consider the weight of these instruments and to make sure that any bench used is strong enough to take the weight of the units. If you are building a bespoke bench for your ACONS please consider the dimensions of the units. Please refer to the website ( or contact VJ Tech to confirm the dimensions.

ACONS units use a compressed air supply, VJ Tech would recommend these units are located as near as possible to the compressed air supply. This air supply must be 10bar and clean and dry.

Electrical Supply:

It is very important that there are enough electrical sockets for your system, there should be one for each instrument. Please make sure that the leads supplied by VJ Tech are compatible with your sockets, if not please purchase either replacement leads, fit the correct plugs or purchase adaptors. If adaptors are purchased, please ensure they meet the minimum required amp rating for the equipment to be installed.

Figure 4

Water Supply:

If your system uses a de-aired water supply it is important that the de-airing tank is fitted before the VJ Tech Engineer’s arrival. The VJ Tech Engineer will not have the tools to fit the tank.

The De-aired water tank must be mounted to the wall as high as possible and connected to a water supply.

The recommend setup can be found in the de-aired water system user guide a copy of which can be requested from

General Considerations:

It’s important the environment is safe to work in. Please ensure that anything that may be a high health and safety risk is removed from the laboratory prior to the Engineer’s arrival.

It’s also import for modern equipment that the laboratory is a clean and dust free environment. Dust and dirt will significantly reduce the lifespan of your equipment.


Please contact VJ Tech as soon as possible if further instructions are required. We also ask that some photos are sent to your engineer of the laboratory before we arrive, showing the equipment in position.


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