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-====== Nikon Eclipse Ti2-A Z-Axis Drive Installation Procedure ======+====== Nikon Eclipse Ti2-A Z-Drive Installation Procedure ======
  
-The procedure below outlines the steps necessary to install the ASI Microscope Focus Controller Drive onto the Nikon Eclipse Ti2-A microscope. Although not tested, the same Z drive and instruction ​would work for Nikon Ti2-U as well. The procedure for installing Left or Right-hand Z drive is identical. Only the pictures from the Left-hand Z drive are shown below. ​+The procedure below outlines the steps necessary to install the ASI Microscope Focus Controller Drive onto the Nikon Eclipse Ti2-A microscope. Although not tested, the same Z-drive and instructions ​would work for Nikon Ti2-U as well. The procedure for installing Left or Right-hand Z-drive is identical. Only the pictures from the Left-hand Z-drive are shown below. ​
  
 To perform the following steps you will need the following tools: To perform the following steps you will need the following tools:
  
-  * Phillips head screwdriver +  * Phillips head screwdriver 
-  * 2.5mm hex wrenches +  * 2.5 mm hex wrench 
-  * 2mm hex wrenches +  * 2 mm hex wrench 
-  * 1.5mm hex wrenches +  * 1.5 mm hex wrench 
-  * 5/64" hex wrenches, and +  * 5/64" hex wrench ​
   * narrow flat head screwdriver or a pick   * narrow flat head screwdriver or a pick
  
 The hex wrenches are provided by ASI. The hex wrenches are provided by ASI.
  
-[{{ ::​ti2_z_tools1.jpg?​direct&​300 |Phillips head screwdriver2.5mm2mm,1.5mm, 5/64" hex wrenches}}]+[{{ ::​ti2_z_tools1.jpg?​direct&​300 |Phillips head screwdriver ​and 2.5 mm2 mm, 1.5 mm, 5/64" hex drivers}}]
  
-[{{ ::​ti2_z_tool2.jpg?​direct&​300 |narrow ​flat head screwdriver ​or a pick}}]+[{{ ::​ti2_z_tool2.jpg?​direct&​300 |Thin flat head screwdriver ​and a pick}}]
  
 The procedure has four parts: The procedure has four parts:
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   - Installing the motor drive cover plate & fine focus knob   - Installing the motor drive cover plate & fine focus knob
  
-===== Removing the Left or Right Fine Focus Knob =====+===== Removing the left or right fine focus knob ===== 
 +The left-hand Z-drive is installed on the left fine focus knob; the right-hand Z-drive is installed on the right fine focus knob. 
  
-The Left-hand Z drive is installed on the left fine focus knob. While the Right-hand Z drive is installed on the right fine focus knob+[{{ ::​ti2_z_left_side.jpg?​direct&​300 |Left knob}}] 
 +[{{ ::​ti2_z_ti2_right_side.jpg?​direct&​300 |Right knob}}]
  
-[{{ ::​ti2_z_left_side.jpg?​direct&​300 |Left Knob}}]+First, remove the plastic cap located below the fine focus knob with a flat head screwdriver or a pick(Otherwise, it will prevent the Z-drive from sitting flush against the microscope.)
  
-[{{ ::ti2_z_ti2_right_side.jpg?​direct&​300 |Right Knob}}]+[{{ ::ti2_z_remove_plastic_cap.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove the plastic cap}}]
  
-First, remove ​the plastic cap located below the fine focus knob with a pick or a flat head screwdriver.+Pull off the rubber boot covering ​the fine focus knob. 
  
-[{{ ::ti2_z_remove_plastic_cap.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove ​plastic cap}}]+[{{ ::ti2_z_remove_rubber_cover.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove ​the rubber cover}}]
  
-Next, pull off the rubber boot covering ​the fine focus knob. +Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two small Phillip screws in the fine focus knob and then pull the knob straight off to expose the brass adapter plate. (Keep up with the knob and screws because we will use them later.)
  
-[{{ ::ti2_z_remove_rubber_cover.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove ​Rubber cover}}]+[{{ ::ti2_z_remove_knob.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove ​the knob}}]
  
-The fine focus knob is held in place with two small Phillips screws. Use a Phillips head screwdriver and unscrew them. Pull knob straight off to expose ​brass adapter plate. ​The brass adapter plate for the left and right focus knob will look slightly different. ​+[{{ :​ti2_z_left_brass_plate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Left fine focus knob brass adapter plate}}] 
 +[{{ :​ti2_z_right_brass_plate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Right fine focus knob brass adapter plate}}]
  
-[{{ ::​ti2_z_remove_knob.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove Knob}}] +The brass adapter plate for the left and right focus knob look slightly differentbut please note that when installing ​left-hand side Z-drive, it is not necessary to remove ​the right-hand side fine focus knob and vice versa.
- +
-[{{ :​ti2_z_left_brass_plate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Left fine focus knob'​s ​brass adapter plate}}] +
- +
-[{{ :​ti2_z_right_brass_plate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Right fine focus knob's brass adapter plate}}] +
- +
-Note, when installing left-hand side Z drive, it is not necessary to remove right-hand side fine focus knob and vice versa.+
  
 ===== Installing the baseplate ===== ===== Installing the baseplate =====
 +ASI ships the Z-drive partially assembled. The Z-drive and its cover come attached to the baseplate. ​
  
-ASI ships the Z drives partially assembled. The Z drive, its cover come attached ​to the baseplate. Begin by removing ​the Z drive cover. The cover is held in place with two M3 pan head screw. Use a 2mm hex wrench to unscrew them +Use the 2 mm hex wrench ​to remove ​the Z-drive cover; it is held in place with two pan head screws((M3 screws)). On the left-hand Z-drive the two cover screws are located on the bottom, one on each side. On the right-hand Z-drive, the two cover screws are located on the same side. 
- +
-On the Left-hand Z drive the two cover screws are located on the bottom, one on each side.  +
- +
-[{{ :​ti2_z_left_cover.jpg?​direct&​300 |Location of Left-hand drive cover screws}}] +
- +
-On the Right-hand Z drive, the two cover screws are located on the same side. +
  
-[{{ :ti2_z_right_cover_screws.jpg?​direct&​300 |Location of screws ​on Right-hand side drive}}]+[{{ :ti2_z_left_cover.jpg?​direct&​300 |Location of left-hand drive cover screws}}] 
 +[{{ :​ti2_z_right_cover_screws.jpg?​direct&​300 |Location of right-hand drive cover screws}}]
  
-Next, detach the Flex coupler and the brass shaft coupler from the rest of the Z drive assembly with a 5/64" hex wrench. ​+Next, detach the Flex coupler and the brass shaft coupler from the rest of the Z-drive assembly with a 5/64" hex wrench. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach flex coupler and brass shaft coupler from Z drive assembly}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach ​the flex coupler and brass shaft coupler from Z-drive assembly}}]
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers_2.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach flex coupler and brass shaft coupler from each other as well.}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers_2.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach ​the flex coupler and brass shaft coupler from each other}}]
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers_3.jpg?​direct&​300 |Screws ​to attach ​brass shaft coupler to brass adapter plate are already in place.}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_detach_couplers_3.jpg?​direct&​300 |Screws ​in the brass shaft coupler ​attach ​to the microscope'​s ​brass adapter plate (the screws have been removed for illustrative purposes here)}}]
  
-Then attach the brass shaft coupler to the focus knobs adapter plate with a 1.5mm hex wrench+Use the 1.5 mm hex wrench to attach the brass shaft coupler to the microscope'​s ​focus knob adapter plate. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_install_brass_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Attach brass shaft coupler to focus knob }}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_install_brass_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Attach ​the brass shaft coupler to the focus knob adapter plate}}]
  
-Next, remove ​the masking tape from the clamp on the baseplate.+Remove ​the masking tape from the clamp on the baseplate.
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_masking_tape_clamp.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove masking tape from baseplate'​s clamp}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_masking_tape_clamp.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remove masking tape from the baseplate'​s clamp}}]
  
-Lift the front of the microscope up and slide the baseplate under the microscope so that the unit is centered under the focus knob+Lift the front of the microscope up and slide the baseplate under the microscope so that the unit is centered under the focus knob.
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_lift_slide.jpg?​direct&​300 |Left the microscope and slide the baseplate into place }}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_lift_slide.jpg?​direct&​300 |Lift the microscope and slide the baseplate into place}}]
  
-Roughly ​position it such that the Z drive shaft and brass shaft couple are aligned. This doesn'​t have to be perfectfurther adjustments can be made with the flex coupler and alignment screws ​on the Z drive later.+Roughly ​align the Z-drive shaft and brass shaft coupler. This doesn'​t have to be perfectfurther adjustments can be made with the flex coupler and alignment screws later.
  
-[{{ ::​ti2_z_align_baseplate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Roughly line up the Z drive assembly to fine focus knob}}]+[{{ ::​ti2_z_align_baseplate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Align the Z-drive assembly to the fine focus knob}}]
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_align_baseplate2.jpg?​direct&​300 |Line up the Z drive shaft to brass shaft coupler horizontally and vertically}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_align_baseplate2.jpg?​direct&​300 |Roughly line up the Z-drive shaft to the brass shaft coupler ​both horizontally and vertically}}]
  
-When satisfied with the baseplate'​s position, lock it in place by engaging the clamp on the other side with a 1.5mm hex wrench. ​+When satisfied with the baseplate'​s position, lock it in place by engaging the clamp on the other side with a 1.5 mm hex wrench. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_secure_baseplate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Secure the baseplate to microscope}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_secure_baseplate.jpg?​direct&​300 |Secure the baseplate to the microscope}}]
  
  
 ===== Installing and aligning the motor drive assembly ===== ===== Installing and aligning the motor drive assembly =====
  
-Next, detach ​the Z drive assembly from the baseplate by unscrewing the horizontal adjustment screw with a 2.5mm hex wrench. ​+Detach ​the Z-drive assembly from the baseplate by unscrewing the horizontal adjustment screw with a 2.5 mm hex wrench. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_horz_screw.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach the Z drive assembly from baseplate}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_horz_screw.jpg?​direct&​300 |Detach the Z-drive assembly from the baseplate}}]
  
 This will give you clearance to place the flex coupler back on the brass shaft coupler. Do not tighten the screws on the flex coupler yet.  This will give you clearance to place the flex coupler back on the brass shaft coupler. Do not tighten the screws on the flex coupler yet. 
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_install_flex_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Place flex coupler onto brass shaft coupler}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_install_flex_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Place flex coupler onto the brass shaft coupler}}]
  
-Then install ​the Z drive assembly ​back onto the baseplatewith its shaft inserted into the flex coupler. ​+Realign ​the Z-drive assembly ​on the baseplate with the shaft inserted into the flex coupler. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_install_zdrive_w_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall ​Z drive assembly ​onto baseplate}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_install_zdrive_w_coupler.jpg?​direct&​300 |Realign the Z-drive assembly's shaft with the flex coupler}}]
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_install_zdrive.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall ​Z drive assembly onto baseplate}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_install_zdrive.jpg?​direct&​300 |Remount the Z-drive assembly onto the baseplate}}]
  
-When the Z Drive assembly and brass shaft coupler are well aligned, the flex coupler can slide back and forth easily. ​+When the Z-Drive assembly and brass shaft coupler are well aligned, the flex coupler can slide back and forth easily. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_coupler_slide.jpg?​direct&​300 |Flex coupler is able to slide back and forth easily}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_coupler_slide.jpg?​direct&​300 |The flex coupler is able to slide back and forth easily}}]
  
-If slight vertical adjustment is needed loosen the two M4 hex head screws.  ​+If slight vertical adjustment is needed loosen the two hex head screws((M4)) with the 2.5 mm hex wrench.  ​
  
 [{{ :​ti2_z_vert_screws.jpg?​direct&​300 |Vertical adjustment screws}}] [{{ :​ti2_z_vert_screws.jpg?​direct&​300 |Vertical adjustment screws}}]
  
-If horizontal adjustment is needed loosen the one horizontal ​M4 hex head screw with 2.5m hex wrench. ​+If horizontal adjustment is needed loosen the one horizontal hex head screw((M4)) ​with the 2.5 mm hex wrench. ​
  
 [{{ :​ti2_z_horz_align.jpg?​direct&​300 |Horizontal adjustment screws}}] [{{ :​ti2_z_horz_align.jpg?​direct&​300 |Horizontal adjustment screws}}]
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 Tighten the screws when done.  Tighten the screws when done. 
  
-Then tighten the flex coupler screws with a 5/64" hex wrench. Leave about a 1mm gap between the flex coupler and the Z drive assembly and the brass shaft coupler. ​+Then tighten the flex coupler screws with a 5/64" hex wrench. Leave ~1 mm gaps between the flex coupler and the Z-drive assembly and the brass shaft coupler. ​
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_coupler_install.jpg?​direct&​300 |Secure flex coupler}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_coupler_install.jpg?​direct&​300 |Secure ​the flex coupler}}]
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_gap.jpg?​direct&​300 |about 1mm gap}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_flex_gap.jpg?​direct&​300 |~1 mm gap on either side of the flex coupler}}]
  
 ===== Installing the motor drive cover plate & fine focus knob ===== ===== Installing the motor drive cover plate & fine focus knob =====
  
-Next, install ​the cover onto the Z drive assembly with the two M3 pan head screws with a 2mm hex wrench. ​+Install ​the cover onto the Z-drive assembly with the two pan head screws((M3)) ​with the 2 mm hex wrench. ​
  
 [{{ :​ti2_z_left_cover_install.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall cover}}] [{{ :​ti2_z_left_cover_install.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall cover}}]
  
-Then attach ​the fine focus knob onto the brass adapter plate on the Z drive with the two Phillips ​head screws and screwdriver. ​+Attach ​the fine focus knob onto the Z-drive'​s ​brass adapter plate with the two Phillips screws and screwdriver. ​
  
 [{{ :​ti2_z_install_knob.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall fine focus knob}}] [{{ :​ti2_z_install_knob.jpg?​direct&​300 |Reinstall fine focus knob}}]
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 Place the rubber boot back on the focus knob.  Place the rubber boot back on the focus knob. 
  
-[{{ :​ti2_z_install_complete.jpg?​direct&​300 |Install ​complete}}]+[{{ :​ti2_z_install_complete.jpg?​direct&​300 |Installion ​complete}}]
  
-This completes the procedure for installing the ASI motor drive on to the Nikon Eclipse Ti2 Microscope. ​+This completes the procedure for installing the ASI motorized Z-drive on to the Nikon Eclipse Ti2 Microscope. ​
  
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