The procedure below outlines the steps necessary to install the ASI Microscope Focus Controller Drive onto the Olympus SZX 12 microscope.
To perform the following steps you will need the following tools:
1.5mm, 4mm, 1/16 and 7/64 inch hex wrenches The hex wrenches are provided by ASI.
Remove the left fine focus knob from the microscope as follows:
Pull the rubber boot of the end of the left fine focus knob, and remove the tab that covers the screw. Use the supplied Allen wrench to loosen the screw as shown & pull the knob straight off.
Locate the baseplate. If the motor drive is attached to the base plate use the 7/64 “mm Allen wrench to remove the horizontal adjustment screw to remove the drive from the base plate. Use the 7/64 “mm Allen wrench to loosen the two vertical adjustment screws as shown in figure 2.
Install the base plate onto the microscope as shown in figure 4. Use the two 5x 10 mm socket head cap screws to secure the baseplate to the microscope as shown in figure 5 and tighten securely with the 4mm Allen wrench.
Install the clutch plate & Z drive as shown in figures 6 & 7. Please note that there is a groove on the baseplate that the tab on the adjustment bar slides into. Secure the drive to the base plate with the horizontal adjustment screw as shown in figure 8. Use a screwdriver to push drive clamp up against the clutch plate & tighten as shown in figure 9. Please note that this clamp must be securely tightened to prevent any slippage.
Check the alignment by noting the drag while turning the right fine focus knob. No noticeable drag should be felt at any point with in the full 360 degrees of rotation. If any noticeable drag is felt loosen the Vertical & Horizontal adjustment screws and reposition the drive to a point where no drag is felt. Then hold the drive in place and tighten Vertical & Horizontal adjustment screws.
Align and secure the gears in place as shown in figures 13 through 16. Then install the cover as shown in figure 17. Please note that the zoom assembly of the microscope may need to be turned in the stand slightly as described in figure 14 to get the gears to mate properly.
Install the cover and secure in place with the button head screws and the 1/16” Allen wrench. Install the original fine focus knob as shown and secure in place with the 1.5mm Allen wrench. Please Note: that the setscrew in the fine focus knob should mate with the flat that is on the shaft.
This completes the procedure for installing the ASI motor drive on to the Nikon SMZ 800/1000 stereo zoom microscope