ASI's Phototrack Control Panel is a windows .net framework based GUI to help user use ASI Phototrack system. It connects to ASI's MS2000 controller over serial port and uses serial commands to interact with MS2000.
Control #1) Com Port, drop down box to indicate the serial port MS2000 controller is connected to. If unsure, go to Windows system properties>Device Manager to figure out what port MS2000 is on.
Control #2) Baud Raid, drop down box to pick the baud rate MS2000 controller will respond to. Default is 9600
Control #3) Start/Stop Button, once Com Port and Baud rate are selected , clicking this button will connect the GUI to MS2000. If unsuccessful an error message will pop up saying “Unable to open comm port”. This could be because of multiple reasons , either another program is connected to MS2000 , or simply a wrong comport or baud rate were selected. If successful , text on the button will now say “Stop”, clicking it now will disconnect the GUI from MS2000.
Control #4) Cal Value , used to set the calibration factor , more info here .Setting is only applied when SET button is clicked. Setting doesn't read and show current Cal value.
Control #5) Quad Order, drop down box , lets the user pick the Quad order , more info here . Setting is only applied when SET button is clicked. Setting doesn't read and show current Quad order value.
Control #6) Next State button , Same function as LK command or short @ button press. Advances controller to next phototrack state Idle>Monitor>Ready etc.
Control #7) Special Func button , same function as LK Y command or extra long HOME button press. Example moves controller from Monitor state to Balance state.
Control #8) Prev State button , same function as LK X command or long @ button press. Moves controller to previous phototrack state , Ready>Monitor>Idle
Control #9) Report Button, same function as LR Z , prints out useful diagnostic info like this
X+Y+:1 X+Y-:0 X-Y-:3 X-Y+:2
XY CAL FACTOR:10 (LR X=n)
Z CAL FACTOR:30 (UL Y=n) on Axis 2
QUAD_ORDER:78 (LK F=n)
QD BAL BKGND PMT CORR
0 33 0 15 495
1 32 0 17 544
2 32 0 15 480
3 44 0 16 704
XY Lock_range: 5.0000 (LR Y=mm)
Z Lock_range: 0.1000 (LR Z=mm)
Cal_range: 0.0400 (LR F=mm)
Min_Sum_Sig: 100 (LK Z=n)
closeness: 100 close_factor: 0.5405
Z gain factor: 0
Control #10) Save Setting Button, same function as SS Z . Saves current settings like Cal Value, Quad order , Quad balance into non volatile memory, settings will remain unchanged with system reset or restart. Good idea to save settings once your happy with the Phototrack performance.
Control #11) Restore Factory button, same function as SS X . Reset all settings to factory defaults.
Control #12) Reset button , same function as pressing the reset button. Current position will be zeroed.
Control #13) Quad Balance button, brings up the Quad balance GUI , it helps user thru the Quad balance procedure. More info on quad balance is here . Quad balance procedure get the background reading and zeros it.
Control #14) Quad order button, brings up the Quad order finder GUI. Finding the quad order is a trial and error process, this GUI is meant to ease that a bit by figuring out the quad order needs to be by asking the user how the error signs work. More Info on Quad order setup procedure is here
With a nice bright stationary sample in view , The GUI asks the user to set the Quad order to default settings of “78” , save and reset the controller. Then Quad Balance and put the controller in Ready state.
It then asks user to move the stage in positive x direction , then check and see how the error changed, was it X error or Y error and the sign of the error. Same thing in Y axis too. User puts in the findings with drop box control #19 and #20 . Then pressing the “Process button”(control #21) , the GUI displays the result in control #22 .
User can then Input the correct Order thru Control #5 the Quad order setting.
Control #15) Serial Command , this control provides serial terminal function , lets the user send any input or commands to the MS2000 controller. Command is only sent after “Enter” key or “Send” button is pressed.
Control #16) Controller Reply text box, displays all the data/replies sent by the MS2000 controller.
Control #17) Clear button , clears all the data in Controller Reply text box (control #16)
Control #18) Copy button , copies all the data in Controller Reply text box (control #16) to windows clipboard.