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Okolab

Okolab Microscope Incubators and Gas Controllers

Summary:Controls Okolab incubators and gas controllers
Author:Okolab srl
License:BSD
Platforms:Windows 32-bit and 64-bit
Since version:1.4.23_20151018 / 1.4.15 (legacy)
Peripheral device discovery:Supported

Compatible devices

Any Okolab device.

Installation

  1. Download and install Okolab USB drivers.
  2. Connect the port named USB on the rear of the Unit to the PC USB port, using a standard mini-USB cable. Please consider that you may need an USB Male-to Male cable, depending on the hardware revision of your control unit.
Important
If you have more than one controller, please make sure to plug the USB cable to the unit which is directly connected to the Oko-Touch. When two (or more) units are connected in a stack, one becomes the master and the other is acting as a "slave device", so only the controller connected to the Oko-Touch will answer to USB commands

Configuration

  1. Open the Hardware Configuration Wizard from the Tools menu.
  2. Select desired configuration (new or existing) and press the bottom-right Next button.
  3. Add Okolab device to the current configuration double-clicking on it or clicking the Add button when selected.
  4. Select the right COM Port or select Auto and press OK.
Note
Okolab devices can be found in the Okolab node if Available Devices list is ordered by vendor or in the Generic Device node if list is ordered by type.

Usage

Properties

For every Device added to the Configuration, some managed properties are shown in the Device/Property Browser list (Tools menu). Okolab devices properties are listed only if Show other devices checkbox is enabled. Any writeable property is listed as a white row and can be changed clicking on it and then clicking enter (eg. H301-T Unit-BL Set Point).

Live mode

If live is enabled, any value acquired from Okolab devices is automatically refreshed in the Metadata tab.

Logging

To log data acquired from Okolab devices, an experiment must be started (Tools > Multi-Dimensional Acquisition). Data are logged in the metadata.txt file if Separate images files is selected or in the image file itself if Image stack file is selected.

Support

Legacy version

Compatible devices

Installation

Connect the port named USB on the rear of the Unit to the PC USB port, using a standard mini-USB cable. Please consider that you may need an USB Male-to Male cable, depending on the hardware revision of your control unit.

Important
If you have more than one controller, please make sure to plug the USB cable to the unit which is directly connected to the Oko-Touch. When two (or more) units are connected in a stack, one becomes the master and the other is acting as a "slave device", so only the controller connected to the Oko-Touch will answer to USB commands

To use this adapter, you must manually install OKO-Control Server software which can be downloaded here. The installation is straightforward, default settings can be used.

Configuration

  1. Open the Hardware Configuration Wizard from the Tools menu.
  2. Select desired configuration (new or existing) and press the bottom-right Next button.
  3. Add OKO Control Server device to the current configuration double-clicking on it or clicking the Add button when selected.
  4. Check the right COM Port number, opening Windows Control Panel and choosing first System then Device Manager then Ports (COM & LPT). There should be an entry like USB serial Port (COMX), where X is the COM Port number assigned. A good way to double-check is to remove the Okolab USB cable from the PC, as this Port should not be listed anymore.
  5. Add the needed Okolab devices to the Micro-Manager configuration, writing the whole COM string into Value field of Property COM Port (eg. COM1).
Note
Okolab devices can be found in the Okolab node if Available Devices list is ordered by vendor or in the Generic Device node if list is ordered by type.

Usage

See current version

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