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Modular Test & Measurement Platforms

Available PRO8 Series Modules
LDC8000Laser Diode Current Controller
MLC80008 Channel Laser Diode Current Controller
ITC8000Combination Laser Diode & TEC Temperature Controller
TED8000TEC Temperature Controller
WDM8-X-XXX-20-NMDWDM Laser Modulesa
OSW8000Optical Switches
PDA8000Photocurrent Measurement Module
  • Please call for availability of desired wavelength.
Included Components
  • Chassis
  • Software CD
  • LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI Drivers
  • Manual
  • Power Cord

Features

  • Universal, Modular Platform for Production and Quality Control
  • Current and Temperature Controllers for Laser Diode Operation, Characterization, or Burn-In Applications
  • Available Optical Modules Include WDM Laser Sources and Optical Switches
  • Compact, 2-Slot Benchtop and Rack-Mountable 8-Slot Versions Available
  • Remote Control via IEEE 488.2 and RS232 with Drivers for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI

Thorlabs' PRO8 test and measurement platforms are designed to operate electrical and optical modules for telecom testing and other applications. They control a broad family of interchangeable modular devices (see table at right) and can be operated independent of an external computer. It is available in 3 different versions: 2-slot benchtop (PRO800), 8-slot rack-mountable (PRO8000), and 8-slot rack-mountable for high-power applications (PRO8000-4). The 8-slot chassis options are compatible with our 19" Rack Mounting System.

The PRO8 display menu allows easy configuration of any module in the chassis. Mnemonic symbols provide user-friendly access to all operational parameters. As long as modules are not moved to different slots during power down, all settings are retained in memory and automatically recalled upon powering on the mainframe. Individual modules are automatically identified and, when selected, can be configured and controlled using the front panel controls.

Different cables are required to connect the PRO8 modules to a Thorlabs Laser Diode Mount. The cables, which have a length of 1.5 m, must be ordered separately. Pin diagrams are shown near the bottom of this page.

To meet individual experimental needs, the PRO8 chassis are made to order and custom configured with individually selected modules. Prior to placing an order, please contact Tech Support so that we can assist with determining your custom configuration. Modules can be ordered separately from our website. The table to the right lists all available modules. You may also order the chassis separately below, and they will be delivered with two or eight PRO8000-C Front Cover Plates to protect the empty slots.

Item #PRO800PRO8000PRO8000-4
Number of Slots288
Mains SwitchKey-operated
Remote ControlVia IEEE488.2 and RS232C
Mains Supply100 V, 115 V, 230 V (±10%) Fixed (50 to 60 Hz)
Maximum Power Consumption220 VA500 VA800 VA
Supply Mains OvervoltageCategory II
Operating Temperature*0 - 40 °C
Storage Temperature-40 to +70 °C
Relative HumidityMax. 80% up to 31 °C, Decreasing to 50% at 40 °C
Pollution Degree (Indoor Use Only)2
Operation Altitude<2000 m
Maximum Output Current per Slot4 A4 A4 A
Maximum Output Current for all Slots8 A16 A32 A
Warm-Up Time for Maximum Accuracy10 min
Dimensions (W × H × D)232 mm × 147 mm × 396 mm
(3 U)
449 mm × 147 mm × 396 mm
(3 U)
449 mm × 177 mm × 456 mm
(4 U)
Maximum Weight<9 kg<17 kg<21 kg
Display and Operating Elements
Display4 × 20 Characters Alphanumeric Vacuum-Fluorescence-Display
User InterfaceInteractive Menus
Keypad7 Micro-Switch Keys
Main Tuning KnobRotation Encoder
Acoustic MessagesInternal Beeper: Short Tone As Confirmation, Long Tone As Warning
Connectors on the Rear Panel
Ground4 mm Banana Jack
Line3-Pin IEC 320 with Fuse
Remote ControlIEEE488 (24-Pin) Jack or RS-232C (9-Pin) D-Sub Jack
Auxiliary Jack9-Pin D-Sub (for Extensions)
Trig In (5 V Max, TTL)BNC
Trig Out (5 V Max, TTL)BNC

*Non-condensing
(All technical data are valid at 23 ± 5 °C and 45 ±15% relative humidity)

Software for the PRO800/PRO8000 Series

Use this link to download the below software packages:

The available software is organized into the following categories:

  1. Drivers: Instrument drivers to directly operate the device via external software to extend or adapt the functionality to user specific requirements.
  2. Utility Module: Thorlabs Instrument Communicator 2 for instrument communication functionality.
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Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2012-12-13 06:13:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you are using the "Thorlabs Instrument Communicator" then you can find the instrument by typing "*?" into the suitable field and clicking SCAN CARDS. The PRO800 should appear in the table and you can double click it to make a connection. If you are using an older PRO8 system it will have a female 9-pin D-SUB connector on the rear panel. You should then use an 1:1 connection cable between PRO8 and PC. If you have a newer version with a 9-pin male connector you need a null modem cable shown in the manual on page 18, section 4: Communication with a PC. After the connection is made the window Serial Connection Configuration will appear. Please make sure that the Baud Rate matches with the Baud Rate of the device and select Flow Control RTS/CTS. If you now send the command "*IDN?" the display of the PRO800 should show "REMOTE" and you should receive a response like "Throlabs, Pro800, ...". If you type in for example ":SLOT 1" the green light beside SEL of Channel 1 should light up. If you don’t get any response then please make sure that you are using the correct type of interconnecting cable.
Poster: carbonem
Posted Date: 2012-12-12 07:05:39.85
Dear Sirs: Recently we acquired a module controller based on a PRO800 chassis with a PDA8000-2 module for optical power measurement. By now it is connected to a high-speed photodetector DET36A/M. We are trying to connect the controller to a PC by using an RS232 serial cable and to control the system in remote mode. However we are not able to communicate both devices properly. Therefore, to check the connection we are using your software “Thorlabs Instrument Communicator”. The COM port flow control of our PC can be selected as “none”, “hardware” or “XON/XOFF”. However your software indicates that we must activate the “RTS /CTS” mode. So far we have managed to send commands and to change the controller mode from local to remote or remote to local (to this end, we select the flow control mode in “none” or “disabled”). However but we do not receive a response back from the controller when we send request commands. Apparently, data travels from the PC to the controller, but not from the controller to the PC. Please, could you give us any suggestion to get the connection in both directions? Should we select a different flow control mode on the COM port? Thank you very much in advance for your help. Best regards,
Poster: Laurie
Posted Date: 2008-10-02 09:03:06.0
Response from Laurie at Thorlabs to edu6182: Thank you for your interest in our PRO800. The system comes with LabVIEW and CVI drivers on a CD ROM. Alternatively, you can download the files here: http://www.thorlabs.com/Support.cfm?Section=7&viewTab=1 Use the "Custom Installation" to add LabVIEW, LabWindows, and C++ drivers.
Poster: edu6182
Posted Date: 2008-09-30 08:08:23.0
Dear Sirs, This is Enric Donés, an engineer from National Microelectronic Center in Barcelona (Spain). I need to use a PRO800 optical source for making some tests and I would like to know if there are available Labview drivers to control this device from a PC. Thank you for you help. Regards, Enric Donés.
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PRO800 System with 2-Slot Benchtop Chassis
PRO800 with Modules
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PRO800 Chassis with ITC8022 LD and TEC Controller and PDA8000-2 Amplifier
  • Compact, 2-Slot, Benchtop Chassis
  • Ideal for Research Applications
  • Compatible with Various Temperature and Current Controllers and Optical Switches
  • Power Consumption: 220 VA (Max)
  • Total Output Current: 8 A (Max)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 232 mm x 147 mm x 396 mm (3 U Height)

The PRO800 Chassis is perfect for the lab environment and can accommodate up to two modules. This made-to-order chassis can be custom configured with the two modules that best meet individual experimental needs prior to purchase (see image at right). The chassis can also be ordered empty with two PRO8000-C Front Cover Plates protecting the two slots as shown in the image to the left.

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PRO800 Support Documentation
PRO800 2-Slot Modular Benchtop Chassis for Laser Diode Instrumentation and Optical Applications
$1,830.00
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PRO8000 System with 8-Slot Chassis
PRO8000 with Modules
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PRO8000 Chassis with Modules and Rack Mounting Handles
  • 8 Slot Rack-Mountable Chassis
  • Ideal for Large Testing and Manufacturing Environments
  • Compatible with Various Temperature and Current Controllers and Optical Switches
  • Power Consumption: 500 VA (Max)
  • Total Output Current: 16 A (Max)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 449 mm x 147 mm x 396 mm (3 U Height)

The PRO8000 Chassis can accept up to 8 modules and is ideally suited for the needs of large test setups. This made-to-order chassis can be custom configured with up to eight modules that best meet individual experimental needs prior to purchase (see image at right). Alternatively, it can also be ordered empty with eight PRO8000-C Front Cover Plates protecting the eight slots, as shown in the image to the left.

As shown in the image to the right, our PRO8000-R32 Rack-Mounting Handles (sold separately) can be attached to the chassis, allowing it to be integrated into our 19" Rack Mounting System.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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PRO8000 Support Documentation
PRO8000 8-Slot Modular Rack Chassis for Laser Diode Instrumentation and Optical Applications
$2,490.00
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PRO8000-4 System for High-Power Applications with 8-Slot Chassis
PRO8000-4 High-Power Chassis with Modules
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PRO8000-4 High-Power Chassis with Modules and Rack Mounting Handles
  • 8 Slot Rack-Mountable Chassis for High-Power Applications
  • Ideal for Large Testing and Manufacturing Environments
  • Compatible with Various Temperature and Current Controllers and Optical Switches
  • Power Consumption: 800 VA (Max)
  • Total Output Current: 32 A (Max)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 449 mm × 177 mm × 456 mm (4 U Height)

The PRO8000-4 Chassis can accept up to 8 modules, is ideally suited for the needs of large test setups, and meets high-power and current demands. This made-to-order chassis can be custom configured with up to eight modules that best meet individual experimental needs prior to purchase (see image at right). Alternatively, it can also be ordered empty with eight PRO8000-C Front Cover Plates protecting the eight slots as shown in the image to the left.

As shown in the image to the right, our PRO8000-R32 Rack-Mounting Handles (sold separately) can be attached to the chassis, allowing it to be integrated into our 19" Rack Mounting System.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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PRO8000-4 Support Documentation
PRO8000-4 8-Slot Modular Rack Chassis for Laser Diode Instrumentation and Optical Applications, High Power
$3,360.00
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PRO8 Accessories
PRO800 with Slot Cover
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PRO800 Chassis with PRO8000-C Front Cover Plate and One Module
How Mounting Handles Attach to the PRO8 Series Chassis
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How to Attach the PRO8000-R32(-R42) Rack Mounting Handles to a PRO8 Series Chassis

The PRO8000-R32 and PRO8000-R42 Rack Mounting Kits contain all necessary hardware to allow the PRO8 chassis to be mounted in a 19" rack system. The kits both include two mounting handles and four screws with a 3 mm hex head. To install, remove the two side flashings on the chassis. You can then either use the included screws, or the ones that formerly secured the flashings, to secure the handles to the chassis as seen in the photo to the right. The through holes can then be used to mount the chassis in a rack system. Please note: although the PRO800 is compatible with the PRO8000-R32 Mounting Kit, it is too narrow to fit in a 19" rack system.

The PRO8000-C Front Cover Plate is used to protect empty slots in the PRO800, PRO8000, and PRO8000-4 chassis. To install, use the two Phillips head screws that previously attached the module to the chassis to secure the front plate to the chassis, just as if it were a module. The photo to the far right shows the PRO800 chassis with one PRO8000-C front plate.

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PRO8000-C Support Documentation
PRO8000-C Front Cover Plate for PRO8 Series Chassis
$25.00
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PRO8000-R32 Support Documentation
PRO8000-R32 19 inch Rack Mounting Kit for PRO8000
$66.00
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PRO8000-R42 Support Documentation
PRO8000-R42 19 inch Rack Mounting Kit for PRO8000-4
$89.00
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Laser Diode Current Controller Connection Cable
Male 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1 Interlock and Status LASER
ON/OFF
2 Photodiode
3 Laser Diode Ground
4 Photodiode
5 Ground for Pin 1
6 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
7 Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
8 Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
9 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode
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CAB400 Support Documentation
CAB400 Cable for Laser Diode Current Controller, 9-Pin D-Sub Connector, 1.5 m
$66.00
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Temperature Controller Connection Cable
Female 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1 Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication), CAB430: N.C.
2 Thermistor (+)
3 Thermistor (-), Ground
4 TEC (+)
5 TEC (-), Status LED (-)
6 N.C.
7 Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
8 N.C.
9 Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
Male 15 Pin Connector Diagram for CAB420-15
Pin Connections
1 Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication)
2 N.C.
3 Thermistor (-), Ground
4 Thermistor (+)
5 TEC (+)
6 TEC (+)
7 TEC (+)
8 LM 135/335 (-), Ground
9 N.C.
10 Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
11 Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
12 N.C.
13 TEC (-), Status LED (-)
14 TEC (-), Status LED (-)
15 TEC (-), Status LED (-)
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CAB420-15 Support Documentation
CAB420-15 Temperature Controller Cable with 15-Pin D-Sub Connector, 1.5 m
$72.00
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Laser Diode Current Controller and Temperature Controller Connection Cable
Male 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1 Interlock and Status LASER
ON/OFF
2 Photodiode
3 Laser Diode Ground
4 Photodiode
5 Ground for Pin 1
6 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
7 Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
8 Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
9 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode
Female 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1 Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication), CAB430: N.C.
2 Thermistor (+)
3 Thermistor (-), Ground
4 TEC (+)
5 TEC (-), Status LED (-)
6 N.C.
7 Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
8 N.C.
9 Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
Male 15 Pin Connector Diagram for CAB430
Pin Connections
1 Interlock and Status LASER ON/OFF
2 Photodiode
3 Laser Diode Ground
4 Photodiode
5 Ground for Pin 1
6 Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
7 TEC (+)
8 TEC (-)
9 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
10 Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
11 Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
12 Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode
13 Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
14 Thermistor (-), Ground
15 Thermistor (+)
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CAB430 Support Documentation
CAB430 Cable for a LD and TEC Controller with 15-Pin D-Sub Connector to a Laser Diode Mount , 1.5 m
$120.00
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