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Kinesis® K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller


  • Peak Power Output up to 12 W
  • Seamless Operation with Many of Thorlabs' Stepper Motor Actuators
  • Operate Locally via Panel Controls or Remotely from a PC via USB

Application Idea

A KST101 Controller Being
Used to Drive an LNR25ZFS Stepper Motor Translation Stage (Sold Separately)

KST101

Power Supply
Sold Separately

Table Mounting Plate
(Included with the KST101)

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Back and Top Views of the KST101 K-Cube
(See the Pin Diagrams Tab for More Information)

Features

  • Compact Footprint: 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
  • Differential Encoder Feedback (QEP Inputs) for Closed Loop Positioning
  • Supports 2-Phase Bi-Polar Stepper Motors up to 15 V at 12 W (Peak)
  • High-Resolution Microstepping: 2048 Microsteps per Full Step
  • Trapezoidal or S-Curve Velocity Profiles
  • Easy-to-Use Manual Controls
    • Velocity Wheel: Four-Speed Bidirectional Control
    • Digital Display Menu: Jogging Functionality with Position Presets
  • Full Kinesis® or APT™ Software Control Suite (See Motion Control Software Tab for Details)
  • Software Compatible with Other Kinesis and APT Controllers for Integrated Systems Development
  • Settings can be Saved to Allow Stand-Alone Operation via Top Panel Controls
  • Fully Compatible with Current- and Previous-Generation T-Cube Controllers
  • Single-Channel PSU Options Available Separately
  • Multi-Axis Expansion Using USB Controller Hubs (Sold Separately)
  • Magnetic, Clip-On Optical Table Mounting Adapter Included

The KST101 K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller is a part of Thorlabs' new and growing Kinesis® line of high-end, compact motion controllers. Designed to provide easy manual or automatic control of stepper motors, this single-channel controller features a choice between trapezoidal and S-shaped velocity profiles and a high theoretical microstep resolution (49,152 for a 24 full step motor, 409,600 for a 200 full step motor).


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KCH601 USB Controller Hub with Installed K-Cube and T-Cube Modules (T-Cubes Require the KAP101 Adapter)

This controller has been designed to operate with lower powered motors (up to 15 V at 12 W operation) such as our ZST and ZFS range of actuators (see the Specs tab). It offers full and highly flexible control features that provide a unique high resolution microstepping capability in a compact unit. Although the unit is targeted at lower power applications, its highly flexible parameterization also supports operation with a wide range of stepper motors and associated stages and actuators such as our DRV013 1" travel and DRV014 2" travel actuators, albeit at a reduced velocity (up to 3 mm/sec) when compared to the higher power BSC Stepper Motor Controller.

The unit has a highly compact 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm footprint, allowing it to be positioned close to the motorized system for added convenience when manually adjusting motor positions using the top panel controls. Tabletop operation also allows minimal drive cable lengths for easier cable management. Each unit also contains a front-located power switch that, when turned off, saves all user-adjustable settings. Please note that this switch should always be used to power down the unit. For convenience, a 1.5 m long Type A to Type Micro B USB 3.0 cable is included with the KST101 cube.

USB connectivity provides easy 'Plug-and-Play' PC-controlled operation with two available software platforms: our new Kinesis software package or our legacy APT (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package. The Kinesis Software features new .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™ or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Our legacy APT software allows the user to quickly set up complex move sequences with advanced controls made possible via the ActiveX® programming environment. For example, all relevant operating parameters are set automatically by the software for Thorlabs stage and actuator products. For more details on both software packages, please see the Motion Control Software and APT Tutorials tabs.

Optical Table Mounting Plate
Each unit comes with a mounting plate that clips onto the base of the controller. The plate contains two magnets for temporary placement on an optical table and two counterbores for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws for a more permanent placement on the tabletop. Please see the Specs for a mechanical drawing of the table mounting plate and the Mounting Options tab for how to mount the plate.

Power Supply Options
The preferred power supply (single channel or hub-based) depends on the end user's application and whether you already own compatible power supplies. To that end and in keeping with Thorlabs' green initiative, we do not ship these units bundled with a power supply.

Multiple units can be connected to a single PC by using the KCH301 or KCH601 USB Controller Hubs, available below, for multi-axis motion control applications. The KCH301, shown below and to the right, allows up to three T- or K-Cube controllers to be used while the KCH601, shown to the right, allows up to six controllers to be used.

All power supply options compatible with the KST101 Motor Controller can be found below.

Other Stepper Motor Controllers
K-Cube Single-Channel Controller 1-, 2-, and 3-Channel Benchtop Controller Modular 2-Channel Rack System Module
KST101 Specifications
Motor Output
Motor Drive Voltage 12 to 15 V (Depending on Supply)
Motor Drive Current 750 mA (Peak)
Motor Drive Type 12-bit PWM Control
Control Algorithm Open-Loop Microstepping
Stepping 2048 Microsteps per Full Step
49,152 Microsteps per Revolution
(24 Step Motora)
409,600 Microsteps per Revolution
(200 Step Motorb)
Position Feedback Quadrature Encoder (QEP) Input,
5 V Differential
Encoder Feedback Bandwidth 500 kHz
Position Counter 32 bit
Operating Modes Position and Velocity
Velocity Profile Trapezoidal or 'S' Profile
Motor Drive Connector (15 Way D-Type)
Motor Drive Outputs Phase A and B
Quadrature Encoder
(QEP) Input
Differential
Limit Switch Inputs Forward, Reverse (+ Common Return)
Encoder Supply 5 V
Front Panel Controls
Sprung Potentiometer Wheel Variable-Speed Bidirectional
Velocity Control,
Forward/Reverse Jogging 
or Position Presets
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 12 to 15 V Regulated DC
(15 V Recommended)
Current 1 A (Peak)
General
Computer Connection USB 2.0c
Housing Dimensionsd
(W x D x H)
60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
(2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94")
  • ZST Series
  • DRV Series
  • Please see the Pin Diagrams tab for details.
  • Including Top Panel Controls
Compatible Motor Specifications
Motor Type 2-Phase Bi-polar Stepper
Peak Power 15 W
Rated Phase Current Up to 1 A Peak
Step Angle Range 1.8° to 20°
Motor Drive Mode Current
Coil Resistance (Nominal) 5 to 20 Ω
Coil Inductance (Nominal) 2 to 5.5 mH
Position Control Open Loop
Compatible Thorlabs Stages and Actuators
Linear Translation Stage LNR25ZFS
Rotation Stage NR360Sa
Linear Actuators ZST206ZST213ZST213BZFS06,
ZFS13, ZFS13BZFS25B
ZST225BDRV013aDRV014a
  • Will Not Reach Maximum Velocity

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Mechanical Drawing of the KST101 and Included Optical Table Adapter

Motor Controller Connector

D-Type Female

D-type Female

Pin Description Pin Description Pin Description
1 Ground 6 Phase A -ve 11 Enc A +ve
2 CCW Limit Switch 7 Phase A +ve 12 Enc A -ve
3 CW Limit Switch 8 For Future Use 13 Enc B +ve
4 Phase B -ve 9 Stage Identification 14 Enc B -ve
5 Phase B +ve 10 +5 V DC 15 For Future Use

TRIG 1

SMA Female

TRIG 2

SMA Female

SMC Male SMC Male
+5 V TTL +5 V TTL
These connectors provide a 5 V logic level input and output that can be configured to support triggering into and out of external devices. Each port can be independently configured to control the logic level or to set the trigger as an input or output.

Computer Connection*

USB 3.0

*The USB 3.0 port is compatible with a USB 2.0 Micro B connector if the Micro B connector is plugged into the shaded region in the photo above. A USB 3.0 type A to type Micro B cable is included with the KST101.

K-Cube Mounting Options

Two options are available to securely mount our K-Cube controllers onto an optical table. An optical table mounting plate, provided with every K-Cube, allows for a single controller to be attached to an optical table. Alternatively, three- and six-port USB controller hubs are offered (sold separately) that can mount and power our K-Cube controllers. These options are described in further detail below.

Optical Table Mounting Plate
Each K-Cube unit comes with a mounting plate that clips onto the base of the controller, as shown in the animation to the right. The plate contains two magnets for temporary placement on an optical table and two counterbores for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws for a more permanent placement on the tabletop. Please see the Specs tab for a mechanical drawing of the table mounting plate.

Kinesis USB Controller Hubs
Multiple units can be mounted and connected to a single PC by using the KCH301 or KCH601 USB Controller Hubs. They each consist of two parts: the hub, which can support up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet. K-Cubes simply clip into place using the provided on-unit clips, while current- and previous-generation T-Cubes require the KAP101 Adapter Plate, shown in the animation above. The hub vastly reduces the number of USB and power cables required when operating multiple controllers.

K-Cube Table Mounting Plate

Unlike T-Cubes, every K-Cube includes a mounting plate that clips onto the base of the controller. The plate contains two magnets for temporary placement on an optical table and two counterbores for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws for more permanent placement on the tabletop.

Kinesis USB Controller Hubs


3- and 6-Port USB Controller Hubs allow multiple controllers to be connected to one PC for multi-axis applications. K-Cubes can be directly attached to the hubs while T-Cubes require a KAP101 Adapter Plate.
K-Cube vs. T-Cube Feature Comparison
Feature KST101 K-Cube TST101 T-Cube
Kinesis Software Compatibility YES! YES!
APT Software Compatibility YES! YES!
Kinesis USB Controller
Hubs
Compatibility
YES! Requires KAP101 Adapter
TCH002 T-Cube USB
Controller Hubs Compatibility
N/A YES!
Power Switch YES! N/A
Bidirectional SMA Trigger Port 2 N/A
Computer Connectiona USB 3.0 Micro B
(USB 2.0 Compliant)
USB 2.0 Micro B
(USB 2.0 Compliant)
Included Mounting Plate YES! YES!
Size
(L x W x H)
60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
(2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94")
60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
(2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94")
On-Unit Digital Display Menu YES! N/A
Go To Position YES! Only via Software
Homing Options YES! Only via Software
Velocity Control YES! Only via Software
Joystick Mode YES! Only via Software
Jog Step Size YES! Only via Software
Teach Position YES! Only via Software
Screen Brightness YES! N/A
Disable Movement YES! N/A
Stage Select YES! Only via Software
  • Please see the Pin Diagrams tab for details.

Introducing Thorlabs' Kinesis® Motion Controllers

A major upgrade to the former-generation T-Cubes, the growing K-Cube line of high-end controllers provides increased versatility not only through the new Kinesis software, but through an overhaul and updating of their physical design and firmware.

Unlike T-Cubes, every K-Cube controller includes a digital display. In addition to basic input and output readouts, this display hosts a number of menu options that include go-to-position commands, homing, velocity control, and jogging. The on-unit velocity wheel and menu button are used to scroll through the available options. Each unit also contains a front-located power switch that, when turned off, saves all user-adjustable settings as well as two bidirectional SMA trigger ports that accept or output a 5 V TTL logic signal.

Please see the table to the right for a full comparison of the features offered by our KST101 K-Cube and previous-generation TST101 T-Cube motion controllers.

Stepper Motor Controller
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KST101 K-Cube Kinesis Stepper Motor
Motion Controller

Kinesis USB Controller Hubs
Complementing our K-Cubes are our Kinesis USB 2.0 controller hubs. With two versions available for three or six K- or T-Cubes, these USB hubs are designed specifically for communication between multiple controllers and the host control PC. These hubs are backward compatible with our T-Cubes.

K-Cubes simply clip into place using the provided on-unit clips, while current- and previous-generation T-Cubes require the KAP101 Adapter Plate, shown in the animation to the below right. The hub vastly reduces the number of USB and power cables required when operating multiple controllers.

K-Cube Table Mounting Plate


Unlike T-Cubes, every K-Cube includes a mounting plate that clips onto the base of the controller. The plate contains two magnets for temporary placement on an optical table and two counterbores for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws for more permanent placement on the tabletop.

Kinesis USB Controller Hubs


3- and 6-Port USB Controller Hubs allow multiple controllers to be connected to one PC for multi-axis applications. K-Cubes can be directly attached to the hubs while T-Cubes require a KAP101 Adapter Plate.

Thorlabs offers two platforms to drive our wide range of motion controllers: our legacy APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package or the new Kinesis software package. Either package can be used to control devices in the APT or Kinesis family, which covers a wide range of motion controllers ranging from small, low-powered, single-channel drivers (such as the K-Cubes and T-Cubes) to high-power, multi-channel, modular 19" rack nanopositioning systems (the APT Rack System).

Our legacy APT System Software platform is available by clicking on the link below. It features ActiveX-based controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working on C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW or any Active-X compatible languages to create custom applications, and includes a simulator mode to assist in developing custom applications without requiring hardware.

APTConfig
APT GUI Screen

The Kinesis Software features new .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Low level DLL libraries are included for applications not expected to use the .NET framework. A Central Sequence Manager supports integration and synchronization of all Thorlabs motion control hardware.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the APT and Kinesis controllers in a single application, while only having to learn a single set of software tools. In this way, it is perfectly feasible to combine any of the controllers from single-axis to multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The software packages allow two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction with and control of the controllers 'out of the box', and a set of programming interfaces that allow custom-integrated positioning and alignment solutions to be easily programmed in the development language of choice.

A range of video tutorials are available to help explain our APT system software. These tutorials provide an overview of the software and the APT Config utility. Additionally, a tutorial video is available to explain how to select simulator mode within the software, which allows the user to experiment with the software without a controller connected. Please select the APT Tutorials tab above to view these videos, which are also available on the software CD included with the controllers.

Software

APT Version 3.21.1

The APT Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' APT™ and Kinesis® system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.1

The Kinesis Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' Kinesis and APT™ system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download
APTConfig
Kinesis GUI Screen

The Kinesis Software features new .Net controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest LabVIEW, C# .Net, VB .NET, or any other .Net compatible languages to create custom applications.

C#
This programming language is designed to allow multiple programming paradigms, or languages, to be used, thus allowing for complex problems to be solved in an easy or efficient manner. It encompasses typing, imperative, declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented, and component-oriented programming. By providing functionality with this common software platform, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis controllers in a single application, while only having to learn a single set of software tools. In this way, it is perfectly feasible to combine any of the controllers from the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The Kinesis System Software allows two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction and control of the controllers 'out of the box', and a set of programming interfaces that allow custom-integrated positioning and alignment solutions to be easily programmed in the development language of choice.

For a collection of example projects that can be compiled and run to demonstrate the different ways in which developers can build on the Kinesis motion control libraries, please on the link below.

C Sharp Icon Click Here for C# Example Projects
Click Here for Quick Start Device Control Examples
C Sharp Icon

LabVIEW
LabVIEW can be used to communicate with any Kinesis- or APT-based controller via .Net controls. In LabVIEW, you build a user interface, known as a front panel, with a set of tools and objects and then add code using graphical representations of functions to control the front panel objects. The LabVIEW tutorial, provided below, provides some information on using the .Net controls to create control GUIs for Kinesis- and APT-driven devices within LabVIEW. It includes an overview with basic information about using controllers in LabVIEW and explains the setup procedure that needs to be completed before using a LabVIEW GUI to operate a device.

Labview Icon Click Here to View the LabVIEW Guide Labview Icon

These videos illustrate some of the basics of using the APT System Software from both a non-programming and a programming point of view. There are videos that illustrate usage of the supplied APT utilities that allow immediate control of the APT controllers out of the box. There are also a number of videos that explain the basics of programming custom software applications using Visual Basic, LabView and Visual C++. Watch the videos now to see what we mean.

 Click here to view the video tutorial 

To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabView is also available.

Labview IconClick here to view the LabView guideLabview Icon

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Posted Comments:
Poster:nkaddy
Posted Date:2017-07-27 10:08:59.89
How would I control the KST101 using a joystick? Can this be done directly without running through a PC?
Poster:bhallewell
Posted Date:2017-07-27 10:37:59.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Within Kinesis, the menu item 'Input Devices' on the main application File menu can be used to open and configure a Joystick or Game Controller. Further details of setting up a Joystick for this function can be found in the Kinesis help file from the Kinesis software download, which can be found here. https://www.thorlabs.com/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=Motion_Control
Poster:julien.gautier
Posted Date:2016-10-26 14:20:49.083
Hi I try to install apt software on XP 32 bits The software seem to be well installed but when i click on it I have the following message :(nul) is not a Win 32 application Could you help me Best regards
Poster:bhallewell
Posted Date:2016-10-27 03:26:41.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Unfortunately our up-to-date software packages no longer support Windows XP. I will contact you directly to discuss a solution.
Poster:william.dai
Posted Date:2016-06-14 17:49:03.78
Is this controller compatible with the NRT100, 100 mm Motorized Linear Translation Stage? I am designing a fixture that benefits from the smaller footprint of this controller. If necessary, I can purchase the BSC201 controller, but the size and cost is not preferred.
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2016-06-15 05:05:28.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, the NRT series of stages require the higher specifications of the BSC benchtop stepper motor controllers for correct performance. Thus we cannot recommend using the KST101 to control the NRT100.
Poster:dbarnard
Posted Date:2016-02-18 16:08:37.083
Which version of the .NET framework are the Kinesis DLLs built with? I add them as references to my .NET 4.6.1 x64 project, but at run-time, it says that the Thorlabs.MotionControl.DeviceManagerCLI.dll or one of its dependencies could not be loaded. Usually, that means a x86 vs. x64 mismatch or an incompatible CLR version mismatch. I don't see it documented anywhere which version of .NET is needed for these DLLs. I am using a TST101. Also, is there a sample project that I could compile like the ones I see in the .chm file? Thanks.
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2016-02-19 06:11:11.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. Kinesis is built using .Net 4.5. The error you are seeing is usually due to either: ·Incompatible .Net versions. 4.6.1 is backward compatible to 4.5 so this should not be a problem here. ·Incompatible Platform. The Kinesis DLLs are platform specific, so you should build your application using either x86 or x64. AnyCPU may work but may result in undefined issues ·Missing support DLLs The Kinesis .Net DLLs depend upon a number of Native C DLLs. It is important that these are copied to your project output folder. We suspect that this is probably your issue. The Native C DLLs are listed in the help files. Sample projects are available, but at present they are not published. These can be obtained on request.
Poster:ahmed.bouzid
Posted Date:2015-08-05 10:06:34.52
Hello, I'm looking to get some TST101s to control some ZST206s using Linux Octave scripts, hopefully. I read some of the comments below and briefly looked at the referenced "Communications Protocol" document. My question is: Is there an example you can point me to that talks to a driver like that, through USB, in Octave/Matlab that tells it to home and then move a certain number of steps? I'm not worried about the GUI here, just home, move, stop. I wanted to make sure I can get the drivers that'll allow me to do simple steps like that before I order the parts. Thank you, Ahmed
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2015-08-07 05:18:22.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your interest in our products. The system you are trying to create should be achievable. I will contact you directly with our Matlab support documentation and to discuss your requirements.
Poster:patrick.hallen
Posted Date:2014-06-30 17:20:42.627
We would like to integrate the TST001 into our DAQ, which runs on Linux. Could you please provide me with information on how to control the TST001 with Linux?
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2014-07-02 04:24:06.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Our APT software is currently only compatible with Windows based operating systems. However it is possible to use our low level communication protocols over virtual COM port to control you motor in Linux. The communications protocol document can be downloaded from the following page http://www.thorlabs.de/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=APT and we will also contact you directly with some further information about the protocols.
Poster:gnishi
Posted Date:2013-10-30 12:24:02.547
I am planning to control FW103 by TST001 through a Linux computer. Could you give me more information to manage TST001 by Linux OS?
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2013-10-30 13:05:00.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Currently out APT software is only compatible with windows based operating systems. If you are using a Linux based system you will have to use our low level communications protocols for our motor controllers to talk directly to the devices you are using. I have contacted you directly with a copy of this document and details of its use.
Poster:fwilliams
Posted Date:2013-10-23 21:29:40.36
PROBLEM SOLVED: I found that the problem was associated with the stepper-motor actuator (ZST13). Replacing with a spare motor eliminated the problem. I will write to ask for an RMA.
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2013-10-24 06:29:00.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Firstly we are sorry to hear you have been having problems with your stepper actuator. We will contact you directly so we can expedite the replacement for you.
Poster:fwilliams
Posted Date:2013-10-22 18:51:01.097
FOLLOWUP: I installed the most-recent version of APT User (APT Version 2.20), but I still get the error, even when running from APT User - happens about once every 25-60 times.
Poster:fwilliams
Posted Date:2013-10-22 17:04:29.503
I have been running two TST001's, both Issue 1 Mod B. I use an ActiveX control to command both units. I use MoveJog to step the motors. Both units have run flawlessly - until today. I now get a fatal error from both units, but on a random basis. It usually occurs anywhere from 25 - 100 steps into a session. An error screen displays the following message: Error [Code = 10055]:- [MG17Comms.DLL] Internal; Internal Code = 11571202. Description: USB Comms Error Notes: A USB communications error has occurred. Extra Info: FT_IO_ERROR. A USB communication problem has occurred with this controller. Communication to this controller is suspended. The software should be closed and the controller powered off and on to try re-establishing USB communication. I try just that, and the unit runs for a while, and then fails in the same way. I made absolutely no changes to the software and/or hardware - it just started happening. I have tried unplugging all USB devices, rebooting, etc., but no joy. My driver as reported by Windows is ver. 3.2. I noticed online that your latest version is 3.3 (although the .inf file downloaded as ver. 3.3 has the same version number listed internally). I am running in a W7 x64 environment, but the ActiveX control is implemented in a 32-bit runtime compiler (Matlab). Help, please!
Poster:thomas.piok
Posted Date:2013-09-06 11:28:44.083
Hello, I tried to use the activeX control - but it failed. It was not possible to install it (using the Thorlabs APT ActiceX Control manual). The delivered test program works fine. (Hardware: Win7 64 bit, Matlab 7.5; TST001) Tom
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-09-06 14:34:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We will contact you directly to troubleshoot this.
Poster:fwilliams
Posted Date:2013-07-08 11:34:58.547
Running APT User ver. 2.3.4701.37075, there is no way to delete old APT Parameter Sets. I have tried entirely deleting the application and drivers (including wiping the registry), but the old parameter sets are still there when I re-install the software. Is there a way to clean up the list of APT Parameter Sets? Where is this list saved on the computer (W7 x64)?
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-07-08 15:46:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The configuration files are located by default under C:\Windows. The two files should be "MG17APTServer.ini" and "MG17APTUser.ini".
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-07-09 12:03:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: I misunderstood the question from earlier. The APT Parameter Sets are stored in the Windows registry. An easy way to delete the parameter sets is done via the APT User. Click on “File”, then click on either “Load Parameter Set” or “Save Parameter Set As” (doesn’t matter which). Select the parameter you want to delete, then press the “Delete” key on your keyboard. A window will pop-up asking you to confirm the deletion.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2013-02-08 06:04:12.48
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to ino: This will require the software to be fully uninstalled ensuring all the folders and files are removed. The error tells us that the config utility cannot read the registry files correctly, possibly through a corrupted installation. We would recommend a complete reinstall of the software with admin rights. We will contact you to make sure you are able to have a successful reinstallation.
Poster:ino
Posted Date:2013-01-29 09:10:12.96
I have problems running APT Config and APT User with TST001 (firmware 1.3.0) on Windows 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit). I have downloaded and installed the latest version of APT (software and support). When I try to start APT Config (ver. 1.1.0), the "failed to read values" message appears, and the utility looks frozen. But after 20 minutes or so, the configuration window appears, and everything works fine. The device can be detected and configured. Similar things happen when I run APT User (ver. 2.3.4701.37075). 20 minutes after I started APT User (it looks frozen), the control display appears, and I can control ZST13 with no problem. Please advise.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2013-01-10 12:40:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us. There was a bug where at very slow velocities that actuator did not stop. This has been resolved and will be released in the next software version. I will contact you to provide this version.
Poster:shravan.g.shankar
Posted Date:2013-01-06 21:55:34.403
Similar to some other posts that I saw below, I am having the same problem with the STOP button of the APT User software. It works only when the moving speed is set as 0.25 mm/s. I generally use the motor at low speeds where the STOP button never works. I have to wait for the whole range entered to be traversed or pull the plug on the motor(which I don't like to do).
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2012-11-06 16:21:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The "Stop" button should halt a move in the APT program. It could possibly be something else running in the background that is preventing the "Stop" function from being implemented properly. I will get in contact with you directly to troubleshoot this further.
Poster:fwilliams
Posted Date:2012-11-02 18:31:07.77
I currently own two TST001's that I use on a daily basis. I am running your most-recent version of APT User (ver. 2.2.4604.12615). I am writing to tell you that APT User has a bug in it, which is that "Stop" does nothing. Once the motor starts moving to a new position, the only way to stop the motion is to literally pull the power plug out of the controller. Clicking on Stop has no effect. The UI shows that the "button" is being clicked, but the control ignores the command.
Poster:
Posted Date:2011-11-23 17:55:58.0
Response from Tyler at Thorlabs: Hello Dareis, I believe the information that you are looking for is part of the documentation in the software package. Our software can be downloaded for free from the Software tab above. Just in case I misunderstood your request and application engineer will be contacting you. Thank you, Tyler
Poster:dareis
Posted Date:2011-11-15 10:50:36.0
I have a Motor Controller and I'm trying to find documentation on the ActiveX parameters for different methods. Where can I find a datafile on what each paramter means when I pass it to different methods. All I can find on your website is a simple description of what each method does, not how to use them.
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-06-15 16:53:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to jorda300: Please contact us at techsupport@thorlabs.com so that we can review the parameters passed for the move sequence. You should be able to run just a single move command, so we will have to investigate a bit further. Please contact us and we will gladly assist you.
Poster:jorda300
Posted Date:2011-06-10 10:35:24.0
I am attempting to set Move Sequences on the "Move Sequencer" tab of the APT User. It was my understanding that if I wanted to run just ONE single row of data, all I needed to do is right click on the appropriate row of data and select Run from the pop up menu. However, for my TST001 Stepper Motor which is connected to a FW103 Filter Wheel, this feature does not work. Any ideas why not?
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-03-15 11:02:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to Eric: Thank you for contacting us. It is possible for the communication issue to be brought about by fast changes in the current range from moving to stationary. This could potentially affect the noise level of the motor and cause it to stall. We would suggest reducing the the maximum current of the motor to see if this helps. You can change the Phase Powers values in the APT User utility, in the Settings screen. I will contact you directly for follow up.
Poster:echandle
Posted Date:2011-03-10 18:37:14.0
I am attempting to drive ZST25 actuators with TST001 motor controllers in a stepwise fashion to generate two-dimensional grid, while providing outgoing clocks to another device that synchronize with position. Ive developed a similar LabView VI to the one provided in the example VIs, yet I receive sporadic USB communication failures with the TST001. These failures most often occur in the middle of the faster stepping sequence, despite having the bWait parameter set to true and an additional wait time in between steps. I would appreciate a copy of the communication protocol documentation for the TST001, not only to solve this problem, but to develop a multi-platform driver (for Linux specifically). Thanks! Eric
Poster:
Posted Date:2010-08-24 17:38:22.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: Using the APT GUI does not allow you to make relative moves in either the APT User application or your own application. The APT GUI operates only in absolute motion. Axis length are defined x min 0mm x max 25mm (default). A negative motion will produce an error since you cannot go into the negative region. One redefine the axis values. For a 25mmm actuator one can set x min to -12.5mmm and x max to 12.5mm. Now you can negotiate a negative absolute motion command. Programming with the ActiveX methods work the same. The ActiveX when started always operates with absolute motion commands. But a relative methods may be imported. The relative method will allow you to enter a plus or negative motion value (in mm) but you cannot move into the negative region if the axis min is defined as 0mm.
Poster:doron.azoury
Posted Date:2010-08-24 13:14:29.0
Im using APT in Labview, controlling a Z625B motor inside a linear stage. I cant find a way to control the direction of a relative move. positive relative move work properly. Do you have a suggestion? Thank you Doron
Poster:
Posted Date:2010-05-04 04:32:44.0
A response from Oli at Thorlabs to Craig: We will recreate this error in order look into this problem in detail we will keep you updated on progress and a solution.
Poster:craig.brideau
Posted Date:2010-05-03 18:26:03.0
I had a TST001 in a T-Cube hub with a bunch of TDC001s. The firmware updater handled the TDCs ok but it kept crashing on open comms with the TST. I pulled the TST from the hub and hooked it up independently (direct USB connection, external 15V supply) and it finally updated OK.
Poster:jjessop
Posted Date:2009-07-24 12:26:19.0
A response from Thorlabs to psm1: It is dues to possible known firmware bug, please download latest version from our website.
Poster:psm1
Posted Date:2009-07-23 14:28:18.0
Persist to Hardware function does not work, which is a huge pain when you have to keep readjusting the limits. Also, for some reason it thinks the limit switches have been tripped. They havent. All in all a questionable piece of overpriced equipment.
Poster:Greg
Posted Date:2009-02-03 10:46:27.0
A response from Greg at Thorlabs to lsandstrom: A USB Type A to Mini-B cable is included with the TST001.
Poster:lsandstrom
Posted Date:2009-02-03 08:30:28.0
Is the USB cable included with the T-cubes?
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2008-08-14 10:18:06.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to life57: The software suite included with the TST001 contains ActiveX controls that can be imported into LabVIEW. Please see the tutorial included in the software package or contact tech support for addition details. Our application engineers can also provide some sample programs using the T-Cubes in the LabVIEW programming environment.
Poster:life57
Posted Date:2008-08-07 21:05:22.0
i want a command language to move ZST6 by TST001 on my labviews.(not active-x) please let me know.

K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller


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KCH301 USB Controller Hub (Sold Separately) with Installed K-Cube and T-Cube Modules (T-Cubes Require the KAP101 Adapter)
  • Front Panel Velocity Wheel and Digital Display for Controlling Motorized Stages or Actuators
  • Two Bidirectional Trigger Ports to Read or Control External Equipment
  • Interfaces with Computer Using Included USB Cable
  • Fully Compatible with Kinesis® or APT™ Software Packages
  • Compact Footprint: 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
  • Power Supply Not Included (See Below)

Thorlabs' KST101 K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller provides local and computerized control of a single motor axis. It features a top-mounted control panel with a velocity wheel that supports four-speed bidirectional control with forward and reverse jogging as well as position presets. The digital display on the top panel includes a backlight that can be dimmed or turned off using the top panel menu options. The front of the unit contains two bidirectional trigger ports that can be used to read a 5 V external logic signal or output a 5 V logic signal to control external equipment. Each port can be independently configured to control the logic level or to set the trigger as an input or output.

The unit is fully compatible with our new Kinesis software package and our legacy APT control software. Please see the Motion Control Software tab for more information.

Please note that this controller does not ship with a power supply. Compatible power supplies are listed below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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KST101 Support Documentation
KST101K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
$626.00
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Compatible Power Supplies

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A location-specific adapter is shipped with the power supply unit based on your location. The adapters for the KPS101 are shown here.
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The KPS101 Power Supply Unit
  • Power Supplies
    • KPS101: For One K-Cube or T-Cube
  • USB Controller Hubs Provide Power and Communications
    • KCH301: For up to Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KCH601: For up to Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KAP101: Adapter Plate for Connecting 60 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs
    • KAP102: Adapter Plate for Connecting 120 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs

The KPS101 can supply up to 2.4 A and power a single K-Cube or T-Cube. It plugs into a standard wall outlet and provides +15 VDC.

The KCH301 and KCH601 USB Controller Hubs each consist of two parts: the hub, which can support up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The hub draws a maximum current of 10 A; please verify that the cubes being used do not require a total current of more than 10 A. In addition, the hub provides USB connectivity to any docked K-Cube or T-Cube through a single USB connection.

A KAP101 or KAP102 Adapter Plate (sold separately) is required for each T-Cube to operate on the KCH301 or KCH601 controller hub. The KAP101 is designed to adapt 60 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs, while the KAP102 is designed to adapt 120 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs.

For more information on the USB Controller Hubs, see the full web presentation.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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KPS101 Support Documentation
KPS10115 V, 2.4 A Power Supply Unit for One K-Cube or T-Cube
$26.25
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KCH301 Support Documentation
KCH301USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$485.00
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KCH601 Support Documentation
KCH601USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$587.00
Today
KAP101 Support Documentation
KAP101Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
$56.25
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KAP102 Support Documentation
KAP102Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 120 mm Wide T-Cubes
$61.25
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