Thorlabs Inc.
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Modular Test & Measurement Platforms

  • Modular Platform for Laser Diode Testing and Operation
  • Locally Operated Using Built-In Front Panel
  • Fast IEEE-488 and RS232 Interfaces for Remote Control

PRO8000

Shown with 8 Installed Modules 
and Rack Mounting Adapter

Easy-to-Read Display
No PC Required for Operation

PRO800

2-Slot Benchtop Enclosure

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OVERVIEW

Available PRO8 Series Modules
Series Description Output Current Range
LDC8000 Laser Diode Current Controller ±100 mA to ±8 A
MLC8000 8 Channel Laser Diode Current Controller ±5 mA to ±200 mA
ITC8000 Combination Laser Diode & TEC Temperature Controller ±200 mA to ±1 A
TED8000 TEC Temperature Controller ±2 A to ± 8 A
WDM8-X-XXX-20-NM DWDM Laser Modulesa N/A
OSW8000 Optical Switches N/A
PDA8000 Photocurrent Measurement Module N/A
  • Please contact Tech Support 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 to the 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 it will be delivered with two or eight PRO8000-C Front Cover Plates to protect the empty slots.


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SPECS

Item # PRO800 PRO8000 PRO8000-4
Number of Slots 2 8 8
Mains Switch Key-operated
Remote Control Via IEEE488.2 and RS232C
Mains Supply 100 V, 115 V, 230 V (±10%) Fixed (50 to 60 Hz)
Maximum Power Consumption 220 VA 500 VA 800 VA
Supply Mains Overvoltage Category II
Operating Temperature* 0 - 40 °C
Storage Temperature -40 to +70 °C
Relative Humidity Max. 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 Slot 4 A 4 A 4 A
Maximum Output Current for all Slots 8 A 16 A 32 A
Warm-Up Time for Maximum Accuracy 10 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
Display 4 × 20 Characters Alphanumeric Vacuum-Fluorescence-Display
User Interface Interactive Menus
Keypad 7 Micro-Switch Keys
Main Tuning Knob Rotation Encoder
Acoustic Messages Internal Beeper: Short Tone As Confirmation, Long Tone As Warning
Connectors on the Rear Panel
Ground 4 mm Banana Jack
Line 3-Pin IEC 320 with Fuse
Remote Control IEEE488 (24-Pin) Jack or RS-232C (9-Pin) D-Sub Jack
Auxiliary Jack 9-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)


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SOFTWARE

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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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
Key Specifications
Number of Slots 2
Max Power Consumption 220 VA
Max Output Current Per Slot 4 A
Max Output Current for All Slots 8 A
  • Compact, 2-Slot, Benchtop Chassis
  • Ideal for Research Applications
  • Compatible with Various Temperature and Current Controllers and Optical Switches
  • 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 up to two modules that best meet individual experimental needs prior to purchase (see image at right). The chassis can also be ordered empty, without any pre-installed modules. The empty slots of the PRO800 are covered using the PRO8000-C front cover plate (see image to the left) for protection during transportation and delivery. Extra front cover plates are sold below.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
PRO800
2-Slot Modular Benchtop Chassis, 8 A Total Output Current
$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
Key Specifications
Number of Slots 8
Max Power Consumption 500 VA
Max Output Current Per Slot 4 A
Max Output Current for All Slots 16 A
  • 8 Slot Rack-Mountable Chassis
  • Ideal for Large Testing and Manufacturing Environments
  • Compatible with Various Temperature and Current Controllers and Optical Switches
  • 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). The chassis can also be ordered empty, without any pre-installed modules. The empty slots of the PRO8000 are covered using the PRO8000-C front cover plate (see image to the left) for protection during transportation and delivery. Extra front cover plates are sold below.

The higher maximum output current offered by the PRO8000-4 over the PRO8000 may be useful depending on which combination of PRO8 Series Modules are used with the platform. Please refer to the Available PRO8 Series Modules table in the Overview tab above to verify if the combination of modules requires the 32 A max output current offered by the PRO8000-4.

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.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
PRO8000
8-Slot Modular Rack Chassis, 16 A Total Output Current
$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
Key Specifications
Number of Slots 8
Max Power Consumption 800 VA
Max Output Current Per Slot 4 A
Max Output Current for All Slots 32 A
  • 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
  • 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). The chassis can also be ordered empty, without any pre-installed modules. The empty slots of the PRO8000-4 are covered using the PRO8000-C front cover plate (see image to the left) for protection during transportation and delivery. Extra front cover plates are sold below.

The higher maximum output current offered by the PRO8000-4 over the PRO8000 may be useful depending on which combination of PRO8 Series Modules are used with the platform. Please refer to the Available PRO8 Series Modules table in the Overview tab above to verify if the combination of modules requires the 32 A max output current offered by the PRO8000-4.

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


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
PRO8000-4
8-Slot Modular Rack Chassis, 32 A Total Output Current
$3,360.00
Lead Time

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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.


Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
PRO8000-C
Front Cover Plate for PRO8 Series Chassis
$25.00
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PRO8000-R32
19 in. Rack Mounting Kit for PRO8000
$66.00
Lead Time
PRO8000-R42
19 in. 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
1Interlock and Status LASER
ON/OFF
2Photodiode
3Laser Diode Ground
4Photodiode
5Ground for Pin 1
6Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
7Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
8Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
9Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode

Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
CAB400
Cable; Current Controller with 9-Pin D-Sub Connector, 1.5 m
$68.00
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Temperature Controller Connection Cable

Female 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication), CAB430: N.C.
2Thermistor (+)
3Thermistor (-), Ground
4TEC (+)
5TEC (-), Status LED (-)
6N.C.
7Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
8N.C.
9Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
Male 15 Pin Connector Diagram for CAB420-15
Pin Connections
1Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication)
2N.C.
3Thermistor (-), Ground
4Thermistor (+)
5TEC (+)
6TEC (+)
7TEC (+)
8LM 135/335 (-), Ground
9N.C.
10Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
11Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
12N.C.
13TEC (-), Status LED (-)
14TEC (-), Status LED (-)
15TEC (-), Status LED (-)

Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
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
1Interlock and Status LASER
ON/OFF
2Photodiode
3Laser Diode Ground
4Photodiode
5Ground for Pin 1
6Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
7Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
8Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
9Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode
Female 9 Pin Connector Diagram
Pin Connections
1Status LED (+) (for TEC ON/OFF indication), CAB430: N.C.
2Thermistor (+)
3Thermistor (-), Ground
4TEC (+)
5TEC (-), Status LED (-)
6N.C.
7Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
8N.C.
9Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
Male 15 Pin Connector Diagram for CAB430
Pin Connections
1Interlock and Status LASER ON/OFF
2Photodiode
3Laser Diode Ground
4Photodiode
5Ground for Pin 1
6Transducer AD 590/592 (+), LM 135/335 (+)
7TEC (+)
8TEC (-)
9Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Cathode
10Laser Diode Cathode (with Polarity Anode Grounded - AG)
11Laser Diode Anode (with Polarity Cathode Grounded - CG)
12Voltage Measurement Laser Diode Anode
13Transducer AD 590/592 (-), LM 135/335 (+)
14Thermistor (-), Ground
15Thermistor (+)

Part Number
Description
Price
Availability
CAB430
Cable for a LD and TEC Controller with 15-Pin D-Sub Connector to a Laser Diode Mount, 1.5 m
$124.00
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