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K-Cube Solenoid Controller


  • For Control of 15 V Solenoid-Operated Devices
  • Ideally Suited for Control of Optical Shutters
  • Control via Local Panel or USB Computer Connection

KSC101

Solenoid Controller
(Power Supply
Sold Separately)

Application Idea

A KSC101 Controller can be Used to Drive an SH1 Optical Beam Shutter

Table Mounting Plate
(Included with the KSC101)

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Back and Top Views of the KSC101 K-Cube
(See the Pin Diagrams Tab for More Information)

Features

  • Compact Footprint: 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm
  • Automatic, Manual, and Triggered Operating Modes
  • Laser Safety Interlock Jack and Safety Enable Key Switch
  • Manual Controls and On-Unit Display Allow for Mode Selection and On/Off Time Control 
  • 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- and Multi-Channel PSU Options Available Separately
  • Multi-Unit Operation Using USB Controller Hubs (Sold Separately)
  • Magnetic, Clip-On Optical Table Mounting Adapter Included

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

The KSC101 K-Cube Solenoid 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 15 V solenoid actuated devices, such as our optical shutters, this compact controller features an embedded digital signal processor (DSP) to provide a multitude of flexible operating modes; see the Specs tab for details. Embedded software functionality allows this unit to control solenoid devices using the on-unit menu button, display, and control wheel; using DSP timed operations; or using external trigger signals for operation with third-party equipment. The trigger out connection, defaulted on Trigger 2, allows multiple K-Cube controllers to be connected together for synchronized multi-channel system operation.

The KSC101 is also equipped with built-in safety interlock functionality in the form of a 3.5 mm stereo jack. A shorted connector is included for overriding this connection, while a custom circuit may be created for lab safety applications using the included 3.5 mm stereo connector. The circuit must be closed for the controller to be able to open the shutter. To comply with laser safety requirements, the controller also features a key switch that enables or disables opening of the shutter. 

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 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.

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 that 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. 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. For convenience, a 1.5 m long Type A to Type Micro B USB 3.0 cable is included with the KSC101 cube.

Optical Table Mounting Plate
Each unit comes with a plastic 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 tab for a mechanical drawing of the table mounting plate and the Mounting Options tab for more information about the mounting 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 KSC101 Motor Controller can be found below.

KSC101 Specifications
Maximum Exposure Ratea 20 Hz
Minimum Exposure Time 15 ms
Typical Transfer Time 1.5 ms
Accuracy 0.3 ms (at 15 ms Exposure)
On/Off Timesb,c 10 ms to 1000 s
Maximum Steady State Power 3.5 W
Hold Voltage Range 6.5 to 7.5 Average Volts PWM
Trigger Input/Output TTL
Solenoid (Hirose) Output 15 V Max (7 V Average PWM Hold)
Output Enable Key Switch and Interlock Jack Plug
Operating Modes
Manual User Controlled On/Off
Single DSP Controlled Single On/Off Cycles
Auto DSP Controlled Multiple On/Off Cycles
Triggered Externally Triggered On/Off
Trig 1 (Defaulted to Trig In) SMA, TTL Type, 5 V
Trig 2 (Defaulted to Trig Out) SMA, TTL Type, 5 V
Solenoid Output (6 Way Hirose)
Solenoid Drive 15 V Regulated DC
Position Feedback Sensor Photodiode
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 15 V Regulated DC
Current 1 A Peak, 300 mA Steady State
General
Instrument Weight 160 g (5.5 oz)
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H)d
60.0 x 60.0 x 49.2 mm
(2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94")
  • Highest frequency that the KSC101 can perform an on/off sequence.
  • If the on/off time is set to a value lower than the minimum exposure time of the unit, the shutter may not open or close fully.
  • Amount of time that the shutter will remain open or closed. This is set in the setting panel and is valid when operating in auto mode.
  • Height Includes Top Panel Controls

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Open and Close Time of the SH05 Shutter When Driven with the KSC101

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Mechanical Drawing of the KSC101 and Included Optical Table Adapter

Solenoid Connection

Hirose Female

6 Pin HRS Connector
Pin Description
1 Opto Anode (12 V limited to 20 mA)
2 Shutter Coil 15 V Pulse, 10 V steady state (0.4 A max)
3 Shutter Coil Ground (When ON) Open CCT (When OFF)
4 Opto Cathode Ground
5 Opto Emitter Ground
6 Opto Collector (2.5 V)

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 KSC101.

TRIG 1
(Defaulted to Trig In)
SMA Female

TRIG 2
(Defaulted to Trig Out)
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.

Interlock
3.5 mm Jack Plug

3.5mm jackplug
A short circuit must be applied across the terminals of this connector before the unit can be enabled. An INTERLOCK jack plug is supplied with the unit. Alternatively, the contact can be controlled externally with a custom 3.5 mm jack plug connected to a switch, which must be closed before the unit can operate.

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 KSC101 K-Cube TSC001 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
SMA Trigger Portsa YES! YES!
Computer Connectionb 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
Set Operating Modes YES! Mode Select and Enable Buttons
Set On Time YES! Only via Software
Set Off Time YES! Only via Software
Cycle Count YES! Only via Software
Screen Brightness YES! N/A
Stage Select YES! Only via Software
  • The Trig 1 and Trig 2 ports on the KSC101 are bidirectional and are defaulted as trigger in and trigger out, respectively. The TSC001 controller's trigger ports are not bidirectional and have a defined input and output..
  • 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 operating modes, set on/off time, and cycle counts. The on-unit 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 SMC 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 new KSC101 K-Cube and previous-generation TSC001 T-Cube solenoid controllers.

Brushed DC Controller
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KSC101 K-Cube Kinesis Solenoid 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.

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Poster:anre
Posted Date:2017-07-05 12:21:24.793
HI, I want to use trig2 for detecting if the shutter is active, but when I measure on the sma TRIG 2 plug it do not change value ? I was expecting that the box will toggle between 0 and 5V? (PS: this is tested in manual setting). Many thanks
Poster:awebber-date
Posted Date:2017-07-06 05:56:18.0
Response from Alex: The TTL triggers 1 and 2 are configurable using our software packages APT and Kinesis. I will contact you directly to troubleshoot your particular system.
Poster:lhe
Posted Date:2017-03-27 12:17:25.98
Hello, I am trying to communicate with KSC101 through the APT.dll. However, I can not find the required function to switch the shutter between on/off states in the header file. It seems the only functions described in the header are for motors. I would be very grateful if you could kindly provide me with the correct function? Many thanks!
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2017-03-28 09:08:04.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there are no functions in the APT.dll to control the KSC101, you would have to use ActiveX commands. However, I believe such functions are available with Kinesis, which is the successor program to APT.
Poster:bkellam
Posted Date:2016-10-20 16:28:59.993
See warning at bottom of page 15 of the KSC101 Kinesis User Guide.
Poster:bkellam
Posted Date:2016-10-20 16:19:59.61
My KSC101 is in trigger mode with a 0-5V signal connected to Trig 1. Trigger 1 is set to input active high. The shutter will not open with trigger 1 at 0 or 5V. The shutter works fine in manual mode. I have Kenesis 1.7.0.0 64 bit installed on Windows 7. I'm able to change setting from the front panel and using Kinesis. In trigger mode Kenesis Key Enabled & Is Ready green indicators are on and Error, Active & Open indicators are off. I have a blue play button and a de-emphasized red stop button. On and off duration is 2s and number of cycles is 5. When I click the blue play button the stop button and active indicator turn on but the shutter doesn't open. What else can I check?
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2016-10-31 07:58:46.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: We would recommend that you update the firmware of your KSC101 cube, to do this please first ensure that you have the latest version of kinesis or APT software installed on your machine, it can be downloaded from the following link https://www.thorlabs.de/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=Motion_Control then run the included Firmware Utility application to update the cube.
Poster:doyle5
Posted Date:2015-09-14 21:45:49.473
In triggered mode, I cannnot prime the unit. No ENABLE LED light when I press the ENALBE button. All other modes (manual, single, auto) are working perfectly. Please let me know how to prime the unit in triggered mode.
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2015-09-15 09:55:42.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our web feedback. The Enable light does not light up when it is ready for trigger signals. You have to press enable after you supply power to the controller and then when a 5V TTL signal is applied the shutter opens and the Enable light turns on. The expectation for the Enable light to be on (“primed”) is misleading in the documentation and we will correct this to avoid further confusion.
Poster:thomas.denis
Posted Date:2015-03-25 13:28:15.24
I would like to use the external trigger mode. The controller is set to triggered and a signal is connected (5V high, 0V low), however, the shutter doesn't react. In manual mode everything works normal. I checked the signal voltage it is there. How much current does need to flow to exert the trigger? I have a Analog Output from a DAQ unit connected to the trigger input and the current it can support is limited.
Poster:bhallewell
Posted Date:2015-03-27 07:31:13.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question here. The TSC001 will respond to external trigger signals depending on whether the unit is of a certain age. Should your TSC001 hold a serial number below 85810830, the 'TRIG IN' SMA defaults to logic HIGH when there is nothing driving this input. If the serial number of the unit is above 85810830, this connection defaults to logic LOW. This is further detailed on page 18 of the manual found in the following link. http://www.thorlabs.com/thorcat/15700/TSC001-Manual.pdf This is a TTL circuit whihch has a nominal current requirement of 3mA.
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2012-09-27 14:50:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The TSC001 have external trigger in and trigger out on the back so you could possibly use that with an external timer/control for synchronizing between two TSC001. Another possibility would be doing this in a 3rd party software such as LabVIEW and program the delay between the two TSC001. The APT software does not have the capability to program a custom delay between two TSC001. I will get in touch with you directly to discuss more about this.
Poster:zhaol01
Posted Date:2012-09-25 12:00:41.0
Hi there, I'm from the Dept. of Chemistry at UT Dallas. We've purchased a TSC001 shutter controller with the beam shutter. We are considering buying another set so that we can control 2 beams in sequence and duration in the experiments. My question is does the software I'll receive allow me to program the sequence and delay of the two shutters and how? If not, what is the best way to realize the programmed timing control of the two shutters? Thank you for your attention. Regards, Liang Zhao
Poster:robert.prevedel
Posted Date:2012-02-16 05:24:56.0
Hi, I am using the T-cube and TSC001 in LabView. All worked well on 32bit LabView. Now we are using 64 bit LabView on Windows 7. I can't import the ActiveX MG17 motor controller (it's not in the list). I already reinstalled the x64 APT setup file, but still does not work. Please advice, thanks a lot!
Poster:banterle
Posted Date:2011-01-07 18:02:39.0
Hi, Im controlling the T cube controller from labview but when I invoke activex methods sometimes it works but sometimes (not always, thats the strangest part)I get an error message that states that there is no such hardware connected. When I start the Activex control I can see that it is not communicating with the hardware but when I press some commands on the activex interface the control then it somehow wakes up and starts communicating. Im sure this is related to my issue but I dont know how. Do you have any suggestion? Thanks in advance
Poster:junlin1
Posted Date:2010-12-22 11:00:58.0
I have already found the way to do it from Aams post. Please ignor my last post. Thank you very much.
Poster:junlin1
Posted Date:2010-12-22 10:46:29.0
After installing the APT software, I wanted to build a LabVIEW interface to control a SH05 shutter by using a TSC 001 t-cube solenoid controller. Where is the solenoid controller ActiveX vi for LabVIEW? I can find some other controllers, for example, laser control, chopper control, piezo control, etc. But I could not find the control for the solenoid controller.
Poster:Adam
Posted Date:2010-03-26 14:17:04.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to mms7r: To build a Labview interface for the soleoid controller, you import the ActiveX MG17 motor controller. Once you enter the serial number it will convert the control interface to a TSC001 controller interface. I will email you directly to ensure that this has worked.
Poster:mms7r
Posted Date:2010-03-26 14:08:48.0
I purchased 2 SH05 shutters, two TSC001 solenoid controllers, a controller hub, and power supply. After installing the APT software, I wanted to build a LabVIEW interface. Where is the solenoid controller ActiveX vi for LabVIEW???? I could find and insert LabVIEW controllers for all the other T-cube units but not one for the TSC001 solenoid controller. HELLLP!!!
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2009-04-03 09:26:23.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to kelvin_kwan: The maximum repetition rate for the T-Cube shutter controller is 10 Hz. Depending on the application, it is possible that we can offer an alternative solution to using a shutter. Please post more information about your application or directly contact our technical support department. Thank you for your interest in the T-Cube shutter controller. We look forward to finding a solution to your problem.
Poster:kelvin_kwan
Posted Date:2009-04-02 14:44:23.0
Would you have T cube solenoid controller that can switch a shutter at 30 Hz or above? Thanks.

K-Cube Solenoid 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 Wheel and Digital Display for On-Unit Manual Control 
  • 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' KSC101 K-Cube Solenoid Controller provides local and computerized control of a 15 V solenoid actuated device. It features a top-mounted control panel with digital display menu that can be used to switch between manual, automatic, and triggered operating modes. The digital display 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. Trig 1 and Trig 2 are defaulted as input and output triggers, respectively. 

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.

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KSC101K-Cube Solenoid Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
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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.

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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
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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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