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K-Cube and T-Cube USB Controller Hubs


  • Provide Power and Communication for up to Three or Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
  • Install T-Cubes Using KAP101 or KAP102 Adapter Plate
  • USB 2.0 Interface

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KCH301 Mounted Vertically with K-Cubes and T-Cubes Installed (KAP101 Adapter and AP90 Bracket Not Included)

KCH601

Controller Hub

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Item # KCH301 KCH601
K-/T-Cube Baysa Three Six
Housing Dimensions (without Mounting Brackets) 193.5 mm x 70.0 mm x 24.0 mm
(7.62" x 2.76" x 0.94")
376.5 mm x 70.0 mm x 24.0 mm
(14.82" x 2.76" x 0.94")
Weight 0.3 kg 0.5 kg
Input Power Requirements 15 V, 10 A (Max)
Output Power +15 V, 6 A (Max)
-15 V, 1 A (Max)
 +5 V, 5 A (Max) 
USB Hub Circuit Fully Compliant USB 2.0 Hub
Finish Black Anodized
  • Double-wide T-Cubes use two bays.
Compact Motion Control Modules
K-Cube Control Modulesa
Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller
Brushless DC Servo Motor Controller
Stepper Motor Controller
Single-Channel Piezo Controller
Solenoid Controller
Single-Channel Strain Gauge Reader
PSD Auto Aligner
T-Cube Control Modulesa
Dual-Channel NanoTrak Auto-Aligner
Compact Light Source & Driver Modules
Laser Diode Driver
Laser Sources
LED Driver
Compact Temperature Control Module
Temperature Controller
  • K-Cube and T-Cube modules are fully compatible with one another.

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KCH6011USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
AP901Right-Angle Mounting Plate, 1/4"-20 Compatible
SH25S05011/4"-20 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 1/2" Long, Pack of 25
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, Pack of 100
KST1012K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KSC1011K-Cube Solenoid Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KPZ1011K-Cube Piezo Controller (Power Supply Sold Separately)
TSG0011 T-Cube Strain Gauge Reader (Power Supply Not Included)
KAP1011Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
SH6MS121M6 x 1.0 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 12 mm Long, Pack of 25
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Item #QtyDescription
KCH6011USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
AP90/M1Right-Angle Mounting Plate, M6 x 1.0 Compatible
SH6MS121M6 x 1.0 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 12 mm Long, Pack of 25
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, Pack of 100
KST1012K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KSC1011K-Cube Solenoid Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KPZ1011K-Cube Piezo Controller (Power Supply Sold Separately)
TSG0011 T-Cube Strain Gauge Reader (Power Supply Not Included)
KAP1011Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
The controller hubs contain M6 taps on the bottom, allowing them to be mounted vertically using the AP90(/M) Right Angle Bracket (sold separately).

Features

  • Enables Communication between K-Cubes, T-Cubes, and Host Control PC
  • Supports up to Three (KCH301) or Six (KCH601) K-Cube or T-Cube Controllers
  • Compact USB 2.0 Platform
  • Horizontal or Vertical Mounting to Optical Tables
  • Single USB Cable and Single Power Cable for all Connected K-Cubes and T-Cubes
  • Second USB Port for Connecting Multiple Controller Hubs
  • Fully RoHS Compliant

These USB Controller Hubs have been designed specifically with multiple K-Cube and T-Cube operation in mind. They simplify issues such as cable management, power supply routing, and multiple USB device communications. In addition, they make it possible to mount the electronic drivers on the optical table, next to all of the other mechanical components required to build an automated optomechanical application.

Each USB Controller Hub comprises a slim base-plate type carrier with electrical connections located on the upper surface. It contains a fully compliant USB 2.0 hub circuit and provides all communications and power distribution for up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, using only a single power connection. 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. See the table to the right for output power specifications. The hubs are shipped complete with the power supply and horizontal mounting brackets. 

The hub vastly reduces the number of USB and power cables required when operating multiple K-Cubes or T-Cubes. Furthermore, a USB output connector can be connected to the USB input on another unit, allowing multiple controller hubs to be connected together while still only using a single USB cable from the host control PC. As an added feature, the controller hub, when combined with devices that work in a closed loop such as the K-Cube Piezo Controller and the K-Cube Strain Gauge Reader, provides closed-loop control without the need for additional cabling.

A KAP101 or KAP102 Adapter Plate (sold separately below) is required for each T-Cube to operate on the 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.

Mounting Options
An array of mounting holes on the bottom of the USB Controller Hubs enables them to be mounted in multiple configurations to both imperial and metric tables. The hubs are shipped complete with mounting brackets that allow horizontal mounting; these brackets are compatible with both imperial and metric screws and allow the hub to be mounted flat on the optical table, much like the mounting plates of the individual cubes.

Alternatively, the AP90(/M) Right Angle Brackets, sold separately, can used to mount a hub vertically, thus saving space on the optical table. Two M6 cap screws are required to attach the right angle bracket to the hub.

The hubs also have two (KCH301) or three (KCH601) magnets on the bottom to temporarily secure the hubs in place on the table.

K-T Adapter
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The KAP101 Adapter Plate (sold separately below) is required for mating 60 mm wide T-Cubes with KCH series hubs.

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The KAP102 Adapter Plate (sold separately below) is required for mating 120 mm wide T-Cubes with KCH series hubs.
Horizontal Configuration
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Each controller hub includes horizontal mounting brackets for securing the hub to an optical table or breadboard.

Power Connector

Power Connector
PinDescriptionMinimumMaximumMax Operating Current
A 15 V 14 V 16 V 10 A
B 15 V Return - - -
C 15 V Return - - -
D 15 V 14 V 16 V 10 A

USB OUT

USB A flat

This port can be connected to the USB IN on another Hub or other USB device, allowing multiple Controller Hubs to be connected together, thereby requiring only a single USB cable from the host control PC.

USB IN

USB A square

Provides communication to the host controller PC.

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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Poster:james.david.good
Posted Date:2017-09-21 16:29:52.71
I have a two KDC101 cubes with sequential serial numbers (xxx837 & xxx839), both are recognized in Windows 7 with direct USB connections but only one is recognized when attached to the hub.
Poster:AManickavasagam
Posted Date:2017-09-25 11:21:53.0
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thank you for your comment. I am sorry that you have difficulties here. I will be in direct contact with you to troubleshoot this issue.
Poster:james.ivory
Posted Date:2017-04-27 15:18:47.937
I have a KCH601 with 3 cubes attached. When I am trying to identify hardware in the firmware update utility, the only thing that is found is a single cube. The two other cubes are powered and work manually, but will not be recognised by the PC. Please advise.
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2017-05-02 09:43:54.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: I am sorry to hear about your difficulties here. I will be in contact with you directly, to troubleshoot this issue further.
Poster:avize
Posted Date:2017-03-16 01:24:16.33
I recently purchased the KCH301. The computer identifies a USB 2.0 MTT hub, but the Kinesis software does not recognize any device. Please advise.
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2017-03-16 07:49:20.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: I am sorry to hear about your issues here. I will be in contact directly to help troubleshoot the problem. However, in general a good way to assess the communications between Kinesis and any given controller is the Firmware Update Utility included with Kinesis. If the controller appears, then USB communications have been established with the computer, and if the drop down menu of the device can be opened, this means the controller and Kinesis are communicating.
Poster:
Posted Date:2016-10-01 17:12:04.317
What devices can be used by this "Kinesis" software? Is there a webpage that lists all compatible devices?
Poster:bwood
Posted Date:2016-10-03 03:50:31.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question. The Kinesis software is designed to be used with our range of motion control controllers, and certain complementary devices. More specifically, it is compatible with our K-cube, T-cube, Benchtop (for example the BSC201) and rack controllers. It is also compatible with certain devices with integrated controllers, including the LTS series stages, the K10CR1 and the MLJ050. The most notable exceptions to this are the LEDD1B, stages using Elliptec™ motors and the MDT series controllers. Usually, the compatible software for a given device can be found under the "Software" tab on its webpage. If you need further advice on a particular device, please contact your local technical support office, who will be happy to assist you.
Poster:
Posted Date:2014-10-14 15:09:43.663
I am using C# and an FTDI driver to communicate with a TQD001 (position 1) and TPZ001 (position 2) mounted on a TCH002 hub. When I send the IDENTIFY command (05 00 00 00 21 01) the TPZ001 LED's flash. It does not seem to matter which destination I specify, I can only get TPZ001 to flash. I have tried 0x20, 0x21, 0x22, 0x50, etc for the destination. The APT User software is able to flash both device's LED's. Thank-you for any help you can provide.
Poster:bhallewell
Posted Date:2014-10-30 10:15:10.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question here. It is important to view the TCH002 as a USB hub, containing a serial port for each mounted cube & not as a single USB device. With this in mind, it is not possible to ‘Identify’ the TQD001 if you are altering the destination byte through a single serial port in your program. You would instead be required to tailor your program to send the 23, 02, 00, 00, 50*, 01 Identify Command through each serial port corresponding to a designated T-cube controller. This could perhaps be done by establishing a VCP/Hyperlink terminal for each T-cube device. *‘50’ being the destination byte corresponding to ‘Generic USB Device)
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2012-10-25 11:33:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The 4-pin connector type on the TCH002 is the Farnell 1007205.
Poster:zimm
Posted Date:2012-10-21 18:12:54.09
What is the 4-pin power connector & part number for the power cable on the TCH002? I need to make an extension cable for it.
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