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Optical Shutter


  • Ø1/2" and Ø1" Beam Shutters
  • Two Controller Options Available
  • Interlock Mode Incorporated into Control Logic

SH1

10' Cable Included

SH05

10' Cable Included

KSC101

K-Cube Compact Shutter Controller

SC10

Benchtop Shutter Controller

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Ø1/2" Optical Beam Shutter

Shutter Selection Guide
Diaphragm Single-Blade
Ø0.25" Motorized Ø0.29" Manual
Ø1/2" Motorized Ø1/2" Motorized
Ø1" Motorized Ø1" Motorized
  • Default Position: Closed
  • Close Activation Time: 4.08 ms
  • Passive Closure Mechanism Ideal for Laser Safety Applications
  • SM05-Threaded (0.535"-40) Aperture for SM05 Lens Tube Compatibility
  • One 8-32 (M4) Tap on Four Sides for Ø1/2" Post Mounting
  • Includes 10-Foot-Long Cable for Connection to Controller (Additional Cables Available Below)
  • Controller Not Included (Sold Below)

The SH05 Optical Beam Shutter utilizes a rotary, electro-mechanical actuator to provide millisecond shutter operation. During operation, the shutter remains in a closed position and then opens when a pulse control signal is applied. As long as the control voltage to the optical shutter remains high, the shutter stays open, but as soon as the voltage goes low, the shutter closes, providing inherent "fail-safe" operation. The frequency at which the device is opened and closed can be controlled. An optical sensor, which detects the shutter blade position in the housing, provides information that confirms the state of the optical shutter position. This makes it ideal in applications where a laser safety lockout is required.

In order to ensure that your optical beam shutter has a long lifetime, the aperture should not be located near the focus of a laser beam. Please note that the solenoid's performance is not guaranteed if the case temperature exceeds 50 °C. Significant heat buildup will occur if the aperture is closed for a long time while a high-power laser is incident on the shutter.

Both sides of the aperture of the SH05(/M) are internally SM05 (0.535"-40) threaded to easily interface with all of our SM05 lens tubes. For post mounting, the SH05 has three 8-32 tapped holes, while the SH05/M has three M4 tapped holes. 

Controller Options

Thorlabs offers two compatible controllers for the SH05: the SC10 and KSC101. Both include an "interlock mode" that is incorporated into the controller's logic; a physical key lock; and manual, triggered, or softare controlled operation modes. The SC10 is a benchtop controller with an RS-232 computer connection that allows the controller to be operated using the included standalone software GUI. The KSC101 is a compact K-Cube controller with a USB 3.0 (2.0 Compliant) computer connection that allows the controller to be controlled using Thorlabs' Kinesis® or legacy APT™ software packages. See the Specs tab for a comparison table of the two controller options.

A 10-foot-long cable with 6-way HRS connector is included for connecting the shutter to either the SC10 or KSC101 Shutter Controller. The SH1 can also be used with a third-party controller. For information on the control requirements, please see the Specs tab.

Beam Shutter Controller Comparison
Item # SC10 KSC101
Supply Voltage 24 V Pulse (10 V Hold) 15 VDC (7 V Average PWM Hold)
Maximum Exposure Rate 25 Hz 20 Hz
Minimum Exposure Time 10 ms 15 ms
External Triggering (TTL) One BNC Trig in and BNC Trig Out Two Bidirectional SMA Trigger Ports
Computer Connection RS232 USB 3.0 Micro B
(USB 2.0 Compliant)
Sequence Control Yes Yes
Manual Key Lock Yes Yes
Interlock 2.5 mm Jack Plug 3.5 mm Jack Plug
Software
SC10 Standalone Softwarea Kinesis® or APT™ Softwareb
Dimensions 11.5" x 5.3" x 3.0"
(292 mm x 135 mm x 76 mm)
2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94"
(60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm)
  • The SC10 software includes LabVIEW VI's suitable for integrating into existing LabVIEW applications. A standalone executable written in LabWindows/CVI is also provided, allowing remote computer control of the SC10 without any additional programming.
  • The Kinesis and APT Software feature .Net and activeX controls, repectively, which can be used by 3rd party developers working in other languages, such as LabVIEW and C#, to create custom applications.See the Kinesis Tutorials and APT Tutorials tabs below for more information,
Beam Shutter Specifications
General
Aperture Ø0.5" (12.7 mm)
Blade Material 6061-T6 Aluminum
Blade Thickness 0.06" (1.6 mm)
Solenoid Coil Resistance 28 Ω
Initial State Closed
Operation
Actuation Pulse 8 V to 50 V
(Time Dependent)
Holding Voltage 8 V to 12 V
Maximum Recommended
Applied Solenoid Voltagea
<12 VDC (Holding)
<50 VDC (Pulse)
Maximum Pulse Rate 10 Hz Steady, 25 Hz Burst
Duty Cycleb Optimum @ 10 Hz = 40%
Lifetime 1,000,000 Cycles (Typical)
Max Solenoid Power (20°C)
Steady State 4 W @ Continuous
50% Duty Cycle 8 W @ 100 s
25% Duty Cycle 16 W @ 36 s
5% Duty Cycle 80 W @ 2.5 s
Timing Specificationsc
Controller SC10 KSC101
TI 8.0 ms 13 ms
TO 3.0 ms 1 ms
TD/R 13.0 ms 13 ms
TC 4.08 ms 1.2 ms
MOP 10 ms 15 ms
MSOP 27.0 ms 17.2 ms
  • To protect the unit from heat, Thorlabs recommends applying an actuation pulse followed by a holding voltage. To keep the unit on for a long period of time, the holding voltage must be ≤12 V. Applying an actuation voltage that is below 8 V may open the shutter; however other timing specs cannot be guaranteed.
  • Measured when the SH05 was driven using the SC10 Controller.
  • See the diagram to the right and the table below for definitions.
Timing Pulses for SH05 Shutter
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Shutter Response Diagram
Timing Diagram (See Figure to the Left) Definitions
TI Transfer Initialize: the time delay between the application of the energizing voltage and the initial movement of the shutter
TO Transfer Open: the time for the shutter to move from 20% open to 80% open
TD/R Transfer Dwell/Release: the delay between the removal of the energizing voltage and the initial closing movement of the shutter
TC Transfer Close: the time for the shutter to move from 80% open to 20% open
MOP Minimum Open Pulse: minimum pulse width supplied by the SC10 or KSC101 controller
MSOP Minimum Shutter Open Time: the minimum time the shutter can be opened for using the minimum open pulse (MOP) from the SC10 or KSC101 controller

Interface Connector

HR10-7R-6S

6 Pin HRS Connector

PinDescription
1Monitor Opto Anode
2Solenoid
3Solenoid
4Monitor Opto Cathode
5Monitor Opto Emitter
6Monitor Opto Collector

Laser Safety and Classification

Safe practices and proper usage of safety equipment should be taken into consideration when operating lasers. The eye is susceptible to injury, even from very low levels of laser light. Thorlabs offers a range of laser safety accessories that can be used to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Laser emission in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges has the greatest potential for retinal injury, as the cornea and lens are transparent to those wavelengths, and the lens can focus the laser energy onto the retina. 

Laser Safety Signs
Laser Glasses Alignment Tools Shutter and Controllers
Laser Viewing Cards Blackout Materials Enclosure Systems

Safe Practices and Light Safety Accessories

  • Thorlabs recommends the use of safety eyewear whenever working with laser beams with non-negligible powers (i.e., > Class 1) since metallic tools such as screwdrivers can accidentally redirect a beam.
  • Laser goggles designed for specific wavelengths should be clearly available near laser setups to protect the wearer from unintentional laser reflections.
  • Goggles are marked with the wavelength range over which protection is afforded and the minimum optical density within that range.
  • Laser Safety Curtains and Blackout Materials can prevent direct or reflected light from leaving the experimental setup area.
  • Thorlabs' Enclosure Systems can be used to contain optical setups to isolate or minimize laser hazards.
  • A fiber-pigtailed laser should always be turned off before connecting it to or disconnecting it from another fiber, especially when the laser is at power levels above 10 mW.
  • All beams should be terminated at the edge of the table, and laboratory doors should be closed whenever a laser is in use.
  • Do not place laser beams at eye level.
  • Carry out experiments on an optical table such that all laser beams travel horizontally.
  • Remove unnecessary reflective items such as reflective jewelry (e.g., rings, watches, etc.) while working near the beam path.
  • Be aware that lenses and other optical devices may reflect a portion of the incident beam from the front or rear surface.
  • Operate a laser at the minimum power necessary for any operation.
  • If possible, reduce the output power of a laser during alignment procedures.
  • Use beam shutters and filters to reduce the beam power.
  • Post appropriate warning signs or labels near laser setups or rooms.
  • Use a laser sign with a lightbox if operating Class 3R or 4 lasers (i.e., lasers requiring the use of a safety interlock).
  • Do not use Laser Viewing Cards in place of a proper Beam Trap.

 

Laser Classification

Lasers are categorized into different classes according to their ability to cause eye and other damage. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. The IEC document 60825-1 outlines the safety of laser products. A description of each class of laser is given below:

Class Description Warning Label
1 This class of laser is safe under all conditions of normal use, including use with optical instruments for intrabeam viewing. Lasers in this class do not emit radiation at levels that may cause injury during normal operation, and therefore the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded. Class 1 lasers can also include enclosed, high-power lasers where exposure to the radiation is not possible without opening or shutting down the laser.  Class 1
1M Class 1M lasers are safe except when used in conjunction with optical components such as telescopes and microscopes. Lasers belonging to this class emit large-diameter or divergent beams, and the MPE cannot normally be exceeded unless focusing or imaging optics are used to narrow the beam. However, if the beam is refocused, the hazard may be increased and the class may be changed accordingly.  Class 1M
2 Class 2 lasers, which are limited to 1 mW of visible continuous-wave radiation, are safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure in the eye to 0.25 seconds. This category only applies to visible radiation (400 - 700 nm).  Class 2
2M Because of the blink reflex, this class of laser is classified as safe as long as the beam is not viewed through optical instruments. This laser class also applies to larger-diameter or diverging laser beams.  Class 2M
3R Lasers in this class are considered safe as long as they are handled with restricted beam viewing. The MPE can be exceeded with this class of laser, however, this presents a low risk level to injury. Visible, continuous-wave lasers are limited to 5 mW of output power in this class.  Class 3R
3B Class 3B lasers are hazardous to the eye if exposed directly. However, diffuse reflections are not harmful. Safe handling of devices in this class includes wearing protective eyewear where direct viewing of the laser beam may occur. In addition, laser safety signs lightboxes should be used with lasers that require a safety interlock so that the laser cannot be used without the safety light turning on. Class-3B lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 3B
4 This class of laser may cause damage to the skin, and also to the eye, even from the viewing of diffuse reflections. These hazards may also apply to indirect or non-specular reflections of the beam, even from apparently matte surfaces. Great care must be taken when handling these lasers. They also represent a fire risk, because they may ignite combustible material. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 4
All class 2 lasers (and higher) must display, in addition to the corresponding sign above, this triangular warning sign  Warning Symbol
SH05 SmartPack Packaging
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SH05(/M) Packaging

Smart Pack

Item #% Weight
Reduction
CO2-Equivalent
Reductiona
SH05(/M) 18.70% 14.97 kg

Smart Pack

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Posted Comments:
Poster:seokyung
Posted Date:2016-06-27 21:36:17.29
Hello, I am a user of SH05. Could I get information storage temperature and operating temperature of SH05.
Poster:anatoly.shchemelinin
Posted Date:2014-08-12 07:08:49.927
While the product looks exactly what is needed and 1'' shutter was one I was waiting for for a long time, it lucks basic options: 1. Simple digital control on/off 2. Simple digital reading of current status. Current configuration requires the use of USB control and all associated effort to write and integrate software. In some cases, this simply does not allow real-time operation.
Poster:besembeson
Posted Date:2014-08-21 12:29:50.0
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: The SH1, if used with the SC10 can be controlled using TRIGGER IN BNC located on the back panel and using the X-Gate mode, where the shutter will open on a TTL active high and close on a TTL active low. The shutter can also be controlled by use of the serial port using the command language. The front panel uses an LED to show the “Open / Close” state of the shutter, and displays the current mode, the set Open and Close timing, a shutter Alarm, and Interlock Open. Using the TRIGGER IN BNC, the SH1 can be controlled using a function generator. We are continuously improving our products so I will followup with you by email to get any particular options that are important to you so that we can look into including these in our next revision.
Poster:cuongdh
Posted Date:2014-06-02 10:22:04.367
I have concerns of vibration from this shutter on the optical table. Its sound is loud. Any solution for this? Would the diaphragm shutter be less vibrating? Would the diaphragm shutter be controlled by USB connection? Thanks
Poster:besembeson
Posted Date:2014-06-12 03:17:55.0
A Response from Bweh at Thorlabs Newton-USA: I will contact you by email to get a better understanding about the loud sound you mentioned regarding the SH05. Regarding the diaphragm shutter (SHB1), unfortunately you cannot control the unit directly via USB at the moment. External modulation is possible though via a TTL signal which can be supplied using a DAQ card for example whose output can be controlled via USB.
Poster:eric.turner
Posted Date:2013-04-01 10:57:57.13
We would like to connect SH05 to an SMA905 connector with a 200um fiber for optogenetics. Some kind of collimating lens will be required for this purpose. The two possibilites are connecting the SH05 directly to the laser, and collimating the output, or having an SMA connector on both sides of the switch cube. Can you recommend the hardward to make this connection? thanks
Poster:cdaly
Posted Date:2013-04-04 09:43:00.0
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our feedback. It would be possible to connect some collimation packages on either side of the shutter for example using the F220FC-A with the AD1109F M9 to SM05 thread adapter, but there would really not be any guarantee of coupling efficiency since the collimators would really need to be adjusted in order to ensure maximum coupling efficiency. If you were to use the SH1 shutter which is 30mm cage compatible, you would be able to use CP08 cage plate and some ER rods to mount a fiberport like the PAF-X-5-A which would allow for quite a bit of adjustment for increasing the throughput of the system.
Poster:cdaly
Posted Date:2013-02-21 15:55:00.0
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: We have electric specifications located on the specs tab for using this shutter with or without a Thorlabs controller. I will contact you directly to discuss these with you.
Poster:laurent.ruet
Posted Date:2013-02-07 07:25:18.223
Hi You do not specify the minimum pulse voltage to apply to open the shutter ? can we simply apply a step voltage of 10V to open the shutter and keep it open ? we are not interested by a short opening time.
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-02-11 09:16:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The minimum voltage to reliably open the shutter is around 8V for the SH05 and 10V for the SH1. However, the performance for the shutter cannot be guaranteed using the minimum voltage to open the shutter. You should be able to simply apply a 10VDC to the shutter and keep it open that way if you are not worried about the performance of the shutter.
Poster:sebastien.avila
Posted Date:2013-01-31 03:36:20.29
Hello, We have 3 beam shutters SH05 with 3 T-cube controlers TSC001. One of them needs to be re-enabled after an interock break. This is inconvinient in our application.(The two others re-open when the interlock comes back). Can this be changed by software or it's a malfunction of the component? (They all work on manual mode 1) Thank you very much.
Poster:sebastien.avila
Posted Date:2013-01-31 03:36:20.287
Hello, We have 3 beam shutters SH05 with 3 T-cube controlers TSC001. One of them needs to be re-enabled after an interock break. This is inconvinient in our application.(The two others re-open when the interlock comes back). Can this be changed by software or it's a malfunction of the component? (They all work on manual mode 1) Thank you very much.
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-02-08 10:28:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We will do some testing for this to find out the cause. We will contact you directly regarding this and find out more about your requirement.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-05-31 14:11:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to Neeraj: Thank you for your feedback! This will depend on the holding voltage used. 12V operation is rated at 20 deg C and to account for increased ambient. We are performing a temp rise test with 12V to see the rise and stabilization so that we can determine the long term performance when used continuously open. I will contact you with more information regarding this data.
Poster:neerajg
Posted Date:2012-05-29 12:15:19.0
Hello, My Question is regarding SH05, how long can this shutter be kept open? Under the specs it says "To keep the unit on for a long period of time, the voltage must be = 12 V to ensure that the solenoid is not damaged from heat" If the appropriate voltage is supplied, how long can the shutter be open? Thanks, Neeraj.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-05-16 17:54:00.0
Update from Tim at Thorlabs: The SH05 is shipped with adapters to switch between metric (M4-0.7) and imperial (#8-32) as this allows it to be used with the standard mounting features on our optomechanics. The reason the thread adapter screws into an M6 x .5 instead of an M6 x 1 is that when two threaded components are mounted together and you try to unthread them from a fixed component, the thread with the larger pitch almost always breaks free first. This design allows us to utilize both thread adapters to mate with our large selection of optomechanics, and also be convenient when disassembling.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-05-15 10:40:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: The SH05 is equipped with standard M4, which is compatible with our metric TR optical posts. This information can be found by clicking the red document icon next to the part number and opening either the manual or the CAD files. If you would like to use an M6 thread, we do offer M4 to M6 thread adapters at http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=1745 to serve this purpose.
Poster:
Posted Date:2012-05-15 08:43:27.0
why are the sh05 3 threaded screw holes not standard m6? It is very inconvinient. What is this m7-0.7 threadsize?
Poster:bdada
Posted Date:2012-02-13 15:31:00.0
Response from Buki to francois.brault.7: Thank you for your feedback. I have contacted you directly about the possibility of a custom shutter with gold plated mirror blades. Regarding your question on damage threshold, I'll refer to a previous response to a similar feedback: “we do not specify damage thresholds because the area of the shutter is not in the focus of a laser beam. General cutting power is from focused beams at 50 to 500Watts, 1500Watts peak. Also, a rise in temperature from absorption of a high power laser beam may cause ablation, however, this has not happened yet with any of our shutters in the field.” Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have additional questions.
Poster:francois.brault.7
Posted Date:2012-02-11 08:47:57.0
Hi Could you tell me the damage treshold of this shutter, both for continuous and Q-switched lasers? Also, do you offer gold plated mirror blades? Thank you
Poster:bdada
Posted Date:2011-09-29 13:40:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: Yes, you can use the SH05 without the SC10 controller. The pulsed control signal needed to operate the SH05 shutter can be provided by a third party controller. We will contact you to provide further assistance.
Poster:wonna
Posted Date:2011-09-29 10:54:16.0
Can I directly input the external trigger signal to beam shutter (SH05) without shutter controller (SC10)?
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-07-19 10:55:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to swb143: Thank you very much for your feedback! We would really like to evaluate the data that you have acquired about the SC10 shutter controller. I will contact you directly to discuss the results of your calibration.
Poster:swb143
Posted Date:2011-07-19 08:33:13.0
I just calibrated my own shutter (using SC10 controller) and noted that actual response to requested open times less than 40 ms is repeatable, yet highly non-linear. Ive also documented that an approximately 9 ms exposure is realized, irrespective of the requested open time, approximately once per every 32 exposures. (For the webmaster: Id be happy to include a graph of these results if "Feedback" would accommodate such uploads.)
Poster:jpalmer
Posted Date:2011-06-17 13:58:59.0
This is a test by the web team. Please disregard. Customer Email: jpalmer@thorlabs.com This customer would like to be contacted.
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-03-31 10:34:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to pontus.andersson: Thank you very much for contacting us. The max. solenoid time on specs refer to the maximum open time recommended for the shutter when pulsed voltages higher than normal operating voltages are used. For example, at 50% duty cycle and with a maximum solenoid power of 8 Watts, the maximum open time should not exceed 100 s. We would recommend operating the shutter at steady state voltage levels (10-12 V). Higher voltage inputs should be used with care and only when faster transfer open (TO) speeds are required. I will contact you directly for further assistance.
Poster:pontus.andersson
Posted Date:2011-03-30 11:01:52.0
In the manual for the SH05 beam shutter on page 7, a table can be found. I do not know how to interpret the last part of this table "Max Solenoid Time On (@20°C)". I guess I am wrong in my first assumption that it is telling me how long a pulse from an external source is allowed to be since it is longer when it is a larger part of the duty cycle. So what does it really mean?
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-03-28 17:35:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to : cychang0829: Thank you very much for submitting your request. When an internal or external pulse is signaled to the beam shutter, there are a couple of additional parameters that need to be taken into account. The first one is the transfer initialize time, or TI, which is the time from the application of an energizing voltage to the initial movement of the shutter. For the SH05, the TI spec is 8 ms. the second parameter is the minimum open pulse (MOP) of the shutter, which, as the name implies, is the minimum open time of the device, and this is mainly determined by the response time of the controller. This explains the different specifications for both the SC10 and the TSC001 controllers. When using the SC10, the MOP is 10 ms. Our manual explains these parameters in detail: http://www.thorlabs.com/Thorcat/6900/6987-D02.pdf I will contact you directly in case you have any further questions.
Poster:cychang0829
Posted Date:2011-03-25 06:48:31.0
Hello, Since the beam shutter opening time is 0.4ms and closing time is 0.6ms, the speed (continuous open and close cycle) should be able up to 1kHz. Why the shutter max speed is 25Hz and much slower of "T-Cube Shutter Controller."
Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-02-24 15:05:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to Frans Ravn: The SH05 does include a connection cable.
Poster:fr
Posted Date:2011-02-24 14:44:28.0
Does the SH05 Beam Shutter comes with a cable? BR. Frans Ravn.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-12-02 16:47:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to last poster: I will work with our mechanics and electronics departments in specifying a damage threshold value for our shutter. However, since the area of the shutter is usually not in the focus of a laser beam, and the shutter vane is made of aluminum, ablation to the shutter will only take place at power levels in the upper tens to hundreds of Watts.
Poster:
Posted Date:2010-11-29 17:31:06.0
You have left off a very basic spec. What is the maximum allowable CW laser power that the shutter will take? That is no where in your literature and is undoubtably costing you many sales on this item.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-10-14 16:38:52.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to Joe Williams: I will send you the SolidWorks and STEP models of the SH05 shortly.
Poster:Joe.Williams
Posted Date:2010-10-14 11:54:01.0
Im trying to download a solid model of Beam Shutter SH05 but the solidworks download just goes on and on without downloading anything. The STEP file just opens up a text window. Could you please send me a STEP file of this part.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-09-07 11:29:35.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to jordi.gomisbresco: although the shutter is relatively quiet, the mechanical switching may disturb noise-sensitive applications, especially when it is continuously switched from open to closed state. I will contact you directly to discuss other alternatives for your application.
Poster:jordi.gomisbresco
Posted Date:2010-09-06 17:02:47.0
Hi, We are making some measurements that are really noise sensitive. Is this shutter noisy? Thanks,
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-07-27 09:52:04.0
response from Javier at Thorlabs to leonard.hanko: Thank you for your feedback. Our electronics department is currently evaluating the feasibility of using a ceramic vane in place of the regular aluminum vane. We will get in touch directly with you to discuss the details.
Poster:leonard.hanko
Posted Date:2010-07-21 10:23:36.0
instead of aluminum could a ceramic vane be made to use in this shutter.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-07-13 09:46:44.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to michael.roth: thank you for your feedback. The shutter vane is made of .050" thick aluminum. We do not specify any damage threshold since the area of the shutter is not in the focus of a laser beam. General cutting power (damage to the aluminum) is from focused beams at 50 to 500Watts, 1500Watts peak (CO2 lasers). The shutter vane will experience a rise in temperature as a high power laser beam is absorbed. With enough power there may be ablation. If this is the case, then a safety inspection should be done periodically to inspect the condition of the vane and replacement of the damaged vane may need to be administered. This has not happened yet with any of our shutters in the field.
Poster:michael.roth
Posted Date:2010-07-13 13:51:57.0
Hello, im interested in the sh05 beam shutter. How much power can the blade of the shutter handle? Ive got a ND YAG with 1W cw at 0,4mm beam diameter. Can I use the shutter for that configuration? Thanks in adavance
Poster:klee
Posted Date:2009-12-10 11:09:12.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to ycldahai: The solenoid used in the shutter is rated at greater then 100 million cycles. The vane that is attached to the rotor has little mass and is balanced and therefore will not degrade the life time value by much.
Poster:ycldahai
Posted Date:2009-12-10 03:57:19.0
I am a user of SH05. It is very usefull for me. I want to know the life time of SH05. In other words, how many times can SH05 be opened untile it reaches its lifetime?
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CP021SM1-Threaded 30 mm Cage Plate, 0.35" Thick, 2 Retaining Rings, 8-32 Tap
TR61Ø1/2" Optical Post, SS, 8-32 Setscrew, 1/4"-20 Tap, L = 6"
SM1L301SM1 Lens Tube, 3.00" Thread Depth, One Retaining Ring Included
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SH1/M1Optical Beam Shutter with 10' Long Cable, Ø1" Aperture, Metric
ER8-P41Cage Assembly Rod, 8" Long, Ø6 mm, 4 Pack
CP02/M1SM1-Threaded 30 mm Cage Plate, 0.35" Thick, 2 Retaining Rings, M4 Tap
TR100/M1Ø12.7 mm Optical Post, SS, M4 Setscrew, M6 Tap, L = 100 mm
SM1L301SM1 Lens Tube, 3.00" Thread Depth, One Retaining Ring Included
The SH1 is compatible with SM1 Lens Tubes and 30 mm Cage Systems.
  • Default Position: Closed
  • Close Activation Time: <10 ms
  • Ideal for Laser Safety Applications
  • SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40) Aperture for SM1 Lens Tube Compatibility
  • One 8-32 (M4) Tap on Four Sides for Ø1/2" Post Mounting
  • Four 4-40 Taps Around Aperture on Both Sides for 30 mm Cage System Compatibility
  • Includes 10-Foot-Long Cable for Connection to Controller (Additional Cables Available Below)
  • Controller Not Included (Sold Below)

The SH1 Optical Beam Shutter utilizes a rotary, electro-mechanical actuator to provide millisecond shutter operation. During operation, the optical shutter remains in a closed position and then opens when a pulse control signal is applied. As long as the control voltage to the shutter remains high, the shutter stays open, but as soon as the voltage goes low, the optical shutter closes, providing inherent "fail-safe" operation. The rate at which the shutter opens can be controlled. An optical sensor, which detects the shutter blade position in the housing, provides information that confirms the state of the shutter position. This makes it ideal in applications where a laser safety lockout is required.

In order to ensure long lifetime of your optical beam shutter, the aperture should not be located near the focus of a laser beam. Please note that the solenoid's performance is not guaranteed if the case temperature exceeds 50 °C. Significant heat buildup will occur if the aperture is closed for a long time while a high-power laser is incident on the shutter.

Both sides of the aperture of the SH1 are internally SM1 (1.035"-40) threaded to easily interface with all of our SM1 lens tubes. In addition, the aperture is surrounded by four, 4-40 holes on both sides for compatibility with our 30 mm cage system. For Ø1/2" post mounting, the SH1 has four 8-32 tapped holes. The SH1/M features M4 tapped holes for compatibility with metric Ø1/2" posts.

This shutter features a single blade that slides across the aperture. Additionally, Thorlabs offers a Ø1" diaphragm shutter and controller, which has five stainless steel blades that open from the center.

Controller Options

Thorlabs offers two compatible controllers for the SH1: the SC10 and KSC101. Both include an "interlock mode" that is incorporated into the controller's logic; a physical key lock; and manual, triggered, or softare controlled operation modes. The SC10 is a benchtop controller with an RS-232 computer connection that allows the controller to be operated using the included standalone software GUI. The KSC101 is a compact K-Cube controller with a USB 3.0 (2.0 Compliant) computer connection that allows the controller to be controlled using Thorlabs' Kinesis® or legacy APT™ software packages. See the Specs tab for a comparison table of the two controller options.

A 10-foot-long cable with 6-way HRS connector is included for connecting the shutter to either the SC10 or KSC101 Shutter Controller. The SH1 can also be used with a third-party controller. For information on the control requirements, please see the Specs tab.

Beam Shutter Controller Comparison
Item # SC10 KSC101
Supply Voltage 24 V Pulse (10 V Hold) 15 VDC (7 V Average PWM Hold)
Maximum Exposure Rate 25 Hz 20 Hz
Minimum Exposure Time 10 ms 15 ms
External Triggering (TTL) One BNC Trig in and BNC Trig Out Two Bidirectional SMA Trigger Ports
Computer Connection RS232 USB 3.0 Micro B
(USB 2.0 Compliant)
Sequence Control Yes Yes
Manual Key Lock Yes Yes
Interlock 2.5 mm Jack Plug 3.5 mm Jack Plug
Software
SC10 Standalone Softwarea Kinesis® or APT™ Softwareb
Dimensions 11.5" x 5.3" x 3.0"
(292 mm x 135 mm x 76 mm)
2.36" x 2.36" x 1.94"
(60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm)
  • The SC10 includes LabVIEW VI's suitable for integrating into existing LabVIEW applications. A standalone executable written in LabWindows/CVI is also provided, allowing remote computer control of the SC10 without any additional programming.
  • The Kinesis and APT Software feature .Net and activeX controls, repectively, which can be used by 3rd party developers working in other languages, such as LabVIEW and C#,.to create custom applications.See the Kinesis Tutorials and APT Tutorials tabs below for more information,
Beam Shutter Specifications
General
Aperture Ø1.0" (25.4 mm)
Blade Material 6061-T6 Aluminum
Blade Thickness 0.06" (1.6 mm)
Solenoid Coil Resistance 31.84 Ω
Initial State Closed
Operation
Actuation Pulse 10 V to 75 V
(Time Dependent)
Holding Voltage 8 V to 15 V
Maximum Recommended
Applied Solenoid Voltagea
15 VDC (Holding)
75 VDC (Pulse)
Maximum Pulse Rate 12.5 Hz Steady, 16.6 Hz Burst
Duty Cyclea Optimum @ 8 Hz = 50%
Lifetime 1,000,000 Cycles (Typical)
Max Solenoid Power (20°C)
Steady State 9 W @ Continuous
50% Duty Cycle 18 W @ 100 s
25% Duty Cycle 36 W @ 36 s
5% Duty Cycle 180 W @ 2.8 s
Timing Specificationsc
TI 10 ms
TO 10 ms
TD/R 20 ms
TC 20 ms
MOP 40 ms
MSOP 40 ms
  • To protect the unit from heat, Thorlabs recommends applying an actuation pulse followed by a holding voltage. To keep the unit on for a long period of time, the holding voltage must be ≤12 V. Applying an actuation voltage that is below 8 V may open the shutter; however other timing specs cannot be guaranteed.
  • Measured when the SH05 was driven using the SC10 Controller.
  • See the diagram to the right and the table below for definitions.
Timing Pulses for SH05 Shutter
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Shutter Response Diagram
Timing Diagram (See Figure to the Left) Definitions
TI Transfer Initialize: the time delay between the application of the energizing voltage and the initial movement of the shutter
TO Transfer Open: the time for the shutter to move from 20% open to 80% open
TD/R Transfer Dwell/Release: the delay between the removal of the energizing voltage and the initial closing movement of the shutter
TC Transfer Close: the time for the shutter to move from 80% open to 20% open
MOP Minimum Open Pulse: minimum pulse width supplied by the SC10 or KSC101 controller
MSOP Minimum Shutter Open Time: the minimum time the shutter can be opened for using the minimum open pulse (MOP) from the SC10 or KSC101 controller

Interface Connector

HR10-7R-6S

6 Pin HRS Connector

PinDescription
1Monitor Opto Anode
2Solenoid
3Solenoid
4Monitor Opto Cathode
5Monitor Opto Emitter
6Monitor Opto Collector

Laser Safety and Classification

Safe practices and proper usage of safety equipment should be taken into consideration when operating lasers. The eye is susceptible to injury, even from very low levels of laser light. Thorlabs offers a range of laser safety accessories that can be used to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Laser emission in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges has the greatest potential for retinal injury, as the cornea and lens are transparent to those wavelengths, and the lens can focus the laser energy onto the retina. 

Laser Safety Signs
Laser Glasses Alignment Tools Shutter and Controllers
Laser Viewing Cards Blackout Materials Enclosure Systems

Safe Practices and Light Safety Accessories

  • Thorlabs recommends the use of safety eyewear whenever working with laser beams with non-negligible powers (i.e., > Class 1) since metallic tools such as screwdrivers can accidentally redirect a beam.
  • Laser goggles designed for specific wavelengths should be clearly available near laser setups to protect the wearer from unintentional laser reflections.
  • Goggles are marked with the wavelength range over which protection is afforded and the minimum optical density within that range.
  • Laser Safety Curtains and Blackout Materials can prevent direct or reflected light from leaving the experimental setup area.
  • Thorlabs' Enclosure Systems can be used to contain optical setups to isolate or minimize laser hazards.
  • A fiber-pigtailed laser should always be turned off before connecting it to or disconnecting it from another fiber, especially when the laser is at power levels above 10 mW.
  • All beams should be terminated at the edge of the table, and laboratory doors should be closed whenever a laser is in use.
  • Do not place laser beams at eye level.
  • Carry out experiments on an optical table such that all laser beams travel horizontally.
  • Remove unnecessary reflective items such as reflective jewelry (e.g., rings, watches, etc.) while working near the beam path.
  • Be aware that lenses and other optical devices may reflect a portion of the incident beam from the front or rear surface.
  • Operate a laser at the minimum power necessary for any operation.
  • If possible, reduce the output power of a laser during alignment procedures.
  • Use beam shutters and filters to reduce the beam power.
  • Post appropriate warning signs or labels near laser setups or rooms.
  • Use a laser sign with a lightbox if operating Class 3R or 4 lasers (i.e., lasers requiring the use of a safety interlock).
  • Do not use Laser Viewing Cards in place of a proper Beam Trap.

 

Laser Classification

Lasers are categorized into different classes according to their ability to cause eye and other damage. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. The IEC document 60825-1 outlines the safety of laser products. A description of each class of laser is given below:

Class Description Warning Label
1 This class of laser is safe under all conditions of normal use, including use with optical instruments for intrabeam viewing. Lasers in this class do not emit radiation at levels that may cause injury during normal operation, and therefore the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded. Class 1 lasers can also include enclosed, high-power lasers where exposure to the radiation is not possible without opening or shutting down the laser.  Class 1
1M Class 1M lasers are safe except when used in conjunction with optical components such as telescopes and microscopes. Lasers belonging to this class emit large-diameter or divergent beams, and the MPE cannot normally be exceeded unless focusing or imaging optics are used to narrow the beam. However, if the beam is refocused, the hazard may be increased and the class may be changed accordingly.  Class 1M
2 Class 2 lasers, which are limited to 1 mW of visible continuous-wave radiation, are safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure in the eye to 0.25 seconds. This category only applies to visible radiation (400 - 700 nm).  Class 2
2M Because of the blink reflex, this class of laser is classified as safe as long as the beam is not viewed through optical instruments. This laser class also applies to larger-diameter or diverging laser beams.  Class 2M
3R Lasers in this class are considered safe as long as they are handled with restricted beam viewing. The MPE can be exceeded with this class of laser, however, this presents a low risk level to injury. Visible, continuous-wave lasers are limited to 5 mW of output power in this class.  Class 3R
3B Class 3B lasers are hazardous to the eye if exposed directly. However, diffuse reflections are not harmful. Safe handling of devices in this class includes wearing protective eyewear where direct viewing of the laser beam may occur. In addition, laser safety signs lightboxes should be used with lasers that require a safety interlock so that the laser cannot be used without the safety light turning on. Class-3B lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 3B
4 This class of laser may cause damage to the skin, and also to the eye, even from the viewing of diffuse reflections. These hazards may also apply to indirect or non-specular reflections of the beam, even from apparently matte surfaces. Great care must be taken when handling these lasers. They also represent a fire risk, because they may ignite combustible material. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 4
All class 2 lasers (and higher) must display, in addition to the corresponding sign above, this triangular warning sign  Warning Symbol

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Benchtop Shutter Controller

  • Local Operation or Remote Control via LabVIEW, LabWindows, RS-232, or BNC
  • Programmable with Repeating Open/Close Sequences at Millisecond Intervals
  • LCD Front Panel with Dedicated Shutter Status Indicators
  • Safety Alarm When Coupled with SH05 and SH1 Beam Shutter
  • Key Switch Provides Additional Safety

Thorlabs' SC10 Shutter Controller provides an easy-to-use control interface for our SH05 and SH1 Beam Shutters. The shutter can be controlled by hand using the buttons on the front of the unit, and the back includes a BNC input for external triggering, a BNC output for synchronization with other equipment, and an RS-232 port for remote computer control. Dedicated lights on the front panel reveal if the shutter is enabled and if the shutter is open. It also features a keyswitch that enables opening of the shutter, helping to comply with lab laser safety requirements. In addition, it incorporates a safety interlock that overrides all system commands and closes the shutter. If the interlock is tripped, the keyswitch must be cycled to resume operations.

The easy-to-read LCD front panel provides access to the same commands as the included LabVIEW and LabWindows software packages. In addition to simply opening or closing the shutter, a repeating sequence of open and close events with exposure times as low as 10 ms can be set up and initiated either by a front panel button, a TTL pulse (+5 V), or a computer command via RS-232. Alternatively, the shutter can be synchronized to follow the rising and falling edges of an external voltage supplied over BNC.

The shutter controller includes LabVIEW VI's suitable for integrating into existing LabVIEW applications. A standalone executable written in LabWindows/CVI is also provided, allowing remote computer control of the SC10 without any additional programming. See the Software tab to download these packages.

The shutter controller's BNC output allows it to double as a standalone digital delay generator with 1 ms resolution and 0.1 ms accuracy.

In October 2012, the firmware of the SC10 was updated to address compatibility issues with our SH1 Shutter. For units purchased prior to that date, a free firmware update is available; please see the Software tab for details.

SC10 Specifications
Maximum Exposure Ratea 25 Hz
Minimum Exposure Timeb 10 ms
Typical Transfer Time 1 ms
Accuracy 0.2 ms
On/Off Timesb,c 1 ms to 999.99 s
Maximum Steady State Power 5 W
Hold Voltage Range 9 to 11.8 V
Voltage Output 24 V Pulse (10 V Hold)
Output Enable Key Switch with Interlock Connector
Operating Modes
Manual User Controlled On/Off
Single Trigger Controlled Single On/Off Cycles
Auto Trigger Controlled Multiple On/Off Cycles
X-Gate (Triggered) Shutter Controlled by BNC Input Trigger
Trig IN BNC, TTL, 2.2 - 5 V
Trig OUT BNC, TTL, 2.2 - 5 V
Output (6 Way Hirose)
Solenoid Drive 24 V Pulse (10 V Hold)
Input Power Requirements
Voltage 100 - 240 VAC
U.S. Power Cord Included
General
Instrument Weight 5 lbs (2 kg)
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H)
11.5" x 5.3" x 3.0"
(292 mm x 135 mm x 76 mm)
  • Highest frequency that the SC10 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.

Interface Connector

HR10-7R-6S

6 Pin HRS Connector

Pin Description
1 To Opto Anode (12 V limited to 20mA)
2 To Shutter Coil - 24 V Pulse - 10 V Steady State (0.4 A max)
3 To Shutter Coil - GND (on) - Open Ckt (off)
4 To Opto Cathode - GND
5 To Opto Emitter - GND
6 To Opto Collector (2.5V)

Computer Connection

D-type Female

DB9 Female

Pin Description
1 NC
2 TxD (from SC10)
3 RxD (to SC10)
4 NC
5 Signal Ground
6 NC
7 NC
8 NC
9 NC

Trigger In*

BNC Female

BNC
*10K Input Impedance, 2.2 V Min, 5 V Max

Trigger Out**

BNC Female

BNC
**2.2 V Min (500 Ohm Load), 5 V Max (Open Circuit)

Software for the SC10 Shutter Controller

Software

Version 1.2.1 (December 5, 2017)

Standard full software application packages and graphical user interfaces.

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Firmware Update

Version 1.07 (July 25, 2013)

The firmware of the SC10 has been updated to address compatibility issues with our SH1 Shutter. For units purchased prior to October 2012, a firmware update is available to ensure compatibility with both SH1 and SH05 shutters. The ability to query the status of the interlock on the device has been added. The latest update also addresses software communication bugs present in the former version.

The SC10 features a serial port for connection to a PC. In order to install the firmware update, a computer with a serial port is required. Alternately, a USB to serial adapter can be used.

Software Download

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Poster:jjurado
Posted Date:2011-08-01 10:42:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to anatoly.shchemelinin: Thank you very much for your feedback! We have been internally discussing the possibility of offering a cage-mountable beam shutter and a beam shutter with 1" aperture. Although we still are at the early stages of development, I will keep you updated with the status of these projects.
Poster:anatoly.shchemelinin
Posted Date:2011-07-29 16:56:09.0
I would greatly appreciate following products: 1. Mountable on cage system shutter 2. 1 inch shatter. Control with cube is just fine. Unfortunately, I dont have much use for 1/2 Although I have couple of these, we almost never use it.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2011-01-17 13:52:32.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to lww: Thank you for submitting your inquiry. I will send you a document with the pinout information shortly. We will also update the manual accordingly.
Poster:lww
Posted Date:2011-01-15 12:07:02.0
Hi This is POHANG Korea. We have SC10 Shutter controller. I want control form remote using RS-232 We dont have RS-232 connect pin name can i get or how can i find connector pin assingment. thank you
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KCH3011USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
KAP1011Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
TSG0011 T-Cube Strain Gauge Reader (Power Supply Not Included)
KPZ1011K-Cube Piezo Controller (Power Supply Sold Separately)
KSC1011K-Cube Solenoid Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KCH301 USB Controller Hub (Sold Separately) with Installed K-Cube and T-Cube Modules (T-Cubes Require the KAP101 Adapter)
  • Local Operation or Remote Control via USB or SMA
  • Full Kinesis® or APT™ Software Control Suite (See Motion Control Software Tab for Details)
  • Programmable with Repeating Open/Close Sequences at Millisecond Intervals
  • Manual Controls and Digital Display Allow for Mode Selection and On/Off Time Control
  • Laser Safety Interlock Jack and Safety Enable Key Switch
  • Single-Channel Power Supply Unit Sold Separately
  • Multi-Unit Operation Using USB Controller Hubs (Sold Separately)

Thorlabs' KSC101 K-Cube Shutter Controller is a compact, 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm controller that is designed for use with our SH05 and SH1 Beam Shutters. The 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 easy-to-read digital display provides access to the same commands as the included Kinesis® software package. In addition to simply opening or closing the shutter, a repeating sequence of open and close events with exposure times as low as 15 ms can be set up and initiated either by the top panel controls, a TTL pulse (+5 V), or a computer command via USB 3.0.

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. 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 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 in the image above, allows up to three T- or K-Cube controllers to be used while the KCH601 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 Timeb 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)c
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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Mechanical Drawing of the KSC101 and Included Optical Table Adapter

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

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 Male

TRIG 2
(Defaulted to Trig Out)
SMA Male

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 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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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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6-Pin, Hirose Cable

TC200CAB10 Drawing
Male Hirose Connector
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TC200CAB10 Pin Diagram
Wire Diagram
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  • 6-Pin, Male-to-Male Hirose Connector Cable
  • Compatible with Several Thorlabs Products
    • TC200 Temperature Controller
    • SC10 Shutter Controller
    • KSC101 K-Cube Shutter Controller
    • SH05 Beam Shutter, Ø1/2" Aperture
    • SH1 Beam Shutter, Ø1" Aperture
  • Cut Cable to Expose Wires for Custom Applications

The TC200CAB10 is a 10-foot-long, 6-pin, male-to-male Hirose connector cable that is compatible with our TC200 temperature controller, SH05 and SH1 beam shutters, KSC101 K-Cube shutter controller, and SC10 shutter controller. The wires in this cable cross as seen in the drawing to the right. This is not a straight-through cable.

This Hirose connector cable can also be cut to any length leaving one connectorized end and one bare end. The colored wire diagram to the right shows the relationship between the six colored wires and the pins in the connector, allowing the cut cable to be incorporated into a variety of custom applications.

Electrical Specifications
Conductor
Number of Conductors6
Conductor Gauge26 AWG
Capacitance85.306 pF/m
Propagation Velocity60%a
Conductor Resistance122.381 Ω/km
Operating Voltage (Max)300 VRMS
Current per Conductor (Max)1.2 A
Operating Temperature-20 to 80 °C
Connector
Contact Resistance (1 A, DC)10 mΩ
Insulation Resistance1000 MΩ
Voltage (Max)140 VDC
Current (Max)2 A
Operating Temperature-25 to 85 °C

a. The signal through the cable travels at 60% the speed of light

Physical Specifications
Connectors6-Pin, Male Hirose
Length10 Feet (3 m)
Insulating MaterialPVC - Polyvinyl Chloride
Insulation Thickness0.381 mm
Outer Jacket Thickness0.940 mm
Bend Radius (Min)57.150 mm

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