Scantraq controls and acquires data from Perkin Elmer, Agilent
(HP, Cary), Ocean Optics, etc. Scantraq
provides a powerful, flexible and well-supported alternative to the
supplied by instrument manufacturers.
Scantraq LT supports
Lambda 2 through 45
spectrophotometers as well as Lambda
and Cary 1-3 (100-300). Please contact us for further information.
Scantraq? Automation! That's why! See how Scantraq
interfaces with ancillary hardware and software (like
Excel). (2 min).
Automation. Graphics for quality assurance and reports that far
exceed the capabilities of instrument manufacturers' DAQ software.
The instruments listed below are
directly supported. Scantraq users can run all; i.e. there is no additional charge
for running a Lambda 900 and Cary 500 from the same computer. Please contact us
for information about other models. Scantraq can also be utilized with other
We are often asked about Shimadzu and Hitachi.
Despite requests from their own sales teams, management
refuses to document control codes and/or drivers. (Our
Hitachi support is only for legacy models.) We recommend
that you buy their instruments only if pleased with the
current capabilities of Shimadzu's UVProbe or
Hitachi's UV Solutions. We are unable to
provide automation support; the best we can do is import and
convert spectral data files.
Scan methods are
edited in Scantraq and uploaded as required. While application software supplied by spectrophotometer
manufacturers is not run during Scantraq operation, there are cases where
manufacturer's driver software and FTG servers
Perkin Elmer's Spectrum software (32-bit
Windows) is required
for legacy GX (2000) initialization and setup. Configurations are stored as Setup
Files (*.set). The name of the setup file is subsequently specified in
Scantraq. Since Scantraq can change scan range, only a few Setup Files are
required in practice.
Click here for information about PE Spectrum FTIR. Spectrum Express
users are advised to update to Spectrum 10.
here for information about Ocean Optics. Nicolet is supported via
commands sent to OMNIC software.
Agilent's WinUV is required for Cary operation. Only a minimum installation (Cary System + Scan
application) is needed.
Perkin Elmer's UV Winlab 6.04 or newer is
required for Lambda 650-1050 operation with Universal Reflectance Accessory
or Triple Detector Module.
PerkinElmer Lambda 16/18/19 is supported on
32-bit Windows XP/Vista/7
via a PCI board and custom cable. Click
here for important details. The Agilent 8453 version supports NI and HP IEEE-488 cards.
Do your older PE instruments need service? We suggest you contact
8453 Lamp Intensity Test
8453 Diagnostic Capabilities
Agilent (HP) 8453 version of Scantraq adds diagnostic capabilities.
This reduces or eliminates the need to use ChemStation software for diagnostic
purposes. Unlike ChemStation, Scantraq supports the 8453's serial (USB)
interface as well as LAN. It also supports NI GPIB, but this offers
no advantage for most users.
Scantraq supports absorbance, 'V' and 'VW' reflectance modes.
Wavelength units include Angstroms, nm, microns, and 1/cm. Data file types: Sample,
Baseline (blocked sample beam, usually 0%), Reference (open sample beam, usually 100%),
and 'NIST' Standard files. Data files may be loaded from disk, scanned or replaced by
constants as appropriate. For ease of use Baseline, Reference, and Standard spectra need
not have the same wavelength spacing as Sample data. During data acquisition results are
plotted on-screen in spectrophotometer units (0-100%); final reduced values are displayed
in physical units.
Scan Range is defined by three wavelength or
wavenumber values: minimum, maximum and interval. In addition a Wave (length/number) List
can be specified. The Wave List is useful for spectra with differing characteristics in
different bands, i.e. blocking in two regions and transmission in another. The Wave
List is also useful for devices whose specifications are defined at particular laser
wavelengths. Infrared instruments which actually scan in wavenumbers (1/cm) can appear to
scan in wavelength (nm or microns).
beyond its friendly Windows point and click interface, Scantraq includes
programmable development modules for automation, user-defined procedures, calculations, graphs and
reports. The optional Scantraq Database provides industry-standard (MS
Access-compatible) database technology including SQL.
An interpreter with syntax highly compatible with
Includes dialog editor, interface to user-developed DLL's, DDE, 32-bit Windows objects
browser. BASIC Automates all other modules in the Development System.
Client-server integration with other Windows applications.
Fringe counting for moderately thick films
FFT method for very thick films
FFT verification window
The Film Thickness Module
enables users to quickly and automatically obtain film thickness in cases where
films are thick enough to display fringes. Fringe counting and FFT
algorithms are available.
Applications include lacquers and similar coatings. While film index must be known
with reasonable accuracy, the substrate index is not required.
A calibration routine compensates for any resulting errors.
The program is intended as an
industrial tool and runs standalone or as ActiveX client or
server. It includes Scantraq BASIC and can run Scantraq or be
run from Scantraq. It can be used directly with our Ocean
Optics or Zeiss ActiveX servers. It provides smoothing
algorithms for dealing with noisy spectra.
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