T-Series/Installation/motion products

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Connection to a Computer

Connect the device to a computer as follows:

1. Either plug the Mini-DIN to D-Sub serial adaptor (T-DSUB9) into your computer’s serial port, or the Mini-DIN to USB adapter (T-USBDC) into one of your computer's USB ports, then plug the device’s data cable into the adaptor. For the USB adaptor, new computers will often be able to install the necessary drivers automatically when the cable is plugged in for the first time. If the computer reports that the driver installation was unsuccessful, you can download the drivers for Windows, Mac, or Linux here. Installation instructions and troubleshooting information are available for each operation system here. You may need to use a cable extension to reach your computer. There is no need to power-down or reboot the computer.

2. Connect the power plug of your power supply to the power connector of the device (figure 2). If present, the green LED should light up indicating the device has power (some devices may not have LEDs).

3. If your device comes with a knob for manually adjusting the actuator's position, set the knob to the neutral position between forward and backward. At this point, you will feel a slight detent and the yellow light (if present) will turn off. For the device to receive computer commands, the manual knob must be in the neutral position.

4. Additional devices can simply be daisy-chained to the first (figure 3). For long chains of devices that daisy chain power, a power supply should be connected at every 2nd or 3rd device. A renumber command needs to be issued after a new device is connected, before it can be controlled independently.

5. Install software from the software page (figure 4). We recommend installing the Zaber Console to get started. As a simple first test, try entering these instructions:

Renumber all devices - Device: 0, Cmd: 2, Data: 0
Home device 1 - Device: 1, Cmd: 1, Data: 0
Move device 1 to 10,000 microsteps - Device: 1, Cmd: 20, Data: 10000

To see the microstep distance (resolution) for your device, see the specs page for that device on the respective product page.

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Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

Data Cable Wiring Diagram

Pin# Minidin 6 Female
(to next device)
Minidin 6 Male
(to previous device)
Minidin 6 female pinout.jpg Minidin 6 male pinout.jpg
1 - -
2 Receive (from next device) Transmit (toward computer)
3 Ground Ground
4 +12-16 Vdc * +12-16 Vdc *
5 - -
6 Transmit (to next device) Receive (from computer)
nc - -
* T-Series 12-16V devices only (all T-series devices, except T-LSQ, T-LST, T-MCA)

Note that multiple cable suppliers have been used over the years, each implementing different color codes. Rather than relying on the wire colors, it is recommended that users perform a continuity test to determine which wires are connected to which pins on their own device.

To connect a Zaber device to a computer serial port requires a T-DSUB9 adaptor. It looks similar to an old PS/2 serial mouse adaptor, but it has different wiring.