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Installation

The {{{Device}}} can be connected 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 unit. The green LED should light up indicating the unit has power.
  3. Additional devices can simply be daisy-chained to the first. See Daisy-Chaining Devices below.
  4. Install software from the Software page. For the initial setup, it is recommended that Zaber Console is used.

[[File:{{{Connector}}}_PC_Connection.jpg|500px|link=|{{{Device}}} PC Connection Setup]]

As a simple first test, try entering these instructions:

/renumber↵ (T:2)
/1 home↵ (T:1)
/1 move rel 10000↵ (T:21:10000)

The parameter of 10000 in the move command above specifies 10000 microsteps. To see the microstep size (default resolution) for the device and how it translates to displacement, first go to the product overview page, find your device, click through to the device's webpage, and click on the "Series Specs" tab. The microstep size (default resolution) will be shown in the list of product specs either in the "Group Specifications" section or the "Comparison" section.

Daisy-Chaining Devices

Multiple devices can be connected together in a chain through the Prev and Next or USB and Next connectors. This allows any number of devices to be controlled from a single connection to a computer, reducing cabling demands. A power supply needs to be connected to each device in the chain. Whenever a device is added or removed from a chain, a renumber (T:2) command should be sent to prevent device-address conflicts.

[[File:{{{Connector}}}_Chain_w500.jpg|500px|link=|{{{Device}}} Daisy Chain Setup]]

Zaber recommends having two separate chains when the connector types differ. To daisy-chain devices with different connectors, the following steps should be followed:

  • DSUB9 and MiniDin 6 with firmware version at or below 6.05: (Binary Protocol Chain)
    The DSUB9 devices' comm.protocol (T:123) should be set to 1 (Binary) and the comm.rs232.baud (T:122) set to 9600.
    The DSUB9 devices should be chained together closest to the computer
    A T-DSUB9 connector can be used to connect the two strings of devices together.
  • DSUB9 and MiniDin 6 with firmware version at or above 6.06: (ASCII Protocol Chain)
    The Minidin6 devices' comm.protocol (T:123) should be set to 2 (ASCII) and the comm.rs232.baud (T:122) set to 115200.
    The DSUB9 devices should be chained together closest to the computer
    A T-DSUB9 connector can be used to connect the two strings of devices together.

For assistance please contact Zaber Technical Support

Grounding

To prevent damage to the device due to static buildup, the device should be properly grounded.

Failure to ground the unit may result in the unit shutting down unexpectedly or ceasing to communicate with the computer. This problem can be minimized by not touching the unit during operation. If the unit fails due to static discharge, unplugging it and plugging it back in or sending a system restore (T:36) command will usually fix the problem.

Most Zaber devices are grounded via the shield wire of the data cables. This should normally provide a path to ground via the computer. For units which are being used without a computer, a ground lead should be connected to the chassis pin of the power supply connector.

Note: Encoder-embedded devices are sensitive to electrically noisy environments. Static discharges can affect position calibration and cause unstable behaviour. If the device is behaving strangely, verify that the device is properly grounded, reset the device (either by the system reset (T:0) command or by disconnecting then reconnecting power), then re-initialize the device with the home (T:1) command.