||ASET 2.00 Setup Notes
Software Setup notes for ASET v2.00 on Windows XP
These notes are for setting up ASET v2.00 to run on Windows XP.
It is assumed that the following hardware is being used:
If you already have your NI hardware installed properly and want to jump to the notes on
setting up ASET, click here.
- National Instruments PCI-6036E A/D card
- National Instruments PCI-14xx Frame Grabber (PCI-1411 is typical)
- National Instruments PCI-73x4 Motion Control Interface (PCI-7334 is typical)
Before installing any NI hardware in the computer, make sure to load the drivers for the
A/D Card ('Traditional' NI DAQ 7.0) and the Frame Grabber (IMAQ v3.0.0 or later) and the Motion Control
Card (FlexMotion v6.1 or later). These drivers are shipped with the hardware cards or can
be downloaded for free from www.ni.com.
After you install the software drivers, turn of the computer, install the hardware, then
reboot the computer and start up the National Instruments Measurement and Automation Explorer
(NI-MAX). Expand the Configuration tree on the left pane until it looks as follows:
PCI-6036E A/D Card
The PCI-6036E A/D Card should not need any modifications to the setup.
PCI-14xx Frame Grabber
Expand the NI-IMAQ Devices entry to find the PCI-14xx entry as shown below. Right click
on the 'img0' entry and select the camera type that corresponds to the camera you are using.
Note that the image size specified in the ASET setup must match the image size specified in
NI-MAX. A table is given below which indicates the image sizes for various cameras. It is a
good idea to confirm that the frame grabber is working by connecting a video signal to the input
and clicking on the 'Grab' button at the top of the NI-MAX window. This should result in a live
image being displayed in the center of the NI-MAX window.
PCI-73x4 Motion Controller
Expand the PCI-73x4 entry and select Axis Configuration and enter the appropriate values
for the system being used. After adjusting the settings, right click on the 'Default 7340'
entry and select 'Apply changes to current settings', and then click the 'Initialize' button
at the top of the NI-MAX window. The settings for a typical closed loop system with a
16 microsteps/step driver are shown here:
- The Axis Type must be Stepper, NOT Servo
- Make sure the board's firmware is current, see below
To update the board's firmware, select the PCI-73x4 entry in the Configuration Tree and then click
on the Firmware tab at the bottom of the middle section of the NI-MAX window. Then right click
on the 'PCI-73x4 Firmware' entry at the top of the firmware list and select 'Update All Firmware Sectors'.
NI Software Versions
To determine what version of National Instruments Hardware Drivers you have installed,
start NI-MAX and select Help>>System Information and Support:
Click on the System tab, and look for the following entries:
ASET Software Configuration
Start ASET and in the opening Dialog click 'System Setup':
You will see the following dialog:
Click OK and then you can work on the System Setup as described below.
A/D Setup in ASET
Select System>>A/D Board>>Setup:
In the A/D Setup dialog, the Device ID must match the Device ID from NI-MAX.
It is also generally good to keep the sampling rate in the range of 1,000-10,000 samples per second for most applications.
Frame Grabber Setup in ASET
Select System>>Frame Grabber>>Setup:
In the Frame Grabber Setup dialog,
- the channel number 'Chan:' must match the digit N in the 'imgN' entry in NI-MAX.
- the Color Table should be set to 24 bit RGB, even for monochrome (black and white) cameras.
- the Width and Height for the Preview and Capture windows should match the
Acquisition Window Width and Height entries in NI-MAX. Note that RS170/NTSC uses a 640x480
window while PAL uses a 768x576 window.
Motion Controller Setup in ASET
In the Motion Control Setup dialog,
The selection of closed loop versus open loop is settled through proper configuration of the Axis Configuration
settings in NI-MAX as described above.
- The Board ID must match the Board ID from NI-MAX
- The Resolution (steps per micron) must match the configuration of the stage being used,
20.157 steps/micron for stages built before April 2005, 25.197 for stagest built later.
- The Positive Motion Mask may need to be adjusted to reverse the sense of
the direction for a given keyhit. Changing from 0 to 1 or 1 to 0 reverses the sense of the motion for that axis.
Maintained by Anastasia Karplus
last updated 5/26/2005
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