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Thermal Advantage,Instrument Control,Q SeriesTM,Getting Started Guide. Revision E,Issued February 2004, Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 1. 2001 2004 by TA Instruments,109 Lukens Drive,New Castle DE 19720. The material contained in this manual and in the online help for the software used to support this instrument. is believed adequate for the intended use of the instrument If the instrument or procedures are used for pur. poses other than those specified herein confirmation of their suitability must be obtained from TA Instruments. Otherwise TA Instruments does not guarantee any results and assumes no obligation or liability TA Instru. ments also reserves the right to revise this document and to make changes without notice. TA Instruments may have patents patent applications trademarks copyrights or other intellectual property. covering subject matter in this document Except as expressly provided in written license agreement from TA. Instrument the furnishing of this document does not give you any license to these patents trademarks copy. rights or other intellectual property, TA Instruments Operating Software as well as Module Data Analysis and Utility Software and their associ. ated manuals and online help are proprietary and copyrighted by TA Instruments Purchasers are granted a. license to use these software programs on the module and controller with which they were purchased These. programs may not be duplicated by the purchaser without the prior written consent of TA Instruments Each. licensed program shall remain the exclusive property of TA Instruments and no rights or licenses are granted to. the purchaser other than as specified above, 2 Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide.
Important TA Instruments Manual Supplement, Please click on the links below to access important information supplemental to this. Getting Started Guide,TA Instruments Trademarks,TA Instruments Patents. Other Trademarks,TA Instruments End User License Agreement. TA Instruments Offices, Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 3. Table of Contents,Important TA Instruments Manual Supplement 3.
Table of Contents 4,Notes Cautions and Warnings 5, Chapter 1 Getting Started with Instrument Control 7. Overview 7,Introducing the Q SeriesTM Explorer 7,Opening the Q Series Explorer 8. Instrument Control Basics 9,Functions of the Panes 10. Sequence Pane 10,Experimental View Pane 10,Signal Display Pane 10. Running Segment Pane 11,RealTime Plot Pane 11,Understanding the Instrument Run Status Bar 12.
Viewing the Status Bar 12,Introducing the Tool Bar 12. Chapter 2 An Introduction to Experimental Setup 13. Basic Experimental Steps 13,Programming the Experiment 14. Using the Summary Page 14,Using the Procedure Page 16. Saving or Viewing a Procedure 17,Using the Notes Page 17. Creating Custom Methods 19, Basic Instructions for Creating a Custom Method 19.
Creating a New Method 20,Removing a Segment 20,Reordering Segments 20. Copying and Pasting Segments 20,Inserting a Segment 21. Preparing the Instruments 22,Starting An Experiment 22. Monitoring Running Experiments 23, 4 Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide. Notes Cautions and Warnings, The following conventions are used throughout this guide to point out items of importance to you as you read.
through the instructions, A NOTE highlights important information about equipment or procedures. A CAUTION emphasizes a procedure that may damage equipment or cause loss of. data if not followed correctly, A WARNING indicates a procedure that may be hazardous to the operator or to the. environment if not followed correctly, Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 5. 6 Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide. Getting Started with Instrument Control, Before you begin this section we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basic operation of the. operating system Refer to the documentation provided with the operating system for information. This manual provides you with a brief explanation of the Q SeriesTM Explorer which is used to access the. networked instruments and Thermal Advantage Q SeriesTM Instrument Control which is used to control a. specific instrument and general guidelines for setting up an experimental run sequence. If you have the Advantage IntegrityTM option instrument control operation is slightly different Consult the. Advantage Integrity Getting Started Guide and online help for additional information. Introducing the Q SeriesTM Explorer, The Q Series Explorer Window shown below is a customizable graphical user interface for TA Messaging.
Agent TAMA It allows you to set up view and control any instruments currently connected to the supplied. private Ethernet Hub or a Local Area Network LAN The Q Series Explorer is also used to monitor the status of. data transmission from the instrument to any controller via the Data File Acceptor DFA. Change View World,Explorer Wide Web,Instrument,Information Settings. View Refresh,Instruments,DFA Status Views, Before starting the Q Series Explorer check that both the instrument s and the controller are connected to the. hub and powered on For further details regarding the connection and operation of the instrument refer to the. appropriate instrument Getting Started guide or the online help. Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 7. Opening the Q Series Explorer, To open the Q Series Explorer double click on the icon located on your desktop to start the program. The Q Series Explorer is used to perform the following functions. To connect to an instrument and open instrument control. Double click on the instrument icon e g in the Online Instrument view to connect to a selected. instrument and automatically open the instrument control software for that instrument See the next. section for basic information on the instrument control software. Right click on the instrument icon e g on the Online Instrument view then select Connect to the. instrument to connect to the instrument and automatically open the instrument control software for that. instrument See the next section for basic information on the instrument control software. To perform other instrument related functions, Right click on the instrument icon e g on the Online Instrument view and select Setup Instrument. to make changes to the instrument settings such as synchronize the instruments and PC s date and time. updating module software resetting the instruments parameters and configuring the instrument s network. Click the various icons on the Q Series Explorer tool bar to view the status of each instrument any error. information associated with that instrument or the data file acceptor DFA status. Access the drop down menu from the upper left corner icon and the right click pop up menu to perform. various functions, NOTE For more detailed information on the functions of the Explorer access the online help.
in the program, 8 Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide. Instrument Control Basics, The Instrument Control Window is divided into three geographical regions the left pane the middle pane and. right pane with the middle pane having three possible views Experimental see figure below RealTime Plot or. RealTime Plot Full View, At the top of the window is the main menu and the tool bar. Below the tool bar is the instrument run status bar. The left pane displays the sequence or run list information. The middle pane displays run information and this information can be displayed in any of the following. views Experimental or RealTime Plot, The right pane is divided into three additional panes the top right the middle right and the bottom right. The top right pane displays the list of signals, The middle right pane displays the current running method.
The bottom right pane displays the RealTime Plot when Experimental view is selected. At the very bottom of the window is the Status bar which displays the current instrument status current. selected mode method segment and run number for the current sequence and the instrument time. This chapter gives you basic information on each of these items. Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 9. Functions of the Panes, Each window pane allows you to perform certain functions while keeping other operations in view The basic. function of each pane is described as follows,Sequence Pane. The Sequence Pane displays the list of runs and the current sequence current run status. for each of the runs in the sequence The run with the arrow next to it is the scheduled. run the run that will execute when Start is selected Buttons and a pop up menu are also. available in this pane to perform various functions on the runs in the sequence. Experimental View Pane, The Experiment View Pane located in the middle of the Instrument Control window is. used to define the selected mode the sample information and the method conditions for. each run The corresponding run number is displayed in the lower left corner of this. window The window is divided into three main information pages Summary Proce. dure and Notes Below is a brief, description of the three Experimental View pages For. detailed information refer to the online help in the instru. ment control software, Summary Page The Summary Page contains the selected.
test sample name and pan number comments data file. name and path and any selected automated Autoanalysis. Procedure Page The Procedure Page contains run condi. tion information for the selected test such as the method. and the advanced and post test parameters, Notes Page The Notes Page contains the operator name. pan type as well as Mass Flow Control MFC information. for the sample purge such as selected gas type and flow. rates if applicable,Signal Display Pane, The Signal Display Pane DSC shown to the right is a. customizable instrument control window that allows the user. to select the real time signals they want displayed during an. experiment These same signals are also available for plotting. in the RealTime Plot window, 10 Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide. Running Segment Pane, When a run is in progress you can see which method segment. the instrument is processing in the procedure by viewing the. Running Segment Pane The Running Segment Pane is used. to view the loaded method segments for the current run i e. the run number with the arrow next to it in the sequence list. The red check mark indicates that the method segment has. been successfully completed and the green arrow signifies the. current running method segment, To modify the running procedure right click inside this pane.
to open a pop up menu and click on Modify Running Method. or Go To Next Segment For more information on this. function consult the online documentation,RealTime Plot Pane. To view the data points as they are collected from the instru. ment during a run look at the RealTime Plot Pane You can. customize the way the plot is displayed by changing the axis. signals colors and fonts used Right click inside the RealTime. Plot Pane to display the menu available for these functions. NOTE You can resize all of these panes just,like you resize windows by pulling the sides or. corners using the double headed arrows When,you close the Advantage program the views. and pane sizes are automatically saved for,future recall. To enlarge the RealTime Plot image you can change the views. by selecting RealTime Plot View or RealTime Plot Full View from the tool bar. Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 11. Understanding the Instrument Run Status Bar, The Instrument Run Status Bar contains 3 views Last Error Data File Acceptor DFA Status and Current Run.
Select this icon to display the last recorded instrument error. Select this icon to display the current data file information DFA status such as Transmission State. Number of Bytes Received and Data Path Name, Select this icon to display the current Instrument Run Status This window is user defined using the. Instrument Preferences options and can contain any or all of the following information such as. Instrument Run State Temperature Data Storage State Gas Number Event State Method Segment. Weight Range three selectable signals Signal 1 Signal 2 and Signal 3 and color selection for the. Viewing the Status Bar, At the very bottom of the window is the status bar which displays the current instrument status current. selected mode method segment and run number for the current sequence and the instrument time. To display or hide the status bar check or uncheck the Status Bar command in the View menu. The status bar shows actions of menu items as you use the arrow keys to navigate through menus This area. similarly shows messages that describe the actions of tool bar buttons as you move the cursor over them. Introducing the Tool Bar, Check View Tool Bar to display the tool bar DSC Autosampler shown here or uncheck it to clear the tool bar. To customize the tool bar buttons place the pointer in the tool bar right click to display the pop up menu and. select Customize Toolbar A window is displayed that allows you to change the buttons. Use the tool bar to start stop suspend reject or resume a running experiment You can also use the tool bar to. Q SeriesTM Instrument Control Getting Started Guide 7 Overview Before you begin this section we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basic operation of the operating system Refer to the documentation provided with the operating system for information

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