The Gardasoft TR-CL180 is a single-channel industrial Lens Controller which provides very accurate and repeatable control of tunable lenses. The TR-CL180 has been developed in close collaboration with Optotune. The TR-CL180 includes a precise, constant current drive for the liquid lens and is able to read data stored within the liquid lens. It is compatible with Optotune EL-10-30-Ci, EL-16-40-TC and EL-3-10 tunable lenses.
A new white paper discusses the embedded implementation of lens control for motorised lenses and liquid lenses: Embedded Lens Control White Paper.
With a fast focus change (1ms), the TR-CL180 enables dynamic lens control in Machine Vision systems which must function with objects of varying heights – Postal identification for example.
Microscopy and Life Sciences are also key market sectors for tunable lens control, addressing applications such as Z slices, Light sheet imaging, In vivo (live tissue) imaging, and many types of automated imaging. There is a National Instruments LabVIEW Utility available for the TR-CL Series, and this is particularly relevant for applications in these sectors.
|Output channels||One channel, including constant current lens drive and lens EEPROM data communications. Automatically reads data from EEPROM inside lens which calibrates the controller response. The performance of the controller is therefore automatically tailored to each individual lens.|
|Lens compatibility||Compatible with following Optotune lens ranges|
Full current calibration with lens temperature compensation
|Operating modes||Three operating modes:|
1. Single configurable optical power
2. Two optical powers, selected by digital input
3. Optical power set by analog input
|Digital input||Smart input 3V-24V, TTL, NPN, PNP compatible|
|Analog input||0V to 10V, 7K input impedance|
Nominal 12-bit resolution
|Refocus latency||6ms (not including lens response)|
|Output current||-400mA to +400mA in 0.1mA steps Accuracy +/- 0.5mA|
|Output voltage||-16V to +16V|
|User interface||Ethernet (easy to use browser by means of in-built Web server)|
|User SDK||Triniti SDK, applications written in C#, C++, VB|
|Lens connector||6-way Hirose HR 10 G lens connector|
|Power supply||24V +/-10%. An SELV power supply is required|
Input power 10W maximum
|Operating temperature||5 to 50°C|
|Humidity||Up to 95% non-condensing|
|Dimensions||120mm x 101mm x 35mm|
|Mounting||DIN rail mount|