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MCL MicroDrive

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Summary:Controls Mad City Labs (MCL) Micro-Drive XY stage
Author:Mad City Labs
Platforms:Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32bit)
Since version1.2.36
Example Config File:Example Config File (Sets up the Micro-Drive with the DemoCamera.)

The MCL Micro-Drive controls the MicroStage series stage devices.

The Micro-Drive is a USB enabled controller to be used with the motorized MicroStage series offered by Mad City Labs. The MicroDrive allows control and reading of encoder position with resolution of 20nm or 5nm and step-sizes down to 25nm. The MicroStage series can be used in conjunction with Mad City Labs Nanopositioning systems for a complete positioning solution.

As of this writing (MM 1.4.15), using this device adapter requires version 10.10 of the Jungo WinDriver that is installed from the MCL installation CD. You can check the version of the driver in the Windows Device Manager.
To correctly use the XY List feature, including the "Calibrate" button, the positioning type must be set to "Absolute" on the Device/Property Browser. However, "Calibrate" on the Device/Property Browser (see below) calibrates correctly using either absolute or relative positioning.

The following properties are currently implemented in the Micro-Manager MCL Micro-Drive adapter:

Position Type Sets the positioning type as either absolute or relative positioning. The default positioning type is relative.
Set Origin Sets the current position as the origin by reseting the Micro-Drive's encoders.
Return to Origin Returns the MicroStage to the position defined as the origin.
Calibrate Calibrates the Micro-Drive by moving the MicroStage to the X and Y forward limits, setting this position as the origin, and returning the MicroStage to the position it was when calibrate was selected. This works exactly the same as the "Calibrate" button on the XY List but allows for calibration when positioning type is selected as relative.
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