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Michael Radunsky [SLICE-QT Four-Channel Temperature Controller Quick Start Guide]
slice:quick_start_qt [2021/08/26 14:26] (current)
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-======SLICE-QT Four-Channel Temperature Controller Quick Start Guide ======+======SLICE-QTC Four-Channel Temperature Controller Quick Start Guide ======
  
-Model No. SLICE-QT+Model No. SLICE-QT AND SLICE-QTC
  
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 Document Last Updated on ~~LASTMOD~~ Document Last Updated on ~~LASTMOD~~
  
-Please read [[:limited_warranty|Limited Warranty]] and [[:warnings_cautions|General Warnings and Cautions]] prior to operating the SLICE-QT.+Please read [[:limited_warranty|Limited Warranty]] and [[:warnings_cautions|General Warnings and Cautions]] prior to operating the SLICE-QTC.
  
-[[slice:qt|SLICE-QT Owner's Manual]]\\ +====Links==== 
-[[https://www.vescent.com/products/electronics/slice/slice-qt-four-channel-temperature-controller/|SLICE-QT]] web page.\\+ 
 +Click here for the [[slice:qt|SLICE-QTC Owner's Manual]]\\ 
 +Click here for the [[slice:qt:API|SLICE-QTC API]].\\ 
 +Click here for the [[slice:Z-N|Ziegler-Nichols loop tuning instructions]].\\ 
 +Click here for the [[https://www.vescent.com/products/electronics/slice/slice-qt-four-channel-temperature-controller/|SLICE-QTC]] web page.\\ 
 +Click here for the [[https://github.com/Vescent|Github page for SLICE-QTC GUI]]\\ 
 +Click here for the [[https://github.com/Vescent/SLICE-QT-Firmware-Upgrade|Github page for SLICE-QTC firmware revisions]]\\
 Contact [[sales@vescent.com|sales [at] vescent [dot] com]] for questions and corrections, or to request added functionality. Contact [[sales@vescent.com|sales [at] vescent [dot] com]] for questions and corrections, or to request added functionality.
 +
  
 =====Description===== =====Description=====
  
-The SLICE-QT is a high-precision temperature controller (see <imgref qt_prod_shot>).+The SLICE-QTC is a high-precision temperature controller (see <imgref qt_prod_shot>).  It will control up to four thermal plants with sub-millikelvin precision.
  
-<imgcaption qt_prod_shot|The SLICE-QT>{{ slice:front-angle-acs-large.jpg?200|}}</imgcaption>+<imgcaption qt_prod_shot|The SLICE-QTC>{{ slice:front-angle-acs-large.jpg?200|}}</imgcaption>
  
 =====Purchase Includes===== =====Purchase Includes=====
-  * SLICE-QT Temperature Control Unit+  * SLICE-QTC Temperature Control Unit
   * AC power cord with appropriate wall plug for you location (if known)   * AC power cord with appropriate wall plug for you location (if known)
   * Four single-ended 6-ft control cables((More cables may be purchased separately))   * Four single-ended 6-ft control cables((More cables may be purchased separately))
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 ===== Getting Started ===== ===== Getting Started =====
-  * When presented with a given view, it is possible to select the functionality or change the values in any field bordered in <color black/hsl(213, 80%, 60%)>blue</color> When a particular field is actively being edited, its border will be <color black/yellow>yellow</color>+When presented with a given view, it is possible to select the functionality or change the values in any field bordered in <color black/hsl(213, 80%, 60%)>blue</color> When a particular field is actively being edited, its border will be <color black/yellow>yellow</color>
  
 +  - Using <tabref pinout>, make connections from the SLICE-QTC to your thermal plant via the cables supplied by Vescent.  Peel the shield back to make connections.  The shield is connected to the SLICE-QTC case.  It is not recommended to connect the shield to the plant as ground loops may be formed, degrading performance.
 +  - Use the supplied AC power cord to provide power to the SLICE-QTC.  The power converter inside the unit will accept any line voltage within the range in <tabref v_rng>.
 +  - Turn on the SLICE-QTC with the power switch on the back of the unit located on the power entry module.
   - From the Home screen, touch the CH icon for the channel to be used to go to the Channel Detail screen.   - From the Home screen, touch the CH icon for the channel to be used to go to the Channel Detail screen.
   - Touch Settings > Load Limits   - Touch Settings > Load Limits
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   - Touch Settings > Plant   - Touch Settings > Plant
     - Enter in the parameters for your thermistor.\\ Note: Enter EITHER Beta, Reference Temperature, and Reference Resistance OR the Steinhart-Hart Constants, A, B, and C.  The other set of parameters will be automatically calculated.     - Enter in the parameters for your thermistor.\\ Note: Enter EITHER Beta, Reference Temperature, and Reference Resistance OR the Steinhart-Hart Constants, A, B, and C.  The other set of parameters will be automatically calculated.
-    - Select the Transducer Type: either TEC/Bipolar or Heater/Monopolar. +    - Select the Transducer Type: either TEC/Bipolar or Heater/Monopolar as appropriate to your plant
-    - When choosing TEC/Bipolar, also select Negative of Positive Polarity+    - When choosing TEC/Bipolar, also select Negative of Positive Polarity as appropriate
-  - Using <tabref pinout>, make connections from the SLICE-QT to your thermal plant via the cables supplied by Vescent.  Peel the drain (shield) back to make connections.  The shield is grounded at the SLICE-QT.  Use caution grounding the shield at the transducer end as ground loops may be formed, degrading performance+    Return to the CH Detail screen by touching the accept icon.
-  Use the supplied AC power cord to provide power to the SLICE-QT.  The power converter inside the unit will accept any line voltage within the range in <tabref v_rng>+
-  - Turn on the SLICE-QT with the power switch on the back of the unit located on the power entry module. +
-  - Touch a Channel Label icon to enter the Channel Details screen. +
-  - Touch the Setpoint Temperature Icon to enter in the desired set point temperature.+
   - Touch Settings > Limits   - Touch Settings > Limits
     - Set the absolute minimum and absolute maximum temperature allowed for your plant.     - Set the absolute minimum and absolute maximum temperature allowed for your plant.
     - Set the lock range.  This range determines over what value of ∆T = T<sub>act</sub> - T<sub>set</sub> the system is considered to be locked.  If ∆T is outside of this range, the Error field will change from green to yellow.  This range will appear as yellow dashed lines on the plot of ∆T vs. time on the Channel Detail screen.       - Set the lock range.  This range determines over what value of ∆T = T<sub>act</sub> - T<sub>set</sub> the system is considered to be locked.  If ∆T is outside of this range, the Error field will change from green to yellow.  This range will appear as yellow dashed lines on the plot of ∆T vs. time on the Channel Detail screen.  
 +    - Return to the CH Detail screen by touching the accept icon.
 +  - Touch the Setpoint Temperature button to enter the desired set point temperature.
   - Touch Settings > PID   - Touch Settings > PID
     - Set the PID parameters for your plant     - Set the PID parameters for your plant
-      - Touch each window to set the given parameter +      - Touch each window to set the given parameter.  We recommend the Ziegler-Nichols method of loop tuning.(([[https://staff.guilan.ac.ir/staff/users/chaibakhsh/fckeditor_repo/file/documents/Optimum%20Settings%20for%20Automatic%20Controllers%20(Ziegler%20and%20Nichols,%201942).pdf|Optimum Settings for Automatic Controllers, by J.G. Zieger and N. B. Nichols]] and\\ 
-      - We recommend the Ziegler-Nichols method of setting your PID parameters((A usable discussion of the Ziegler-Nichols method can be found here: http://faculty.mercer.edu/jenkins_he/documents/TuningforPIDControllers.pdf))+[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziegler%E2%80%93Nichols_method|Wikipedia]]))  [[Z-N|Instructions on using this method can be found here]].
   -  Touch the OFF icon to engage the temperature servo   -  Touch the OFF icon to engage the temperature servo
   - Monitor on the performance screen to ensure system settles   - Monitor on the performance screen to ensure system settles
  
-| {{ :warning-sign.png?100&nolink }}  | Use caution grounding the shield at the transducer end of the interface cable as ground loops may be formed, degrading performance.                                        +| {{ :warning-sign.png?100&nolink }}  | Use caution grounding the shield (drain) at the transducer end of the interface cable as ground loops may be formed, degrading performance.  Consider floating the plant or not connecting the shield to the plant chassis.                                      
-| {{ :warning-sign.png?100&nolink }}  | WHEN USING A RESISTIVE HEATER, be sure to set the transducer type (CH X > Settings > Plant) to Heater/Monopolar.  If set to TEC/Bipolar, attempts by the SLICE-QT to actively cool your plant will result in a thermal runaway condition. |+| {{ :warning-sign.png?100&nolink }}  | WHEN USING A RESISTIVE HEATER, be sure to set the transducer type (CH X > Settings > Plant) to Heater/Monopolar.  If set to TEC/Bipolar, attempts by the SLICE-QTC to actively cool your plant could result in a thermal runaway condition. |
  
 <WRAP center round box 60%><tabcaption pinout |Cable pinout> <WRAP center round box 60%><tabcaption pinout |Cable pinout>
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 | 3                           | White                     | Thermistor+   | 22       | | 3                           | White                     | Thermistor+   | 22       |
 | 4                           | Blue                      | Thermistor-   | 22       | | 4                           | Blue                      | Thermistor-   | 22       |
-| Metal Sleeve                | Thermistor Ground Shield                 || 24       |+| Metal Sleeve                | Ground Shield                 || 24       |
 </tabcaption></WRAP> </tabcaption></WRAP>
  
-You may purchase more cables separately from Vescent Photonics.  We do not recommend making cables, but if you do so, make sure the metal sleeve (drain) is well.+You may purchase more cables separately from Vescent Photonics.  We do not recommend making cables, but if you do so, make sure the metal sleeve (drain) is well connected to the chassis of the SLICE-QTC.  Ground loops may form degrading performance if you connect the plant side of the drain to the plant chassis.  Consider floating the plant or not connecting the drain to the plant chassis.
  
-The SLICE-QT will accept input line voltages within the ranges in <tabref v_rng>.+The SLICE-QTC will accept input line voltages within the ranges in <tabref v_rng>.
 <WRAP center round box 60%><tabcaption v_rng |Input Voltage Specifications> <WRAP center round box 60%><tabcaption v_rng |Input Voltage Specifications>
 | **Parameter**       | **Value**  | **Units**  | | **Parameter**       | **Value**  | **Units**  |
-| Input Line Voltage 90-250     | VAC        |+| Input Line Voltage 100-240    | VAC        |
 | Frequency           | 50-60      | Hz         | | Frequency           | 50-60      | Hz         |
 | Phase               | 1          | phase      | | Phase               | 1          | phase      |
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   - <color black/yellow>System locked range (yellow dashed lines)</color>   - <color black/yellow>System locked range (yellow dashed lines)</color>
  
-<imgcaption front|Front of rear of SLICE-QT>{{ :slice:slice-qt-front-numbered.png?534x221 |}}</imgcaption>+<imgcaption front|Front of rear of SLICE-QTC>{{ :slice:slice-qt-front-numbered.png?534x221 |}}</imgcaption>
 ===== Rear Panel ===== ===== Rear Panel =====
 The rear panel can be seen in <imgref back> The functions and connections are as follows: The rear panel can be seen in <imgref back> The functions and connections are as follows:
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   - Input trigger (BNC)   - Input trigger (BNC)
   - USB port (Type B)   - USB port (Type B)
-  - Connections to thermal plants(([[https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/cui-inc/PD-40S/CP-7240-ND/2119338|Four-pin DIN connector]]))((In some early versions of the SLICE-QT, the order of these connectors is reversed.))+  - Connections to thermal plants(([[https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/cui-inc/PD-40S/CP-7240-ND/2119338|Four-pin DIN connector]]))((In some early versions of the SLICE-QTC, the order of these connectors is reversed.))
  
-<imgcaption back|View of rear of SLICE-QT>{{ :slice:slice-qt-rear-numbered.png?534x221 |}}</imgcaption>+<imgcaption back|View of rear of SLICE-QTC>{{ :slice:slice-qt-rear-numbered.png?534x221 |}}</imgcaption>\\ 
 + 
 +Contact [[sales@vescent.com|sales [at] vescent [dot] com]] for questions and corrections, or to request added functionality.
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