I would like to be able to control a Lambda Physik P517 xyz stage and start/stop an Ortec MCS card and ultimately acquire MCS data in LabView to produce scanned images ! Does anyway have experience in this and provide advise ? Is there a an I/O board that is capable of all these functions ? Would the analogue output feed "directly" to the piezo stage or would it activate the piezo controller ? Can I feed signal from the MCS into the I/O board to register signal as a function of xy stage position ? Am i asking too much of a single card to do this job ? Any help much appreciated. Oz
I'll be using the Ortec MCS-PCI multichannel scalar acquisition card which I understand from the Ortec literature is programmable from LabVIEW (presumably drivers included). The Lambda Physik piezo controller has a 3 channel BNC inputs which require -2 to 12V inputs to drive the actuators. I've read some lit where someone has used a NI 6111 to control the stage and monitor position from it's servo sensor (not sure what the output voltage from this part of the controller is yet ?). I assume if the MCS and the NI 6111 can be controlled from LabView, synchronizing the scanning voltages to move "1 pixel" with each channel acquisition is feasible.