Hardware

This video guides you through the installation of the FluidFM ADD-ON for AFM.

Hardware Installation Video

Contents:

  1. FluidFM ADD-ON Packages Content 00:17
  2. Lab Requirements 00:40
  3. Unpacking Microfluidics Control System 00:52
  4. Assembling Barcode Reader 01:18
  5. Wiring Microfluidics Control System 01:48
  6. Installing Liquid Trap (only for Gold & Platinum Package) 02:44
  7. Connecting Tube to AFM 03:28
  8. Installing Manual Pressure Kit (only for Gold & Platinum Package) 03:48
  9. Installing Camera Module (only for Platinum Package) 04:39
  10. Installing CORA Operator Software 05:20

Software

Download

Click here to download the latest CORA installer.

Requirements

During installation of CORA, the setup program will check for an installed Microsoft .Net Framework and automatically install version 4.5 unless already present. This process requires an active internet connection and may take a few minutes to complete.

Windows 7

Later in the setup process, drivers for the Pressure Controller and the Barcode Reader will be installed. These drivers are not signed and Windows will ask you to confirm installation of these drivers:

Windows security warning

Press “Install this driver software anyway” for each of the two drivers to continue the installation.

Pressure Tool

No additional measures need to be taken after running the installer.

Camera Tool

If applicable

To use the camera, an additional camera driver has to be installed manually. The driver is available from the IDS homepage (you will have to register before you can download). Only the USB driver is required for the camera to work.

Note

If the video feedback is stuttering, consider changing the system’s usb configuration. Ideally, the camera does not share the usb bus with other devices that require high bandwidth or the camera is even connected via a dedicated usb card.

Multiple cameras

If multiple cameras are connected to the same PC

By default, the camera tool tries to connect to a single available camera and will display an error if no camera or more than one camera is available.

To select a specific camera in a multi-camera setup, open the configuration dialog in “Tools”“Settings…” and select a favorite in the list of cameras:

Camera favorite

List of connected cameras. The star indicates the selected favorite. Cameras used otherwise are grayed out.

You can only specify a single camera favorite. Once selected the camera tool will only try to connect to this camera and display an error if the camera is not available.

Note

The software identifies the favorite camera by its serial number. Therefore, the favorite must be set anew when the camera is exchanged.

Barcode Tool

If applicable

The barcode tool requires an initial setup procedure. A communication identifier must be set before initial use. This is because the program cannot automatically scan for connected devices.

Open the configuration dialog in “Tools”“Settings…”

Settings

The upper part lists all available communication ports. The list is updated every few seconds. The port associated to the barcode reader must be chosen by selecting the corresponding list entry.

Plug in the barcode tool and select the newly added identifier. In case the barcode tool is already plugged in, remove it, wait ten seconds and connect it again. This is the easiest way to determine the port identifier.

After the port has been configured, close the dialog, and press the open button to initiate the communication with the barcode reader.

Note

The communication port identifier might change if the barcode tool is connected to a different usb port. In such a case, the procedure above must be repeated.

Updates

The software automatically checks whether an update is available on startup. If it finds a newer version, a hyperlink is displayed in the top right corner. Click on the link to visit a homepage where the update can be downloaded. The update will have to be installed manually.

Software update available

It is also possible to check for a new software version in “Help”“About”

Internet Access

The following internet addresses are called by CORA for various reasons:

Internet Address Reason
documentation.cytosurge.com Read the CORA manual
updates.cytosurge.com Check if updates are available
Load promotional banners
cytosurge.ch/shop Get information on a cantilever after barcode scan

Troubleshooting

If you encounter problems during installation, please contact support ([email protected]) and provide the installation log files, which are located in Temp folder of the current user. They can be found in Windows Explorer by typing %temp% into the address bar: temp directory

The installation log files start with CORA_... (depending on the installation status, one or more of these may be missing)

log files