Quick Start Guide

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Quick Start Guide

This Wizard guides the user through a typical process on how to set a PTP® VP-8 up for performing a data run.

Important Information

This is available when in Engineer Mode.


To set an instrument up:

1)Connect the PTP® RX receiver to the computer and turn the PTP® TX transmitter "ON". Refer to the Communications Setup topic for your specific M.O.L.E. Profiler for more information.
2)Set an Environment related for the type of experiment that is being performed. Either open an existing Environment Folder or create a new one.


If the desired Environment is not displayed on the Environment Sidebar, the user can use either the Open Environment Toolbar button or select the Open Environment Folder command from the File Menu.


3)On the M.O.L.E. menu, click Setup Instrument and the workflow wizard appears.

Important Information

When navigating through the wizard, the step list on the left uses a color key to inform the user of the current step, steps that have been completed and remaining steps.







4)Select the desired instrument from the dialog box. If there is none displayed, select the Scan for Instruments command button to detect all connected instruments.

Important Information

If the software does not detect a M.O.L.E. Profiler, using the communication cable connect it to the computer and click the Scan for Instruments command button to search again. M.O.L.E.® MAP software allows multiple instruments to be connected to a computer at one time. Selecting the Scan for Instruments command button will detect all instruments and display them in the dialog box. If no instrument is detected the software displays all of the Demonstration thermal profilers to select from.


5)Select the Next command button.
6)Select the Sensor Platform button to select what type of sensor platform is to be used for the datarun.


Important Information

The Sensor Platforms are displayed in the dialog box are also dependent on which Environment is currently selected and the M.O.L.E. Profiler it is compatible with.  


7)Set instrument name and recording interval. This step is where the user can also turn a sensor channel ON or OFF, set the sensor location description and sensor type.


For additional settings such as Start and Stop Parameters, select the Advanced check box. Refer to topic Start and Stop Recording Parameters for detailed information for each setting.


8)Select the Next command button to send the data listed in the dialog box to the instrument.
9)Set the assembly information such as part number, board size, sensor locations and a product image. This assembly information can then be loaded and saved from/to a an  (*.XMA) file.

Load: This command buttons loads an existing assembly (*.XMA).

Save: This command button saves the current sensor locations and image to an  (*.XMA) file that is then available to be loaded for future data runs.



If the user specifies a product image, clicking the Enlarge command button displays the Set Sensor Locations dialog box where the user can specify the locations of each sensor. To move sensor locations, drag the sensor markers to the approximate location where the sensors are attached.


10)Click the Next command button.
11)Verify the instrument status. This dialog box displays the health of the M.O.L.E. Profiler such as battery charge, internal temperature, thermocouple temperatures. If the user selects the Show Critical command button the dialog box will only display items that will prevent the user from completing a successful data run.


12) Select the Finish command button to complete the Setup Instrument wizard.


The PTP® VP-8 is now ready to collect data.