The Diablo MPValve Universal software controls Valco Instruments (VICI) multi-position/selector valves and two-position/switching valves via RS-232 serial communications using either the micro-electric or universal actuator. The software consists of two applications: MPValve Controller and MPValve Sequencer. The MPValve Controller application allows both interactive and automated control of valve position, while MPValve Sequencer is a stand-alone valve sequencing application.
The MPValve Controller application allows both interactive and automated control of a Valco (VICI) multi-position and two-position switching valves using command-line parameters, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) or ActiveX/COM programming. It is designed to provide a means to control a multi-position or two-position valve from a third-party sequencer or data system like the Agilent Technologies ChemStation.
- Allows the position of Valco Instruments (VICI) multi-position stream-select valves and two-position switching valves to be set easily through computer control.
- Valve position can be set interactively through the dialog box shown below.
- Valve position can also be set by calling the MPValve application with command-line parameters specifying the desired position. This allows the valve position to be set automatically from sequencing software like Agilent Technology’s ChemStation sequences.
- Valve position can be programmed from another application using Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).
- A simple sequence of valve positions and hold times can be executed via either the DDE or Command-line interfaces.
- Multiple valves can be controlled if each valve is connected through it’s own actuator control module on a unique serial port (a multi-port serial expansion card or USB-to-RS-232 converter may be required to take advantage of this feature).
The MPValve Sequencer application is a stand-alone program that allows time-sequencing of Valco (VICI) multi-position and two-position switching valves.
- Each step in a sequence is defined by the valve, valve position, and the length of time to hold before proceeding to the next step.
- Both pre-run and post-run steps can be created to control the valve position both before and after the sequence runs.
- The sequence can be configured to stop after one cycle, repeat for a specified number of cycles, repeat until a specified run time has been reached, or run continuously.
- Multiple valves can be included in the sequence if each valve is connected through it’s own actuator control module on a unique serial port (a multi-port serial expansion card or USB-to-RS232 converter may be required to take advantage of this feature).
- MPValve requires a computer running Windows XP Professional or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit). The computer must also have one free serial port for each valve that is to be controlled.
Valco (VICI) Actuator
- The MPValve software is designed to interface to Valco/VICI valves using either the EMH /EMT and EH/ET series micro-electric actuators or the EUH and EUT series “Universal” actuators using the RS-232 serial communication interface. Please contact VICI for information about their valves and actuators: http://www.vici.com
Important Note: MPValve Universal is a free upgrade for existing customers running licensed versions of the MPValve 3.0 or earlier. However, those customers will have to request a new activation code for the software. Please contact Diablo Analytical for more information.
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|Current Release (MPValve Universal)|
|MPValve Universal Installation Program||188.8.131.52||Installs a fully-functional 30-day evaluation copy of MPValve, or updates a registered-users copy to the latest version.|
|MPValve Universal Reference Manual||The MPValve Universal reference manual in Adobe PDF format.|
|MPValve Universal Release Notes||The release notes for the latest version of the software.|
|Diablo Software License Guide||A guide that describes the software licensing and activation process for this software|
|Previous Version (MPValve 3.0)|
|MPValve 3.0 Installation Program||3.0.8 SR1
|Installs a fully-functional 30-day evaluation copy of MPValve, or updates a registered-users copy to the latest version.|
|MPValve 3.0 Release Notes||3.0.8 SR1
|The release notes for the latest version of the software.|
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Important note for existing MPValve Customers: The licensing scheme for MPValve was changed with the release of MPValve Universal (Version 4.0). You will need to request a new activation code from Diablo Analytical if you install the software. See the Software License Activation Guide for more information
Licensing and Pricing
This software is distributed as a fully functional 30-day evaluation application. The evaluation version has all of the features of the registered version, but you will be reminded that you are running the evaluation version with a “nag” screen each time you start the application. At the end of the 30-day evaluation period the application will no longer start unless you purchase a license or request an evaluation extension from Diablo Analytical. After purchasing a license, you will be provided with an unlock code that converts the evaluation copy of the software to a fully-licensed copy. See the Software License Activation Guide for more information.
Pricing and Purchasing
A single computer license is $495 plus any applicable sales tax and shipping and handling. You can purchase a license from our web store.
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MPValve Universal Support
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