Besides their use as standalone laser measurement meters, Laserpoint electronics (PLUS2, PC-link, PLUS-USB, PC-Plug USB and PC-PLUG Rs232 series) can also be used through a COM object control. This allows system integrators or anyone willing to write his own software to integrate powerful measurement capabilities into their systems.
Laserpoint drivers are compatible and certified for Windows XP, Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8 Desktop (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
When drivers are installed on PC, a COM port and a USB device are added to the operating system.
Laserpoint USB devices are compatible with USB 1.1, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Power is provided via USB connection.
PcPlug Rs232 provides Rs232 connectivity. Power input is provided via a +12Vdc input by external power supply.
The communication between PC and electronics is managed by a FTDI chip and is based on ASCII host commands.
FTDI DLL commands have to be used to identify the LaserPoint electronics and open the communication. Once communication has been correctly open, commands will be sent to retrieve informations on sensor features (like available wavelengths, head name, etc.) and measured data (measured power or measured energy).
Note: in case you want to write your own software for a PcPlug series sensor head, please advise Laserpoint when ordering.