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Sutter Instrument Company Lambda 10-3 High Speed Filter Wheel

The Lambda 10-3 is a high performance, microprocessor-controlled multi-filter wheel system for imaging applications requiring up to 3 filter wheels.
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Lambda 10-3

Sutter Instrument Company Lambda 10-3 High Speed Filter Wheel

The Lambda 10-3 is a high performance, microprocessor-controlled multi-filter wheel system for imaging applications requiring up to 3 filter wheels. The latest generation of Sutter's optical filter changer product line, the Lambda 10-3 uses recent advances in motor technology to achieve switching times of 40msec between adjacent filters. It features both USB and serial port interfaces as well as keypad control. The Lambda 10-3 is the upgrade to the Lambda 10-2 and ideal for imaging applications requiring multiple filter wheels. This new release offers faster switching times, control for 3 filter wheels/ 2 shutters, more communication interface options and a universal power supply.

The Lambda 10-3 controls up to 3 filter wheels. The user can select between one of seven speeds, allowing the speed to be adjusted in accordance with the load of the wheel. The Lambda 10-3 can operate up to 40msec switching time speed at speed 1 with the traditional 25mm filter wheel as well as our newer, high-speed 32mm version. If additional speed of movement is desired we manufacture a special three position wheel which achieves switching times of less than 33 msec at speed 0.. Except for the 4-position compact wheel, our filter wheels employ a direct drive system consequently there is no belt slippage or backlash.

In addition the Lambda 10-3 controller supports both the traditional Uniblitz shutter as well as our new SmartShutter™ line. Our SmartShutter™ is designed to mount on our filter wheels much like the current shutter is mounted so there should be no mounting constraints. In addition we support control of a standalone SmartShutter™ from the controller, making it possible to control an external SmartShutter™ wherever an additional shutter is required.

The SmartShutter™ sets a new standard for shutter performance and reliability. In the traditional shutter design there are two or more “leaves” that rub against each other. Given time, the blades will wear down, bind, and the shutter will fail to open. The SmartShutter™ is designed with only one moving part, which virtually eliminates the effects of wear and markedly improves performance. Both our 25mm and 35mm SmartShutter™ are capable of opening within 8ms from the time of the trigger and can reliably achieve repeat opening times of 20 cycles per second.

The microprocessor-based controller provides exceptional versatility and is adaptable to various modes of operation and function. The SmartShutter™ can be programmed for a variety of movement profiles or to produce a variable aperture by determining the degree of shutter opening. When used in our Lambda LS xenon light source and coupled with a liquid light guide, the shutter acts as a programmable neutral density filter. While the impulse of our shutter is minimal we have incorporated a “soft” action mode to decrease vibration if necessary.

The command’s used to control of our new Lambda 10-3 is a superset of the Lambda 10-2 meaning all of the commands used to control the Lambda 10-2 . Additional commands are necessary to access the third wheel as well as the special smart shutter features. The SmartShutter™ features can be programmed through the keypad so that you can use the old shutter commands to access the neutral density function or the soft shutter mode.

Filter selection can be made directly from the keypad or from a computer via the serial or USB port. The controller determines the shortest route to the selected filter and an acceleration/deceleration algorithm minimizes vibrations during the movement of the wheel. Internal sensors ensure correct filter positioning and the current filter position is displayed on the front panel. The serial port accepts RS232 level signals through a DB-9 connector. USB input is made through a standard connector and can be directly connected to a PC USB port. The Lambda 10-3's USB port interface supports multiple USB devices simultaneously, allowing a user to run in tandem as many units as USB ports.

The line voltage for the Lambda 10-3 may be either 120 or 240 volts, 50 or 60Hz. The universal power supply will automatically switch to accommodate the line voltage - no user adjustment is required. As with the Lambda 10-2, an optional liquid light guide is available for applications requiring absolute vibration isolation, and/or spatial uniformity independent of wavelength.

 


 

Lambda 10-3 Features

As fast as 40 msec between adjacent filters (10 position wheel)
As fast as 31 msec between adjacent filters (3 position wheel)
Controls three wheels and up to two optional shutters
Can accommodate SmartShutter™ and Uniblitz® shutter
Command set compatible with Lambda 10-2
Serial, parallel, and USB interfaces
Can control a variety of 25 mm, 32 mm, and 50mm wheels
Chopper drives
Universal power supply


Lambda 10-3 Specifications

 

Dimensions of Control Box 8.2 in x 5.9 in x 5.1 in
  14.9 cm x 20.8 cm x 13 cm
Weight 20lbs
  11kg
Electrical 120/240 Volts
  50/60 Hertz power line
  75 Watts max.

 


Lambda 10-3 Ordering Information

Lambda 10-3 (Controller)  
LB10-3 Includes one Lambda 10-3 controller unit, serial and USB cables, power cable and manual
   
Wheels for Lambda 10-3  
25mm Filter Wheels - 10 position  
LB10-NW 10 position 25mm filter wheel without shutter
LB10-NWIQ 10 position 25mm filter wheel with SmartShutter™
LB10-NWIQ/XL 10 position 25mm filter wheel with SmartShutter™ for Lambda XL
LB10-NWS 10 position 25mm filter wheel with Uniblitz® shutter
LB10-NWE 10 position 25mm filter wheel set up for emission
   
25mm Filter Wheels - 4 position  
LB10-WHS4 4 position 25mm filter wheel without shutter
LB10-WHS4IQ 4 position 25mm filter wheel with SmartShutter™
LB10-WHS4E 4 position 25mm filter wheel set up for emission
   
25mm Dual Filter Wheels  
LB10-WD Back to back mounting of two 25mm filter wheels. No drop-in filter holders
LB10-WDS Back to back mounting of two 25mm filter wheels with one Uniblitz® shutter and one slide-in filter holder.
LB10-WDIQ Back to back mounting of two 25mm filter wheels with one SmartShutter™ and one slide-in filter holder.
   
32mm Filter Wheels - 10 position  
LB10-W32 10 position 32mm filter wheel without shutter
LB10-W32IQ 10 position 32mm filter wheel with SmartShutter™
LB10-W32S 10 position 32mm filter wheel with Uniblitz shutter
   
50mm Filter Wheel - 5 position  
LB10-W50 5 position 50mm filter wheel without shutter
   
Specialty Wheels  
LB4-W Belt drive 4 position 25mm filter wheel without shutter
LB10-W12 10 position 12.5mm filter wheel without shutter
   
SmartShutter™  
IQ12-SA 12.5mm SmartShutter™ with stand-alone housing
IQ25-SA* 25mm SmartShutter™ with stand-alone housing
IQ25-W** 25mm SmartShutter™ with housing to fit filter wheel
IQ25-LS 25mm SmartShutter™ with housing to fit Lambda LS
IQ25-DG 25mm SmartShutter™ with housing to fit Lambda DG-4/DG-5
IQ25-XL 25mm SmartShutter™ with housing to fit Lambda XL
IQ35-W 35mm SmartShutter™ with housing to fit filter wheel
IQ35-SA 35mm SmartShutter™ with stand-alone housing

 

* Where vignetting may be an issue, we recommend the 35mm shutter.

** For upgrading a 25mm filter wheel with existing Uniblitz® shutter to SmartShutter™

 

Cables and Accessories  
CIQ-2 One 25 pin connector to two 9 pin connectors (Can be used to connect 2 stand alone shutters only with Lambda 10-B controller)
W621510 15 pin shielded cable for standard filter wheel
W621512 25 pin cable for wheels with SmartShutter™
W621520 USB cable
   
SLIDE-IN* Slide-in filter holder for 25mm wheel with shutter
DROP-IN** Drop-in filter holder for 25mm wheel without shutter
DROP-IN/32*** Drop-in filter holder for 32mm wheel
   
SHUTTER 25mm replacement shutter for Uniblitz® shutter (not an upgrade)
LLG Liquid light guide (2 meter, 3mm diameter), C-mount, lens, and lens tube
X100111 35mm replacement Uniblitz® shutter (not an upgrade)
   
Mounting Posts  Stainless steel 1/2 in diameter. One end is 1/4in-20 (M6) tapped hole. Other end is #8-32 (M4) removable treaded stud. Can be used with 25mm SmartShutter™.
   
O620120 1in/25mm long post
O620122 1.5in/38mm long post
O620123 2 in/50mm long post
   
Post Holder  
O620125 Holder and spring loaded thumbscrew for mounting posts
   
Post Base Plate  
O620140 2in x 3in x 3/8in base plate. Suitable for Imperial or Metric tables, posts, and post holders
   
Post Collar  
O620150 Slip-on collar, 1in OD x 0.5in ID

 

Mounting adapters for Nikon, Zeiss, Leica and Olympus microscopes are available. Please see the Microscope Adapters page or contact us for pricing and further information.
* Slide-in filter holders are for wheels with shutter.
** Drop-in filter holders are for wheels without shutter.
*** Used only with LB10-W32IQ