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Controller DCS-800E

Advanced Illumination Lighting

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DCS-800E: Quad x2 Controller

8 Independent Channels, 2 Output Connectors

Includes built-in pre-programmed sequencing.

Provides control for computational imaging, including photometric stereo, extended depth of field, combined bright field + dark field, high dynamic range, and high resolution color.

Ideal for multi-channel lights and multi-light stations. Due to power output constraints, some configurable light lengths may be limited.

Housed within a compact enclosure with DIN rail mounting.

Driven with SignaTech™ for improved safety and easy operation.



General SpecsPart NumberMechanical SpecsElectrical Specs
Controller Style Discrete Control System (External, Detachable)
User Interface Software GUI, Web Browser
Operating Modes Sequence, Pulse (Overdrive Strobe), Continuous
Light Head Connection Via Proprietary 2 x 8-Post Header Blocks with Embedded EEPROM on Light Head Cable (Q1 or Q4)**
Input Supply Requirements 24V DC Nominal, 4.5A Recommended
21V Min – 48V Max; Power Inputs Reverse-Polarity Protected
Output Channels Number of Outputs: 2
Number of Channels per Output: 4
Output Power Continuous: 120W Max Total, 30W per Channel*
Pulsed: 960W Peak Total, 120W Peak per Channel*
Output Current Continuous: 4A Max Total, 0.5A per Channel*
Pulsed: 80A Max Total, 10A per Channel*
Output Voltage Continuous: Vin – 1V, Channel Independent
Pulsed: 45V Max*, Channel Independent
Trigger Signal TTL Compatible
3.7V Min – 30V Max, <=5mA
Trigger Protection Protected up to 30V
Trigger Delay 20μs + 10μs LED rise-time
Trigger Frequency Limit 2KHz
Pulse Width Range 30μs – 3600ms
Programmable Pulse Delay 1μs – 1000s
Duty Cycle Range Typical <1% for high current overdrive, up to 15%
Dependent on the limitations of the connected light.
Dimming Range 0% – 100%, 1mA Increments via Software Settings
Status Indicator LEDs Green: Power
Yellow: Communication
Red: Error
Communication 10/100 Ethernet Standard TCP-IP, UDP
.NET Library Compatible w/ C#, F# and VB
Operating System Software Support GUI: Windows 7+ (requires .NET Framework 4.5+)
Operating Temperature Range 0°C to +55 °C
Storage Temperature Range -25°C to +85 °C
IP Rating Not Rated
Dimensions 4.20″ x 1.63″ x 5.14″ (106.6mm x 41.5mm x 130.6mm)
Weight 1.03lb (467g)
Mounting DIN Rail
Case Material Aluminum and Steel
Warranty 5 Years
Compliance CE, RoHS
*Values shown are based on controller component limitations. Actual limitations will vary depending on the limits set for the connected light head. These limits are determined using Advanced Illumination’s proprietary SignaTechTM (Signature Technology) in order to ensure safe peak performance.

** Various light head configurations available, including 1 x 4-channel quadrant (Q1) control or multiple single light heads (Q4) per block.

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