How to Hitch Aeros to Existing Standards and Color Measuring Instruments

Adjustments can be made to Aeros so that the measured color more closely matches existing instrumentation. This process is called "Hitching".  Follow the instructions below and use the downloadable Excel spreadsheet to help guide you through the process. 

  1. Measure a known good sample or tile with Aeros and then with the instrument that you are hitching to and then enter the values in the attached Excel Spreadsheet.

Note: Make sure that both the Aeros and the instrument you want to hitch to are both using the same color scale and illuminant/observer. This is typically either L a b or L* a* b*, and either D65/10 or C/2. It is important that they are set the same in both instruments and that they agree with the Standard or Target.

  1. Select the WORKSPACE icon in the menu and then select STANDARDS AND TOLERANCES.
  2. Select NUMERIC standard (instead of PHYSICAL) type and input a STANDARD NAME. Input the NUMERIC VALUES under Scale along with the optional TOLERANCES used to determine the color differences for Pass/Fail of the product. Press APPLY to continue.

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  1.  Press the HITCH button.
  2. Enter the Spreadsheet values that are calculated from Step 1 into the Target boxes for the Hitch Standard.

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4. To make sure it is working correctly, re-measure the sample on Aeros. The values should match the       existing Instrument now, and the Standard shown in the Color Data Table should be your Existing         Standard. Be sure click OK and then click APPLY.

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

 

 

 

 

Predictive Diagnostics in Aeros Essentials

HunterLab Predictive Diagnostics is a software application that is designed to monitor the software and hardware components of HunterLab’s Essentials-based instruments in order to ensure a better color measurement experience for HunterLab customers. The Predictive Diagnostics is mainly used to capture different low-level and user-initiated data during normal operations of the Essentials based instruments.

Following are predictive diagnostics features implemented in Aeros Essentials Rev1.05 and above. 

1. Predictive Diagnostics settings in WORKSPACE MENU > DIAGNOSTICS > PREDICTIVE:   

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1.1 Setup reminder interval (days) for the repeatability test (white tile) and green tile test. Disable/enable alerts from predictive diagnostics. As default, "DISABLE ERROR/WARNING ALERTS" is checked.

1.2 View trend plots of repeatability diagnostics tests (white tile), green tile diagnostics tests, and monitor channel TOS (Collected from each standardization). In each trend plot, first select the time range, then click the SHOW button to display the data. In the plot, click each data point to get the details showing in the right side. 

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1.3 Export the predictive diagnostics data in csv files to thumb drive. It is recommended to share the predictive diagnostics files when users contact support@hunterlab.com for instrument issues. There are three types of predictive diagnostics files:

Diagnostics Data records all the diagnostics tests (Repeatability, Green Tile and Gloss Tile test)

Standardization vector log records raw data from sample channel and monitor channel during each standardization. 

Initial Data is the record of original raw data from sample channel and monitor channel. This data should not be modified by users. 

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2. Collect raw data from each standardization, analysis, and provide Warning messages.

  2.1 Record standardization vector data. 

  2.2 Record  the sample channel signal data of instrument Black glass. Show an warning alert if Max BOS is above 700. 

  2.3 Record the Monitor channel Signal data of instrument White tile. Show an warning alert if max monitor data is below 21000.

  2.4 Record the Sample channel Signal data of instrument White tile. Show an warning alert if max monitor data is below 21000.


3. Except the above predictive diagnostics alerts, here are some additional alerts: Show an warning alert if green tile any XYZ difference is between 0.25-0.3. Show an warning alert if next service date of this instrument is in 1 month.


4. Once the "DISABLE ERROR/WARNING ALERTS" is unchecked and applied in WORKSPACE MENU > DIAGNOSTICS > PREDICTIVE, the info button in the tool bar will list all the existing warning and error messages and it will be labeled with different color dot. 

-If there is error(s), the info button will be shown with a red dot.

-If the instrument has warning(s) but no error, the info button will be shown with a yellow dot.

-If there is no error or warning, then no color dot  is labeled on info button. 

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

How to Replace Aeros White Tile

Once a replacement instrument white standard is requested, we will send a new white tile based disc pre mounted in a protective centering puck and a thumbdrive with a csv file to load the new white.

Required: Aeros Essentials 1.03.0074 and above

  1. Attach this thumb drive including the white tile csv file in front USB port of Aeros.
  2. Go to Workspace menu/Diagnostics/Advanced, scroll down the center area and click “Restore tile data”.aeros_restore_white.png
  3. Select the while tile csv file and click OK to update the white tile TOS data. Toast message, “Restore tile data successfully”, will be showed after updating the TOS data correctly.aeros_restore_white_2.pngaeros_restore_white_3.png
  4. Now, it is ready to use the new white tile to do standardization and measure samples.
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Aeros Quick Start Guide

Please check the Aeros Quick Start Guide at https://www.hunterlab.com/aeros-quick-start-guide.pdf

Aeros Users' Manual

https://www.hunterlab.com/media/documents/users_manual_for_aeros.pdf

 

Aeros Supplemental Manual: https://www.hunterlab.com/media/documents/Supplemental_Manual_for_EZMQC_Aeros.pdf

Aeros - Software download - Update Aeros Essentials software

Attached, please check the latest Aeros Essentials software Rev 1.06.0097.

 

Steps to update Essentials in Aeros:

  1. Please check the instrument for the latest Aeros Essentials software. The current version of software can be found using JOBS > ABOUT. The ABOUT menu provides information about HunterLab and the current software version. If your version is less than the update, then continue.

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Figure.  Jobs > About

      2. Check the version of software on the ABOUT page.

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Figure. Check Version Number

      3. To update the software version download the new version onto a USB flash drive. This software                  upgrade is found on support.hunterlab.com site.

 

      4. Insert the USB flash drive with the upgrade into the port on the front of the instrument.

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Figure. Insert Flash Drive

    5. Open the JOBS > ABOUT menu and press UPDATE to continue.

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Figure. Jobs > About > Update

       The Instrument will detect the corresponding Essentials apk file on the flash drive. If the latest  Essentials is already installed in the instrument, the following message will be displayed: The   application package is up to date.

   6. Verify the update by returning to JOBS > ABOUT and checking the version number. After the  update, open Essentials and it might prompt to enter or create an Administrator Account. If needed, you can edit this account in User Manager later.

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

Auto-Export data from Aeros to an external data collection system

Method #1: For Direct Connection between Aeros and Computer with Ethernet Cable (No Network required)

Method #2: For Direct Connection between Aeros and Computer with RS-232 Ethernet Adapter (No Network                          required)

Method #3: Through Network (Ethernet cable )

Method #1: For Direct Connection between Aeros and Computer with Ethernet Cable (No network required)

1) Materials Needed

  •  Hardware needed: Ethernet cable, and USB Ethernet adapter if you want to have multiple Ethernet cables connecting to the computer.  

 

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Figure 1- Ethernet Cable

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Figure 2- USB Ethernet Adapter

2) Connect Aeros to Computer:

  • Plug Ethernet cable (Figure 1) into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Aeros. Plug other end of cable into the computer directly or through USB Ethernet Adapter (Figure 2). 

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Figure 3-  Rear View of Aeros

3) Configure IP address of the Aeros: (Note: Requires Essentials Rev 14 or higher)

  • Check IP address in PC: Open Command Prompt in the PC. Type in "ipconfig" and check the "autoconfiguration IPv4 Address" as well as the "Subnet Mask". 

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Figure 4- Computer IP address

  •  Configure IP address in Aeros: Open Aeros Essentials, go to Preferences/Configure Network Settings. Uncheck "Use DHCP for Ethernet Config". Type in IP address and Subnet Mask manually, then apply. The IP address here should be exact same as the "autoconfiguration IPv4 Address" in the PC, except changing the last two digits. Restart Aeros to get network setting applied.

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Figure 5- Assign IP address to Aeros

    • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration
    • Check “Automatic Network Data Export” and click to configure. For a direct connection between Aeros and computer with Ethernet cable, set up the Aeros as server. Port Number is 10001.        

 4) Configure the Computer Using HyperTerminal Software

  • Go to the computer and open HyperTerminal.
  • Make a new connection:
    1. Enter a name for the connection
    2. Connect using TCP/IP(Winsock)
    3. Set computer as client                                                                                                                        Enter the IP address of Aeros which is recorded above                                                                     Put the port number as “10001". 

5) Send Data from the Aeros:

  • Configure the Aeros for the Color Data Screen:
    1. Select Color Scales, Indices & Illuminant/Obs (Workspace>Color Scales)
    2. Standardize the instrument. (Workspace>Standardize)
  • Read sample and view the data on the computer.

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Figure 7- Data from Aeros through Ethernet Connection

 

The data string is shown as follows:

<STX><PACKET SIZE>$T<SCALE-LABEL>$T<ill/Obs>$T<LABEL NAME1><$T><VALUE1>$T<LABEL NAME2><$T><VALUE2><$T><LABEL NAME3>$T<VALUE3>$T ..... <LABEL NAME N><$T>

<VALUE N>$T<CHKSUM><ETX>

Where,

<STX> is the Start of Text (value =0x02)

<ETX> is the End of Text (value =0x03)

$T is the default delimiter.

<SCALE-LABEL> is the Scale Label (e.g. CIELAB)

<ill/Obs> is the ill/Obs name (e.g. D65/10)

<PACKET SIZE> is the Total size (HEX String) of the Packet excluding the <STX> and <ETX>

<LABEL NAME> is the label name (e.g. L*, a*, b*, dE* etc..)

<VALUE> is the value for the preceding Label Name

<CHKSUM> is the Checksum (HEX String) - the sum of all the ASCII values in the total packet play load starting from <PACKET-SIZE> and till <CHKSUM>

Method #2 - For Direct Connection between Aeros and Computer with RS-232 Ethernet Adapter

1) Materials Needed

  •  Hardware needed: Ethernet cable, Crossover adapter, Ethernet to RS-232 Connector, RS-232 to USB (optional)

Figure 8- Ethernet Cable

 

Figure 9- Crossover Adapter

 

Figure 10- Ethernet to RS-232 converter for Connection via Serial port

Figure 11- RS-232 to USB converter for connection via USB port

 

2) Configure Ethernet to RS-232

  • Set up Ethernet to the RS-232 adaptor with static IP address and Port Number.
  • In this example, the adapter was configured with IP address of 192.168.0.100 and port 10001.

3) Connect Aeros to Computer:

  • Plug Ethernet cable (Figure 8) into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Aeros. Plug other end of cable into Crossover Adapter (Figure 9).

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Figure 12- Rear View of Aeros

  • Plug Crossover Adapter into Ethernet port of Ethernet to RS-232 adapter (Figure 10).
  • Plug Ethernet to RS-232 adapter into serial port of computer (if D-9 serial port is present) or into RS-232 to USB converter for connection to USB port. Plug power into Ethernet to RS-232 adapter.

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Figure 13- Cable Configuration for Direct Computer Connection

 

4 ) Configure the Aeros: (Requires Essentials Rev 14 or higher)

  • Configure the Ethernet port of Aeros. Select Jobs Menu> Preferences and Select ‘Configure Network Settings’.  Uncheck “Use DHCP for Ethernet Config” and enter a valid IP address for the Ethernet port. In this example, the following parameters are selected.

 

Figure 14- Configuration Parameters for Ethernet

 

  • Press Apply on the Ethernet Configuration and then Apply on the Preferences Page to complete.
  • Go to Jobs Menu> Preferences, check “Automatic Network Data Export” and click to configure.

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Figure 15- Preferences>Automatic Network Data Export

 

  • For a direct connection between Aeros and data collection computer, set up the Aeros as a Client.
  • Set the IP Address to match the settings of the Ethernet to RS-232 converter, in this case 192.168.0.100 and the Port as 10001.
  • . Press Apply and then press Apply on the Preferences screen to continue.

 

5) Configure the Computer:

  • Connection configurations differ depending on data collection software. In this example, Hyperterminal is used to demonstrate connectivity. 
  • The data collection computer will be set up as a Server.
  • Connect as follows:
    1. Select the Com port that represents the USB or Serial port connection.
    2. Define the Connection:
    3. Bits per second: 9600
    4. Data Bits: 8
    5. Parity: None
    6. Stop Bits: 1
    7. Flow Control: None

 

6) Send Data from the Aeros:

  • Configure the Color Data Table with the color scale and parameters to be transmitted.
    1. Standardize the Instrument
    2. Select Color Scales, Indices & Illuminant/Obs (Workspace>Color Scales)
    3. Hit Read Button, data will be transferred to the computer.

Figure 16- Data Output

 The data string is shown as follows:

<STX><PACKET SIZE>$T<SCALE-LABEL>$T<ill/Obs>$T<LABEL NAME1><$T><VALUE1>$T<LABEL NAME2><$T><VALUE2><$T><LABEL NAME3>$T<VALUE3>$T ..... <LABEL NAME N><$T>

<VALUE N>$T<CHKSUM><ETX>

 Where,

<STX> is the Start of Text (value =0x02)

<ETX> is the End of Text (value =0x03)

$T is the default delimiter.

<SCALE-LABEL> is the Scale Label (e.g. CIELAB)

<ill/Obs> is the ill/Obs name (e.g. D65/10)

<PACKET SIZE> is the Total size (HEX String) of the Packet excluding the <STX> and <ETX>

<LABEL NAME> is the label name (e.g. L*, a*, b*, dE* etc..)

<VALUE> is the value for the preceding Label Name

<CHKSUM> is the Checksum (HEX String) - the sum of all the ASCII values in the total packet play load starting from <PACKET-SIZE> and till <CHKSUM>

 

Method #3 – To export data through network 

Connect Aeros to a Network. You can connect Aeros to a network hub using the Ethernet cable. The computer must be connected to the same network as the Aeros.

  1. To connect Aeros to network, go to Workspaces> Preferences and Select ‘Config Network Settings’. Select Ethernet configuration and check “Use DHCP for Ethernet Config”. Please write down the IP address showing in the Ethernet Setting dialog. You can also check the IP address of Aeros in Jobs/About/Info.
  2. Go back to Workspaces/Preferences and select Auto Network Data Export Measurement using a check and select “Config” button. Choose Aeros as Server and Port number as 10001.
  3. . You can also choose a delimiter to mark your data.
  4. Configure the terminal program such as Hyperterminal in the computer with the following settings:
  • Set computer as client
  • Enter the IP address of Aeros which is recorded above
  • Put the port number as “10001”.

After all the setting, you should be ready to get the data exported from Aeros to the computer.

 

How can I Connect Aeros with EasyMatch QC?

 

Here are three methods that we can use to connect Aeros with EasyMatch QC. Please select the right method and follow the corresponding instruction to connect.  Please note, only EasyMatch QC and EasyMatch QC-ER 4.93 and above supports the Aeros sensor.

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

Method 1: Connect Aeros with EasyMatchQC to the same network hub using Ethernet cables.

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Method 2: Direct Connection between Aeros and a Computer using an Ethernet cable

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Method 1: Connect Aeros with EasyMatch QC to the same network using Ethernet cables


You can connect Aeros and PC to the same network hub using the Ethernet cable. Except the company network, customer can also use a stand-alone router with DHCP server feature to connect Agera and PC.

1. Plug Ethernet cable into the back of the Aeros and the other end to a network hub. Plug the PC to this network hub as well.

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2. Connect Aeros to network, go to WORKSPACE > PREFERENCES > CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTINGS. Select CONFIGURE ETHERNET SETTINGS. Check USE DHCP FOR ETHERNET CONFIG and click APPLY. If you used the other network setting before, please restart Aeros to apply the new network setting.


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3. Aeros is now ready to connect to EasyMatch QC. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select AEROS. Select ETHERNET and check the box to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK and then click SEARCH to automatically search. There will be a drop-down list of all available Aeros sensors. If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list shows “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EasyMatch QC can find the Aeros, while Aeros is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart Aeros and click search again. Also, you can go to Aeros Essentials, WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED and click RESTART COMM to have Aeros communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again. 

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 Method 2: Direct Connection between Aeros and a Computer using an Ethernet cable

1. Plug Ethernet cable into RJ-45 Ethernet connection at rear of Aeros. Plug the other end to the PC. If PC does not have any available ethernet port, USB-Ethernet adapter can be applied.

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2. Check PC IP settings. Open Command Prompt in the PC. Type in ipconfig, find the right ethernet (in this case, it is Ethernet adapter) and write down autoconfiguration IPv4 Address as well as the Subnet Mask.

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3. Configure the Aeros IP settings. Open Aeros Essentials, go to WORKSPACE > PREFERENCES > CONFIGURE NETWORK SETTINGS. First, select the ETHERNET CONFIGURATION and then uncheck USE DHCP FOR ETHERNET CONFIG. Type in IP ADDRESS and SUBNET MASK manually. The Subnet Mask is the exact same as the one showing in PC. The last factor in the IP address should be changed such that is different from the computer IP address by one digit. Press APPLY on the Ethernet Configuration and then APPLY on the Preferences Page to complete. 

 

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4. Turn the instrument off and then back on.

5. Aeros is now ready to connect to EasyMatch QC. Open EasyMatch QC in the PC. From the Menu, select SENSOR > ADD SENSOR and select AEROS. Select ETHERNET and check the box to DISCOVER AND SELECT A SENSOR IN THE NETWORK and then click SEARCH to do an automatically searching. There will be a drop-down list of all available Aeros sensors. If the sensor in the list including IP address as well as sensor name, then it is connectable. If the sensor in the list with “??????” instead of sensor name, it means that EasyMatch QC can find the Aeros, while Aeros is not free to connect to EasyMatch QC. If you meet this problem, you can restart Aeros and click SEARCH again. Also, you can go to Aeros Essentials and select WORKSPACE > DIAGNOSTICS > ADVANCED, and click RESTART COMM to have Aeros communication available, and then go back to EasyMatch QC and click SEARCH again. 

Do you still need more information? Submit a ticket and our support team member will reach out to you soon!

 

 

 

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