I’m using three PI M11x.1DG1 stages with C-863 Controller via COM ports from micro-manager.
It seems that every time I shut down the control PC (often, since the camera requires to be started before the PC), the stages need to be re-referenced before they’re recognized by micro-manager.
My current workflow is to start PC, open micro-manager, see if it connects to the camera (it’s picky), if not restart camera and PC.
If yes, close micro-manager, open PIMikromove, start up stages (one by one).
Close PIMikromove, open micro-manager.
I tried to reference the stages from within micromanager by following the instructions here:
but only get it to work for xy via the axes list. Homing for z by creating a group / preset doesn’t seem to work (it’s not doing anything).
Further, depending on how the stages were referenced, the absolute positions displayed in micro-manager differ (because the “zero” position changes?). This is also described here, albeit without solution:
What is the “best” way to reference all three C-863 controller / M11x.1DG1 stages (ie least clicks, reproducible absolute positions)?
I thought about a start-up macro on the PI controller, but there would be issues in case of eg a power loss while a sample is mounted.