Software & Drivers

Flow Vision Software

Alicat’s Flow Vision software for flow and pressure control provides intuitive interfaces for getting the most out of your device when connected to a computer. Choose Flow Vision SC to gain control of up to 26 Alicat instruments at a time, complete with scripting and logging capabilities. Choose Flow Vision MX for simple gas mixing applications for up to 6 mass flow controllers.

  • Flow Vision SC for remote monitoring and control of up to 26 Alicat instruments from a single computer
  • Flow Vision MX for gas mixing using up to 6 Alicat mass flow controllers

LabVIEW .vi Drivers and Stand-Alone Interface

Visit our LabVIEW page to download virtual instrument (.vi) drivers and stand-alone interfaces based on the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine.

Serial Tools and Drivers for USB and Industrial Protocols

Click the tabs below to download serial programs and drivers:

  • USB drivers for use with USB Conversion Cables and BB3/BB9, FP-25 and AFS instruments
  • Serial tools for using serial commands with your instrument and troubleshooting serial connections
  • Industrial protocols for downloading configuration file for use with DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-RTU, Modbus TCP/IP and PROFIBUS industial protocols

USB Drivers for BB3/BB9, FP-25, AFS and USB Conversion Cables

Alicat instruments and conversion cables that communicate with your computer via USB create a virtual COM port on your computer through the USB drivers linked below. If your computer does not automatically locate the USB driver, you can download the appropriate version below.

Windows USB Driver  USB driver for Microsoft Windows (setup executable)

Legacy BB9-USB Driver  Device driver for legacy BB9-USB only

To find the number for your new virtual COM port, open the Device Manager after you have connected your instrument and turned it on. The virtual COM port should be called “USB Serial Port (COM#)” and appear under the “Ports (COM & LPT)” category, as shown below.

Windows Device Manager, showing the virtual COM port created by the USB driver

Windows Device Manager, showing the virtual COM port created by the USB driver

 

Alicat Serial Terminal

Use this simple Serial Terminal application for command line access to your instruments. This allows you to query your instruments, command new setpoints and read and write to the device registers. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

Serial Terminal App Zip file (~200 KB)

PuTTY Serial Terminal Configuration

Read our Knowledge Base article to learn how to configure PuTTY for use with Alicat instruments.

Alicat Serial Address Dump

The Serial Address Dump application allows you to log the register configurations for any Alicat device. You can use this to record current settings before performing a major change or to compare current values to the initial values an instrument had when it was shipped from our factory. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

Serial Address Dump App Zip file (3 KB)

COM Port Troubleshooter

Are you having problems communicating with your Alicat devices? Not sure which port your controller is connected to? Our COM Port Troubleshooter application will help you verify that your device is working properly. This application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to run properly (usually pre-installed on your PC).

COM Port Troubleshooter App Zip file (3.2 KB)

Configuration Files for Industrial Protocols

Use the tabs below to view available downloads for your industrial protocol.

DeviceNet

Alicat is a member of ODVA, the DeviceNet certification body, and our DeviceNet instruments are ODVA CONFORMANT™. For more details about using DeviceNet on your Alicat instrument, read the DeviceNet Operating Bulletin or our DeviceNet FAQ.

DeviceNet EDS file ODVA Declaration of Conformity

 

Ethernet/IP

Alicat is a member of ODVA, the Ethernet/IP certification body, and our Ethernet/IP instruments are ODVA CONFORMANT™. For more details about using Ethernet/IP on your Alicat instrument, read the Ethernet/IP Operating Bulletin or our Ethernet/IP FAQ.

Ethernet/IP EDS file ODVA Declaration of Conformity

 

EtherCAT

For more details about using EtherCAT on your Alicat instrument, read the EtherCAT Operating Bulletin.

EtherCAT ESI file

 

Modbus-RTU and TCP/IP

Devices ordered with the Modbus-RTU application layer communicate over serial RS-232 or RS-485. Devices ordered with Modbus-TCP/IP supports standard 10BaseT and 100BaseT Ethernet communication. For more details about using Modbus on your Alicat instrument, read the Modbus Operating Bulletin.

The Modbus-RTU poll configuration file below loads the configuration requirements required to read the available data registers on any Modbus-equipped Alicat device. This is useful for troubleshooting and viewing the required Modbus data settings.

Modbus Poll Data Registers – MBP file

 

PROFIBUS

For more details about using PROFIBUS on your Alicat instrument, read the PROFIBUS Operating Bulletin.

PROFIBUS GSD file

 

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