The Hilger range of spectrometers although still working often suffer from the fact that the PC-PLUS software system is DOS based and was not designed to work on todays 32 bit Windows platform.
We have adapted our Winspark(R) system to operate the range of Hilger Polyvac spectrometers. This includes from the E980 up to the latest Polyvac 2000 types to the point where production was stopped.
There are no hardware modifications needed for this upgrade. It simply connects to an available serial port on the P.C.
The Winspark system offers the following advantages :-
Operates on any Windows system from Windows 98 up to and including Vista. It works very well on the XP platform and installs easily.
PC-Plus was written in Quickbasic, a product that was stopped in the mid 80's
Winspark is written using current Microsoft products.
PC-Plus suffered from a lack of memory being available to the user as Quickbasic
had severe limitations. Winspark does not have these restrictions.
Winspark is fully network compliant and has a SQL server module allowing results to be transferred to a SQL database either automatically or at the click of a button.
PC-Plus uses a case sensitive 3 letter command text method to operate the system. Winspark uses a 'point and click' system as per all regular windows prgrams these days. Function keys may also be used as an alternative.
Winspark contains a sophisticated calibration program with up to 3 degree regression analysis. This also includes inter-element effect calculation and a database of common standards. This takes away the need for making polygons and brings calibration within easy reach of the users.
Type standardisation (both rotational and additive) available along with the 'compound command' concept.
Multiple internal standard elements also possible