User Manual: How to get started with SpectroLink™?

Here you can find a user guide on how to get started with SpectroLink™ for UV-Vis spectrophotometers.

1. Disclaimer 
2. Safety information

 Handling 
 Repair & service 
 Powering your device 
 Radio frequency interference 
 Medical device interference 
 Child safety 

3. Disposal and recycling information 
4. Warranty 
5. Welcome to SpectroLink™ 
6. What is in the box 
7. Prerequisites

7.1 App for setting up WiFi on SpectroLink™ 

8. Setting up SpectroLink™ 

 Powering your device 
 Ethernet setup 
 Connecting SpectroLink™ to the spectrophotometer 
 Access SpectroLink™ in SpectroWorks™ 

9. Using your SpectroLink™ device

 9.1. Creating a new project
 9.2. The SpectroLink™ dashboard
 9.2.1. Dashboard controls
 9.2.2. Scanning spectrophotometer
 9.2.3. Diode array spectrophotometer
 9.3. SpectroLink properties
 9.4. Network discovery
 9.5. Adding a new wireless access point
 9.6. Software updates

10. Tutorial

 10.1. Setup spectrophotometer for measurement 16
 10.2. Basic measurement

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1. Disclaimer

The information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Copenhagen Nanosystems ApS.

“SpectroLink™”, “SpectroWorks™” and associated logos are trademarks of Copenhagen Nanosystems ApS.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Document authored by:
Copenhagen Nanosystems ApS, Hørmarken 2, DK-3520 Farum, Denmark

Software version:
1.0.0 (06/2022)

Hardware version:
SpectroLink™ rev. 2

Published:
1 June 2022

 

2. Safety information

To avoid damaging your device, accessories or any connected devices, and to reduce the risk of personal injury, discomfort, property damage or other potential hazards, follow the precautions below.

Handling

Handle your SpectroLink™ with care. Do not drop, bend, burn, crush or puncture it. Do not use a device with a damaged enclosure.

Be sure that the SpectroLink™ device, power adapter, and cable is kept safe from physical damage during operation. Using a damaged product may cause injury. Do not expose your device to moisture or liquids, which can cause a short circuit or overheating. If your device gets wet, do not attempt to dry it using an external heat source.

SpectroLink™ is designed to operate in a dry, indoor environment with ambient temperatures between 0 °C and 50 °C and should be stored in ambient temperatures between -20 °C and 70 °C. Do not cover your SpectroLink™ during operation as this may damage the product or pose a potential risk of fire. Keep your device away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight.

All peripherals, such as spectrophotometers, used with this product should comply with relevant standards for the country of use and be marked accordingly to ensure that safety and performance requirements are met.

Repair & service

Do not attempt to repair your SpectroLink™ yourself. Disassembling the device may cause injury to you or damage your device.

Contact customer service and do not use your device if it isn’t working properly or has been damaged. For online help and support, visit: spectrolink.cphnano.com.
To reach an expert, visit: https://knowledge.cphnano.com/en/pages/support-for-spectrolink.

Powering your device

Only power your SpectroLink™ with the included power adapter and cable. Failure to do so can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to the device and the accessories. 

Using a damaged cable or power adapter can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to your device or other property. When powering the device make sure the power adapter is plugged into a socket near the device and is easily accessible.

Do not attempt to take apart or open the power adapter. Contact with live wires and components can expose you to life-threatening electrical shock.

The power adapter may become warm when in use and should not be covered. Take care to keep the power adapter in an open space with access to free air in order to ventilate it in the best possible manner. Be sure to not expose the power adapter to extreme heat conditions.

When disconnecting the power adapter from a power outlet, be sure that the plug pulls out straight directly from the wall. Pull on the adapter, never on the cable. Do not twist or pinch the cable, and do not force a connector into a port.

Radio frequency interference

Observe rules that prohibit the use of wireless technology (e.g. WiFi). Your device is designed to comply with regulations governing radio frequency emissions but use of wireless devices can negatively affect other electronic equipment.

Medical device interference

Your device uses radios and other components that emit electromagnetic fields. These electromagnetic fields and magnets may interfere with pacemakers and other implanted medical devices. Always keep the product and its power adapter at a safe distance away from the pacemaker or other implanted medical device. If you have questions about using your device with or near your pacemaker or other implanted medical device, consult your healthcare provider before using your product. If you suspect your product is interfering with your pacemaker or other implanted medical devices, turn off your device and consult your physician for information specific to your medical device.

Child safety

This device is not a toy. Your product may contain (or may come with) small parts, plastic elements, and parts with sharp edges that may cause an injury or create a choking hazard. Children have strangled on cords and cables. Keep SpectroLink™’s cables out of the reach of children and do not allow them to play with the device or its accessories. They could hurt themselves or others or could accidentally damage the product. Consult a physician immediately if small parts are swallowed.

 

3. Disposal and recycling information

The WEEE symbol above means that according to
local laws and regulations, your product should be disposed of separately from household waste. When this product reaches its end of life, take it to a collection point designated by local authorities for safe disposal or recycling.


It is the responsibility of the user to dispose of the equipment using a designated collection point or service for separate recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) according to local laws. Proper collection and recycling of your equipment helps ensure electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) waste is recycled in a manner that conserves valuable materials and protects human health and the environment.

 

4. Warranty

This product has a 2 year limited guarantee of conformity in accordance with the European directive 1999/44/EC, which is supplied by the manufacturer for products sold within the European Union.

 

5. Welcome to SpectroLink™

Thank you for choosing SpectroLink™. It is because of customers like you that we can continue to build deep-tech based laboratory solutions that significantly increases productivity and lowers downtime in the laboratories around the world. SpectroLink™ is your new streaming device between the online laboratory workspace, SpectroWorks™ and your spectrophotometer. It cuts away the use of platform dependent software by offering a clean and user-friendly end-to-end experience between you and your spectrophotometer through SpectroWorks™.

This documentation provides you with all the information needed for you to get started with doing measurements on your spectrophotometer using SpectroLink™ and SpectroWorks™.

 

6. What is in the box

  1. 1x 1m USB-A to USB-C cable for power (1)
  2. 1x SpectroLink™ (2)
  3. 1x Power adapter (3)


7. Prerequisites

  • Your SpectroLink™ along with its box contents.
  • A currently supported spectrophotometer with USB connectivity.
  • Check yours at:
    https://spectrolink.cphnano.com/supported-spectrophotometers
    -We also have a guide for setting good parameters before measurements for each supported spectrophotometer (more on this later).
  • Any internet ready device with a suitably sized screen for using SpectroWorks™ (tablet, laptop etc.).
  • Access to the internet via ethernet or WiFi.

7.1 App for setting up WiFi on SpectroLink™

The WiFi setup is as follows:
Install the WiFi connect tool, BerryLan, on an Android or iOS based device from the Google Play or App Store.

Get it here or via the QR code below: https://spectrolink.cphnano.com/setup

Everytime SpectroLink™ is powered on, it will enter a WiFi setup discovery mode lasting around 5 min. SpectroLink™ will proceed to boot up and be ready for use if it is already connected to WiFi or ethernet. 

 

8. Setting up SpectroLink™

 

Powering your device
  1. With the included power adapter and USB cable, connect the USB-A end of the cable to the power adapter.
  2. Plug in the power adapter to a power adapter.
  3. Connect the USB-C end of the cable to the socket of your SpectroLink™. 


  1. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your mobile device and enter the BerryLan app.
  2. The app immediately starts searching for your SpectroLink™. It should appear as CPHNANO after around 50s from powering it on. Tap on it and proceed.
  3. On the next view, the app asks you to choose an access point. Select the one you would like to connect with your SpectroLink™.
  4. The app will prompt you to enter the password for your  access point. Once it has been entered, your SpectroLink™ will proceed to start up and be ready to use. 

Ethernet setup

Another way of getting your SpectroLink™ online is using an ethernet cable. With an ethernet setup one can skip paragraph 2.

 

Connecting SpectroLink™ to
the spectrophotometer

  1. Connect the USB cable to the USB-A socket on your SpectroLink™ and the other end to the USB socket of your spectrophotometer.
  2. Power on your spectrophotometer.
  3. Enable USB mode on your spectrophotometer if available and necessary for USB communication. 

Access SpectroLink™
in SpectroWorks™

Now you can access our online software SpectroWorks.com to start measuring, analyzing and reporting results.


  1. From SpectroWorks.com, click “Log-in” to access your SpectroWorks™ account. Here you can enter your login credentials or create an account.
  2. You will either enter the last accessed project with the list of finished or ongoing workflows, or be directed to the project overview, where you can select a project or create a new one. 


  3. In the tab menu on the top left, click on the “SpectroLink™” tab to see the SpectroLink™ grid view.

    Each SpectroLink™ contains a unique device code that is located on the bottom of the unit. This code is used to link your SpectroLink™ to your SpectroWorks™ account and makes it visible on the grid.

    This mechanism ensures that only authorized users who have registred the device can gain access to the SpectroLink™ on the network.

 

To register the device code of your SpectroLink™:

    1. Click on “+ Add” and simply enter the device code located on the bottom of your SpectroLink™.
    2. Click “+ Add” to confirm. This should add your SpectroLink™ to your list of reigstered devices. Click ”Close”.
    3. Your SpectroLink™ should now be visible on the grid view and ready to use! 

9. Using your SpectroLink™ device

9.1. Creating a new project

To create a new project, click “New”. A results modal appears. Name your project and select the type of results you’d like to see for the measurements. This can always be changed later. Notice that the type of results depends on the cuvette type used.

9.2. The SpectroLink™ dashboard

From the grid view, click on your SpectroLink™. It will appear with the default name: “My SpectroLink™”. The SpectroLink™ dashboard will either show you a frozen view if your spectrophotometer is not connected or the normal view to control it, if it is connected. In the attached image below is an example of a dashboard with no spectrophotometer connected to your SpectroLink™.

 

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Any interactions with SpectroLink™ are controlled through the user interface of SpectroWorks™. Depending on the spectrophotometer used, the user interface of the SpectroLink™ dashboard changes according to what your instrument supports. This is to declutter the interface and make it easier to navigate.

9.2.1. Dashboard controls

On the SpectroLink™ dashboard you can set various settings on your spectrophotometer and set it up for measurements. On the left is a parameter and controls section, where you can set the background, wavelength range etc. The right side of the dashboard contains a plotter canvas, where easy single shot spectrum can be captured and also exported directly by using the buttons below the canvas. This canvas can also be used to gauge how well you have set the parameters for your spectrophotometer.

 

If you are using your SpectroLink™ for the first time with your spectrophotometer, it is recommended to check the parameters and set the required baseline etc. depending on your spectrophotometer type before you proceed to do measurement flows.

 

9.2.2. Scanning spectrophotometer

For a scanning instrument, you will usually find the following parameters in the dashboard:

  • Wavelength range (nm)
  • Scan speeds
  • Scan resolutions
  • Setting the baseline


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9.2.3. Diode array spectrophotometer

For a diode array type spectrophotometer, you will typically find these parameters and controls in the dashboard:

    • Lamp control (ON/OFF)
    • Integration time (ms)
    • No. of scans
    • Setting the light source spectrum
    • Setting the background spectrum


 

9.3. SpectroLink™ properties

On the top right corner of the SpectroLink™ dashboard, there is a “Properties” button that opens a modal for settings related to your SpectroLink™.
Here it is possible to:

  • View system information about your SpectroLink like serial no. hardware version and current software version.
  • View system information about your Spectrophotometer like serial number and range etc.
  • Set your own SpectroLink™ name (recommended during first setup)
  • Set network discovery (more on this below)
  • Shutdown your SpectroLink™
  • Restart your SpectroLink™

9.4. Network discovery

For certain use cases you may want your SpectroLink™ to be visible for all SpectroWorks™ users on the same network. They can in this case see and access the SpectroLink™ without registering its device code. Assuming you are on a secure network you can enable “Network discovery” from the Properties screen in the SpectroLink™ dashboard.

9.5. Adding a new wireless access point

When your SpectroLink™ is set up to use WiFi, it will automatically connect to any of the available and saved networks that you have already registered your SpectroLink™ with when it is starting up. However, to add another access point, your SpectroLink™ is discoverable for the first 3 minutes when powered on:

  1. Restart your SpectroLink™. This can be done from the properties modal from the SpectroLink™ dashboard.
  2. Repeat section 9.2. from step 1.

9.6. Software updates

To provide the best service and support, we are constantly working on capabilities of your SpectroLink™ by providing software updates over the air. Depending on the update type, these updates can extend the functionality of your SpectroLink™ by extending the range of supported spectrophotometers, while providing bug fixes and other overall improvements to the product.

 


If a new version is available, you will be prompted to update once you access your SpectroLink™. It will state your current version and what version you will be upgrading to. Clicking “Install now” will trigger the installation process:

  1. Your SpectroLink™ will initiate the update process. You will be redirected to a view that shows the whole process.
  2. After the update is complete, your SpectroLink™ will restart and send you back to the dashboard.

 

10. Tutorial

Once you’ve set the parameters of your choice for your spectrophotometer, we can now try our first sample measurement.

Please visit our knowledge base for information, tutorials and FAQs on SpectroWorks™ and our other products via: https://knowledge.cphnano.com/en/pages.

 

10.1. Setup spectrophotometer for measurement

Before performing measurements it is important to set your spectrophotometer up for good parameters that increase the quality of the spectrum captured. Please refer to our list of supported spectrophotometers to find a tutorial for your particular spectrophotometer at:
https://spectrolink.cphnano.com/supported-spectrophotometers.

Turn on the spectrophotometer and set to USB mode if required. Connect it to your SpectroLink™.

Access SpectroWorks™, find your SpectroLink™ and go to the dashboard. Prepare your spectrophotometer by setting various parameters.

Visit: https://spectrolink.cphnano.com/supported-spectrophotometers to see a tutorial for your spectrophotometer.

After your spectrophotometer has been set up, proceed to the next section to test a basic measurement flow. 

 

10.2. Basic measurement

  1. Go to the “Create” tab located in the top left.



  2. Get hold of a basic cuvette or just use any NanoCuvette™ for testing. This example uses a NanoCuvette™ One.
  3. Use a sample of your choice and place the cuvette in the clear path (where the light path does not go through the crystal) in your spectrophotometer. For basic cuvettes any direction is fine.
  4. Note: since this is a test, it is also fine with measuring the empty NanoCuvette™ One where the light path goes through the crystal.
  5. Click on “Capture” on the bottom of the empty canvas. 


  6. Your SpectroLink™ will now communicate with your Spectrophotometer to
     ask for a spectrum, your instrument performs the measurement and during
     the measurement the canvas will get plotted with the attenuance spectrum.
  7. Once the capture has completed, proceed by clicking “Finish” in the bottom
     right corner.
  8. You will now be presented with a report summary of your measurement.
     Here you can add metadata in the “Sample attributes” section and notes to
     your liking. It is also possible to download the file you captured during me
     surement in the “Files” menu (the three horizontal dots) under “Experiment
     setup” and all the measurement data and fits in the menu (the three vertical
     dots) on the top right of the “Plots” section. Anything that is written in the
     summary is auto-saved. 

 

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