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FTA2000 Script Programs

Script programs provide a way to run the instrument and allow complete flexibility in controlling operation. Scripts are an alternative to traditional "manual" operation. Scripts automate whatever you can do manually. Basically they push the same buttons and fill in the same text boxes that you would if you were executing a protocol in the traditional fashion.

  • Scripts are written by pointing and clicking the mouse on drop-down lists and filling in text boxes when required by the selected operation. More importantly, scripts are in "plain English" so they can be understood by others. Scripts are not a programming language that is understood only by the special few.

  • Scripts are stored in database files, one script to a file. You can store any number of scripts and recall them when you wish.

  • Scripts can be as long as you wish. There is no limit on size other than the practical issue of writing the script in the first place.

  • Scripts can be printed or copied into other documents as a table. This is useful for documentation.

  • The script language includes loops (do something so many times), subroutines (for procedures you use again and again), and user queries and branches (questions the user is asked to answer at run time). It also includes break points and single-step operation for debugging your script. A complete listing of the script instruction set is in Sequencer Instruction Set.

  • The script language provides several forms of output data formats, both Access database and text-based files that can be imported into Excel.

  • Contact angle data from drops over the surface can be combined into surface energy calculations in several ways with averaging of data from like liquids.

  • Dynamic contact angle curves can be combined in single files.

  • FTA will provide a script custom written to your protocol with each instrument to serve as an example.

The pdf document Sequencer Examples contains two examples of actual scripts.