Kikusui PLZ Applications

README Document


Kikusui PLZ Applications package includes the following software.

App Name Descriptions
VPanel This is a simple virtual panel app. If you're the first time to use this app, configure the communication port for VISA library used for instrument connections, by opening the Instrument I/O dialog. The setting is stored in the registry so it is also assigned automatically when the next time you use the app. If using PLZ-4W/4W/4WL/4WH series, only one panel window will open as the instrument has only one channel. If using PLZ-U series, one or more windows will open depending on the instrument configurations.
Monitor And Log This is a sample app, which monitors current/voltage/power and generates text-formatted log files. You can set the directory on which the text files are generated and monitor interval through the Data Generation Options. Each file name is automatically assigned including associated channel name and data/time information.
Step Editor This allows you to edit/transfer/run your sequence programs.
Memory Copy This allows you to back up the setup-memory contents. (Memory Copy works only with PLZ-4W/4WA/4WL/4WH. It can't be used with PLZ-U series.)


All the applications except for Memory Copy uses the IVI-COM KikusuiPlz instrument driver to control your instrument.

System Requirement

Items Descriptions
Windows Versions

One of the following operating systems with service packs is required.

Windows XP (x86, SP2 or later required)
Windows Vista (x86, x64)
Windows 7(x86, x64)
Windows 8(x86, x64)
Windows 8.1(x86, x64)

VISA Library

One of the following VISA libraries is required. Mind that multiple versions of VISA library from different vendors shall not be installed.

- NI-VISA 5.0.0 or later
- Agilent IO Libraries Suite 16.0 or later
- KI-VISA 5.0.0 or later

I/O Interfaces

One of the following I/O environments must be ready for your PC and your instrument.

USB (PLZ-4W/4WA/4WA/4WH only)

When using RS232C, the serial connection cable must be cross-over (or null modem) type, and the interface settings at the instrument side must be 19200/8/2/NONE/OFF.

SETUP Procedure

To setup the Kikusui PLZ Applications, run PlzAppsSetup_2_x_x.exe.

Before running the SETUP program, confirm that your PC meets all the system requirement. See also the above System Requirement.

When running the SETUP program, you must log on as an administrator. Upon installing to Vista/7 environment, the system automatically elevates you to the administrator privilege with a confirmation dialogue.

Revision History

Version Date Descriptions
VER OCT 2014 Edition 08 Oct 2014

Bug fix for problem that StepEdit in CV MODE could not edit voltage values over 1.5V

VER JUNE 2012 Edition 19 June 2012

Bundled IVI-COM driver version is changed to (x86/x64 Edition)

VER 2.1.2a OCT 2010 Edition 24 Nov 2010

PLZ-4WH series now supported

Bundled IVI-COM driver version is changed to (x86 Edition)

MemCopy and StepEdit apps were incorrectly operating RS232 Stopbit=1 with VISA, and now corrected to 2.

VER 2.1.1 MAY 2010 Edition 24 May 2010

Bundled IVI-COM driver version is changed to (x86 Edition)

VER 2.1.0 FEB 2010 Edition 24 Feb 2010

Windows 7 is now supported

PLZ-4WL series now supported

Bundled IVI drivers changed

Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistribution Package added

VER 2.0.2 FEB 2007 Edition 15 Feb 2007

Windows Vista is now supported. However, we have discontinued Win98/Me support due to difficulty of operation check.

Bug fix for problem that the app unexpectedly halted when exceeding 10hr log recording. (Monitor And Log app)

Bug fix for problem that the app did not correctly remember the model information that would appear on the Options dialogue (Step Editor)

Bundled IVI drivers changed.

VER 2.0.1a JULY 2004 Edition 27 July 2005

Bundled IVI drivers changed.

VER 2.0.1 JULY 2004 Edition 25 July 2004

SETUP is changed so that it automatically installs the IVI Shared Components and IVI driver.

VER 2.0.0 MAY 2003 Edition ---

1st Release

If you have any questions, feel free to contact KIKUSUI Service.

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