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Synergy Controller
Unsurpassed Interconnectivity & Integration with Environmental Chambers














The Synergy Controller and Synergy Series (patent-pending) of hardware and software products are designed to enhance the overall efficiency of the environmental testing process. The culmination of an extensive, multidisciplinary development process, the Synergy Series provides OEMs, test labs, re-builders/re-furbishers, and end-users alike with the industry’s most comprehensive, single-source solution to exacting temperature and humidity testing requirements. Offering the utmost in integration and connectivity, the Series is comprised of Synergy Controller , the full sized Micro and the new 1/4 DIN Synergy Nano , both with touch screen and embedded Synergy Web Server Software for remote monitoring and control; Synergy Manager software for control and monitoring of multiple environmental chambers, the Synergy 488 ; offering GPIB, RS-232 and Ethernet communications communications for legacy test chamber controllers and the Synergy UUT (Unit-Under-Test) data acquisition module to expand the controller’s data acquisition capabilities. The Series is singularly notably for its ability to enhance overall environmental test process performance and cost effectiveness by employing existing LANs and the Internet and popular USB Flash Drives.  


Eight New Application Notes
Utilize all the features of your Synergy Controller equipped test chamber.

Eight new application notes can help you use your Synergy Controller equipped test chamber to its best advantage.
These new subjects include free tools and features including:
  • Wireless Networking
  • FTP "Drag and Drop"
  • Multi-level security
  • Free SimpleComm software
  • Thermocouple applications
  • Space (Thermal Vacuum) Applications
  • User Programmable Alarms
  • Watchdog timers and more..



  • Synergy Micro 2
    Maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers.

    Tidal’s state-of-the-art Synergy Micro 2 controller is engineered to offer all the features needed to maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers. Designed to take complete command of the chambers’ conditioning systems, its logic circuits automatically select heating/cooling modes as required, and totally controls programming of temperature, vibration, altitude and humidity versus time.

    The Synergy Micro 2 combines the functions of a test chamber controller and a data logger. It moreover allows users to program up to six custom outputs for special applications and optional features. Process inputs include RTD, Thermocouple, voltage and current. Boasting the Microsoft Windows™ CE.NET operating system, this feature-rich system’s sophisticated communications capabilities also include built-in remote control/monitoring. The Synergy Micro 2 Controller is easy to retrofit into legacy equipment.

    For further details, see the Synergy Nano press release, technical manual and the Synergy Micro 2 datasheet.


    Synergy Quattro
    Maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers.

    Tidal’s state-of-the-art Synergy Micro 2 controller is engineered to offer all the features needed to maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers. Designed to take complete command of the chambers’ conditioning systems, its logic circuits automatically select heating/cooling modes as required, and totally controls programming of temperature, vibration, altitude and humidity versus time.

    The Synergy Micro 2 combines the functions of a test chamber controller and a data logger. It moreover allows users to program up to six custom outputs for special applications and optional features. Process inputs include RTD, Thermocouple, voltage and current. Boasting the Microsoft Windows™ CE.NET operating system, this feature-rich system’s sophisticated communications capabilities also include built-in remote control/monitoring. The Synergy Micro 2 Controller is easy to retrofit into legacy equipment.

    For further details, see the Synergy Nano press release, technical manual and the Synergy Quattro datasheet.


    Synergy Nano
    Maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers in a 1/4 DIN package.

    Tidal’s state-of-the-art Synergy Nano controller is engineered to offer all the features needed to maximize the capabilities of your environmental chambers in a 1/4 DIN package. Designed to take complete command of the chambers’ conditioning systems, its logic circuits automatically select heating/cooling modes as required, and totally controls programming of temperature, vibration, altitude and humidity versus time.

    The Synergy Nano combines the functions of a test chamber controller and a data logger. It moreover allows users to program up to six custom outputs for special applications and optional features. Process inputs include RTD, Thermocouple, voltage and current. Boasting the Microsoft Windows™ CE.NET operating system, this feature-rich system’s sophisticated communications capabilities also include built-in remote control/monitoring. The Synergy Nano Controller is easy to retrofit into legacy equipment.

    For further details, see the Synergy Nano press release, technical manual and the Synergy Nano datasheet.


    Synergy Controller
    Touch Screen Interface

    The Synergy (Micro) Controller and Synergy Nano share a common user and programming interface and provides OEMs, test labs, and re-builders/re-furbishers with cost-effective integration of control, logging and connectivity features, and are appropriate for use in the broadest spectrum of environmental testing applications including temperature, humidity, vibration, altitude, HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing)/HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening), thermal shock, and thermal vacuum testing processes.

    The Synergy Controllers are ideal for use in chambers or ovens when controlled environments are essential for the testing, screening, and calibration of mission-critical systems and components. Industries in which the instrument can be confidently employed include electronic systems, semiconductors, aerospace, automotive, medical, and pharmaceutical.



    Synergy Series
    Specifically for Environmental Testing

    Tidal’s Synergy Series is uniquely engineered for use in environmental testing applications in the broadest spectrum of industries and applications requiring the precise measurement and control of temperature and/or humidity. Among the most prevalent are the electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, where controlled environments are essential for the testing, screening and calibration of critical systems and components. 

    The Synergy Controller is developed to replace the most popular environmental chamber manufacturers’ controllers/programmers, as well as discontinued or unsupported systems. It is specifically engineered as a drop-in replacement for the Tenney VersaTenn II and VersaTenn III controllers as it employs virtually identical electrical, mechanical, and physical parameters. Further, it’s compatible with the Watlow 942, F4, and the Thermotron 4800, making the retrofit process fast and easy for end-users of these chambers as well. 

    Available standard with either a front or flush mounted 320 x 240 (color STN) touch screen, the microprocessor-based, two-channel Synergy Controller takes total charge of environmental chambers’ conditioning systems. The two control channels may both function as temperature control, or with channel #1 as temperature, and channel #2 as humidity. The unit features RS-232/485, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, and GPIB communications, as well as a Disk-On-Chip Flash Drive, SDRAM and a FD drive for data logging, alarm logging and storage. USB storage are also featured. Its Windows-based software supports profiling, an unlimited number of setpoint, auto-start, hold, jump and stop steps, along with eight event/alarm outputs. 

    To further enhance the functionality of the Synergy Controller and to maximize process efficiency, control, and accuracy, Tidal developed the Synergy Web Server Software and Synergy Manager Software. The Synergy Web Server Software provides the ultimate remote monitoring and control capabilities as it connects the Synergy Controller to a LAN or the Internet. This highly intuitive, Internet Explorer compatible (no other client software required) web-server interface allows operators to view a mirror image of the controllers’ touch screen from any Web browser. Therefore, operators are able to perform such key control functions as process monitoring, set point changes, and managing alarms “on-the-fly”.

    For applications requiring the control and monitoring of multiple and diverse environmental chambers, Tidal’s Synergy Manager Software supports numerous controllers in any combination. This feature-rich program compiles and generates environmental profiles for any chamber from its graphical editor and sports a comprehensive array of performance and activity statistics. Featuring GPIB, RS-232, RS-485 and TCP/IP communications, download control, real-time data logging, graphical profiling, time-stamping, e-mail and fax alerts are among the functions supported.

    Rounding out the Synergy Series to-date is the Synergy UUT, a 16-channel thermocouple data acquisition module. Developed to expand the input capabilities of the Synergy Controller, the interface allows Synergy system operators to capture and log data from up to 64 thermocouples from a unit-under-test. 

    Tidal also offers RTD (Resistance Temperature Detectors) and TRH (Temperature/Relative Humidity) sensors and probes engineered for employment with the Series. 


    Synergy Controller Specifications
    Designed specifically for Environmental Test Chamber Control

    The Synergy Controller Touch Screen Control System is a microprocessor based multi-channel instrument, developed specifically for environmental test chambers. This state of the art design employs features that maximize the capabilities of your test chamber. It is precisely designed to take complete command of the chamber’s conditioning systems. Logic circuits automatically select heating / cooling (Channel 1), and humidity (Channel 2) modes as required, with total programming of temperature and humidity versus time. Six Event outputs are provided for special applications and optional features. A 100 ohm platinum RTD is used for temperature measurement. A dry capacitance type sensor is used for humidity measurement.

    The Synergy Controller is specifically designed to be a drop-in replacement for the Tenney VersaTenn III controller. All of the electrical and mechanical interfaces have been preserved. The retro fit process is quick and easy for end-users.

    The main features of the Synergy Controller are as follows:

      Channels
    • Channels: 1,2, 3, or 4 Process Variables
    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Vibration
    • Altitude


    • LCD
    • Type: Color STN, Resolution: 320 x 240
    • Size: 5.7” Diagonal
    • Backlight: CCFL
    • Operating System
    • Microsoft Windows™ CE Operating System
    • Touch Screen based Graphical User Interface (GUI)


    • Communications
    • RS - 232 Communications
    • 10 Base-T Ethernet Networking
    • RS–485 Communications (optional)
    • IEEE 488 Communications (optional)
    • FTP Server, Telnet Server, Web server
    • WebTouch Remote™ (Pat. Pending) Web Server software for Internet monitoring / controlling (Optional)


    • Storage
    • 256 MB Flash Disk
    • 32 MB SDRAM


    • Peripherals
    • USB Bar Code Reader
    • USB Keyboard
    • USB Mouse


    • Programming
    • Windows friendly program files names
    • Program creation wizard
    • Step Types: Set point, Jump Loop, Auto start, Hold, Stop
    • Number and size of programs only limited by onboard storage


    • Software Features
    • Built-in context sensitive Help System
    • International Language Support
    • Real-time color graph displays
    • Built-in TCP/IP networking
    • Real Time Clock with Battery Backup
    • Automatic Resume after power failure
    • Software configurable chamber type
    • Multiple Passwords
    • Wet-Bulb/Dry-Bulb RH calculations
    • Programmable User Alarms


    • Analog Inputs
    • Process Voltage Inputs (4): Humidity-Vaisala Temp comp./uncompensated
    • Range: 0-5 VDC; Accuracy: +/- 0.5 mV
    • Resolution: 16 bits
    • RTD Inputs (2): Temperature
    • Range: 0 to 200 Ohms
    • Accuracy +/- 0.05 Ohms
    • 100 Ohm Pt. RTD, JIS or DIN
    • Machine diagnostics interface (8)
    • Range: 0-5 VDC; Accuracy: +/- 10 mV
    • Resolution: 10 bits


    • Analog Outputs
    • Voltage Outputs (2):
    • Range: 0-5 VDC
    • Accuracy: +/- 0.5 mV
    • Resolution: 12 Bits
    • Setpoint; Channels 1, 2 and 3
    • Process Variable; Channels 1, 2 and 3
    • Heat PID; Channels 1, 2 and 3
    • Cool PID; Channels 1, 2 and 3


    • Digital Outputs
    • Total Digital Outputs:32
    • Digital Outputs: 30 (These 30 outputs drive the Triac boards listed below)
    • Output Rating: 5 A, 250 VAC
    • Relay Outputs 2
    • Contact Rating: 3 A, 250 VAC
    • Event Outputs: Up to 6 outputs are User controllable.


    • Digital Inputs
    • Total Digital Inputs: 16
    • Ground: TRUE
    • Open Circuit: FALSE
    • Voltage Range: - 0.5 to 5.5 VDC


    • Data Logging
    • Interval, 1 Second to 60 Seconds
    • Process Variables, Setpoints, PID variables
    • UUT (Unit Under Test) T-Type Thermocouple temperature data logging and display with 16 Inputs expandable to 64 Inputs (See Synergy UUT below)


    • UUT Temp Module
    • T-Type Thermocouples: 16
    • Total Supported Modules/Sensors: 4/64
    • Temperature Range:-200 C to 400 C
    • Power: 9 to 28 Vdc, 3 Watts


    • Alarms
    • Memory Low Program Memory/Low Space Storage Card
    • Temp-guard
    • Open Sensor Ch 1 - RTD 1
    • Open Sensor RTD 2
    • Voltage Sensor Ch 2 – Humidity (Analog Input 1)
    • Voltage Sensor (Analog Input 2 thru 4)
    • Hi Temperature/ Low Temperature
    • Hi Humidity/ Lo Humidity
    • Internal Communications failure


    • Other
    • Power Requirements: 85 to 264 VAC, 25 Watts
    • Operating Conditions: 10 to 30 C, 0 to 90% RH, Non-condensing
    • Size: 9.50” W X 6.75” H X 5.50” D
    • Weight: 8.5 lbs
      • Synergy UUT Thermocouple Monitor
        Part Number: TE1299-16

      • 16 Channel T-Thermocouple Monitor
      • Daisy chain up to four of these 16-Channel monitors together and acquire 64 temperatures on the Unit-Under-Test
      • The Synergy Controller displays and logs these readings to the internal log file for analysis, graphing and reporting






      • Triac Output Board, 12 Channel
        Part Number: TE1151-12

      • Control up to twelve (12) 6 Ampere AC loads, 110 - 220 VAC
      • Each output can also drive an external Triac for larger loads
      • Two 6-Channel Triac boards can be driven from the two 20 pin connectors






      • Triac Output Board, 6 Channel
        Part Number: TE1151-6

      • Control up to six (6) 6 Ampere AC loads, 110 - 220 VAC
      • Each output can also drive an external Triac for larger loads








      • Triac Output Board, 5 Channel
        Part Number: TE1151-5

      • Control up to five (5) 6 Ampere AC loads, 110 - 220 VAC
      • Each output can also drive an external Triac for larger loads
      • This Triac board can be mounted from the back of the Synergy Controller and accepts the existing wiring harness from a VersaTenn III installation






      • Universal Event Board, 6 Channel
        Part Number: TE1616-6

      • This unit can be used interchangeably with our standard 6-Channel Triac Output board but its outputs can can configured for DC loads as well as AC loads.
      • This Event board allows the user to configure each output for the load that he needs to drive by plugging in standard output modules.
      • AC Output modules are available for 140 and 280 VAC and 3.5 Amps
      • DC Output modules are available for 60 VDC and 3.5 Amps




      • Relay Output Board, 6 Channel
        Part Number: TE1708-6

      • Control up to six (6) 6-Ampere AC loads, 110 - 220 VAC
      • Each output is Form C with both a normally open and normally closed contact







      • Synergy Web Touch Remote
        Part Number: TE1567

      • Built in web server provides web based control and monitoring. Patent Pending.
      • Remote control over a network or Internet using a web browser.
      • Internet Explorer and Fire Fox compatible (no special software required).
      • For remote training and support.
      • For remote operation and monitoring.







      • Synergy Manager
        Part Number: TE1566

      • Windows™ Based, Multi-Chamber Monitor and Control
      • Supports the following Chambers Controllers:
        Synergy Micro
        Synergy Nano
        VersaTenn II, VersaTenn III, VersaTenn IV, VersaTenn V
        Watlow 942
        Thermotron T4800
        Yokogawa 550/750
        Partlow 1460/1462
        Blue M 550/750
        Watlow F4
      • Features:
        Remote Control
        GPIB, RS-232, TCP/IP
        Profile Creation, Download and Control
        Data Logging
        Data Graphing
        Alert System: Fax and e-mail notification.

      • P/N: TE1566-1 for USB equipped computers (USB dongle)
      • P/N: TE1566-2 for legacy computers (parallel port dongle)

        Download the Synergy Manager and use for free in Monitor-only Mode View the Synergy Manager revision history.


      • Synergy 488
        Part Number: TE1643

        The Synergy488 is Tidal's communications adapter for legacy test chamber controllers that provides three (GPIB, RS-232 and Ethernet) communications options for supported legacy controllers equipped with only RS-232 or RS-485 communications. With Synergy 488 adapters you can put your test chambers on your network and control them from a central computer using our Synergy Manager application.

        Communication Ports:

      • GPIB (IEEE 488)
      • RS-232
      • Ethernet (10/100 BaseT)
      • Supported Controllers:

      • Tenney VersaTenn II and VersaTenn III
      • Watlow 942 and F4
      • Blue M Pro 550 and 750
      • Yokogawa 550 and 750
      • Partlow 1460/1462
      • Synergy Nano

      • Application Notes  

        Synergy Controller AppNote 1 - Replacing a VersaTenn III Controller 

        This application note describes the retrofit installation of a new Synergy Controller in a VersaTenn III equipped environmental test chamber.  (pdf 293k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 2 - Synergy Controller Data Logging Capacity Calculations

        This application note describes capacity calculations for the Synergy Controller’s Logging system. The Synergy Controller’s built in data logger is key to many of the Synergy Controller’s more powerful capabilities. With the ability to capture individual log files for each test and deliver this information in table (CSV) and chart (PDF) format through a variety of network protocols as well as with removable storage media helps these controllers “Delivers Test Results”. (pdf 430k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 3 - Retrofitting a Qualmark HALT/HASS Chamber

        This Synergy Controller application note describes a QualMark HALT/HASS environmental test chamber retrofit. Installation, Equipment required, Controller Setup and Calibration are covered. (pdf 459k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 4 - Configuring the Synergy Controller to Read from a Bar Code scanner

        Bar Code Scanners speed data entry and improve accuracy and now Synergy Controller offers the advantages of bar code scanning to Environmental Test users. This application note employs the Synergy Controller’s powerful bar code feature to automatically select and start an environmental test profile simply by scanning the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) plain text label on the part. You may download the macro and profiles files here.  (pdf 180k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 5 - Synergy Controller vs. VersaTenn III

        This application note compares the numerous features and benefits of the Synergy Controller to the old VersaTenn III controller.  (pdf 201k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 7 - Synergy Controller WebTouch Remote Feature

        Every Synergy Controller including the ¼ DIN Synergy Nano, Synergy Quattro, and Synergy Micro 2 comes equipped with a built-in web server using Tidal Engineering’s Web Touch™ Remote technology (Pat. Pending). This technology provides a web browser user interface that is identical to the local touch screen interface on the environmental chamber. Engineers can use this feature to remotely monitor chamber settings and readings. Technicians can use this feature for remote troubleshooting. This application note explains the setup and operation of this powerful remote control technology. (pdf 629k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 8 - Using SimpleComm application to communicate with the Synergy Controller.

        This application note explains how to use the SimpleComm application to communicate with the Synergy Controller . The SimpleComm application is an all in one communications package designed to communicate with the Synergy Controller using Ethernet, GPIB, RS-232, and RS-485.  (pdf 163k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 10 - Synergy Controller Retransmit Signal Conditioner.

        Each Synergy Controller provides two 0-5 VDC analog retransmit outputs to drive chart recorders, proportional valves, etc. The TE1803 Retransmit Signal Conditioner is DIN rail or side mount able and provides optical isolation and can convert these retransmit outputs to 4-20 mA or 0-10 VDC. In addition, the retransmit signal conditioner can be used to break ground loops, convert voltage levels, and perform level shifting when sensor signals and the controller inputs or outputs are at different potentials. This application note explains the setup and application of these useful conditioners. (pdf 443k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 20 - Using the TE1908 Single Channel Thermocouple Signal Conditioner.

        This application note explains how to use the TE1908 Thermocouple Signal Conditioner with the Synergy Controller. TE1908 Single Channel Thermocouple Signal Conditioner can be used with any of the four High Resolution 0-5V analog inputs or any of the 8 Low Resolution Analog Inputs.  (pdf 575k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 25 - Using the Synergy Controller with Space Chamber applications.

        The Synergy Controller supports Space Chamber applications with Granville Philips ION Vacuum gauges. This application note explains the setup procedure and provides examples for these installations.  (pdf 362k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 26 - Using the programmable User Alarms with the Synergy Controller.

        The Synergy Controller provides a programmable user alarm system for customer specific warnings and for special applications where the alarm relays are used to operate a system function. This application note explains the user alarm setup procedure using two examples.  (pdf 1058k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 40 - Two Point Calibration.

        This Synergy Controller application note describes the gain (span) and offset calculations for a two point calibration. Specifically, when two reference values are known, and compared against the Synergy controller readings, the calculations in this spreadsheet can be used to correct the errors at these points.  (pdf 618k) Application Note 40 Spreadsheet

        Synergy Controller AppNote 45 - Using the Synergy Controller's ftp server.

        This Synergy Controller application note describes the operation of the Synergy Controller’s FTP server. With the FTP server feature, chamber profiles or recipes (VPL files) can be copied to and from the controller, deleted from the controller or renamed, all over the network. In addition the history log file can be retrieved from the controller over the network.  (pdf 618k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 49 - Synergy Controller Security Enhancements.

        This Synergy Controller application note describes the enhanced security features available in application software version 2.8.5. With these enhanced features, user access to specific controller areas can be restricted appropriately for each user function.  (pdf 593k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 56 - Using the Synergy Controller Watchdog Timers.

        This application note describes how the Synergy watchdog timers can be used to protect against product and/or test chamber damage due to communications failure by detecting a communications drop out and providing the user with several response options.  (pdf 126k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 58 - Synergy Controller Wet-Bulb/Dry-Bulb Humidity Measurements.

        This application note explains the Synergy Controller's Wet-Bulb/Dry-Bulb Humidity Measurmeent Feature. The calculation of Relative Humidity using a wet-bulb and a dry-bulb thermometer involves the science of psychometrics. All Synergy Controller models can use a wet-bulb and a dry-bulb temperature sensor to measure Relative Humidity as an alternative to an electronic RH sensor..  (pdf 448k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 59 - Synergy Controller Wireless Network Setup.

        This application note explains how you can use the Synergy Controller’s wired Ethernet port and a Netgear WNCE2001 or a Linksys WET54G Wireless Bridge to connect it to a wireless network.  (pdf 1126k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 60 - Graphing Synergy Log Files in Microsoft Excel.

        Synergy Controllers function as both test chambers controllers and data loggers. Log data files can be exported from the internal controller database to a USB Flash disk or the built-in ftp server in Comma Separated Variable (CSV) format. This application note shows some shortcuts in Microsoft Excel that can be used to quickly convert the data from the log file into a graph. Follow this link to view a video demonstration of this application note. Note that in version 3.0.7 of the Synergy Controller software, the controllers can plot the test results automatically and send them to a network printer and by e-mail. (pdf 645k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 67 - Synergy Controller Mounting Options.

        The Synergy Micro, Synergy Micro 2, Synergy Quattro, and Synergy Nano are popular for controller retrofits on legacy environmental test chambers and ovens. Tidal Engineering offers panel adapters that can be used to adapt existing control panels from different manufacturers to these controllers. This application note identifies the nine panel adapters currently available.  (pdf 607k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 71 - Synergy Controller PWM Retransmit Feature

        This application note explains how the Synergy Controller's PWM Retransmit Features (Time Proportioning Outputs) can be used improve control performance by staging multiple Heat, Cool, and Humidify Outputs and by setting minimum and maximum Duty Cycle Limits. (pdf 527k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 72 - Synergy Controller Thermocouple Data Acquisition with Synergy UUT Modules

        The Tidal Engineering P/N TE1299-16 UUT Module (Unit-Under-Test) is a 16-channel thermocouple data acquisition unit designed to expand the input capabilities of the controllers in the Synergy family. Each UUT Module allows engineers to capture and log temperature data from the unit-under-test and other test temperatures. Up to four modules can be attached to each Synergy Controller providing up to 64 T-Type thermocouple inputs. The UUT data can optionally be logged and the log file may be used for analysis, graphing and reporting. (pdf 629k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 74 - Synergy Controller LED Backlight Retrofit Kit

        Until 2013, Synergy Controller and VersaTenn V 5.7” Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) utilized a CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight. This application note covers the installation of a Synergy LED Backlight Retrofit kit now available that delivers substantially longer life. Utilizing Hi-Brightness white LEDs from CREE, the kit is backward compatible with all Synergy Controller and VersaTenn V configurations equipped with 5.7” LCDs. (pdf 1073k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 77 - Synergy Controller Remote Start/Stop Feature

        Some environmental test chamber and process oven applications require a remote Start button or Stop button (or both) a distance from the test chamber and controller. The Synergy Controller can implement this functionality easily with the Remote Start/Stop feature introduced in software version 2.9.6 Build 788. This application note describes this feature. (pdf 335k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 84 - Synergy Controller E-Mail Feature

        The Synergy Controller’s e-mail feature sends alarm, test results plots, and log file e-mails automatically to desktop computers and mobile phones and tablets. This Synergy Controller application note describes these e-mail features and provides instructions and examples for setup. (pdf 1175k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 85 - Synergy Controller Logging Features and Applications

        The Synergy Controller’s built in data logger is key to many of its more powerful features because Synergy Controllers “Deliver Test Results”; i.e. they create individual log files for each test and deliver this information in either table (CSV) or chart (PDF) format over the network in a variety of formats and protocols. This application note explains the Synergy Controller's logging system features and describes its applications for test reporting/monitoring and chamber tuning/diagnostics.(pdf 2982k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 89 - Synergy Controller Loop-Back Setup

        The Synergy Controller's loop-back feature provides simulated Process Variable (PV) feedback for the purpose of configuration testing, software development, or troubleshooting. In loop-back mode, the Process Variables follow the setpoints (SP). This application note describes loop-back setup and applications. (pdf 519k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 90 - Synergy Controller Network Printing Feature

        The Synergy Controller's network plotting features provide documentation and reporting efficiencies that can enhance the performance of virtually any organization. These features automatically generate and plot test data to a network printer and/or to a PDF file. PDF plots can be automatically e-mailed to up to five recipients or viewed with a standard web browser using the Synergy Controller WebTouch™ Remote feature. This application note describes these capabilities and the feature set-up. See Synergy Controller Application Note 84 for e-mail setup and examples. (pdf 957k) Example plot

        Synergy Controller AppNote 91 - Synergy Controller Built-In Alarms

        The Synergy Controller software provides built‐in alarms to protect the test chamber or process oven and unit-under-test from system failures and operator errors. These alarms are built into every system and are in addition to the User Programmable Alarms which can be created by the OEM and/or the end-user and are described in Application Note 26. This application note explains how to configure the Synergy Controller built-in alarms. (pdf 791k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 95 - Synergy Controller Kft and other Pressure Display Options

        The Synergy Controller's default unit of measure for pressure and altitude test chambers is Torr. In addtion, these test chambers can also be setup for alternate units of measure including Kft, PSIG and mbar (millibar) using configuration files such as “Generic_THP_mbar_over-rides.CFG” which are available from the factory. This application note explains how to configure the Synergy Controllers for these these alternate units. (pdf 482k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 96 - Synergy Controller Analog Retransmit Applications

        Each Synergy Controller model including Synergy Nano, Synergy Quattro, and Synergy Micro 2 incorporates two analog outputs called Analog Retransmit 1 and Analog Retransmit 2 that can drive various process and control parameters. These outputs can be graphed on a chart recorder, transmitted to other systems including PLCs and data acquisition systems, or used to control proportional valves for steam heat, chilled water, cooling dampers, or proportional valves for Vacuum and Vent for Altitude chambers. This application note provides the typical wiring and setup procedures for these chart recorder and control applications. (pdf 804k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 99 - Synergy Server Feature

        The Synergy Server is a database application designed to provide virtually unlimited centralized and searchable storage for any number of Synergy Controllers. The Synergy Server provides a simple Web Interface for centralized management of test programs, test plots and logs, and controller backups (pdf 4253k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 102 - Synergy Certified OEM and Installer Training

        This two-day course covers the application of the Synergy Product line to new and retrofit environmental test chamber applications. Attendees will learn to apply the Synergy Micro 2, Synergy Quattro, and Synergy Nano Controllers to a wide range of test chamber configurations. (pdf 146k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 106 - Synergy Controller Cascade Loop (Part Temperature) Control Feature

        This application note covers the optional Cascade temperature control feature available on all Synergy Controllers. Cascade control uses two control loops and two sensors to provide better performance than can be achieved with one loop alone. With this feature, the product temperature generally reaches its set-point quicker and with less overshoot than with single loop control. (pdf 324k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 107 - Synergy Controller Programming with Python

        This application note demonstrates the versatility of the Synergy Controller family's communication ports ; i.e. Ethernet, GPIB, and RS-232 and the simplicity of the Python programming language.. (pdf 1006k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 109 - Synergy488 Kit Setup for Synergy Nano and Synergy Quattro GPIB

        The Synergy Nano and Synergy Quattro controllers are equipped with both 10/100 Base-T Ethernet and RS-232 ports. The optional Synergy488 Kit provides plug and play GPIB/IEEE 488 communications for these two controllers. This application note covers the setup and configuration of the Synergy488, P/N TE1588 for use with Synergy Nano and Synergy Quattro controllers.(pdf 731k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 111 - Synergy Controller Software Programming for Sigma C4 Programmers

        The Synergy Nano is popular for controlling test chambers, process ovens, and thermal platforms. This application describes Synergy Controller’s command set and is intended to help test and instrumentation engineers port programs written for Sigma Systems C4/C5 programmers to the Synergy Controller family of programmers.(pdf 476k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 112 - General Purpose Logic Programming for OEMS and Integrators

        The Synergy Micro 2, Nano, and Quattro controllers implement more than 30 high level functions called primitives which are designed to drive the compressors, heaters, fans, and refrigeration and humidity control components of environmental test chambers and process ovens. These high level functions usually eliminate any requirement for special programming. In some cases however, OEMs and Integrators can save the cost and complexity of various extraneous PLC Logic, relays, and timers by using the general purpose programming features of the Synergy Controller. Synergy Controller Version 3.0.14 provides variety of general purpose control logic including timers, thermostatic (On/Off) output functions, time proportioning outputs, selectors functions, and logic output (And, Or, Nand and Nor) functions . This application note describes these general purpose primitives and provides examples.(pdf 483k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 113 - Main Screen Display Setup Options

        The Synergy Micro 2, Nano, and Quattro controllers starting with version 3.0.7 Build 893j offer several screen setup options including: configurable channel font size (large, medium, and small), process graphs, sensor readings (up to 8), and an optional chamber light switch. This application note describes these features and provides examples and screenshots. (pdf 532k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 116 - Synergy Controller Pressure Applications

        Synergy Controllers offer a variety of pressure control features for vacuum ovens, altitude chambers, and thermal vacuum (space simulation) applications. The Synergy Controller software can process a range of transducer types and units of measure as follows:
        1. Granville Philips ion gauge for space simulation chambers.
        2. Virtual Pressure Sensor; aggregates a High and Low range transducer into one measurement.
        3. Virtual Kft. Sensor; converts pressure to Kft. using NOAA equation.
        4. Configurable pressure units including Torr, PSIG, mmHg, etc.(pdf 1512k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 117 - Synergy Controller Help System Video QR Codes

        The latest Synergy Controller help system takes advantage of the increasing popularity of smart phones (including iOS and Android versions), the simplicity and power of the QR code, and our Synergy Controller YouTube video channel to bring training and support to operators and engineers where and when they need it. (pdf 595k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 121 - Synergy Controller Ramp Rate Control

        In some test applications, test engineers are required to limit the rate of change of temperature or other process variables when adjusting setpoints. With the new Synergy Controller Ramp Rate Feature, engineers can program the controller to ramp the setpoint from the current temperature when making adjustments while in the steady state mode. (pdf 785k)

        Follow this link to view a video demonstration of this application note.

        Synergy Controller AppNote 123 - Synergy Nano_Retrofit for VersaTenn_Controllers

        The Synergy Controller family is specifically designed to easily retrofit legacy VersaTenn applications. This Synergy Controller application note describes the steps for a Synergy Nano retrofit installation in VersaTenn equipped environmental test chamber. This note covers the following steps:

        Step I - Removing the existing VersaTenn Controller
        Step II - Mount the new Synergy Nano Controller
        Step III - Wiring the new Synergy Nano Controller
        Step IV - Configuring the Synergy Nano Controller. (pdf 2,075k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 125 - Synergy Quattro Retrofit for VersaTenn III Controllers

        The Synergy Controller family is specifically designed to easily retrofit legacy VersaTenn applications. This Synergy Controller application note describes the steps for a Synergy Quattro retrofit installation in VersaTenn Iii equipped environmental test chamber. This note covers the following steps:

        Step I - Removing the existing VersaTenn Controller
        Step II - Mount the new Synergy Quattro Controller
        Step III - Wiring the Synergy Quattro Controller
        Step IV - Configuring the Synergy Quattro Controller. (pdf 1,028k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 126 - Synergy Nano Certificate of Volatility

        This application note is a statement regarding the volatility of customer data stored in the memory devices in the Synergy Nano controller. In addition, the steps required to sanitize the Synergy Nano are covered. (pdf 927k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 129 - Synergy_Controller Cloud Storage Features and Benefits

        The exploding popularity of cloud based data storage and application services is a direct result of the benefits they seem to provide in virtually all business and industrial applications. This note explains the Synergy Controller features developed to help test and manufacturing organizations take advantage of Cloud infrastructure with their environmental test chambers and process ovens. (pdf 2,059k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 133 - PuTTY Terminal Setup for the Synergy Controller Family

        PuTTY is a popular open source terminal program for Serial (RS-232) and TCP/IP (Ethernet) Communications. This application note covers PuTTY setup for Synergy family controllers and includes some examples of frequently used commands. (pdf 328k)

        Follow this link to view a video demonstration of this application note.

        Synergy Controller AppNote 135 - Synergy Quattro Input Expansion Option

        This Synergy application note covers the Synergy Quattro Input Expansion Module, P/N TE2251-4. This expansion module plugs into the back of the controller and expands the input capacity of the controller. The module adds the following I/O.

      • Eight 10-Bit, 0-5 Volts Analog Inputs
      • Eight Digital Inputs
      • Six Open Collector Digital Outputs

      • The Analog Inputs are typically used for pressure transducers to monitor the refrigeration system. The Digital Inputs are available for User applications and for complex test chambers. With this expansion, module, the Synergy Quattro can accommodate 16 Digital Inputs. (pdf 379k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 137 - Synergy Controller Frequently Used Commands

        The Synergy Controller Family provides multiple communication port options including Ethernet, GPIB, and RS-232. This capability makes these controllers perfect for today’s changing testing environments since the controller command set is independent of the port. This application note is a short list of frequently used commands. The full set of commands is included in the Synergy Controller Unifed Technical Manual (pdf 137k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 140 - Synergy Temperature Limit Controller Coordination Features

        Redundant Temperature Limit Controllers (i.e. TempGard limit controller) should be used to provide fail-safe protection against controller and sensor failure. When used with a separate sensor, Temperature Limit Controllers (TLC) reduce the probability that a single point failure will damage the chamber or the product inside. The TLC should be wired to remove power from all of the chamber’s machinery in order to provide maximum protection.

        No complex software or hardware system is perfect. Bugs are always present in a system of any size. In order to prevent danger to life or property, it is the responsibility of the system designer to incorporate redundant protective mechanisms appropriate to the risk involved.

        Beginning with Synergy Controller Software version 4.2.5, Synergy Quattro and Synergy Nano controllers feature commands that can program certain Temperature Limit Controllers. In this application note, an example is offered that use these commands to automatically adjust these limits and start the program. The example shows how to use a Bar Code Scanner for this application. (pdf 517k)

        Synergy Controller AppNote 144 - Synergy Controller Output Board Specifications

        Synergy and VersaTenn controllers offer a number of output options. This application note covers the specifications for these output options. (pdf 1,308k)


        Technical Manuals 
        Synergy Quattro Installation Manual (Preliminary) (pdf 3MB)
        Synergy Controller Unified Technical Manual Rev H (pdf 17MB) NEW
        Synergy Controller Technical Manual Rev G (pdf 19MB)
        Synergy Controller Technical Manual Rev F (pdf 14MB)
        Synergy Nano Technical Manual Rev A08 (pdf 14MB)
        Synergy Nano Installation Manual Rev A (pdf 14MB)
        Press Releases 
        Thursday, September 1, 2011 - Synergy Micro 2 Announced.   (pdf 17k)
        Monday, April 19, 2010 - Synergy Nano Patent Awarded.   (pdf 17k)
        Monday, October 20, 2008 - Synergy Nano Announced.   (pdf 17k)
        Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - Synergy Series Introduced. (pdf 26k)

        Data Sheets 
        Synergy Quattro Data Sheet   (pdf 1.4 MB)
        Synergy Micro 2 Data Sheet       (pdf 1 MB)
        Synergy Nano Data Sheet       (pdf 1 MB)
        Synergy Controller Data Sheet (pdf 156k)
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