Display Tab overview


The Display tab shows the current status of the CAMAG® HPTLC PRO SYSTEM. More detailed than the New CAMAG® HPTLC PRO SYSTEM Configuration window, it is though limited to a single HPTLC PRO SYSTEM and displays the runs information.


  • systemavailable systemlocked Lock/unlock each HPTLC PRO SYSTEM manually.

  • reinit The HPTLC PRO SYSTEM will reinitialize, useful after an external change (like removing a carrier). See Understanding the HPTLC PRO Module and CAMAG® HPTLC PRO SYSTEM initialization

  • opensettings Open the CAMAG® HPTLC PRO SYSTEM Configuration view

  • autotemponoff If a CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Module DEVELOPMENT is present, this feature (which is activated by default) triggers the chamber temperature regulation periodically (each 15 minutes) when the System is available. Consequently, the supervisor can lock the System to “suspend” the temperature regulation. This is suitable when users want to reduce regulation time as much as possible. The drawback is that the module may be overused and generate noise. Note that when the automatic chamber temperature regulation is activated/deactivated, a corresponding log entry is written in the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM History.

  • tempstart tempstop Use these functions to control the chamber temperature regulation manually. These functions are accessible even if the automatic mode is activated. Disabling the automatic chamber temperature regulation and working only with manual functions is suitable when the supervisor knows when sequences will be launched and when he wants to manage the temperature regulation himself, or simply when the timing is not critical (the module will still perform a chamber temperature regulation if necessary at the beginning of each development step).



In addition to the display of the HPTLC PRO Module statuses, a schematic view of the carriers is displayed on the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM.

In the example shown by the previous capture, a sequence was executed with 4 runs. When the screen capture has been taken, the plate for the first run was being developed in the DEVELOPMENT module, while the second run was starting (carrier on the conveyor of the PLATE STORAGE module, moving to the APPLICATION module). Additionally, the display adds more precise information about the placement and the movements of carriers:

  • Green rectangles show positional statuses:

    • The status of the carriers detectors for the conveyor (horizontal layout, 3 detectors for each module),

    • The position of the feeder (vertical layout, essentially used to know whether the feeder is in feeding position).

  • Green triangles show moving directions:

    • Whether the modules conveyors are moving carriers between modules,

    • Whether the feeder is moving between the feeding position and the processing position.

The carrier is here identified by a corresponding color and number in the runs sequence.

By right-clicking on the module:

  • once the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM is locked, the carrier can be manually ejected by using the Try to eject carrier function. If a CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Module PLATE STORAGE is present, the carrier is just placed on the conveyor and the user will have to open the door of the concerned HPTLC PRO Module to remove the carrier. Otherwise the carrier is moved to the manual unloading position of the last module of the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM and the user will have to unload it manually. This may be necessary after a reset, as the run was aborted but the carrier remains in the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM: the Conveyor Manager signals it as unexpected.

  • the Reset module feature can be interesting in case of a critical error received from the module. If the module was performing a step of a given run while hitting the Reset module entry, the run is aborted but the other runs on the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM can be recovered, while a reset of the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM causes the abort of all current runs.




The status of the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM and any HPTLC PRO Module error are display here. Each error is associated with details including contextual information and suggestions on how to resolve the error. For example in the previous capture, two carriers were manually placed on the conveyor of the HPTLC PRO Module DEVELOPMENT and an initialization tentative was made by hitting the Reinit button.



All the runs are grouped into sequences of this HPTLC PRO SYSTEM. Hit the showlastsequence button to display the last executed sequence information (see Last sequence info). For each sequence, the user can:


A sequence can contain up to 5 runs.

The different columns give more information about each run.

  • Plate: a number to identify the order (and the corresponding row in the stacker if a CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Module PLATE STORAGE is used) and a color code to help identify the plate/carrier in the Instruments view above (automatically generated)

  • Running status: either running or not


    A run is marked as running as soon as the sequence execution has started.

  • abortrun Abort the run (only possible if the sequence is not running, otherwise must be done from the analysis.)

  • Run name: name of the corresponding analysis. The link will open the analysis

  • User: which visionCATS user added the run to the sequence

  • Supervisor: which visionCATS user executed the sequence and will be notified

  • Execution events: like in the Chromatography tab of the analysis during the execution of the run, the full list of execution events is displayed

  • Start time: when the run was selected for execution

  • Failed: display runs having an unrecoverable error (for example if a carrier is blocked during a movement on a conveyor). Failed runs are removed from the HPTLC PRO SYSTEM the next time it is initialized (for example by reenabling it or by using the Reset function)


The view can also display the requested consumables when the sequence execution is started (see Consumables check).