Uvikon is a tool to control a Uvikon spectrophotometer conveniently from a personal computer.
The Kontron Uvikon 860 spectrophotometer has been a very popular
instrument a few years ago and is still widely used. The UVIKON
software provides a means to connect the instrument to a
computer. This allows to remote control the instrument and to
retrieve measured data and save them to a disk.. It is a 16-bit
Windows software which runs on all PCs with Windows 3.1, 3.11,
95, 98 as well as on Windows NT.
The Uvikon 860 was constructed in the early years of the
personal computer. Inside there is a computer similar to the
IBM XT (R.I.P.), but the capabilities of this computer are
limited. However there is a serial port to hook up an external
computer, and this can be used to control the instrument and to
transfer the data.
If you ever have to make lots of measurements, especially with
different methods on the same samples, you will suffer from numb
fingertips due to the poor keyboard. The use of a regular
computer keyboard and a mouse could take a lot of strain off
The UVIKON software is a simple Windows application and
requires next to no training. You can select the measurement
method from the menu and enter all parameters into a dialog
box. Different settings may be stored as method files and
retrieved at any later session. The settings are then
transferred to the instrument with a mouseclick. Running
auto-zero or running a baseline can also be done with a
mouseclick. Finally you run your samples, again with a
mouseclick. All data are transferred to the computer at the time
of measurement. They can easily be copied and pasted into any
The latest version of the binary is 2.04. The sources (you'll need a M$ C++ compiler) are here.
The documentation is contained in the help file.