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EC-Lab® Software

As powerful as it is user-friendly
EC-Lab® is the universal control and analysis platform for all BioLogic Potentiostat/Galvanostats/FRAs. A multi-device interface, EC-Lab® is capable of controlling multiple devices from a single interface offering centralized control of your experiment. Powerful, yet, user-friendly, the interface is designed to simplify your professional life. There is no need to learn multiple, complicated software applications. With EC Lab®, graphics, analysis and specialized techniques for energy, fuel cells and batteries (amongst others) come as standard in the package, simplifying your workflow and helping you work more efficiently. And with Modify-on-the fly, BioLogic’s unique experiment building functionality, there is no need to pre-plan. You can simply build experiments as you go, giving you increased scientific freedom and opening up exciting new possibilities for scientific exploration.

 

Embedded Firmware and memory
EC-Lab’s® powerful embedded firmware enables BioLogic instruments to control multiple measurement channels in parallel, giving you more scope and increasing the efficiency of your workflow.

A combination of embedded firmware and memory is advantageous in several ways. Firstly, it means that the instruments are quasi-autonomous, ensuring they are resilient against short disconnections without losing data. Secondly, it enables key variables to be processed at a hardware time base, regardless of the experiment sampling-rate, and therefore ensure high-precision measurements.

 

Ever evolving. Ever improving.
BioLogic is in constant contact with scientists across the globe. Our clients tell us what is missing and what could be improved with EC-Lab®. This valuable information is fed into an R&D loop to ensure that our software remains constantly up-to-date, and ensure that it answers the needs of scientists and industry in ever-changing technological environments.

 

Do more, do it faster and improve your workflow
With over 70 techniques, 6 presets for ASTM standards the strength-in-depth of EC-Lab® remains unparalleled.

However, it is also easy to use. A personalization tool enables users to set-up a profile so that their favorite settings for screen representations and toolbars are instantly available, helping them work faster and more efficiently. The software allows remote access to an instrument on a LAN network via Ethernet ports, facilitating group working.

As a multichannel system, you can run different techniques on two or more channels, or run the same techniques on grouped channels opening up important experimental possibilities.

And EC-Lab® makes life easier. Automation techniques with “wait” and “loop” options help users create complex experimental chains, quickly and easily. Users can create up to 100 unique sequences for many techniques, adding or removing sequences and linking techniques that can be run at the touch of a button. The resulting experiment can then be saved as a “custom application” if you so wish and saved for later use, speeding up workflows.

Modify-on-the fly is only available on BioLogic systems and lets you build your experiment as you go, giving you real scientific exploratory freedom (click here for more information).

 

Analysis: Identify data of interest with powerful tools
A complete suite of analysis tools including EIS data modeling, CV data fit etc is included in EC-Lab® software helping users obtain key data of interest quickly and easily. Multiple graph displays enable you to customize your data: so you can adapt the system to your own specific research needs.  And a comprehensive range of analysis/fitting tools means you can work faster, save time and minimize the risk of making mistakes

 

Experiment limit parameters: Safety first
A wide range of experimental limit parameters including temperature, capacity, and potential (amongst many others) are available to control the experiment process and/or protect the electrochemical cell. These limits can be set either for all the experiments in a series or for individual techniques. The experiment can also be set-up to auto-terminate or skip to the next sequence based on a limit value originating from an external device such as a temperature probe.

 

External device coupling: Modularity & control
EC-Lab® has an advanced external device configuration menu that can be set to control and record data from a separate instrument, such as a QCM, a RRDE or a thermostatic chamber. This gives users total control over all their instruments from one single interface, simplifying and facilitating experiment setups and management.

 

Calibration
Integrated calibration software will ensure that your instrument will stand the test of time and the rigors of the laboratory – for measurements that remain accurate, however long you use your instrument.

 

Compatibility
EC-Lab® is now compatible with Windows XP© (SP3), 7, 8 (32 or 64 bits), 10 (32 or 64 bits).

 

Important note:
Before carrying out the update on the instruments of the essential product range, some precautions must be taken. Make sure you are in one of the following configurations:

  • All cell cables are connected to dummy cells
  • OR each cell cables having their CE,WE,RE1,Re2,RE3 shorted  together
  • OR all cell cables are disconnected from channel boards

EC-Lab Software

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Release notes :

EC-Lab® v11.34 (online May. 25, 2020)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• Use of averaged voltage and current values instead of instantaneous values as limit in MB

EC-Lab® v11.33 (online December. 16, 2019)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• Control New VSP-3e Instrument

EC-Lab® v11.32 (online November. 21, 2019)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• Add a new warning and message window
• New analysis tool : Z-inst
• Grid interface for ModuloBat
• EIS : 7th Harmonics

EC-Lab® v11.31 (online August. 05, 2019)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• Increase the instrument interrogation time before locking the channel.

EC-Lab® v11.30 (online May. 21, 2019)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• EIS techniques: Addition of conditional limits for EIS techniques. Limits in Time, Ewe, |Q| and I are available with PEIS, GEIS, ME-EIS, SPEIS and SGEIS.
• Calibration: Addition of TN44: “How to check the accuracy of your instrument” In EC-Lab setting folder.
• Graph: Under-sampling procedure optimization. Increase response time of the software.

EC-Lab® v11.27 (online February. 15, 2019)
IMPROVEMENTS:
• GEIS AA : Galvano EIS technique with adaptive amplitude
• BCD: allows CC/CV in discharge mode
• EIS: charge and discharge capacity accounting during EIS measurements

EC-Lab® old versions for:

  • The instruments VMP1 & MPG1, EPP-400, EPP-4000 & Bistat are not supported by the latest version. Please use the V10.37
  • For first VMP2 units with a limited board memory - until S/N 0060. Please use the V10.12