Nicolet Summit FTIR Spectrometer

Select an article below or watch a video to learn how to install and use the Thermo Scientific OMNIC Paradigm Software for FTIR spectroscopy.

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OMNIC Paradigm Software for desktop and touchscreen is an advanced software package for FTIR spectroscopy, designed to simplify how you acquire, process, and interpret data and to help you work remotely and collaborate with colleagues around the globe.

Manage new and recent work from the dashboard

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With the new dashboard in OMNIC Paradigm Software, you can set and save your measurement settings, measure a new sample, resume your recent work, or run an automated workflow all from the same, convenient screen.

In Paradigm for touchscreen, the home screen provides many of these same tools and features in an even more streamlined, intuitive interface so operators can focus on their work and on the tools they need.


Process, analyze, and explore spectra in the spectral view

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Use the spectral view to process, analyze, or explore your data in depth. Here you can process your data, find and label peaks, and optimize the view so you can more easily compare or analyze spectra.

The results pane allows you to quickly add or remove a spectrum from the main view, explore details of each spectra, or review the change history of your selected spectrum.


Automate repetitive tasks with workflows

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Automate your tasks with a workflow to ensure that measurements are collected and processed in exactly the same way each time. Edit or create a workflow by simply dragging and dropping tiles in the workflow editor, and then run the workflow at the click of a button.

Operators using Paradigm for touchscreen can import and run one of our factory installed performance tests or a custom workflow right from the home screen.


Share your work remotely

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Upload your data to the cloud and use OMNIC Anywhere to view, analyze or share your data using any connected PC, Apple computer, Android or iOS device.

With a Thermo Scientific Nicolet Summit Spectrometer and a free Connect account, measure samples in the classroom or lab, upload the data to your Connect account, and view, explore, or share the data on another device in your dorm or workspace.

Explore new and enhanced features in version 1.2 of OMNIC Paradigm software.

Connect to a remote spectrometer

Connect to a Nicolet Summit Spectrometer using OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software with an Ethernet or wireless connection. Connect to a spectrometer to measure a sample or run a workflow and then disconnect to analyze your data on your laptop while another operator uses the instrument.


Back up and restore your database

Use the new database maintenance tools to schedule automatic backups of your data and to restore from the backup in case of emergency.


Verify the performance of a sampling accessory

Run the Accessory Performance Test workflow to check the throughput of your ATR sampling accessory and to verify that it is performing well.

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Process spectra with the Kramers-Kronig correction

The Kramers-Kronig correction converts a specular reflection spectrum to a transmission spectrum displayed in absorbance units and normalized to a maximum value of 1 absorbance unit. You can then use the converted spectrum for quantitative and qualitative analyses.


Workflow enhancements

Version 1.2 of OMNIC Paradigm software includes several new workflow enhancements. Run a QCheck analysis during a workflow with the QCheck tile or use the Load Spectrum tile to import and use measurements from your database.

OMNIC Paradigm Software comes preinstalled on the Nicolet Summit Spectrometer and is ready to use with the attached touchscreen monitor or with an external monitor connected by Mini DisplayPort.

Install OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software on your desktop, laptop, or other device to connect to Summit spectrometers or other instruments, such as Nicolet iS5, over an Ethernet, WiFi, or USB connection. Connect to an instrument to measure a sample and disconnect to allow other operators to use the instrument while you analyze your data or develop workflows. 

This guide walks you through installing OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software. 

Before you begin

Your system should meet the recommended system requirements outlined below to run and use OMNIC Paradigm Workstation Software.

Recommended system requirements

Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor Intel Core i5 3.3GHz
RAM 8 GB
Hard disk

2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; Additional hard-disk space recommended for storing files.

If you are hosting your database on this machine, we recommend 500 GB of hard-disk space.


Install OMNIC Paradigm workstation

Installing OMNIC Paradigm workstation takes only a few minutes.

To install OMNIC Paradigm workstation software

  1. Insert the provided installation media (either DVD or flash drive).
    1. Install OMNIC Paradigm Software
  2. Run the installer.
    1. When the download completes, run the OMNIC Paradigm.exe file.
    2. Follow the on-screen prompts to install OMNIC Paradigm workstation software.

Set up and connect OMNIC Paradigm workstation

By default, data is saved to the database on your local device. If you connect to a Nicolet Summit Spectrometer, you can continue using your local database, or you can connect to the database on the instrument or another database located on your network. 

To connect to a default database

  1. Open OMNIC Paradigm workstation software.
  2. Select Configure > Database.
  3. In the Database Engine list, select Thermo Scientific Built-in Database.
  4. Enter the server address or URL for your database. The server address or URL is the name of the instrument that you want to connect to on your network.

OMINIC Paradigm Software features three interfaces to suit your device or task and pairs with other Thermo Scientific software, allowing you to develop and run quantification methods or protect and audit your data.

OMNIC Paradigm Software interfaces

Switch anytime between OMNIC Paradigm Software’s touchscreen and desktop interfaces to best suit your device and goals.

Touchscreen interface

Figure 1. The touchscreen interface features a simplified interface for streamlined analysis.

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The touchscreen interface is optimized for small screens, such as the Nicolet Summit Spectrometer’s optional touchscreen device.

Use the touchscreen interface for measuring and analyzing samples or running workflows in a streamlined, simplified interface.

Desktop interface

Figure 2. The desktop interface includes a wider range of features and tools for more complex measurements and analyses.

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Use the desktop interface when working from a larger screen and when you need additional features not available in the touchscreen interface, such as the workflow editor and select spectral processing and analysis tools.

Connect your Summit Spectrometer to an external monitor and a USB mouse and keyboard for the best experience using the desktop interface.

Switching between interfaces

Although desktop and touchscreen software are optimized for different tasks and devices, you can switch between interfaces at any time.

To switch between the touchscreen and desktop interfaces

  • To switch from desktop to touchscreen, select View / Display > Switch to Touchscreen.
    The software will close briefly and re-open with the touchscreen interface.
  • To switch from touchscreen to desktop, from the home screen, select Switch to Desktop from the menu.
    The software will close briefly and re-open with the desktop interface.

Pairing OMNIC Paradigm with other Thermo Scientific software

OMNIC Paradigm software is compatible with other Thermo Scientific software for added flexibility and for quantitative analysis and data security.

OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software

Figure 3. Workstation software lets you analyze spectra or develop workflows while you’re away from a spectrometer

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When working from a separate computer and not connected to an instrument, use Workstation software to analyze previously collected data, create workflows for later use, or create and share reports.

Quantitative analysis software

Pair OMNIC Paradigm software with Thermo Scientific TQ Analyst Software version 9.8 or later to develop and run quantitative analysis methods that you can use in OMNIC Paradigm Software.

  • TQ Analyst EZ Edition
  • TQ Analyst Professional Edition

See “TQ Analyst Pro Edition Software” on thermofisher.com for details.

Data security software

Use Thermo Scientific OMNIC Security Suite Software version 2.2 or later to ensure your data’s security and integrity. The Security Suite Software ensures 21CFR Part 11 compliance and includes the following:

  • Security Administration for controlling system access, handling security policies, and setting digital signatures for responsibility and data integrity
  • Audit Manager for creating and managing complete audit trails
  • Thermo Software IQ tool to verify your security installation

Configure your database

When you first install OMNIC Paradigm software, the default database is set up on the local device and ready to use. You can continue to use the local database or connect to a remote database in another location on your network. Use a remote database to easily share measurements, settings, and other data across devices.

When using OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software, if you connect to a Nicolet Summit spectrometer, data will be stored in the database configured in the workstation software, not the database configured on the spectrometer.

Connect to a remote database

Connect to a remote database to easily share measurements, settings, and other data across devices. Change your database configuration at any time to suite your work.

To connect to a remote database

  1. Connect to a remote database to easily share measurements, settings, and other data across devices.
    Screenshot of the database configuration window
  2. Select the database type from the Database list. The default selection is Thermo Scientific Built-in. To connect to a custom database, enter the database type, version, name, and port. You may also need to enter a username and password.
  3. Enter the IP address or URL for the database server.
  4. Click Test Connection to check if the software can connect to the server.
  5. If the test reports a valid connection, click OK to connect to the remote database. The software restarts during connection.
Check the Measurements group on the dashboard to confirm that you are seeing data from the remote database, or return to the Configure > Database menu to view your current connection.

Back up and restore a database

Back up your database periodically to ensure that you can recover your data in the event of hard drive failure. With the database maintenance tools in OMNIC Paradigm software, you can easily backup and restore your data directly from the software.

Back up your database

Back up your database on a separate device in case of hard drive failure. For example, back up the data on a separate computer or external hard drive or in a remote network location.

To back up your database

  1. Using the desktop interface of OMNIC Paradigm software, go to Configure > Database Maintenance and select Back Up.
    Screenshot of the database maintenance back up window
  2. Select a backup location to save the backup database.
  3. To schedule backups, set a date and time for the first backup.
    1. Ensure that Repeat is selected and choose a repeat option from the list.
    2. Click Save.
  4. To back up the database manually without a schedule, click Back Up Now. To set a new backup location before backing up, first change the location and save your changes, then reopen the Database Maintenance - Back Up window and click Back Up Now.
  5. Click Close to return to the dashboard.

Restore a database from a backup

Use the Restore tool in OMNIC Paradigm software to restore your database from a previously saved backup.

NOTICE This action will permanently remove all data currently in your database and will replace it with data from the selected backup.

To restore your database

  1. Using the desktop interface of OMNIC Paradigm software, go to Configure > Database Maintenance and select Restore.
    Screenshot of the database maintenance restore window
  2. Click Browse and select the location of the backup database.
    If you are using OMNIC Paradigm software on a Summit spectrometer and you are restoring from a remote backup that is shared with other spectrometers, you can restore data from any individual spectrometer that is using the backup.
    To back up data from only a single spectrometer, select a spectrometer from the list of hostnames.
  3. Click Confirm.

We recommend that you install the latest updates for OMNIC Paradigm software to ensure that you can take advantage of new features and stability improvements.

The latest version of OMNIC Paradigm software is 1.2.

View the release notes to see what's new in the latest version.

Note Your spectral data and saved measurement settings will be carried over to the new version. No data will be lost in the update.

To update OMNIC Paradigm software (desktop interface)

  1. Using the desktop interface, open the Configure menu and select Update.
    Screenshot of the Update Configuration dialog in OMNIC Paradigm software
  2. In the Update Configuration dialog, click Browse and navigate to the local or network directory where updates will be stored.
    Once you have configured the directory for updates, any new versions of OMNIC Paradigm software in this location are automatically recognized. The software automatically checks this location for updates once daily, but you can return to this dialog to manually check for updates at any time.
    A prompt notifies you when new updates are available.
  3. Click Check for Updates. After a brief scan, a list of available updates is displayed.
  4. From the list of available updates, select the version you would like to install and click Install Update. Follow the on-screen installation prompts.

You can also configure updates using the touchscreen interface by opening the Settings view and navigating to the Application Updates tab.

Understanding the core concepts of using OMNIC Paradigm Software will help you more efficiently and effectively collect, analyze, and report spectral data.

You may not always carry out every step of the following process, and you can customize OMNIC Paradigm Software to meet your specific needs, but in general, you will likely follow a common process:

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Plan Your Project

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Before getting started with the software, it’s important to consider your project goals. Planning in advance will help you decide what type of processing and analysis is appropriate for your work, what measurement settings will yield the best data, and how you can most efficiently carry out your procedures.

Before acquiring data, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are my goals for the project?
    For example, do you want to identify an unknown sample or verify that your sample is meeting your standards. With OMNIC Paradigm Software, you can run different processes and analysis steps depending on how you will use the data. Common goals include the following:
    • Identify a pure sample
    • Identify the components of a mixture
    • Verify that a sample meets your specifications
    • Quantify the components of a sample
  • How will I measure my sample?
    OMNIC Paradigm software supports a variety of spectrometer sampling accessories and measurement techniques.
    See “FTIR Sample Handling Techniques” on FTIR Spectroscopy Academy for a full discussion of choosing the best collection method for your specific work.
  • Am I planning only a few measurements or will this be a routine, repeated procedure?
    If you would like to automate a routine procedure, you can create a workflow. With a workflow, you specify settings for data collection, provide instructions to operators, and define data processing, reporting, and archiving in advance. You or other operators can then use the workflow to carry out procedures with the knowledge that exactly the same steps will be taken each time.
    For a step-by-step guide on creating a new workflow, see “About Workflows”.

Acquire data

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Once you have a plan for collecting and working with your data, you’re ready to start measuring samples. Generally, to measure a sample and collect data, you will follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the spectrometer, sampling accessory, and sample to be measured.
    Usually, you should make sure your spectrometer, sampling accessory, and sample are ready before you begin. This can mean ensuring the spectrometer is warmed up and functioning well, that the sampling accessory is installed, and that the sample is prepared.
    The specific steps for setting up the spectrometer and accessory will vary depending on the instrument and on your sample. See the user guides and tutorials for your instrument for specifics on preparing your spectrometer. Or, see FTIR Spectroscopy Academy for more on handling and measuring samples.
    Note that you must measure the background without the sample present. The best time to collect a background spectrum will vary by the type of sample you are measuring.
  2. Select or edit your measurement settings.
    When the instrument is ready, you can adjust settings both for how the software will collect and process the data and for setting up the spectrometer. Select your saved settings from a menu on the dashboard or edit settings individually for a single measurement.
    See “Measurement Settings,” for a discussion of how to edit and save measurement settings.
  3. Measure the background.
    When you measure a sample, the spectrometer records data from the sample as well as from the environment in the spectrometer. To ensure that your sample spectrum represents only your sample, without any data from the background environment, you must measure the background. The background spectrum is then compared to (or ratioed against) the sample spectrum and any data from the background is accounted for, leaving you with data from only your sample.
    See “Measure the Background,” for a full discussion of when and how to collect a background spectrum.
  4. Measure the sample.
    Finally, you can measure the sample. During the measurement, you can preview the spectrum and refine your measurement settings before proceeding. If you indicated an analysis type in the settings, the data will automatically be processed after collection.
    Once the data are collected, you will be able to view and explore the spectrum in the spectral view.

Process data

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After you measure your sample, it’s often helpful to process your data so that it is easier to analyze or compare to other spectra. Common spectral issues that OMNIC Paradigm software can help you correct include the following:

  • A sloping, curving, shifted or otherwise undesirable baseline
  • Peaks obscured by noise in the data
  • Variation in depth of penetration from an ATR measurement
  • Totally absorbing peaks from too thick of a sample
  • Issues caused by CO2 or H2O in the atmosphere

Analyze the sample

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OMNIC Paradigm software has tools designed to help you carry out common analyses and to explore spectral data in-depth. Common types of analysis include the following:

  • Identify an unknown sample or mixture
    To identify an unknown sample or the components of a mixture, compare the spectrum of your sample to reference spectra that are stored in spectral libraries. Spectral libraries are collections of spectra and usually contain additional information on the stored compounds. Libraries can be created or they can be purchased. When you run a correlation or multi-component search, the software searches your stored libraries and finds spectra that are similar to your sample spectrum and indicates how closely the spectra match.
    For more on spectral libraries, see “Manage Libraries.”
    For more on identifying an unknown sample, see “Identify an Unknown with ATR.”
  • Verify the composition of a sample
    You can quickly verify that a sample meets your specifications by using QCheck. With QCheck, you can compare two selected spectra or compare one or more spectra with a reference spectrum or spectral group. QCheck results show the degree of similarity between the spectra as a match value from 0.0 (no similarity) to 1.0 (the spectra are identical).
  • Find the concentrations of components in a sample
    Quantitative analysis methods that you have created in TQ Analyst Software are available for use in OMNIC Paradigm Software. You can select these quantification methods and run the quantification analysis from the OMNIC Paradigm dashboard.
  • Perform custom, in-depth analysis
    OMNIC Paradigm Software features many tools to help you to explore the spectra further. For example, the Find Peaks tool lets you quickly identify and label peaks, or you can subtract one spectrum from another or perform other operations using Spectral Math.

Generate reports and save data

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Once you have collected, processed, or analyzed your data, you’ll likely want to store or share it. With OMNIC Paradigm software, you can customize how your data is stored or exported.

  • Exporting reports
    When it’s time to share your data, you can generate reports automatically using templates. Templates can include results from library searches, QCheck, quantification methods, and more, or they can be used to send data directly to Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  • Storing data
    By default, the software is configured to store data in a MariaDB Server database, but you can also configure the software for other databases, such as Oracle Database or Microsoft SQL Server.
    Additionally, settings, spectra, and workflows can be exported as files that you can backup, store, or share.
    For a discussion of data security options in OMNIC Paradigm Software, see "21 CFR Part 11 Compliance."

Next steps

You may not always follow every step of the process described in this guide, but in general, you will be able to achieve better results by understanding the overall process and capabilities of using OMNIC Paradigm Software.

Next, get started by measuring your first samples, reviewing setup of your spectrometer, or creating a workflow to automate routine procedures.

Use OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software on your laptop or other device to connect to a spectrometer over Ethernet or WiFi.

How you configure your connection depends on your spectrometer and your network settings.


Connection types

To connect to a Nicolet Summit spectrometer, use an Ethernet or wireless connection. With Ethernet, you can use a standard connection on a local area network (LAN), or you can connect the computer running OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software directly to a spectrometer using an Ethernet cable. This is called a direct connection. Figure 1 shows examples of these connections. The standard connection shows several devices and a remote database sharing a network connected by Ethernet.

Figure 1. Examples of standard and direct Ethernet connections

Examples of standard and direct Ethernet connections

 

Connect to a Nicolet Summit spectrometer

Connect to a Summit spectrometer with Ethernet or WiFi. Before connecting, make sure your spectrometer is connected to your network using either the spectrometer’s optional WiFi dongle or an Ethernet connection.

Database usage

When you connect to a Nicolet Summit spectrometer from OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software, any data you collect is stored in the database configured by the Workstation software, not by the spectrometer. For example, imagine a laptop that is configured to use a local database and a spectrometer configured to use a remote database in a network location. While the laptop is connected to the spectrometer, any measurements or data collected will be stored only on the laptop’s local database. Once the laptop is disconnected, local operators using the spectrometer will resume using the remote database and will not have access to any data collected during the connection.

User authentication

When you connect to a Summit spectrometer, the spectrometer needs to authenticate your device to ensure the connection is safe and trusted.

Many organizations manage authentication between devices by using a Windows domain. A domain is a group of computers that share user account information and security settings.

With a domain, an administrator can manage many devices, accounts, and policies from a single server called a domain controller. This often allows you to log into many devices on the domain using the same username and password.

When you connect to a spectrometer from your laptop, the spectrometer and your laptop both communicate with the domain controller to make sure that the connection is safe and trustworthy. If either device is not on the domain, you will not be able to make the connection.

If both devices are managed by the same domain, use a WiFi connection or a standard Ethernet connection to connect to the spectrometer.

Do not use a direct connection if both devices use a shared domain. Each device must be able to communicate with the domain controller to authenticate access, and so they should instead use the standard WiFi or Ethernet network options to connect.

Connecting devices with ethernet or wifi

If your computer and spectrometer are part of a shared domain (recommended), connect using WiFi or Ethernet. Before you begin, make sure the Summit spectrometer and the computer are on the same Ethernet or WiFi network.

To connect to a Nicolet Summit spectrometer with ethernet or wiFi

1. In OMNIC Paradigm software, go to Configure and select Connectivity

2. Select a spectrometer and click Connect.

 

If your spectrometer does not appear on the list of available instruments, you can also enter the IP address or hostname of the instrument and then click Connect.

If the spectrometer is already in use when you attempt to connect, the connection may be denied. The request can be denied for two reasons:

  • The instrument is busy measuring a sample or processing data and cannot be interrupted
 
  • Another user is operating the instrument and chose not to relinquish control
 
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If the current user does not respond within 30 seconds of the request, the connection is allowed automatically.

If the request is denied automatically or by the current user, you can return to Workstation mode, connect to another instrument, or try to connect again.

 

Using a direct connection

To connect devices that are not part of a shared domain, such as a computer and a spectrometer that each use local accounts and settings, use a standard WiFi, Ethernet, or direct connection.

To use a direct connection, connect the spectrometer directly to the laptop with an Ethernet cable, without connecting to an Ethernet hub or switch. A direct connection should be used only by devices that do not share a domain. See User Authentication for more on domains.

To use a direct connection, you must edit the local security policies on the spectrometer. See Local Security Policies for more.

Once the computer and spectrometer are connected with Ethernet, select the spectrometer from the Connectivity menu.

 

Troubleshooting

Instrument not appearing in available connections

If your spectrometer does not appear automatically in the list of available instruments when you go to Configure > Connectivity, check your network connections.

The spectrometer and the computer making the connection must be on the same network for the instrument name to appear in the list. For example, if your organization has several wireless networks, make sure that the spectrometer and computer are on the same network.

If the spectrometer’s name doesn’t appear in list of instruments, you can attempt to connect by entering the spectrometer’s IP address.

 

Advanced troubleshooting

If you cannot connect to a spectrometer, you may need to check your firewall settings. Only the IT or network administrator at your organization should edit firewall settings.

Firewall settings

When OMNIC Paradigm software is installed, your firewall settings are updated to allow a connection between a spectrometer and OMNIC Paradigm Workstation software. If you experience problems with your connection, check your firewall settings on both the spectrometer and the connecting computer to confirm that the following ports allow traffic.

The table below reflects the inbound rules as set in Windows Defender Firewall. The available fields may be different depending on the application your organization uses to manage network firewall settings.

Table 1. Required inbound rules

Name Description and ports used
Password management (NB-Name-In)

Description: Inbound rule for Password Management to allow NetBIOS Name Resolution.

Group: Thermo Scientific Password Management

Program: System

Ports: UDP 137

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

Password management (NB-Session-In)

Description: Inbound rule for Password Management to allow NetBIOS Session Service connections.

Group: Thermo Scientific Password Management

Program: System

Ports: TCP 139

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

Password management (SMB-In)

Description: Inbound rule for Password Management to allow Server Message Block transmission and reception via Named Pipes.

Group: Thermo Scientific Password Management

Program: System

Ports: TCP 445

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

Thermo Scientific instrument discovery

Description: Allows clients to discover this instrument

Group: OMNIC Paradigm

Program: C:Program Files\Thermo Scientific\IR Instrument Engine\Instrument.IR.Engine.Service.exe

Ports: UDP 50123

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

RabbitMQ - peer discovery (EPMD)

Group: RabbitMQ

Program: C:\Program Files\erl9.3\erts-9.3\bin\epmd.exe

Ports: TCP 4369

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

RabbitMQ - client connection (erl)

Group: RabbitMQ

Program: C:\Program Files\erl9.3\erts-9.3\bin\erl.exe

Ports: TCP 5671, TCP 5672

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

RabbitMQ - management console (erl)

Group: RabbitMQ

Programs:

•      C:\Program Files\erl9.3\erts-9.3\bin\erl.exe

•      C:\Program Files\erl9.3\bin\erl.exe

Ports: TCP 15672

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

Thermo Scientific history WebAPI

Group: OMNIC Paradigm

Program: System

Ports: TCP 9002

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public

Thermo Scientific workflow engine

Group: Thermo Scientific Workflow Engine

Program: System

Ports: TCP 9090

Action: Allow

Profile: Domain, Private, Public


Local security policies

When connecting devices that do not share a common directory service (such as Active Directory or LDAP), you must edit the following local security policy on the spectrometer.

To edit the local security policy, you will need a Windows account with administrator privileges. To edit the policy, in the Windows task bar, type Local Security Policy and open the Local Security Policy application. Edit the following setting:

Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options:

Enable Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users.