Agilent's open-systems approach to laboratory informatics allows our customers to select the best hardware and software to meet their needs. The Instrument Control Program consists of two components to enable multi-vendor control in Chromatography Data Systems (CDS). Instrument Control Framework (ICF) and RapidControl.Net (RC.Net) standardize how Chromatography Data Systems (CDS) interact with analytical instruments.
Agilent Instrument Control Framework
Instrument Control Framework (ICF), a software layer embedded in non-Agilent CDS platforms, makes it faster and easier to control Agilent liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) instruments through non-Agilent chromatographic data systems. With Agilent ICF, the operation of your Agilent instrumentation can offer the same world-class instrument control capabilities as in Agilent chromatography data systems. Agilent has developed a robust and popular developer program to supply documentation and support to vendors implementing ICF technology.
RapidControl.Net (RC.Net) technology and a generic set of protocols allows instrument vendors to write standardized instrument control drivers. This allows RC.Net drivers to plug into CDS software packages that have utilized the ICF software layer – eliminating the need to write proprietary drivers for each CDS platform. Agilent has developed a robust and popular developer program to supply documentation and support to vendors writing RC.Net drivers or implementing RC.Net technology.