Very brief history : NIMA was a company that made Langmuir troughs and was very successful. Some years ago, they were bought out by KSV – their main competitor; who were then bought out in turn by Biolin Scientific. During this corporate shuffle, NIMA became KSV NIMA and dropped their product lines to produce whole new tough systems with whole new software and shiny bells and whistles. While they are still supporting the old troughs sold under the NIMA brand, they are really just providing palliative care and hoping we all buy a nice new one.

However, despite their age, the NIMA troughs are very well built and can be greatly enhanced simply with a few software tweaks and upgrades. So to do this I created the NIMA remote control software – a little Labview program that works in tandem with the existing control software by adding a number of extra features;

  • Programmable experiments
  • Notifications via e-mail about trough conditions and program state
  • Network control, allowing for control/viewing of the NIMA data from anywhere.
  • Elasticity experiments/runs

The program is currently in Beta (because it’s basically untested) but it is freely available at the link below.

Release notes

It works on my two computers. If it doesn’t work for you then let me know and I’ll fix whatever I’ve managed to break.


Christian · 16 October 2015 at 16:49

Hi Mathew,

I was interested in a having a look at your LabView code for the NIMA trough, as I am using a similar device that is currently unable to perform certain operations that we would like, specifically we wish to perform a dipping experiment at a constant rate of extraction along with a constant rate of trough compression. Unfortunately it seems as though the link on your website is no longer working, do you have an updated link to the code?

Thanks and best wishes,


Walis Jones · 7 March 2017 at 17:03

Hi Mathew,

I was wondering whether the NIMA Remote Control program was still available?



    Matthew (@MCeeP) · 7 March 2017 at 18:12

    Hi Walis, sort of, it’s had a fairly significant upgrade. Can you ping me an e-mail via the contact page and I can explain a bit more

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