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Even though RF procedures in MET/CAL require only typical MET/CAL instrument configuration, a LOT of equipment is required. RF calibration systems are complex, and require complex configuration in order to automate them in MET/CAL (or any automated platform). This can be a daunting task for even seasoned MET/CAL users, especially when considering the number of devices supported by the often-used 4418 FSC, and by each flexible driver used. For example, the 8563E MET/CAL Gold procedure requires extensive configuration, as described below.
I have met and spoken with many of you, but for those of you who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Chad Dodds, and I am the Procedure Development Manager at Fluke. You may or may not already know that I personally rely on your input to guide decisions regarding prioritization of MET/CAL Gold procedures developed by the Fluke team.
Gold procedures utilize subprocedures to maximum the reuse of procedure code. A simple device may call several subprocedures to do the work, since a single subprocedure can perform the testing for many different, related devices. There are many benefits to using this approach, a perfect example a four channel oscilloscope.
Our test benches usually consist of the following equipment used for spectrum analyzer procedure development. While I don’t recommend specific models, one thing I do recommend is checking for MET/CAL flexible standard support. If the instrument is listed in our user_config_instr.ini file, and meets minimum use requirements as described within the procedure, then it should drop right into a flexible driver based procedure and work with no procedure modifications required.
What do you have on your bench?
Fluke would like to request your feedback via an approximately ~5 minute long, online survey. The link to the survey can be found here: http://tm.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b1sVnbR3ZD3EzQ0
This survey is centered around your experiences with Fluke MET/CAL Gold procedures. The results will be reviewed by the procedure development team this month.
Thank you very much for your input!