Cal Enterprises Ltd
Calibration automation
                                         Most calibration laboratories use  procedures which allow reasonably quick measurements to be made whilst standardizing calibration conditions. However there is still scope for some variance in measurement results. Most procedures allow for substitution of equipment.  Some measurements can be tedious particularly if connections have to be made and re-made a large number of times. Difficult calculations may have to be done e.g. from certified values of standards. All contribute to potential errors and offsets.
Automated equipment is usually dedicated and completes each task in a fixed time. It also frees up vital technician time for other jobs. Where it becomes practical to make large numbers of measurements random errors can be estimated. Modern instruments are often equipped with instrument buses e.g. IEEE and fibre links, so calibration can be completely automated.
My first experiences were of using Fluke basic to build a semi-automatic power sensor calibrator at B.Ae(marine)  It was lashed together and gave good service provided the operator was careful to start the stepper switch at the right setting prior to execution of the program.
I am now licensed to use Agilent VEE 6.1 and the next page contains a graphical display of a program under development. When a development program has been completed and thoroughly tested it can be tidied up to the panel program with only input functions. The ability to work with a graphical user interface enables it to be programed easier than any listed programs. The VEE runtime version may be distributed freely with any completed programs. I intend to build up equipment to interface with the computer to enable a wide variety of measurements to be made.The operation of a 8560A spectrum analyser via the IEEE should be enough to demonstrate the usefulness of the system.  I have constructed a portable computer for any customer demonstrations that may be required.

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