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Command-line Instrument Control and Measurement Tools

The main purpose of this thesis is to automate laboratory instruments with command lines. The created commands allow users to control instruments and record measured values into a file, by using industrial standards, these commands can communicate to the instruments through different interfaces. The users may utilize these commands to execute an experiment remotely and records values automatically. These commands made experiments flexible in location, reduce the time spent for recording experiment values, and reduce any possible human errors. The recorded values can be accepted by well-known analysis software packages such as MATLAB, for further processing as a file. These commands provide the users with convenience and personal safety, when executing laboratory experiments with modern laboratory instruments. The target of this thesis is producing a set of commands that allow users to control, read, and record, the common instruments used on an electronics workbench. These devices include power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators, and oscilloscopes. The produced commands allow users to establish two workbenches with these common laboratory instruments. The created commands were written in C language in combination with the test and measurement industrial standard to ensure the compatibility with instruments from different vendors. This thesis also provides the readers with required background knowledge that is related to the usage and development of these commands. The target readers of this thesis are the graduates of Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering or higher. With these command sets, researchers do not need to spend a long time controlling instruments and recording results from instrument manually. Apart from setting up the hardware, they can simply enter the command, to get the result they require.
Type of thesis
Ho, C.-L. (Daniel). (2008). Command-line Instrument Control and Measurement Tools (Thesis, Master of Engineering (ME)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/3939
The University of Waikato
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