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Keithly 486 - IEEE output

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Keithly 486 - IEEE output

Post by Metamict » June 23rd, 2020, 12:10 pm

I'd like to use the IEEE 488 output on my Keithly 486 - to record current vs time on a Win10 PC. Can this be done? Is there an off-the shelf solution or another simple solution to this?

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Re: Keithly 486 - IEEE output

Post by Andrea C » July 11th, 2020, 10:54 am

Your PC will need a GPIB interface and you will have to connect to the 486.
Then use 488.2 or VISA to communicate with the 486 and read back the measure data.
The command set for the 486 will be documented in the manual. It uses very simple commands like R0 for auto range, etc.
You can use any programming environment you like (Python, VB, LabVIEW, etc). GitHub and other sites have tons of examples for basic IO with an instrument.

The 486 is quite old product. So no “application” for Windows 10. But instrument has no knowledge of OS or language that is sending the commands to it, so no incompatibilities from that standpoint.
BTW, the 6485 is supported by KickStart software if you wanted a no programming required solution.

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