by Michael Schwartz
Current and next generation test equipment will be modular and tightly coupled with a computer’s operating system. Calibration labs have to be highly dynamic supporting all the measurement test systems turned in for calibration. This presents challenges for automation, but technologies can be designed to work together. This paper will show how a Fluke MET/CAL® procedure can be written integrating Metrology.NET® tools to remotely calibrate a UUT connected to a remote computer on a completely different operating system. To do so, we will first cover the basic design patterns of remote computing, show how we create the command interface for a non-message based instrument, then how to remotely communicate with the instrument.