The model 8000B is a highly versatile, accurate, self-balancing instrument that meets laboratory requirements for scaling between 10 Volt references or any voltage between 1 mV to 10 Volts. Automatic self-calibration ensures ratios to nine significant digits with linearity deviations of less than 0.02 ppm. The model 8000B has a 20-channel “built-in” scanner addressed individually via the Windows operating software for performing automatic measurements. Both hardware and software standard cell protection circuits are built-in.
In order to address the increasing demand for automated calibration of DCV ranges of most precise multifunction calibrators, as well as the linearity verification of the long scale DVM’s, the option of fully automated bipolar measurement has been developed. This allows the user to do a measurement of ± 10 V range with 8000A and extend it to ± 1200 V when the 8001B extender is used.
The fully documented calibration of bipolar voltages at the output of the calibrator is traceable to the laboratory’s 10 V reference standard. Determining the 8000B correction factors and standardizing the source at both polarities gives additional confidence to calibration results.
The model 8000B’s range can be extended to 1200 Volts with Measurements International’s precision divider extender (model 8001B). The latest development HW and SW features of 8000B allows fully automated bipolar measurements without manual intervention. This, in combination with model 8001B extender, brings full automation of DCV ranges calibration and linearity verification of multifunction calibrators and long scale DVM’s at a range up to ± 1200 V.
The principle of the 8000B Automatic Potentiometer is based on the Binary Voltage Divider (BVD). The BVD requires two voltage references and a DMM detector. The first reference or source is a low drift, stable, noise-free 10 Volt source which is connected to the rear on the 8000B source input. The most important thing about the source is its stability. The reference to the BVD is supplied from a calibrated stable voltage reference, MI model 1000A or Fluke model 732A or B. The source and 8000B are standardized against the calibrated reference for making absolute voltage measurements.
The DMM detector with an input impedance of 10 G or higher is then used to measure the difference between the output of the BVD and the voltage under test. An isolated guard circuit is provided to guard the BVD and the DMM detector when performing measurements. The guard voltage can also be used to drive the guards of the cell enclosures under test to reduce leakage problems.
8000B Ratio Verification (RVB)
The model 8000B ratio can be calibrated directly against the 10 V Josephson Array or the ratio can be verified by measuring the normal and inverse ratio of two stable resistors using the 8000B Ratio Verification Box.
The RVB contains a low-thermal reversing switch and wiring so that the 8000B can be calibrated within its linearity specification. The program is built into the software and all measurements and data are stored in the measurement file. The software also performs the calculations of the ratio of the two resistors and the error of the bridge. Only the short term stability of the resistors is important.
Measurements International’s model 8000 SW was developed by metrologists for metrologists. The software features “real-time” uncertainty analysis and graphing of measurement data and corrects for drift rates. Upon completion, measurement results can be saved for historical and regression analysis, report generation and can be exported to spreadsheet format.
Combined with the Measurements International model 8001B Extender, automatic voltage measurements can be performed to 1200 Volts. graphing, history logging, and data storage with export to Excel and regression analysis. The software includes drivers for Fluke 5700 and 5720 calibrators so that the DC voltage portion can be calibrated automatically.
Drivers for other calibrators or DMM’s can also be created. All data can be exported directly to Excel for various test patterns or mainframe applications.
To run the MI software (model 8000 SW) requires a computer running Windows 98 or later and USB to the IEEE-488 interface (not included). Graphing, history logging, and data storage with export to Excel and regression analysis.
|Automatic Self-Calibration||Completely Self-Checking|
|100 nV to 10 Volts DC
(10 V to 1200 V)
|Best Measurement Uncertainty
*Stated at the 10 V Range
|0.05 ppm of Reading
(< 2 ppm with Range Extender)
|Insulation Resistance||1011 Ω|
|Effective Linearity||< 0.02 ppm of Full-scale|
|Long Term Drift||N/A – Corrected by Self-Calibration|
|Short Term Drift||Dependant on Drift of Source|
|Input Impedance||40 kΩ|
|Output Impedance (8001B)||1.2 MΩ Maximum|
|Operating Environment||18 to 34 °C, 10 to 80 % RH|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts & Labour|