|4452_Five_Ways.pdf||Five Ways to Shave Test Time
By Doug Rathburn
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
If your rack and stack instruments seem slow,
it may be the default settings you are using.
In manufacturing, any bottleneck is objectionable, but it really stands out in a test
station at the end of a production line. This puts a lot of heat on the engineer
responsible for test station throughput. Those who find themselves in that
position may need to look for ways of shaving test time.
The author, an application engineer, has found that the problem often is a matter
of the test instrument being used with default settings from the factory. There are
five widely used settings that can be adjusted to speed up measurements, but
they must be balanced with accuracy requirements. The five instrument settings
1. signal integration period
2. auto-zero function
3. triggering functions