THE BASICS OF TEKTRONIX DIGITAL MULTIMETER CALIBRATION

Similar to other measurement instrumentation, a Tektronix digital multimeter (DMM) must be calibrated to ensure accuracy and reliability. Time, environment and physical use of a Tektronix digital multimeter cause the characteristics of the DMM to change. For this reason, it is extremely important to know the basics of Tektronix digital multimeter calibration to ensure your instrument is functioning properly before and after calibration.

Below we have listed four calibration basics to be aware of for your Tektronix digital multimeter:

EXPECT THE DRIFT

A Tektronix digital multimeter is a commonly used piece of test equipment and is heavily relied on to operate properly. To ensure proper operation of a Tektronix digital multimeter calibration should be performed regularly. This is because DMM, like most measurement devices, are prone to drift. With time and continued use, a Tektronix digital multimeter will drift out of proper calibration, therefore, frequent calibration must be completed to verify the DMM performance.

RECOGNIZE THE DMM CALIBRATOR REQUIREMENTS

Proper calibration of a Tektronix digital multimeter must be done by the proper calibrator. A DMM calibrator should consist of the following characteristics:

KNOW THE SEQUENCES OF CALIBRATION MAY VARY

It’s important to remember that the sequence of Tektronix digital multimeter calibration may vary depending on the “as received” calibration state of the instrument. The three sequences of calibration include:

The third sequence is the most common sequence for Tektronix digital multimeters calibration.

CONFIRM THE INFORMATION ON THE CALIBRATION CERTIFICATE

You should always confirm the information on the calibration certificate after your DMM has been calibrated. A Tektronix digital multimeter calibration certificate should include the following information:

If you’re thinking about switching calibration intervals, be sure to read this guide first.
Read the guide here.