Running self-calibration enables the PXIe-5163 to yield full performance over its operating temperature range and two-year external calibration cycle.
Before running self-calibration, warm up the PXIe-5163 for at least 15 minutes.
Warm-up begins after the chassis and controller or PC is powered and NI-SCOPE is loaded and recognizes the PXIe-5163.
PXIe-5163 modules are externally calibrated at the factory, but for optimal performance, use self-calibration in any of the following situations:
After first installing the PXIe-5163 in your chassis
After any module in the chassis is installed, uninstalled, or moved
When the system is in an environment where the ambient temperature varies or the module temperature has drifted more than ±5 °C from the previous self-calibration
To periodically adjust for small performance drifts that occur with product aging
When 90 days have elapsed since the previous self-calibration
You can use the nodes on the NI-SCOPE External Calibration palette to programmatically return the date and module temperature of the previous self-calibration. You can also view this information by selecting the device in MAX.
Self-calibrate the PXIe-5163 programmatically in NI-SCOPE or on demand in MAX.
||Use the Self Calibrate node to self-calibrate the module.
||Select the device in the Devices and Interfaces menu and click the Self-Calibrate button.
When the two-year external calibration interval expires, an external calibration is required to ensure performance that is within specification over the subsequent two years.