Interactively Controlling DMMs Course Overview

At the end of this course, the user will be able to select an appropriate NI DMM and probes for their measurement needs. They will be able to set up their DMM device and perform both interactive and programmatic measurements of their DUT. In addition, they will be able to measure inputs, operate with other instruments in their system, and detect and troubleshoot errors.


Course Last Release Date or Version Number: 1.0


Closed Captions Available in the Following Languages: Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean

Course Details:

Interactively Controlling DMMs Course Outline


Exploring NI DMMs​

Learning the functions and roles of DMM instruments and the benefits of using NI DMMs.​ ​

  • Introduction to DMMs​
  • How Do DMMs Compare to Other Test Equipment?
  • Why Use NI DMMs?

Selecting an Appropriate DMM

Learning the important factors in choosing the right DMM for an application.

  • Range
  • Accuracy
  • Form Factor
  • Digitizing and Isolation

Setting Up Your DMM

Learning how to install a DMM into a system and set up the accompanying software.​

  • Installing Software and Drivers​
  • Installing PXI / PXIe Cards​
  • Installing PCI / PCIe and USB DMMs​
  • Configuring DMMs in NI-MAX​
  • Checking Support in the Application Development Environments​

Taking Measurements with InstrumentStudio​

Learning how to connect signals to a DMM and take measurements manually with InstrumentStudio.​

  • Connecting Signals to a DMM​
  • Running InstrumentStudio​
  • Branching Out with Switches​

Setting Up a Pass/Fail Test with NI-DMM​

Learning how to set limits and perform a pass/fail test with your DMM.​

  • Specifications, Limits, and Guard Bands​
  • Calculating Uncertainty​
  • Calculating and Applying Limits​

Automating DMM Measurements with LabVIEW​

Learning how to configure and take DMM measurements in the LabVIEW development environment and with gPRC.​

  • NI-DMM Palette and DMM Examples​
  • Single Measurements​
  • Scanning with Switches​
  • gRPC Calls​

Taking DMM Measurements in Multi-Instrument Systems​

Learning how to integrate DMMs into systems with other instruments.

  • Choosing Form Factors​
  • Cabling Considerations​
  • Other Design Considerations​

Optimizing Measurements​

Learning software and hardware techniques to improve measurements.​

  • Software Optimizations​
  • Hardware Optimizations​
  • Noise Reduction​

Hazardous Voltage Measurements​

Learning special considerations for DMM measurements with hazardous voltage signals.​

  • Wiring and Cabling​
  • Input Protection Circuitry​
  • Switching Hazardous Voltages​

Advanced Measurements and Considerations for NI DMMs​

Taking advanced measurements with NI DMM.​

  • High-Precision Measurements​
  • Low-Signal Measurements​
  • Temperature Measurements​
  • Capacitance, Inductance, and Diode Testing​
  • Digitizer Measurements​

Maintenance of DMMs​

Learning to calibrate and replace fuses on NI DMMs.​

  • External Calibration​
  • Performing Calibration Yourself​
  • Fuse Replacement​

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