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Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:31:32 pm »
Even though it is long-in-the-tooth, I like my Keithley 2000 and a scan card is a useful add-on.

CircuitStudio project attached, should import to newer versions of Altium OK.
PDFs/Gerbers also included.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 08:03:52 pm »
Here is a crude Python script to log scan card channels to CSV using the K2000 serial interface.
Tested with above card.
I recommend pyvisapy backend, works, small size.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2020, 07:09:08 pm »
That looks great.

Also, I wouldn't describe a  Keithley 2000 as long in the tooth. Now, my HP 3455A is long in the tooth.
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2021, 10:36:31 am »
Hello,
This card should also work with DMM6500 ?
Thank you !
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 12:26:15 pm »
Ok. Thank you very much !
Maybe I will do also the 20 channel card in the future, but for my needs I have choose to build this model.
In fact I have already made it m but I have realized that the model 2001-TCSCAN is a little different and need to be sure .
Thank you very much for your work !


P.S.There are 4 PCB's left  for everyone need it.
Do you have a 3D model for the clamp ? To print it ?
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2021, 08:33:59 pm »
I see you populated R145 and R146 - these are optional, check original manual.
I also have 4 leftover board if somebody wants them :-)
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2021, 05:52:52 pm »
Yes you are right, I did not pay attention to them.
I picked them from BOM.
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2021, 07:19:29 pm »
Thank you for sharing!

I took a differnet approach and "saved" the terminal blocks. Since the original 20-channel card could do with a 44-pin DSUB, I found I could use a good quality 25-pin. I have very limited space behind the instrument, so I moved it inside of the case. A pluggable connection is better for me, and it seems to be OK for my use.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2022, 06:48:10 pm »
I built one too! Thanks for the great plans, this was a fun and rewarding project.


I only ran into one issue, the MIC5841 was out of stock everywhere EXCEPT in a weird 20PLCC package, so I made a small adapter board to compensate.
If anyone is interested I can clean up and post the kicad and gerber files!

I also have 4 leftover boards for the main PCB if anyone wants them in the US/Canada. I only have 2 extra PLCC ones so not enough to finish the project.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2022, 04:00:54 pm »
I built one too! Thanks for the great plans, this was a fun and rewarding project.
Glad you had fun building it  :)

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I only ran into one issue, the MIC5841 was out of stock everywhere EXCEPT in a weird 20PLCC package, so I made a small adapter board to compensate.
Nice solution. This component shortage is a PITA in so many ways.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2022, 06:58:45 am »
I built one of these. Works very well and fund project!

Thanks to voltsandjolts for sharing!!
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2022, 08:21:49 am »
I have now been using this card for some time. Generally it works very well.

Once issue though: when measuring some very precis voltages that are not too well buffered, when the card scan over these voltages it loads down with around 50 to 300 micro volt. I have another 6.5 digit multimeter where i can see the voltage jump up and down with the scanning. When using the front input of the DMM6500 and tap the measurement point with test leads this do not happen. So its not the DMM6500 that load down, but switching from the card.

Is this a general thing that can happen with scan cards, or could there be some problem with mine?

I also build voltsandjolts's SSR 20 chanel card where i dont have this problem. Sometimes the last digit on the 6.5 meter i use to check voltages can move a bit more than if no scanning, but thats all ok, and just some noise.
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2022, 08:43:43 am »
Some load transients when switching between channels is a general problem. The inputs have a certain capacitance and the protection part may have a limit in the slew rate for some internal signals (e.g guards, bootstrapping for protection). The scan card should not add much to this (a little capacitance and maybe a little capacitive coupling to a control signal).  The VOR1142 SSR   has some 39 pf and this adds up with 20 channels. So a version with fewer channels or additional seprating groups (e.g. like the mode for 4 wire ohms) can help.
Scanning with high impedance signals will always be tricky.

Just taping with the leads by hand may be misleading as the DMM inputs tends to stay charged to the previous signal and this may be the same signal as before when doing it by hand.
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2022, 08:57:26 am »
Perhaps the fact that you see the problem on the armature relay card but not on the SSR card is a clue.
Could it be the impulse applied to the relay coils has this slight affect on the high-impedance signal, passing through the contacts close to the coil?
Do you see the effect permanently (e.g. when scanning just one channel) or only temporarily when changing channels?
 
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2022, 05:57:41 am »
Hello, iam interested in this project. Does anyone have spare PCB for sale ? I dont want to order 5 or more pieces from PCB manufacturer. Thanks !
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2022, 08:52:59 am »
Even if somebody has boards, you still have to pay shipping.
New boards are so cheap you won't be saving much.
Here is the gerber zip I uploaded to JLCPCB, check out the quote for 5 boards delivered:
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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2022, 09:39:52 am »
Indeed. It's cheaper to order.
I just checking, and sending from Romania to Czech Republic is almost 20 euro.
If you find a cheaper way tell me and I will send a board. I have 3 available.
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2022, 08:25:36 am »
Thank you for reply both guys. I´m aware of shipping price, shipping from JLCPCB is 24 eur to CZE, given the fact i have to pay customs its even more. And ordering 5psc if i need only one its kind of wasting of material for me :)
Another problem i realized is availability of Micrel MIC5841, mouser states availability in 10/2023  :wtf:
 

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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2022, 10:15:10 am »
For the Micrel chip there could be alternatives, like TPIC6C595 and similar ones from ST or others. Depending on the relays even just  74AC595 or HV595 + AC541 may work too.
This may be a reason to make your own, slightly modified design instead of getting a PCB for an out of stock chip.

For some countries (there can be restrictions) it may be possible to use a letter for shipping a signel PCB at a lower price.
 


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Re: Example Project: Relay scan card for K2000 DMM
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2022, 12:02:12 pm »
Yeh, those AliExpress MIC5841BN would probably do the job, assuming there is some silicon inside the DIP package ;D
 


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