Chapter 14

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Configuration

The global configuration of RadiMation® is available in the menu

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The configured global RadiMation® configuration will be used as the configuration for future use. This configuration is independent of the actual Windows User Account that is logged on to the Microsoft Windows PC. The configured global RadiMation® configuration is shared and accessible for all Windows User Accounts that have access to the PC.

The following paragraphs will explain all the possible configurations.

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Warning: To prevent unauthorised individuals from changing the global RadiMation® configurations, a password protection can be used for specific engineers. The password is activated by default for the "Administrator" engineer with the password "Radimation". This password protection can be switched off, changed and configured in the menu
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      Menu.png Engineers
         Menu.png Edit

Engineers

An unlimited number of Engineers can be added, each with an unique name. For each engineer different permissions can be assigned which give them the right to modify specific parts of the RadiMation® configuration.

There is no relation between the Engineer in RadiMation® and the Windows Logon account. Also the password that can be configured for the engineer in RadiMation® is not linked and also not synchronized with the Windows User account password.

For each test, the name and password settings of the test engineer performing the current test can be selected. Also during the startup of RadiMation® the actual Engineer that is going to start tests can be selected. Switching between the active engineers while RadiMation® is running can be done through the menu:

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      Menu.png Change Engineer

To add, delete or edit the names and permissions of the test engineers, go to the Engineers window, which can be accessed in the menu:

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      Menu.png Engineers

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The Engineers window will open and show the current configured list of engineers.

Test engineer settings

To leave the 'Engineers' window, click OK.

Adding an engineer

To add a new test engineer to the configuration, click Add.

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Enter the name and set the rights of the new engineer, then click OK. You will be returned to the 'Engineers' window.

The new engineer will not have a protection password (yet), this can be enabled by clicking Change Password. Please read the paragraph 'Password protection' (located further down) for more information.

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Deleting an engineer

To delete a test engineer from the configuration, select the engineer and click Delete.

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To confirm that you want to delete the engineer from the configuration list, click Yes.

If you do not want to delete this engineer from the list, click No or Cancel. You will be returned to the 'Engineers' window.

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Editing engineer settings

To edit the name, rights and/or password of an engineer in the configuration, select the engineer and click Edit.

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Make the desired changes in the 'Test Engineer' window and click OK.

If you want to undo or cancel your changes, click Cancel. You will be returned to the 'Engineers' window.

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Password protection

RadiMation® allows you to protect a number of configurations with a password. This password can be enabled, disabled or changed in the 'Test Engineer' window.

  • The password is standard turned on for the default used test engineer 'Administrator'.
  • The default password is Radimation.

The current password setting for the selected engineer is displayed at the bottom of this window. This will indicate whether a password has been 'set' or 'not set'.

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Rights

The password protection can be enabled or disabled for the following items.

ScreenElementDescription.png Equipment Prevents unauthorized changes to test equipment configuration.
ScreenElementDescription.png Engineer Prevents unauthorized changes to test engineers configuration.
ScreenElementDescription.png TSF Files Prevents unauthorized changes to Test Setup Files (TSF) files.
ScreenElementDescription.png Limit Line Prevents unauthorized changes to Limit Line Files (LLF) files.
ScreenElementDescription.png Correction File Prevents unauthorized changes to correction files.
ScreenElementDescription.png General Configuration Prevents unauthorized changes to the general configuration.


Change password

To enable, disable or change the password, click Change Password.

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To change the password, enter the old password and the new password (twice), then click OK. You will be returned to the 'Test Engineer' window.

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To disable the password, enter the old password and leave the two new password fields empty, then click OK. You will be returned to the 'Test Engineer' window, and the password indication will change to: “Warning: Password is not set for this engineer.”

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To enable the password, enter the new password (twice), then click OK. You will be returned to the 'Test Engineer' window, and the password indication will change to: “Password is set for this engineer.”

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To leave the 'Engineers' window, click OK.

Test Equipment

The test equipment configuration contains a list of all the test equipment used during a test. The software uses this list to determine which device drivers should be used to control the test equipment. RadiMation® allows you to configure specific test equipment lists for each type of test as well as different test equipment lists for the same type of tests. (This can be useful if you have, for example, more than one signal generator to perform conducted immunity tests with).

In the 'Test Equipment' window a set of test equipment will be selected. When a calibration file is generated, RadiMation® will record this test equipment configuration together with the calibration data. When a substitution test is started, the test equipment selected for the substitution test will be compared with the test equipment used (as recorded) during the calibration test. If the equipment does not match, an error message will be displayed.

The error message window will ask you to abort the test or to ignore the error message and continue the test with different test equipment. To achieve maximum accuracy, the same test equipment should be used (whenever possible) during both the calibration and the substitution tests.

To add, modify or delete test equipment lists, go to the 'Test Equipment' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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The 'Test Equipment' window will open and show the current configured list of test equipment. To leave the 'Test Equipment' window, click 'Close' .


Adding test equipment

To add a (set of) test equipment to the configuration, click the 'Add' button in the top of the window. The 'New Test Equipment' window will appear.

Enter a name for the new test equipment in the 'New Test Equipment' window (e.g. Example Test Equipment).

Click 'OK' to confirm the name of the new test equipment, or click 'Cancel' to cancel the new name. You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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Deleting test equipment

To delete a (set of) test equipment from the configuration, select the Test Equipment from the pull down menu and click the 'Delete' button in the top of the window. A confirmation window will appear.

Click 'Yes' to remove the device from the list, click 'Cancel' to cancel. You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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Editing test equipment

To configure the equipment of a test, select the desired Test Equipment from the pull down menu (e.g. Example Test Equipment).

Specify the equipment for the test by adding, editing and/or removing devices under the designated tabs. (This is described further below.)


Devices 1 & 2

Under the tabs 'Devices 1' and 'Devices 2' the devices of the (selected) test equipment set can be added, edited and/or removed.

Adding devices

To add a device, click 'Add' (at the bottom left of the window), a menu will open below the button to show the available devices for each Device Type.

Select and click on the desired device. The device will then appear in the equipment overview.

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Another way to add a device is to click the desired Device Type in the 'Test Equipment' overview.

A menu will open (at your mouse point) with the available devices for that Device Type.

Select and click on the desired device. The device will then appear in the equipment overview.

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Editing devices

To edit a device, select the device and click 'Edit' . The Device Driver Settings window will appear.

Edit the settings as desired. To confirm your changes, click 'OK' , to cancel your changes, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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Removing devices

To remove a device, select the device and click 'Remove' . A confirmation window will appear.

Click 'Yes' to remove the device from the list, click 'Cancel' to cancel. You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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Saving test equipment

To save the changes made in the test equipment list, click 'Save' (you will remain in the 'Test Equipment' window).

Save As

To save the test equipment list under a new name, click 'Save As' .

Enter a new name for the test equipment in the 'New Test Equipment' window (e.g. Example Test Equipment 2).

Click 'OK' to confirm the name of the new test equipment, or click 'Cancel' to cancel the new name. You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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To close the 'Test Equipment' window, click 'Close' .

If you have not saved the changes to the test equipment list, a dedicated window will appear asking you to save these changes.

To save the changes, click 'Yes' , to not save the changes, click 'No' . The 'Test Equipment' window will close.

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Before Action

Under the tab 'Before Action' any and all actions that the end-user wants to have carried out before the equipment of the selected 'test equipment' is initialized can be specified.

'Before actions' can be used to:

  • Turn on a manual controlled amplifier.
  • Manually change antenna height or polarization.
  • Connect cables or create a specific measurement setup.

(It is also possible to specify actions that should be carried out after the equipment of the selected Test Equipment is disabled. This functionality is called 'After Action'.)

The easiest way to explain this function is with an example:

Example

RadiMation® needs to be configured for people who do not perform EMC measurements every day. To make sure the engineers do not forget to use the right equipment and procedure, the manager has decided to incorporate a reminder in the test setup.

This is done by adding a message in the 'Before Action' configuration:

1. Open the 'Test Equipment' window, select the desired test equipment set and open the 'Before Action' tab.

2. Press the 'Add' button at the bottom left of the 'Before Action' tab to open the 'Add Action' window.

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3. Select the 'Messagebox' option and click 'OK' (or double click on the 'Messagebox' option). A dedicated window will appear.

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4. Configuring the desired text in the 'Messagebox Configuration' window and click 'OK' . You will be returned to the 'Test Equipment' window.

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The message has now been added to the configuration. As a result, RadiMation® will prompt the following message before the test equipment is initialized:

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After Action

Under the tab 'After Action' any and all actions that the end-user wants to have carried out after the equipment of the selected 'test equipment' is disabled can be specified.

'After actions' can be used to:

  • Manually turn off the amplifier.
  • Play a Wav file (as an auditory signal) to alert the user that the measurement is done.

(It is also possible to specify actions that should be carried out before the equipment of the selected Test Equipment is initialized. This functionality is called 'Before Action'.)

Default address information

When you make a new EUT file the name and address information of the producer, test house and client can be entered separately.

In many situations one or more of this information will be the same for different EUT files (i.e.: when a test house owns the software, the test house data will always be the same).

To prevent users from having to enter repetitive data input, RadiMation® provides the option to set default address information for:

  • The default client
  • The default manufacturer
  • The default test site

Data entered under 'Default Address Information' , will automatically be entered in the EUT window and therefore only needs to be entered once.


To add, modify or delete the default address information, go to the 'Default Address Information' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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Enter the desired information as shown in the example below.

To confirm the data input, click 'OK' , to cancel the data input, click 'Cancel' . The 'Default Address Information' window will close.

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Advanced options

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There are a several advanced options in RadiMation®, that allow to tune or optimize some specific settings. Making changes to one or more of those settings, can have a major influence in the correct functioning of the software. Changes to one or more of these advanced options are only needed to circumvent a specific situation. Before changes can be made, a specific password should be specified. The required password is not related to any of the passwords of existing engineers. If it is necessary to make a change to one or more of the advanced options, the password will be provided to the end-user by the reseller or Raditeq If the password is specified correctly, a configuration window is shown that includes a table to review and edit the list of advanced options.

Configuration

RadiMation® allows the user to define an extensive default configuration. This includes the settings for the:

  1. Units
  2. Directories
  3. Device Drivers
  4. Graphs
  5. Database
  6. Language
  7. Measurement settings
  8. Product standards
  9. Basic standards
  10. Enhanced Status Window

Each of these settings are available on a specific tab in the global configuration which can be accessed through the menu:

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1. Units configuration

The default settings for the different units can be set in the 'Units' tab. These units are used throughout the software package and can be changed at any time during measurements and viewing.

It is possible to define different units for different tests. The following can be selected:

  • Radiated Immunity
  • Conducted Immunity
  • Radiated Emission
  • Conducted Emission
  • Pulsed Immunity
  • Antenna Diagram
  • RadiCal


Changing unit settings

To change the settings of a unit, choose the desired test (e.g. Radiated Immunity) from the drop down menu in the 'Units' tab.

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Select the measurement (e.g. Power) and click 'Change' .

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The 'Unit configuration' window will appear, allowing you to change the parameters of the unit.

To confirm your changes, click 'OK' , to cancel your changes, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

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Click 'Close' to leave the 'Configuration' window.


2. Directories configuration

The RadiMation® software can use different directories to store different files.

The location of the Device Driver Configuration Files can be specified:

  • Device Driver Configuration Files (CONFDVDR),

The location of the following data file types can be specified:

  • Equipment Under Test Data files (*.EUT files),
  • Correction files (*.COR files)
  • Calibration files (*.CAL files),
  • Configuration files (*.TSF files),
  • Sequence files (*.SEQ files),
  • Limit line files (*.LLF files).
  • Printout files (*.DOC files).

The different file types are described in Chapter 18 “RadiMation® file types and locations”.

For each data type the default location can be entered through the configuration. The path name can link to a directory on a local or on a shared network drive. Selecting a network location will allow you to store data (e.g. EUT data) on a computer network, making it more accessible. This will allow you to configure RadiMation®, to make use of a networked configuration with multiple test PC's, sharing the same configuration.

Open the 'Directories' configuration screen

Open the directory configuration by selecting from the menu:

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Go to the Directories tab.

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Modifying the 'Device Driver Configuration Files' directory

With the Use Global Configuration option, it is possible to share the configuration with other versions of RadiMation on the same computer. This is the default setting.

With the Use standalone configuration option, it is possible to create an version specific isolated configuration directory with it's own content only used for this version of RadiMation. This can for example be used to verify and validate another RadiMation® version without influencing another RadiMation® version.

The location of the Device Driver Configuration Files can by changed by clicking on the 'Open Folder' icon. A 'Browse For Folder' window will appear, allowing to select an existing device driver configuration files directory. If an empty or an invalid device driver configuration files directory is selected, an error will be shown, and the original selected directory will remain selected.

Creating a new 'Device Driver Configuration Files' folder

When it's needed to create a new Device Driver Configuration Files folder, click Edit and select Create and set new folder. A directory chooser will be prompted to create and / or select a new empty folder. The selected folder should be completely empty otherwise it cannot be initialized to become a Device Driver Configuration Files directory.

Duplicating a 'Device Driver Configuration Files' folder

It is possible to duplicate an existing configuration folder, by clicking on Edit and either choose Duplicate and set from current global folder or Duplicate and set from current standalone folder. A directory chooser will be prompted to create and / or select a new empty folder to copy the content of the source configuration to. After the duplication of the folder, the new Device Driver Configuration Files directory will be selected.

Change the path for a file type

Select the directory that you wish to change and click on the Open Folder icon to select a different directory.

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The Browse For Folder window will appear, allowing you to select (or make) a new folder in your directory.

To confirm your change, click Select folder, or to cancel your change, click Cancel. You will be returned to the Configuration window.

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Click Close to leave the Configuration window.

3. Device Driver configuration

Device drivers let your software know which equipment has to be used and controlled during EMC tests. In RadiMation®, these device drivers only need to be configured to the customer requirements once. During the configuration of the device driver, information such as the IEEE address or RS232 COM-port has to be entered.

You can configure the device drivers in the 'Device Drivers' tab of the 'Configuration' window.

This window can be accessed in one of two ways:

1. Through the 'Configuration' tab.

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2. Through the 'Devices' tab.

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Select a device driver type

The first step to create or configure a device driver is to select the required 'Device Driver Type' (e.g. Signal Generator). This can be done from the drop-down menu in the ‘Configuration’ window. One’s a type has been selected, the available drivers for that type will be shown.

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Adding a new device driver

To create a new RadiMation® device driver, select the desired 'Device Driver Type' (e.g. Signal Generator) and click 'Add' . A dedicated window will appear.

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Select a new device driver (in the scroll menu or through the search function) in the new window and click 'New' . The 'Device Driver Configuration' will appear.

To cancel your selection and return to the 'Configuration' window, click 'Close' .

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In the 'Device Driver Configuration' window the name/description of the chosen device driver can be changed.

To confirm your changes (or the provided description), click 'OK' , the 'Device Driver Settings' window will appear. This window will allow you to edit the information on this device driver. More information about editing device driver settings (and this window) is available further below.

To cancel your changes, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the previous window (e.g. New Signal generators).

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Editing a device driver

To edit an existing device driver, select the desired (device driver) type and device driver, then click 'Edit' . The 'Device Driver Settings' window will appear. More information about this window is available further below.

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Removing a device driver

To remove an existing device driver, select the desired (device driver) type and device driver, then click 'Remove' .

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A confirmation window will appear. To remove the selected device driver, click 'Yes' , to cancel, click 'No' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

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Device Driver Settings

The 'Device Driver Settings' window contains information on the selected device driver. In this window the generic settings for that driver can be added, edited and removed.

Confirm settings

To confirm the (current/new) settings, click 'OK' . To cancel changes made during editing, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

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Fixed information

The 'Device Driver Settings' window contains a minimum list of 'fixed information'. Although these settings cannot be removed, part of their information can be altered. These settings include:


ScreenElementDescription.png Brand Shows the brand of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator.
ScreenElementDescription.png Description Shows the description of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator. Changing the description does not result in losing the device in the test sites. The description is automatically updated in the test site information. If a report is generated from a test done prior to the description change the old description will be inserted.
ScreenElementDescription.png Device driver DLL Version Shows the exact version of the DLL in which the device driver is contained. This is a unique identifier that specifies the version of the device driver. The contents of this cell cannot be changed. (More information on this data cell is explained further below in the paragraph ‘Storing the driver version in the test file’.)
ScreenElementDescription.png Device drivers installation date Shows the date and time of the last update/installation of the device drivers. The contents of this cell cannot be changed. (More information on this data cell is explained further below in the paragraph ‘Storing the driver version in the test file’.)
ScreenElementDescription.png Device drivers versions Shows the version number of the last update/installation of the device drivers. The contents of this cell cannot be changed. (More information on this data cell is explained further below in the paragraph ‘Storing the driver version in the test file’.)
ScreenElementDescription.png Hardware version Shows the hardware version of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator.
ScreenElementDescription.png ID Shows the internally used ID of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator. The main function of this window is to link your measurement to your devices for easier reproduction.
ScreenElementDescription.png Serial number Shows the serial number of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator.
ScreenElementDescription.png Software version Shows the software version of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator.
ScreenElementDescription.png Type Shows the type of the device. This information can be changed/viewed in this cell and can be used in the report generator.


Additional options

The 'Device Driver Settings' window provides additional options besides changing/viewing the 'fixed information', such as:


ScreenElementDescription.png Add The ‘’’ ‘Add’ button’’’ can be used to add additional information items to the general device driver settings. The additional items will be shown in the list. Additional information items can be used to note the storage location, the location of the user manual, etc.
ScreenElementDescription.png Edit The ‘’’ ‘Edit’ button’’’ can be used to edit the information of a selected item. Information items that cannot be modified cannot be edited.
ScreenElementDescription.png Remove The ‘’’ ‘Remove’ button’’’ can be used to remove a selected information item from the list. Only additional information items can be removed. Fixed information items, as described previously, cannot be removed.
ScreenElementDescription.png Zero Interval When the Zero interval is activated, it is possible to specify a time period in minutes, in which a device does not need to be ‘re-zero-ed’. For accurate measurements it is necessary that Power Meters and Field Sensors are zero-ed. A zero operation generally takes several seconds to be completed and it may be valid for a few hours. To prevent that a device is ‘re-zero-ed’ during each test initialization, it is possible to set a zero interval in minutes. When a test is initialized and the device is already zero-ed within the specified zero interval, no zero will be performed at that time. Specifying and activating the zero interval can be a significantly reduce the time that is needed to initialize each test.

This setting is only available for power meter and field strength sensor devices.

ScreenElementDescription.png Calibration Expire Date This field can be used to set the date on which the device needs to be re-calibrated. Depending upon the setting in the configuration window, RadiMation® will use this date to give warnings/notifications on the recalibration. When you press the ‘calendar icon’ to the right of this field a small window will appear, allowing you to select the new date.
ScreenElementDescription.png Advanced The ‘’’ ‘Advanced’ button’’’ can be used to open the advanced menu of the device driver. In chapter 15, the paragraph ‘Device specific configuration’ will explain this menu for every device type. Please note that the configuration does not apply on the configurable or virtual drivers. Please view the paragraphs about ‘Configurable devices’ or ‘Virtual devices’ (also in chapter 15) for these devices.
ScreenElementDescription.png Check The ‘’’ ‘Check’ button’’’ can be used to check if the device is connected. This check is the same as the check that is performed during each test initialization. This check can be used to determine if the correct addressing is set, and whether communication with the device is possible. (This option is explained further below in the paragraph ‘Checking the device connection’.)
ScreenElementDescription.png Knowledgebase The ‘’’ ‘Knowledgebase’ button’’’ can be used to open a new web-browser window which will show the RadiWiki page about that device driver. That RadiWiki page can contain additional information or a detailed explanation of all the advanced settings.


Checking the device connection

The 'Device Driver Settings' window contains a 'Check' button that can be used to check whether the device driver is correctly connected to the PC.

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When the 'Check' button is clicked, the following actions are performed:

  1. RadiMation tries to load the DLL of the device driver
  2. RadiMation tries to create an instance of the device driver
  3. The settings (as configured under 'Advanced') are loaded
  4. The device driver is instructed to check if the (hardware) device itself is working correctly
  5. The device driver instance is removed from memory again


If one of these steps is unsuccessful, an error message will be shown. If all the steps are successful, a message will be shown that the device connected has passed the check. (See the image below.)

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This is a very helpful tool because it is a fast method to check whether the advanced settings (especially the (GPIB) address) of the device are set correctly. If this 'Check' is successful, the 'device check' during the test initialization (which performs the same check) will also be successful.

The check that is performed depends on the implemented device driver. For example, some devices (like antenna's, couplers, LISN's, injection clamps, etc.) cannot be checked for the correct connection to the PC (done at step 4), because there is no connection at all. In addition, some device drivers assume that the LASER of the device is activated before the check is successful. Despite these deviations, the 'Check' functionality will still work and show the message displayed above, as long as the device driver passes the (appropriate) check.



Storing the driver version in the test file

For quality accreditation reasons it is necessary to store the version numbers of the hardware, firmware and software of the equipment used to perform EMC measurements. RadiMation® uses device drivers to control this equipment. Because these device drivers greatly influence the overall (and correct) functioning of the EMC measurement, it is important that the version of these device driver is stored together with the measurements results of each test.

RadiMation® can store all this information, most of which is also automatically determined by the program itself. This information (including the device driver version) is shown in the 'Device Driver Settings' window. (As explained further above in the paragraph 'Fixed information'.)


About the device driver information:

The numbers of the device drivers system and/or the used .dll version number of a specific device are always (slightly) different by default. An example situation is included below.


  • The value of the 'Device driver DLL Version' shows the date and time on which this specific .dll was compiled. (For example: 2013.07.11.1405. The date of the used .dll for this specific device is June 11, 2013 at 14:05 pm.)
  • The value of the 'Device drivers installation date' shows when the device driver setup was installed by the end-user for the specific version of RadiMation that is currently running. (For example: 12.07.2013 08:37:00. The install date is June 12, 2013 at 08:37 am.)
  • The value of the 'Device drivers versions' shows which device driver version you are currently running. This is the date and time when all the device driver DLL's are packaged into the DRIVERS.EXE. (For example: 2013.07.11.1414. The date of the device drivers system is June 11, 2013 at 14:14 pm.)


Now we can conclude that:

  • The Device Drivers version that is being used is 2013.07.11.1414
  • The used .dll version of this specific device is 2013.07.11.1405
  • The latest device drivers setup is installed on June 12, 2013 at 08:37 am.


It happens very often that a Device driver DLL is modified multiple times in a day. By including the time in the version number it is possible to determine exactly which DLL version is used. It is also possible that (in specific situations) a DLL is provided without using an updated DRIVERS.EXE package. In that situation the 'Device driver DLL Version' can be newer than the 'Device drivers versions'.



4. Graphs configuration

RadiMation® allows you to customize the way graphics are displayed on your screen.

To configure the style of the shown graphs, go to the 'Configuration' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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An example graph is shown in the 'Graphs' tab that is created with the current settings. To change these graph settings, click 'Customize' .

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The 'Graph Customization Configuration' window contains three tabs; 'Chart' , 'Graph' and 'Markings' .

The 'Chart' tab contains the settings related to the overall graph and can be used to determine the colors, layout and titles.

The 'Graph' tab contains the settings related to the graph lines shown in the graph and can be used to determine the colors, scaling and layout of each and every shown graph line.

The 'Markers' tab contains the settings related to the markers on the graph and can be used to determine the colors, style and scaling of each and every shown marker.

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To change the graph settings, select a graph (component) in the left section of the window, then make the desired changes in the right section of the window.

Click 'Update' to update the graph settings without closing the 'Graph Customization Configuration' window. This will allow you to see the effect of the new settings and make additional changes.

Click 'Close' to update (and save) the graph settings and close the 'Graph Customization Configuration' window. You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

The selected settings in the 'Graph Customization Configuration' window are used as the RadiMation® default settings. It is still possible to overrule these settings for individual tests to more specific settings.

Click 'Restore factory default' to return to the factory settings.

5. Database configuration

Introduction

RadiMation® can retrieve customer information (such as name and address) from external databases, for example from your company's customer relationship management (CRM) database. This option is called Customer database and will reduce the need to manually enter large amounts of customer information in RadiMation®.

Customer database can interface with several external databases, such as:

Changing the customer database driver

To configure RadiMation® to support your customer database, go to the 'Configuration' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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Go to the 'Database' tab to select and/or change the Customer Database and Device Driver Databases.

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To select a Customer Database, select a database type from the pull-down menu.

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To see and/or change more detailed settings (of the selected database type), click 'Configuration' .

The 'Customer database configuration' window will appear. (This window can differ depending on the selected database type).

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To confirm your changes, click 'OK' , to cancel your changes, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

For more detailed information on the Database Configuration settings, go to Chapter 14 “Database Configuration”. Information on the settings of the different database types can be found in the paragraphs that follow “Database Configuration”.


To select a Device Driver Database, select a database type from the pull-down menu.

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To see and/or change more detailed settings (of the selected database type), click 'Configuration' . A dedicated window will appear. (This window can differ depending on the selected database type).

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To confirm your changes, click 'OK' , to cancel your changes, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

Click 'Close' to leave the 'Configuration' window.


Additional Setup for ODBC Connected databases

Text, CSV, Excel, MSSQL and MySQL dabase files need some additional setup before they can be used. The reason for this is that RadiMation® uses ODBC to connect and read out thoes databases. This additional setup of an ODBC connection must be performed before the database driver can be configured in RadiMation®. The configuration of the ODBC connection should be done within the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Select

   Menu.png Start
      Menu.png Settings
         Menu.png Control Panel
            Menu.png ODBC Data Sources

Now the ODBC Data Source Administrator dialog will be shown, which can be used to manage the available ODBC Data Sources.

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Then Select Add... to add a new ODBC Data Source.

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Depending on the required Database connection, the correct driver should be selected. The selected driver will be used to create a new Data Source when the Finish button is pressed. Depending on the selected ODBC driver, a specific driver configuration window will appear. This driver specific configuration window has to be configured to further finalize the ODBC connection with the correct parameters.


ODBC text and CSV database files

If the Microsoft Text Driver (*.txt,*.csv) is selected, it will show the ODBC text setup dialog.

The ODBC text setup dialog is used to configure the ODBC driver for a text based database.

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In this window we need to set several items:

ScreenElementDescription.png Data Source Name This just a name for the setup you are making, name this Radimation, or another descriptive name for the used database
ScreenElementDescription.png Select Directory... Allows to select the directory in which the text based database files are stored
ScreenElementDescription.png Use Current Directory Overrules the selected directory to use the current directory. It is best to turn this checkbox off, and select a specific directory by using the Select Directory... button
ScreenElementDescription.png Extensions List Shows a list of filename extensions which will be used to determine the correct text files. Remove *.asc and *.tab from the extentions list
ScreenElementDescription.png Define Format... Will show the Define Text Format dialog, which can be used to define the format of the database as it is maintained in the text file

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Select the file you want to use, check the Column Name Header checkbox and select the format. Press Guess button to see if the column headers from your database are set correctly. In the screenshot above the columns are not set correctly. The .csv file format is different, to solve this press the Format combobox and select Custom Delimited. Insert ';' in the delimiter textbox and press Guess again.

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Now everything is set correctly, close all windows by pressing the Ok button on every window. Once the ODBC Data Source connection is correctly configured, the configuration of the customer database in RadiMation® can be performed.


MySQL ODBC database

If the MySQL ODBC Driver is selected, it will show the MySQL Connector/ODBC Data Source Configuration dialog.

The MySQL Connector/ODBC Data Source Configuration dialog allows you to configure the details of an ODBC connection to a MySQL database. This dialog is not part of RadiMation®, but it is provided by the MySQL Connector/ODBC software package.

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ScreenElementDescription.png Data Source Name An unique name that uniquely identifies the Data Source from the other available Data Sources.
ScreenElementDescription.png Description Any additional information regarding the Data Source
ScreenElementDescription.png TCP/IP Server The name (or IP address) of the MySQL server, to which a connection should be made
ScreenElementDescription.png Port The port-number to which the which the connection should be made. By default this is port-number 3306
ScreenElementDescription.png User The name of the MySQL user that should be used to connect to the MySQL Server
ScreenElementDescription.png Password The password of the MySQL user that should be used to connect to the MySQL Server
ScreenElementDescription.png Database The name of the MySQL database that should be connected to
ScreenElementDescription.png Test Will perform a connection test to the specified MySQL server and Database
ScreenElementDescription.png Details >> Will show additional configuration details for the MySQL connection. Your MySQL database administrator can help you with setting this details.

Once the MySQL ODBC Data Source connection is correctly configured, the configuration of the customer database in RadiMation® can be performed.


MSSQL ODBC database

If the SQL Server driver is selected, it will show the SQL Server ODBC Driver Configuration dialog.

The SQL Server ODBC Driver Configuration dialog allows you to configure the details of an ODBC connection to a MSSQL database. This dialog is not part of RadiMation®, but it is provided by Microsoft.

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ScreenElementDescription.png Name An unique name that uniquely identifies the Data Source from the other available Data Sources.
ScreenElementDescription.png Description Any additional information regarding the Data Source
ScreenElementDescription.png Server The name (or IP address) of the MSSQL server, to which a connection should be made

When the Next > button is pressed, a second configuration dialog is shown.

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ScreenElementDescription.png Windows NT Authentication Select this option to use the credential of the logged in user to connect to the MSSQL server.
ScreenElementDescription.png SQL Server Authentication Select this option to use a SQL Server specific username and password to connect to the MSSQL server.
ScreenElementDescription.png Client Configuration... Will show additional configuration details for the MSSQL connection. Your MSSQL database administrator can help you with setting this details.
ScreenElementDescription.png Login ID The name of the MSSQL user that should be used to connect to the MSSQL Server
ScreenElementDescription.png Password The password of the MSSQL user that should be used to connect to the MSSQL Server

When the Next > button is pressed, a third configuration dialog is shown.

SQL Server ODBC Driver3.png

ScreenElementDescription.png Change default database Enable the option, and specify or select the name of the database on the MSSQL Server that should be used.

All other parameters should be left on their default value, or they should be set accoording to the instructions of your MSSQL database administrator.

When the Next > button is pressed, a fourth configuration dialog is shown.

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All arameters should be left on their default value, or they should be set accoording to the instructions of your MSSQL database administrator.

When the Finish button is pressed, a final configuration dialog is shown.

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ScreenElementDescription.png Test Data Source... Will perform a connection test, to determine if a connection with the MSSQL server can be established, using the configured parameters. A confirmation or error dialog with some additional information will be shown.
ScreenElementDescription.png Ok Stores the configured ODBC connection.
ScreenElementDescription.png Cancel Closes the dialogs without creating an ODBC connection.

Once the MSSQL ODBC Data Source connection is correctly configured, the configuration of the customer database in RadiMation® can be performed.


6. Language Selection

RadiMation® supports multi-language use. This means that the software package can be operated in several language.

In addition, the multi- language support allows for easy translation from English to most other languages.

Please contact your local reseller for the availability of your required language driver.


The default language of RadiMation® is UK English.

To change the language settings, go to the 'Configuration' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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Go to the 'Language' tab. The current language setting is marked with the text (current).

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To change the language setting, select one of the other languages, click 'Close' (to leave the 'Configuration' window) and restart RadiMation®.

The selected language will only be active after RadiMation® is restarted.

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7. Measurement Settings

With measurement settings you can change the behavior of the software at certain points. Be very careful what you do with these setting, because they are used through out RadiMation®.

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Starting level signal generator

With the 'Starting Level Signal Generator' you can define the level of the signal generator at the start of an immunity test.


Perform power delivery test after pause

'Perform Power delivery test after pause' is very helpful if you chose to change the RF path during the pause.

For example:

  • Changing the antenna. It will show high refelected power if the antenna is not correctly connected.
  • Changing the switch matrix to ensure a safe working area while changing something on the EUT. It will show you whether or not you are injecting power inside the chamber.


Disable frequency zoom-in in emission tests

'Disable frequency zoom-in in emission tests' can be used to decrease the measuring time by not trying to pin point the most accurate frequency. This can be a very useful option for labs that are only interested in the overall envelope of the emission.

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Warning: Disabling the 'zoom-in in emission tests' in combination with analysers will very likely result in an incorrect measurement.


Calibration

The 'Calibration' field can be used to specify the behavior of the software with regards to the calibration date of the equipment. This may vary between 'a simple warning message' and 'stopping measurements from being done'.


Required environment settings

With the required environment settings you can force the test engineer to fill in specific Environmental Data settings. The first test done with a new EUT document requires the engineer to fill in the requested information. The second time a button will appear that will allow you to automatically fill in the same information as used in the previous test.


8. Product Standard

Introduction

Product Standards describe the requirements (e.g. dimensional, technical, etc.) and the methods of testing (as well as grading, marking, etc.) of a product.

The objective of these standards is to define and impose 'standards' that will ensure that the product in question will not represent harm or hazard to consumers.

Because the standards with regards to product testing can be relevant to RadiMation® users, RadiMation® offers the possibility to add this documentation to your configuration.


There are many Product Standards for individual products and product types. These, in turn, often refer to multiple Basic Standards.

Where a Product Standard describes all the tests that should be performed on a EUT, a Basic Standard only describes one single test.

For example:

The Product Standard for product X describes four different requirements/tests that the product needs to comply with.

These four tests are described in four Basic Standards, where each basic standard describes the requirements for one test.


Basic Standards can also be added to RadiMation®.

In addition, one single Technical Setup File (TSF) can be generated for each Basic Standard, configured to perform the test as described in the standard.


Adding a Product Standard

To add a Product Standard to RadiMation®, go to the 'Configuration' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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Select the 'Product standards' tab and click 'Add' .

(To edit a Product Standard, select the standard and click 'Edit'. To remove a Product Standard, select the standard and click 'Remove'.)

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Insert the required information in the 'Standard details' window (as visible in the example below).

Please note that the Official name can only be inserted the first time and has to be unique.

In addition, it is possible to link a file to the standard in the File location field. For example a PDF, DOC or HTML file that describes the standard.

RadiMation® will open the file (with the default reader for this file type) when the engineer selects the magnifying glass button next to that field.

To confirm your data input, click 'OK' , to cancel your input, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

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Add(ing) Basic Standard(s)

To add a Basic Standard to the product standard, click 'Add' . The 'Select Standard' window will appear.

Select one or more Basic Standards (hold the 'Ctrl' key to select multiple standards) and click 'Select' .

To cancel your selection, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Standard details' window.

To see the details of a Basic Standard, double click the standard or click 'Details'.

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Note: When a product standard is selected or added in the 'EUT' window, the data of that standard is copied into the EUT Document. At that moment a copy of the data of the standard from the configuration is made. This means that, if the configuration of a standard in the 'Configuration' window of RadiMation® is changed, the data in the EUT file will still have the old data of the standard!!! This is as it should be, because this is the information of the standard that is used at the time that the EUT was tested.


9. Basic Standard

To add a Basic Standard to RadiMation®, go to the 'Configuration' window in the 'Configuration' tab.

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Select the 'Basic standards' tab and click 'Add' .

(To edit a Basic Standard, select the standard and click 'Edit'. To remove a Basic Standard, select the standard and click 'Remove'.

Please note that removing a Basic Standard from the list will also remove any references of this standard entered in the Product Standards.)

Configuration BasicStandards.png


Insert the required information in the 'Standard details' window (as visible in the example below).

Please note that the Official name can only be inserted the first time and has to be unique.

In addition, it is possible to link a file to the standard in the File location field. For example a PDF, DOC or HTML file that describes the standard.

RadiMation® will open the file (with the default reader for this file type) when the engineer selects the magnifying glass button next to that field.

To confirm your data input, click 'OK' , to cancel your input, click 'Cancel' . You will be returned to the 'Configuration' window.

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Correction files

Correction files can be used to correct the frequency response of cables, generators, clamps, antenna’s, couplers etc. When the frequency response of a device is known, the operator can create a new correction file and assign it to the device.

Creating correction files

To create a correction file, select

   Menu.png File
      Menu.png New
         Menu.png Correction file

The window below will be displayed.

The first step is to define the columns in the table by pushing the Columns/Units button. A selection box appears and columns can be added or removed. Based on the use of the correction file the proper columns should be selected. For example an amplifier correction file will have two columns one frequency column and one power column. In the case of a radiated emission test three columns are required specifying frequency, correction, angle and height. For most columns, a unit can be specified. Values that are specified in this column will be interpreted as being values in the selected unit.

Adding and removing columns

Correction files are being used to correct for different devices. Look at the end of this chapter for more specific information regarding correction and the correct use in Radimation (What columns to use, what units to use etc).

You can have multiple columns, add/remove columns by using the columns/units button.


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When you have added a column, you will se it on the left-hand side in the list Columns. You can define the unit being used by the column. This is done by selecting the column and click units.

CorrectionUnits.png

As an example I have selected the frequency column and here you can define what unit you are using. This is specific for all the different categories.

You will see all units that are normally used to describe the values for the specific category.

Entering data points

Data points can be entered manually and via lists. To enter data points manually, press the “Add row" button. A new line will appear and you can enter values in the columns.

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When a data point is incorrect, it can be removed by selecting the data point and pressing the “Remove row” button. To insert a row use "insert row.


Correction files often contain many points which take a lot of time to enter manually. Equipment manufacturers or calibration facilities often deliver a correction sheet that contains the correction values. a lot of time they deliver a file as well so that you can use this to enter the data.

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To facilitate this you have two buttons to import and export from the clipboard. This also makes it easy to transfer the data to excel and use calculations if needed.

This can be done from excel files, text files, pdf files etc. In the example above you need two rows: Frequency and Correction. To be able to use the file that has been given by the manufacture to insert the correction data most of the time you have to edit it a bit. In this example this means that you must make sure that the list you are copying to the clipboard looks as follows:


9 29.69 10 29.68 etc.


To copy from excel/text file to clipboard or the other way around use the following buttons:


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Below you see the list that was used to copy into the correction file to create the correction file that you see in the example above. In this example I have used excel because it is easy to remove columns etc.

CorrectionFileExcel.png

This can also be done in a text editor just make sure that the information is in nice columns and separated by a space like so:

9 29.69 10 29.68

Linear/Logarithmic interpolation

The user can select either linear or logarithmic frequency interpolation. This choice is dependent on the applicable standard.

Saving correction files

To save the new correction file please select:

   Menu.png File
      Menu.png Save correction file

RadiMation® will prompt you to enter a filename for the correction file.

Attaching correction files

Most correction files are used for correcting a measured value of a device driver. The made correction file should therefore be 'attached' to the correct device driver.

You can attach a correction file to a device driver in the configuration screen. You can access the configuration screen by selecting


   Menu.png Configuration
      Menu.png configuration

in the main menu. The window shown below will appear.

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You can select the type of device you want in the box that is situated top right. The big window will display all currently configured device drivers, like in the picture all configured Signal Generators. To edit the configuration of a device, select the device in the list and press Edit.

Now you get the configuration window of this specific device driver.

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In the lower part of this window, the made correction file(s) can be selected, for one of the specified uses. The RadiMation® software will use the specified correction files, every time when the device driver is used during a test. In this example it is possible to link an 'Output correction' file to correct the output level of this Signal generator. Depending on the type of the device driver, different uses of the correction files are available. Remark: it depends on the driver and the used correction 'link', which columns are required and therefore which correction files are acceptable to be used.

Correction file uses

Correction files can be used in many situations. The type and number of columns that should be used in the correction file is depending on the in which the correction file is used.

Absorbing clamp: Clamp loss

The power loss inside an absorbing clamp can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the loss should be attached to the device driver of the absorbing clamp. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Attenuation

Or

  • Frequency
  • Gain

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. The values of the correction and attenuation column, are added to the measured emission level. The values in the gain column are subtracted from the measured emission level. In this way the real emission level can be calculated.

Amplifier: Maximum Input

The input level of an amplifier can be protected to never be above a certain power level. A correction file with the maximum input level should be attached to the device driver of the amplifier. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Power

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dBm. The value specified in the correction or power column is the maximum allowed input power of the amplifier. During the regulation of the test-level the regulation is ensuring that the amplifier input power will not become higher than the maximum input power as specified in the correction file.

If no correction file is selected for the 'Maximum Input' of an amplifier device driver, RadiMation will limit the amplifier input power to 0 dBm. 0 dBm is very often the power level that is allowed as maximum amplifier input power without damaging the amplifier. If an amplifier is allowed to have a maximum input power above 0 dBm, a correction file with the allowed value should explicitly be selected for the 'Maximum Input'.

Amplifier: Maximum Forward

The forward power level of an amplifier can be protected to never be above a certain power level. A correction file with the maximum forward power level should be attached to the device driver of the amplifier. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Power

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dBm. The value specified in the correction or power column is the maximum allowed forward power. During the regulation of the test-level the forward power level is measured and the regulation is ensuring that the forward power will not become higher than the maximum forward power as specified in the correction file.

Amplifier: Maximum Reflected

The reflected power level of an amplifier can be protected to never be above a certain power level. A correction file with the maximum reflected power level should be attached to the device driver of the amplifier. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Power

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dBm. The value specified in the correction or power column is the maximum allowed reflected power. During the regulation of the test-level the reflected power level is measured and the regulation is ensuring that the reflected power will not become higher than the maximum reflected power as specified in the correction file.

Antenna: Antenna Factor

For converting the reading dBuV into dBuV/m the antenna factor is needed. This is expressed as dB/m.

The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Where the correction column is the antenna factor. The values are added to the calculation to account for the non-linearity in the antenna.

Antenna: Magnetic Flux Density (pT/A) correction

During immunity measurements when a magnetic field has to be generated, this correction file is used to determine the current that should be generated during the magnetic field generation loop antenna. A correction file with the correction factor should be attached to the device driver of the antenna. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The value specified in the correction column should be expressed in pT/A. The values in the correction column are multiplied with the generated current to calculate the generated magnetic field in picoTesla (pT).

This correction is primarily used during the MIL-STD Magnetic Field tests. In the MIL-STD 462D, this correction value is specified as 9.5x10^7 pT/A.

Antenna: Magnetic Field Factor (dBpT/uV) correction

During emission measurements when the measured emission values have to be shown in magnetic field (Tesla) units, the correction factor should be configured in the software. A correction file with the correction factor should be attached to the device driver of the antenna. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The value specified in the correction column should be expressed in dBpT/uV. The values in the correction column are added to the measured emission levels to calculate the correct to be displayed emission values in a Tesla unit.

This same correction is also used during the MIL-STD Magnetic Field calibration for the 'calibration antenna'.

Antenna: GpsHt - AntHeight

This correction is only available when the Antenna Diagram module is activated. The height distance between the GPS receiver and the Antenna can be corrected by a correction file. A correction file with the height distance should be attached to the device driver of the antenna. The correction file should contain the column:

  • Height

Only one row should be present in the correction file. If multiple rows are available, only the height value of the first row will be used. The value of the height column, is subtracted from the height received by the GPS receiver. The result is the exact height of the receiving antenna for the antenna diagram measurements.

Antenna: Ant Gain vs Angle

This correction is only available when the Antenna Diagram module is activated. The antenna gain is depend on the measuring angle during antenna diagram measurements. A correction file can be used to specify the AntennaGain depending on the receiving angle. This correction file should be attached to the device driver of the antenna. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Angle
  • Attenuation

The value of the attenuation column is added to the measured radiated power.

Cable: Cable loss

The power loss inside a cable can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the cable loss should be attached to the device driver of the cable. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Attenuation

Or

  • Frequency
  • Gain

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. Cable device drivers can be used in different parts of a test-site setup. But they all have in common that an 'interesting' power-level is attenuated by the cable before it is measured by a measuring device (most of the time a powermeter, receiver or an analyser). The values of the correction and attenuation column are therefore added to the measured powerlevel. The values in the gain column are inverted before they are added to the measured powerlevel.

Calibration Jig: Transfer correction

The transfer factor of a calibration jig can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the calibration jig. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The value specified in the correction column should be expressed in dB and the value is added to the typical transfer factor of a calibration jig. For example: A calibration jig is used with a typical transfer factor of 9.6 dB (correction for 150 Ω to 50 Ω). A correction file with a frequency and correction column is connected to the device driver. The value specified in the correction column for 1.23 MHz. is 0.3 dB. Then the software will use a total transfer factor for the calibration jig of 9.9 dB.


If the jig is not "Configurable" there is a default correction factor of 9.5 dB (theoretical value). We will explain how the presence of a correction factor is it taken into account by RadiMation and how this value is used by an example. For instance we have the following situation: At 150 kHz the real total correction factor of the jig is 10 dB. When this value is saved in the correction file, what will be the behavior of RadiMation? Will it now take the 10 dB as the total transfer correction? The answer is that the correction value will be added, but RadiMation will use this specified 10 dB correction on top of the internal correction value. In this case it is not correct and a correction of app. 0,5 should have been used.

There are two categories of Injection devices:

  • 50 Ohm. (E.g. Luthi CR 100 A, Tegam 95241, FCC BCICF)
  • 150 Ohm. (E.g. Luthi EM 101, MEB KAL-M2, MEB KAL-KEMZ, FCC F-203I-CF-23mm)

Depending on the used injection device, a matching calibration jig is necessary to correctly calibrate the injection device. Based on the impedance of the injection device, the calibration jig should be corrected with a value. In RadiMation we use the principle that we already programmed the correct correction value in the device driver of the calibration jig. This simplifies the implementation of our software, as you only have to select the correct device driver, and RadiMation automatically knows the correct correction value for the calibration jig.


This implies that:

  • The device drivers for the calibration jigs for the 50 Ohm injection devices already have an internal correction factor of 0 dB.
  • The device drivers for the calibration jigs for the 150 Ohm injection devices already have an internal correction factor of 9.5 dB (9.5424 dB to be more exact).

We are aware that it is not very clearly visible which correction factor is used inside a device driver of the calibration jig. That is why the newer device drivers, report the frequency range and the correction factor that is programmed inside the RadiMation device driver of a calibration jig. When you want to retrieve this information (shown in a 1 digit precision) just press the 'Advanced' button on the device driver configuration window.


In this example we are using a jig for a CDN where the jig has 100 Ohm resistors in the connection. In this case a 150 Ohm system (as the 100 Ohm resistors are in series with the coax which already has a 50 Ohm resistance) is used.

The calibration jig value (as a factor or as a resistance) is only used for a conversion of the impedance of the CDN to the 50 Ohm typical impedance of the coax cables and powermeters. In some RadiMation device drivers a resistance should be specified, and in other device drivers a calibration jig factor should be specified. If a resistance should be specified in a device driver, the calibration jig factor is calculated using the formula:

calibration jig factor = 20 * log10(<resistance [Ohm]> / 50)

For a 150 Ohm system the correct jig transfer factor is 9.5 dB. Depending on the selected calibration jig device driver a calibration jig factor of 9.5 dB should be selected:

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or a resistance of 150 Ohm should be specified for the 150 Ohm system:

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For a 50 Ohm system, (where no 100 Ohm resistors are included in the calibration jig) the calibration jig factor should be 0 dB:

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or a resistance of 50 Ohm should be specified:

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Using a transfer correction file provided by the supplier

Sometimes a file with values for the transfer correction is delivered by the manufacturer. It is unusual and does not happen that often. If you would like to use the transfer file provided by the manufacturer you have to set the correction factor described above to zero dB. The correction file is then attached directly to the jig. However you should then use a congifurable driver for the jig where you manually set the transfer factor to 0dB. If you use the original driver then the correction factor is added with the programmed factor for that driver.

Normally it is not needed to add this transfer file and using the correct driver for the jig should have the correct factor already added nominally. It is also unusual for manufacturers to add the transfer factor but sometimes this is delivered.

Coupler: Forward Correction

The forward power attenuation of a coupler can be corrected by a correction file. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the coupler. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Attenuation

Or

  • Frequency
  • Gain

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. The value specified in the gain column is subtracted from the typical attenuation of the coupler. The values in the correction or attenuation column is added to the typical attenuation of the coupler. For example: A coupler is used with a typical forward attenuation of 60 dB. A correction file with a frequency and attenuation column is connected to the device driver. The value specified in the attenuation column for 100 MHz. Is 1.3 dB. Then the software will use a value of 61.3 dB for the total attenuation of the coupler.

Coupler: Reflected Correction

The reflected power attenuation of a coupler can be corrected by a correction file. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the coupler. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Attenuation

Or

  • Frequency
  • Gain

The value specified in the gain column is substracted from the typical attenuation of the coupler. The values in the correction or attenuation column is added to the typical attenuation of the coupler. For example: A coupler is used with a typical reflected attenuation of 40 dB. A correction file with a frequency and attenuation column is connected to the device driver. The value specified in the attenuation column for 130 kHz. is 0.13 dB. Then the software will use a value of 40.13 dB for the total attenuation of the coupler.

Current sensor: impedance

The impedance of a current sensor is very important to calculate the correct measured current. The impedance is current sensor and frequency dependant. Before a current sensor can be used, an impedance correction file should be attached to the device driver of the current sensor. The value specified in the correction file is used to correctly calculate the current flowing through the current sensor. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Resistance

The values in the correction column should be expressed in Ohm (Ω).

Field sensor: Field offset

The measured value of a field sensor, can be corrected by the software. The measured value can be corrected with an offset, or it can be corrected by a multiply factor. Both corrections can also be used together but the multiply correction will be performed first, and after that the offset correction will be added. The correction files with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the field sensor. The correction file for the field offset should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The values in the correction column of the offset correction should be expressed in V/m.

To summarize this in an example, let’s say that the RAW field probe measurement at 90 MHz is 10.2 V/m. When a Field offset correction for that same frequency of 2.0 V/m is specified, RadiMation will use a corrected field strength of 12.2 V/m (10.2 V/m + 2.0 V/m).

Field sensor: Field Multiply

The measured value of a field sensor, can be corrected by the software. The measured value can be corrected with an offset, or it can be corrected by a multiply factor. Both corrections can also be used together but the multiply correction will be performed first, and after that the offset correction will be added. The correction files with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the field sensor. The correction file for the multiply should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The values in the correction column of the multiply factor should be expressed as x (multiplier).

To summarize this in an example, let’s say that the RAW field probe measurement at 90 MHz is 10.2 V/m. When a Field multiply correction for that same frequency of 1.1 is specified, RadiMation will use a corrected field strength of 11.22 V/m (10.2 V/m * 1.1).

LISN: Amplitude correction

The power loss inside an LISN can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the LISN. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. The values of the correction column are added to the measured emission level. In this way the real emission level can be calculated.

Powermeter: Power correction

The measured power level of a power meter can be corrected with a certain value. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the powermeter. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

Or

  • Frequency
  • Attenuation

Or

  • Frequency
  • Gain

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. The value specified in the attenuation column is subtracted from the measured power level. The values in the correction or gain column is added to the measured power level. For example: A power level of -14.58 dBm is measured with a power-meter. A correction file with a frequency and attenuation column is connected to the device driver. The value specified in the attenuation column for 81.7 MHz. is 0.27 dB. Then the software will use a value of -14.85 dBm as the value that was measured with the power-meter.

Pre amplifier: Amplifier Gain

The gain of an used preamplifier can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the frequency dependant gain of the preamplifier should be attached to the device driver of the preamplifier. The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB.

Depending on the configuration of the correction file that is selected for the preamplifier, the correct behaviour is used:

  • 'Frequency' and 'Correction' column: The values in the 'Correction' column are interpreted as 'gain' values. A positive value is interpreted as a positive amplification of the preamplifier. These 'gain' values will be substracted from the values that are measured with the receiver/analyser.
  • 'Frequency' and 'Gain' column: The values in the 'Gain' column are interpreted as 'gain' values. A positive value is interpreted as a positive amplification of the preamplifier. These 'gain' values will be substracted from the values that are measured with the receiver/analyser.
  • 'Frequency' and 'Attenuation' column: The values in the 'Attenuation' column are interpreted as 'attenuation' values. A positive value is interpreted as a loss caused by the preamplifier. A negative value is interpreted as a positive amplification of the signal, caused by the preamplifier. These 'attenuation' values will be added to the values that are measured with the receiver/analyser.

Receiver: Amplitude correction

The power loss inside a receiver or a spectrum analyser can be corrected inside the software. A correction file with the loss should be attached to the device driver of receiver of spectrum analyser. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dB. The values of the correction column are added to the measured emission level. In this way the real emission level can be calculated.

Resistor: Resistance Correction

The typical value of a used resistor can be corrected by a correction file. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the resistor. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The value specified in the correction column should be expressed in Ohm (Ω). The values in the correction column is added to the typical resistance of the resistor. For example: A resistor of 0.5 Ω is used. A correction file with a frequency and correction column is connected to the device driver. The value specified in the correction column for 594 kHz. is 0.04 Ω. Then the software will use a value of 0.54 Ω for the exact value of its calculations with the resistor.

Signal Generator: Output Correction

The output level of a signal generator can be corrected. A correction file with the correction should be attached to the device driver of the signal generator. The correction file should contain the columns:

  • Frequency
  • Correction

The values in the correction column should be expressed in dBm. The value specified in the correction column is added to the desired carrier level and then send to the signal generator. For example: a signal generator that outputs 0.2 dB more than is specified on its display, can be corrected with a value of: -0.2