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Agilent U3606A
Multimeter|DC Power
Supply
Quick Start Guide
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Safety Notices
CAUTION
A CAUTION notice denotes a hazard. It calls attention to an operating procedure, practice, or the like
that, if not correctly performed or
adhered to, could result in damage
to the product or loss of important
data. Do not proceed beyond a
CAUTION notice until the indicated
conditions are fully understood and
met.
WA R N I N G
A WARNING notice denotes a
hazard. It calls attention to an
operating procedure, practice, or
the like that, if not correctly performed or adhered to, could result
in personal injury or death. Do not
proceed beyond a WARNING
notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood and
met.
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Safety Symbols
The following symbols on the instrument and in the documentation indicate precautions
which must be taken to maintain safe operation of the instrument.
Direct current (DC)
Alternating current (AC)
Both direct and alternating current
Caution, risk of danger (refer to this manual
for specific Warning or Caution information)
Environmental Conditions
This instrument is designed for indoor use and in an area with low condensation. The table
below shows the general environmental requirements for this instrument.
Environmental conditions
Requirements
Operating temperature
0 °C to 55 °C
Storage temperature
–40 °C to 70 °C
Relative humidity
Up to 80% at 30 °C RH (non-condensing)
NOTE
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The U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply complies with the following safety and
EMC requirements:
• IEC 61010-1:2001/EN61010-1:2001 (2nd Edition)
• Canada: CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1-04
• USA: ANSI/UL 61010-1:2004
• IEC 61326-1:2005/EN61326-1:2006
• CISPR11:2003/EN55011:2007, Group 1 Class A
• Canada: ICES/NMB-001:2004
• Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 11:2004
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Regulatory Markings
The CE mark is a registered trademark
of the European Community. This CE
mark shows that the product complies
with all the relevant European Legal
Directives.
The C-tick mark is a registered
trademark of the Spectrum
Management Agency of Australia. This
signifies compliance with
the Australia EMC Framework
regulations under the terms of the
Radio Communication Act of 1992.
ICES/NMB-001 indicates that this ISM
device complies with the Canadian
ICES-001.
Cet appareil ISM est confomre a la
norme NMB-001 du Canada.
This instrument complies with the
WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) marking
requirement. This affixed product label
indicates that you must not discard
this electrical or electronic product in
domestic household waste.
The CSA mark is a registered
trademark of the Canadian Standards
Association.
Additional Safety Information
For further information on safety, refer to the U3606A User’s and Service
Guide.
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U3606A Quick Start Guide
Contents
Introduction 1
The Front Panel at a Glance 2
The Display at a Glance 3
Connect the Power Cord 4
Adjust the Carrying Handle 5
Connect the Test Leads to the Terminals 6
Input terminal connections 6
Output terminal connections 7
Power-on the U3606A 8
Select a Function 9
Using the utility menu 10
Digital multimeter functions 11
DC power supply functions 17
Where to Go Next? 25
User references 25
Agilent support and contact information 25
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U3606A Quick Start Guide
1 Introduction
The Agilent U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply unit is a combination of
a 5½ digit, 120000 count digital multimeter and a 30 W DC power supply
with a square- wave generator, that is able to work simultaneously and
independently.
As a digital multimeter, the U3606A is capable of making DC voltage, AC
voltage, AC+DC voltage, DC current, AC current, AC+DC current, 2- wire
resistance, 4- wire low- resistance, capacitance, frequency, duty cycle, and
pulse width measurements. It is also capable of performing audible
continuity and diode tests. The U3606A supports the following
mathematical operations: null, decibel display, statistics, limit, and hold.
As a DC power supply, the U3606A is able to supply a 30 W DC output
with two selectable ranges: S1 (30 V/1 A) and S2 (8 V/3 A). It is capable
of generating 30 V square waves (up to 4.8 kHz) for digital circuit
troubleshooting. The U3606A also supports ramp and scan capability.
This quick start guide aims to provide a quick approach to setting up the
U3606A for making measurements and supplying power.
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2 The Front Panel at a Glance
Output terminals
Input terminals Keys for digital
and current fuse multimeter operation
VFD display
Autorange and Keys for source
Shift
manual range (DC power supply) or
operation
Local
Power
on/off
switch
For a complete list of all the keypad functions and descriptions, see Chapter 1, “Getting
Started” in the U3606A User’s and Service Guide.
The front panel has two rows of keys to select various functions and operations. Most keys
have a shifted function printed in blue above the key. To perform a shifted function: first,
press Shift (the Shift annunciator will illuminate). Then, press the key that has the desired
label above it.
As an example, the limit math operation is shifted (shown in blue).
To enable the limit math operation, press Shift > Limit. If you accidentally
press Shift, but do not want to perform a shifted function, just press it
again to turn off the Shift annunciator.
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3 The Display at a Glance
6
7
8
9
11
10
1
2
3
4
5
Description
1
Primary display for digital multimeter measurements
2
Measurement functions and units
3
OUT and SBY annunciators
4
Secondary display for source operations (lower secondary display)
5
Source functions and units
6
Trigger, hold, statistics, null, diode, audible continuity, and shift annunciator
7
Source operations, Lo Ω annunciator
8
Primary display for source operations (upper secondary display)
9
Calibration and source functions and units, S1 and S2 range annunciators
10
Autoranging, AC, DC, and limit annunciator
11
Log (feature currently not applicable for the U3606A), store, recall, ramp, scan, error, remote, and
over-voltage/over-current annunciator
For a complete list of all the annuciator descriptions, see Chapter 1, “Getting Started” in the
U3606A User’s and Service Guide.
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4 Connect the Power Cord
Ventilation fan
AC power
connector
AC line
fuse
Chassis
ground lug
GPIB interface connector
Rear output terminals
with metal short bar
USB interface
connector
Connect the power cord to the AC power connector. The mains plug should only be inserted
in a socket outlet that provides protective earth contact.
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WA R N I N G
Any interruption of the protective earth contact inside or outside the
instrument makes any operation of the instrument dangerous.
Intentional interruption is prohibited.
CAUTION
The U3606A is grounded only when the power-line cord is plugged into
an appropriate receptacle. Do not operate your instrument without
adequate ground connection.
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5 Adjust the Carrying Handle
To adjust the handle, grasp the handle by the sides and pull outward.
Then, rotate the handle to the desired position. The various positions
available are illustrated below.
Bench-top
viewing positions
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Carrying
position
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6 Connect the Test Leads to the Terminals
Input terminal connections
–
DC voltage, AC voltage, resistance, voltage frequency,
voltage pulse width, voltage duty cycle, or capacitance
measurements, and continuity or diode tests
+
–
DC current, AC current, current frequency,
current pulse width, or current duty cycle
measurements up to 3 Arms
+
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Low-resistance (Lo Ω )
4-wire measurements
Test
current
NOTE
For low-resistance (Lo Ω ) measurements, current is sourced from the
+ FORCE – terminals and measured from the + SENSE – terminals.
Output terminal connections
LOAD
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Constant voltage, constant current,
ramp output, scan output, and
square-wave output
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7 Power-on the U3606A
To turn on the U3606A push the power switch:
The front panel display illuminates while the U3606A performs its
power- on self- test. (If the U3606A does not power- on, refer to “Operating
Checklist” in the U3606A User’s and Service Guide). If self- test is
successful, the U3606A goes into normal operation.
The U3606A powers up in the following modes when turned on for the
first time:
• DC voltage measurement function with autoranging enabled, and
• Constant voltage (CV) mode with the output disabled (on standby).
NOTE
For subsequent power cycles, the U3606A returns to the last power-off
state (when power is applied) by default. You can change this behavior in
the utility menu. See Chapter 4, “System Related Operation” in the
U3606A User’s and Service Guide for more details on changing the
instrument power-on setting.
CAUTION
• If the self-test is unsuccessful, Error is displayed on the right side of the
display. To read the error number, you will need to access the utility
menu. Press Shift > Utility to access the utility menu.
• See “Reading error messages” in the U3606A User’s and Service Guide
for more information. In the unlikely event that the self-test repeatedly
fails, contact your nearest Agilent Sales Office.
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8 Select a Function
The U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply has two main features: a digital
multimeter, and a DC power supply with a square- wave generator, working
simultaneously and independently.
• For a quick glance at measurement functions and math operations,
see “Digital multimeter functions” on page 11.
• See also “Setting the range” on page 12
• See also “Setting the resolution” on page 12
• See also “Using math operations” on page 13
• For a quick glance at source operations and output functions,
see “DC power supply functions” on page 17.
• See also “Generating square waves” on page 17
• See also “Using sweep functions” on page 18
• See also “Implementing protection features” on page 20
• See also “Setting the range” on page 21
• See also “Enabling the output” on page 21
For detailed information on the various operations and functions of the
U3606A, see the U3606A User’s and Service Guide.
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Using the utility menu
You can define and modify various settings in the U3606A. Modifying
these settings affects the operation of your instrument across several
functions.
Select a setting that you want to edit to do the following:
• Switch between two values, such as on or off,
• Select a value from the list, or
• Decrease or increase a value by using the directional keys.
Key
Description
Press Shift > Utility to access the utility menu.
Press
or
to step through the menu items.
Press
or
to switch between two values, to select a value from the list,
or to decrease or increase a value.
Press Shift > Save to save a setting.
Press Shift > Exit to exit the edit mode without saving or to exit the utility
menu.
NOTE
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For more information on the various settings available in the utility menu,
see Chapter 4, “System Related Operation” in the U3606A User’s and
Service Guide.
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Digital multimeter functions
To make basic measurements, the test leads must be connected to the
instrument following the input terminal connections shown in “Connect
the Test Leads to the Terminals” on page 6. Most basic measurements can
be made with the factory default settings.
Key
Description
Press
V to cycle between the DC, AC, and AC+DC voltage measurement
functions.
Press
I to cycle between the DC, AC, and AC+DC current measurement
functions.
Press
to select the resistance (2-wire) measurement function.
Press
again to select the continuity test function.
Press Hz ms % to cycle between the frequency (Hz), pulse width (ms), and
duty cycle (%) measurement functions related to the voltage or current path.[1]
Press
to select the diode test function.
Press
again to select the capacitance measurement function.
Press Shift > Lo Ω to select the low-resistance (4-wire) measurement
function.
[1] The voltage path is the default path when you select the frequency measurement function. To
switch to the current path for frequency, pulse width, and duty cycle measurements, first press
I , then press Hz ms %.
CAUTION
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Ensure that the terminal connections are correct for the measurement
function selected before making any measurements. To avoid
damaging the device, do not exceed the rated input limit.
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Setting the range
For most measurement functions, you can allow the U3606A to
automatically select the range using autoranging, or you can select a fixed
range using manual ranging.
Key
Description
Press
to select a higher range and disable autoranging.
Press
to select a lower range and disable autoranging.
Press Shift > Auto to enable autoranging and disable manual ranging.
Setting the resolution
You can select either 4½ digit or 5½ digit resolution for most
measurement functions. 5½ digit resolutions have the best accuracy and
noise rejection. 4½ digit resolutions provide for faster reading rates.
Key
Description
Press Shift > 4½ 5½ to toggle between 4½ digit and 5½ digit mode.
NOTE
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The continuity and diode test functions have a fixed 4½ digit resolution.
Capacitance measurement is fixed to 3½ digit resolution.
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Using math operations
The U3606A provides six math operations: null measurements,
dB measurements, dBm measurements, statistics (MinMax) for
accumulated readings, limit testing, and a hold function.
Key
Description
Press Null to enable the null math operation.
Press Shift > dBm to convert the measured voltage value to dBm.
Press Shift > dBm > dB to convert the measured voltage value to
dB.
Press MinMax to store statistical data for the current readings.
Press Shift > Limit to enable the limit math operation.
Press Hold to capture and hold a reading within the specified
variation and threshold values.[1]
[1] The refresh hold variation and threshold values can be configured through the utility menu. See
Chapter 4, “System Related Operation” in the U3606A User’s and Service Guide for more
information on the utility menu.
NOTE
• All math operations can be toggled on or off by pressing Shift > Exit.
• See “Math Operations” in the U3606A User’s and Service Guide for
more information on each math operation.
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Measurement example
The null function is commonly used to eliminate the effects of test leads
from measurements. This example teaches you how to use the null math
operation to increase the accuracy of a 2- wire resistance measurement
— by nulling the test lead resistance — in the U3606A Multimeter|DC
Power Supply.
1 Connect the test leads to the
2 Press
(red) and LO (black) input terminals.
to select the resistance function.
3 Directly contact the ends of the two test leads together, and measure
the test lead resistance.
4 Press Null to enable the null function.
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5 The Null annunciator will illuminate and the offset value is measured
and subtracted from all resistance readings in the measurement display.
Null annunciator
6 Press Null again to view and edit the offset value.
7 The offset value is displayed.
Offset value
8 Use the directional keys if you wish to edit the offset value.
9 Press Shift > Save to save and exit the edit mode. (Or press Shift > Exit
to exit the edit mode without saving.)
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10 You can now perform 2- wire resistance measurements without the
effects of the test leads used.
Low value resistor
Test
current
NOTE
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For complete instructions on all measurement functions and math
operations, see Chapter 2, “Digital Multimeter Operation” in the U3606A
User’s and Service Guide.
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DC power supply functions
The U3606A has two basic operating DC power supply modes: constant
voltage (CV) and constant current (CC).
Key
Description
Press Voltage to select CV output.
Use the directional keys to select a suitable voltage value.
Press Current to select CC output.
Use the directional keys to select a suitable current value.
Generating square waves
The U3606A is capable of generating up to 4.8 kHz square waves for
digital circuit troubleshooting.
Key
Description
Press
to select the square-wave output. Use the directional keys to set
the voltage amplitude.
Press
again to cycle through the duty cycle and pulse width settings.
While the
annunciator is flashing, use the
through the available frequencies.
and
keys to step
While the
annunciator is flashing, use the
and
keys set the
voltage amplitude, or to step through the available duty cycle values or pulse
width values.
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Using sweep functions
The U3606A comes equipped with ramp and scan capability.
• When the ramp function is enabled, the Ramp annunciator will
illuminate.
• When the scan function is enabled, the Scan annunciator will
illuminate.
Key
Description
Press Sweep to cycle through the ramp and scan sweep functions, or to
disable the sweep mode for the selected output (CV or CC).[1]
[1] The sweep functions can only be accessed when the U3606A is in constant voltage or constant
current mode. You cannot access the sweep functions while the U3606A is in square-wave output
mode.
Editing the ramp signal properties:
1 To edit the properties of the ramp signal, you will need to access the
utility menu. Press Shift > Utility to access the utility menu.
2 Press
or
to step through the menu items until “rAMP” is shown
on upper secondary display.
3 Use the directional keys to edit the signal properties.
CV/CC ramp signal parameters
Amplitude end position
(NN.NNN V or N.NNNN A)
Ramp signal range
Number of steps
(NNNNN S)
4 After configuring the ramp signal parameters, press Shift > Save to save,
and Shift > Exit to exit the utility menu.
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Editing the scan signal properties:
1 To edit the properties of the scan signal, you will need to access the
utility menu. Press Shift > Utility to access the utility menu.
2 Press
or
to step through the menu items until “SCAn” is shown
on upper secondary display.
3 Use the directional keys to edit the signal properties.
CV/CC scan signal parameters
Amplitude end position
(NN.NNN V or N.NNNN A)
Scan signal range
Number of
Scan dwelling
steps (NNN S) time (NN s)
4 After configuring the scan signal parameters, press Shift > Save to save,
and Shift > Exit to exit the utility menu.
NOTE
The ramp and scan signal amplitude end positions are limited by the range
(S1 or S2) and output type (CV or CC) selected.
See Chapter 4, “System Related Operation” in the U3606A User’s and
Service Guide for more information on changing the ramp and scan signal
properties.
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Implementing protection features
Protection circuits in the U3606A can limit the voltage or current to a
preset level or shut down the instrument when an overvoltage or
overcurrent condition occurs.
The U3606A has the following protection features:
• Over- voltage limit (OV)
• Over- current limit (OC)
• Over- voltage protection (OVP)
• Over- current protection (OCP)
Key
Description
Press Shift > Limit to set the over-current limit value for the CV output or the
over-voltage limit value for the CC output.
Press Shift > Protect to set the over-current protection value for the CV output
or the over-voltage protection value for the CC output.
NOTE
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The U3606A protection features are set to the maximum protection limits
by default. See Chapter 3, “DC Power Supply Operation” in the U3606A
User’s and Service Guide for more details.
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Setting the range
You can select either the S1 (30 V/1 A) or S2 (8 V/3 A) range for all
output operations. The S1 range has a higher voltage range, but a lower
current range. The S2 range provides a higher current range, but has a
lower voltage range. The S1 or S2 annunciators will illuminate respectively
when selected.
Key
Description
Press Shift > Range select range S1 (30 V/1 A).
Press Shift > Range again to select range S2 (8 V/3 A).
NOTE
You can only change the range when the instrument output is in the
“standby” state (the SBY annunciator is illuminated).
Enabling the output
The output of the U3606A can be enabled (output state) or disabled
(standby state) from the front panel.
• When the instrument is in the “standby” state, the SBY annunciator is
illuminated.
• When the instrument returns to the “output” state, the OUT
annunciator is illuminated.
Key
Description
Press OUT|SBY to toggle between source output (OUT) and source standby
(SBY).
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DC power supply example
The over- voltage limit (OV) and over- voltage protection (OVP) protection
features are set to the maximum by default for the constant current
output. The combination of the OV and OVP protection functions create a
closed loop circuit protection for sensitive load behaviors. This example
teaches you how to set the OV and OVP protection values before you
source a constant current from the U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply.
1 Connect the load to the
(red) and
(black) input terminals.
LOAD
2 Press Current to select a constant current (CC) output.
3 Use the directional keys to select a suitable current value.
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4 Press Shift > Limit to set the OV value.
5 The OV value is displayed. (Default 30 V for range S1.)
6 Use the directional keys to select a suitable OV value.
7 Press Shift > Save or Current (Limit) again to save and exit the edit mode.
8 Press Shift > Protect to set the OVP value.
9 The OVP value is displayed. (Default 33 V for range S1.)
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10 Use the directional keys to select a suitable OVP value.
11 Press Shift > Save or Voltage (Protect) again to save and exit the edit
mode.
12 Press OUT|SBY to enable the constant current output.
13 If the load attempts to draw more voltage than required, such that it
exceeds the programmed protection value, the over- voltage protection
circuit will protect the load by disabling the output.
NOTE
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For complete instructions on all source operations and output functions,
see Chapter 3, “DC Power Supply Operation” in the U3606A User’s and
Service Guide.
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9 Where to Go Next?
User references
User’s and Service Guide The Agilent U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply
User's and Service Guide contains more detailed information on the front
panel, measurement functions, math operations, source operations, output
functions, and the utility menu (the utility menu allows you to customize
the instrument settings). It also contains information requisite to do
performance tests, adjustments, troubleshooting, and repairs.
Programmer’s Reference For information on remote programming and
SCPI commands, see the Agilent U3606A Multimeter|DC Power Supply
Programmer's Reference.
Product Reference CD-ROM
All product documentation, software, and
examples are included on the Agilent U3606A Product Reference CD- ROM.
Agilent support and contact information
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Agilent contact centres on www.agilent.com/find/contactus.
For maintenance services, check your nearest Agilent Service Centre on
www.agilent.com/find/assist.
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