Instrumentation (Page 3)

This is a simple charger circuit which will work for a light load like a DMM, the Battery can be a sealed maintenance free battery of 9V-2AH or better. The circuit will work best if the Unit is powered on many times daily on regular use, else battery will drain down.

The 555 Astable is used to generate a AC signal from which a negative voltage is generated, A 79L05 which is a low power TO92 equivalent of 7905 a negative -5 volts regulator is used as -5 volts load is less. A TO220 7805 is used for the +5V supply.

Power supply with battery backup - DMM

Many dual supplies are derived from one DC Source. A SMPS solution is the best. A Series Regulator is simple to troubleshoot in comparison to Switching Types, there is no EMI-RFI too.

Power supply with battery backup – DMM

This simple circuit is ok only for Low Current gadgets, Whereas SMPS is green and efficient. In SMPS a greater care for Product Safety is required. In a Linear Supply with Step-Down Mains-Frequency Transformer. The Transformer is the only place, where you look into safety the most. In SMPS it is the PCB, the feedback components and also The High-Frequency (200 kHz) Mains Ferrite Transformer.

This a part of a complete Benchtop DMM that you can build to learn the internals of a Digital MultiMeter. This is oriented towards learning the measurement aspects and the protection of input circuits.

U2A opamp LF353 is used here as a constant current source, R10-D13-D14 is for protection in case you measure voltage in the ohms range. U1 4052 helps digitally select four different currents, the currents pass thru the unknown resistor to be measured and an voltage developed across the resistor is measured.

U2B is a buffer which passes on the voltage measured to U5A for inversion of polarity as current source is a negative current (current sink). U5B amplifies to the level required for the LM3914 display circuit. U7 555 is used as a de-bouncing for switch SW1 so as to advance counter 4029 to change the range of resistance measurement.

Build a DMM - LM3914 Analog display

Use any FET input dual opamp, TLO72 will work but LM358 will cause error as it is transistor input..

D1, D12 and R8 are to ensure that the FET can be turned off, as the opamp swings from +/-3.5V only, with some FET it needs to be tweaked. LF353 is a Wide Bandwidth Dual JFET Input Operational Amplifier.

Build a DMM – LM3914 Analog display

U1A LF353 opamp turns on a buzzer when the voltage at Test + falls very low indicating a short between Test + and Test – or a resistor less than 5 ohms. The R9-R14 divider determines the minimum voltage that can be at Test + for buzzer to just turn on.

The Opamp here is a comparator and R10 10 Meg gives a very small hysteresis so that there is no oscillation at threshold levels, that is when both inputs at same levels.The Zener is for protection and R6 to limit current.

U2A and U1B opamps form a precision rectifier, note that this is not a true RMS rectifier circuit for that see some devices from Analog Devices. When you need to rectify a 200mV AC signal you cannot use a diode like 1N4148 as the diode turns on at 700mV so this circuit is used.

AC conversion and continuity buzzer test

The AC signal measurement is best to do with a True RMS convertor. This Type is able to quantify the Heating power of a AC voltage, includes all harmonics and Noise too.

The Early Microcontroller : 80C39 is a CMOS Version of 8048 the one that preceded 8031-8051. MCS48 is the set for that, MCS51 is the current set.

Here is an example project for 80C39-8748-8749 microcontroller. This code was written by me, and it works. But the documentation is not complete or may have errors.

80C39 and MCS48 based Process Controller

Process Controller code here 80C39 Code for MCS48 (editable spreadsheet online)

The circuit for these are on this page along with other circuits. This may be difficult to put together now. But the code and hardware is near compatible to 8051 uC. Now there are may types of ADC and uC.

This was supposed to have Analog in and Analog out. Some parts of the circuit may be in the 80C51 page. This has ramp-up and ramp-down settings for the Increment and Decrement buttons. This helps setting setpoint quickly. There is also debouncing for the pushbutton.

This was designed, keeping in mind, that sometimes we have few components available and you could not carry your DMM somewhere, but you have to make some instrument for a quick need with what is available.

Analog Dial AVO Amps-Volts-Ohms meter

IC3 LM555 is to generate -5V from 9V. That reminds me of a story, In 1986 while i was studying BE electronics i got a chance to work part-time in a company that sold-serviced imported instruments, it was called trans-marketing. They were the agents for Racal-Dana, Genrad, Data I/O and so many more. Here i came across a Book called CMOS Hot Ideas of Intersil. I had a chance to observe, build and learn some things here. The ICL7107 circuit was the most fascinating, I also read the books of National Semiconductor here.

Analog Dial AVO Amps-Volts-Ohms meter

In those days small firms used to make DPM’s digital panel meters with 7107. In 1987 when i got a oppurtunity to design a DPM for a firm, I put the 555 clock in place CD4009 clock shown in intersil, to derive the -5.

Let us assume you have to Measure Amps and Volts in four independent circuits. This becomes a Multi Channel Voltmeter and Ammeter.

This circuit uses a 4052 as a DC  Analog Multiplexer, the inputs to this Mux must be from Low Impedance Output OpAmps. The Resistors Shown are not needed once the Signal Conditioning Opamps are connected. The Restors can be 100K to keep the inputs from floating, that will not load an opamp. The resistors can attenuate signals if  sensors are directly connected.

The signals from sensors have to be amplified and corrected or scaled before reaching this Switched DVM. For Current a Shunt is the Sensor and for AC current a CT or current transformer is the sensor. Voltmeter has Attenuator as the ‘Sensor’.

he 7107 DPM can be replaced by the Analog Inputs of the Arduino or Microcontrooler A/D Stage.

This Circuit  is a DPM or digital panel meter. It has a analog bar graph display and a 3-1/2 digit digital display. ICL7107 is used in the 200mV configuration.

U4A opamp LF353 amplifies the 200mV Full scale input to the level required for the LM3914 display circuit. D13-D14 are clamping protection diodes. Adjust P1 trimpot for a reading of 1000 counts when a 100.0 mV signal is fed at Vin. Adjust R8 trimpot to get the 5th led  to just turn on at 100mV input.

Analog and Digital Voltmeter using ICL7107

A combination of digital and analog display is helpful for quick decision making. Analog indicates even from a distance the process dimension.

Human Brain understands analog better. The digital is required to note down and record values for determining a setpoint or performance of a system.

Sometimes a analog recorder with a ink-pen plot against time is a very good way of process analysis. Many systems are better studied using graphs not tables and lists of numbers. A Computer based data-logger gives greater power to this methods. You can measure and plot graphs of various types and at different points and for much longer periods.

This is a part of my Build a DMM or Digital Multi Meter