Monday, April 23, 2012

Controlling Instruments with Excel without Writing Code

The below video demonstrates how to use Excel to connect to, control, and read data back from an instrument. What makes this possible is a free software package from Agilent called Command Expert.  For an overview of Command Expert that was covered in an earlier post click here. When you download the Command Expert software package it creates a plug-in for Excel. You can then use the Excel plug-in to create a spreadsheet that can connect, control, and grab measurements from one or more instruments. This is all without writing a single line of code. From there you can use the various data handling features in Excel, such as plotting, to analyze data and create test reports. The following video demonstrates the capability.

Command Expert is super easy to use and it contains easy to follow examples to get you started.