[volt-nuts] What makes a HP3458A so expensive
robert8rpi at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 16 16:39:47 EST 2014
In practical terms, that most expensive comodity - time is the biggest cost driver. While the components appear to be the same as "cheaper" meters, many of will have been carefully selected for best performance from a larger batch. They may also have been "burned-in" for stability. These processes take time and time is money. The selection or burn-in may have been done by the supplier but they still pass on the cost. Leakage currents and thermal EMF's have a larger impact at higher accuracy. This drives the use of more expensive materials such as PTFE insulators, exotic alloys for resistors, switch / relay contacts and beryllium copper input connectors. You can't tell most of these differences by casual observation (itwould need XRF or chemical analysis to tell beryllium copper from other alloys).
From: Attila Kinali <attila at kinali.ch>
To: volt-nuts at febo.com
Sent: Thursday, 16 January 2014, 18:34
Subject: [volt-nuts] What makes a HP3458A so expensive
I recently got my hands on a HP3458A (unfortunately, the NVRAM batteries
are dead, but that's another story) and started digging around a bit.
These beasts are sold for 3kUSD and up on ebay, while e.g. a Fluke 8845
which seems comparable (beside being 6 1/2 digits) that sells for 1500CHF new.
So, what makes the HP3458A so expensive?
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