High-Speed Resistance Meter Ideal for Automated Lines; Compatible with Super-Small Electronic Components

Hioki DC resistance meters measure a broad range of resistance values at a high level of precision. The RM3542A delivers high-speed and high-stability measurements and improved productivity by minimizing variations and reducing contact errors. In addition, the low-impact measurement technology lets you measure resistance for miniature 008004-size electronic parts. Key Features • Applied voltage limit function lets you switch the detection voltage to 5 V or less • Contact improvement function suppresses rush current to aid in probing of super-small components • Extensive selection of measurement ranges ensures the right detection voltage and delivers stable measurement • Scaling function corrects for mounting state and test stage differences

Model No. (Order Code)

RM3542-51 Built in GP-IB interface

Test fixtures are not supplied with the unit. Please select an optional test fixture when ordering.


RM3542A Resistance Meter Introductory Video

Gently measure minuscule electronic components (0201 size) with functionality for limiting the applied voltage

By limiting the voltage that is applied during measurement to 5 V or less, the RM3542A makes it possible to measure 0201-size components that have low rated voltages without stressing the parts.

Ensure reliable contact quickly with the contact improvement function

The RM3542A improves contact with measurement specimens by eliminating oxide films and dirt between the probes and specimens. By addressing faulty contact, the instrument facilitates stable measurement and reduces the contact error rate, boosting productivity.

Utilize a more evolved contact improvement function in low-power measurement

The RM3542A allows contact improvement to be used in a broader range of situations, for example testing of compact ferrite beads and minuscule, 0201-size resistors, by limiting the inrush current that flows to the measurement specimen during operation of the function.

Use the scaling function to correct measurements as if the target component were mounted

The RM3542A’s scaling function can correct for the difference in resistance values that are obtained when testing a given component alone and when it is mounted on a circuit board (due to the factors such as the effects of probing position). This feature is useful when testing low-resistance current-sensing resistors such as shunts.

Basic specifications (Accuracy guaranteed for 1 year, Post-adjustment accuracy guaranteed for 1 year)

Resistance range[at Low Power OFF] 100 mΩ range (Max. 120.0000 mΩ, 0.1 μΩ resolution) to 100 MΩ range (Max. 120.0000 MΩ, 100 Ω resolution), 16 steps
[at Low Power ON] 1000 mΩ range (Max. 1200.000 mΩ, 1 μΩ resolution) to 1000 Ω range (Max. 1200.000 Ω, 1 mΩ resolution), 6 steps
DisplayMonochrome graphic LCD 240 × 64 dot, white LED backlight
Measurement accuracy[with SLOW mode, at 100 mΩ range] ±0.015 % rdg. ±0.002 % f.s.
[with SLOW mode, at 1000 Ω range] ±0.006 % rdg. ±0.001 % f.s. (best case)
Testing current[at 100 mΩ range] 100 mA DC to [at 100 MΩ range] 100 nA DC
Open-terminal voltage20 V DC max. (with applied voltage limit function enabled: max. 10 V DC)
Sampling rateFAST, MEDIUM, SLOW, 3 settings
Measurement times[at 100 Ω /1000 Ω ranges, with Low Power OFF]
FAST: 0.9 ms, MED: 3.6 ms, SLOW: 17 ms (minimum time)
Integration time0.1 ms to 100.0 ms, or 1 to 5 PLC at 50 Hz, 1 to 6 PLC at 60 Hz
Note: PLC = one power line cycle (mains wave-form period)
Other functionsComparator (compare setting value with measurement value), Delay (set to allow for mechanical delay of trigger input and probing, or set to allow for measurement object response), Applied Voltage Limit Function, Scaling Function, OVC (offset voltage compensation), Measurement fault detection, Probe short-circuit detection, Improve contact, Auto-memory, Statistical calculations, Settings monitor (when using two instruments, a difference in settings causes warning notification), Retry, Trigger function. etc,.
InterfacesRS-232C, Printer, GP-IB (Model RM3542-51)
External I/OTrigger, Hold input, Comparator output, Settings monitor terminal
Power supply100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 30 VA max.
Dimensions and mass260 mm (10.24 in) W × 88 mm (3.46 in) H × 300 mm (11.81 in) D, 2.9 kg (102.3 oz)
AccessoriesPower cord ×1, EXT. I/O male connector ×1, Instruction manual ×1, Operation guide ×1

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Catalog: RESISTANCE METER RM3542A, RM3542 Download PDF  [2MB] English

User Guides

Resistance Measurement Handbook Download PDF  [1MB] English


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Instruction Manual English
Operation Guide English
Instruction Manual Simplified Chinese
Instruction Manual Simplified Chinese

Outline Drawings

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Probe and Test fixtures


• Direct-connection testing • Test SMDs with electrodes on the bottom • DC to 8MHz • Measurable sample sizes: 01005 to 0402 (EIA)

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Direct connection type, DC to 8 MHz, measurable conductor diameter: ø0.3 (0.01 in) to 2 mm (0.08 in)


Direct connection type, DC to 8 MHz, Test sample dimensions:1 mm (0.04 in) to 10 mm (0.39 in)


Cable length 1 m (3.28 ft), DC to 200 kHz, impedance characteristics of 50 Ω, 4-terminal pair configuration, measurable conductor diameter: ø0.3 (0.01 in) to 5 mm (0.20 in)

PC communication

RS-232C CABLE 9637

9 pin - 9 pin, cross, 1.8 m (5.91 ft) length


2 m (6.56 ft) length



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