8 Inspiring Women in Space Tech

International Women’s Day may have been on March 8, 2019, but every day is a new day for women, with new opportunities developing every day, especially in space tech. But let’s not forget that some amazing women paved the way. Let’s look at some of those inspiring women in space tech, past and present.

Record-Setting Women in Space Tech

Valentina Tereshkova

Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova has the distinct honor of being the first woman in space. She was selected from over 400 applicants and set this record on Vostok 6, June 16, 1963.

Sally Ride

The first woman from the US was a bit later in coming. NASA did not launch a woman into space until Sally Ride participated in the STS-7 mission of the space shuttle Challenger in June of 1983.

Eileen Collins

It took 16 years after the first female shuttle team member before the first woman became qualified and selected to command a NASA shuttle mission. After exceeding 1,000 hours of jet aircraft experience and additional training, NASA astronaut Eileen Collins commanded the STS-93 space shuttle mission in July 1999. Collins also commanded a second mission in July 2005.

Peggy Whitson

This amazing retired NASA astronaut amassed incredible records in space tech. During Expedition 16 in April 2008, Peggy Whitson became the first woman to command the International Space Station. She was also the first female to command the space station for a second time, commanding Expedition 51 in 2016. At age 57, she became the oldest woman to go to space and still maintains the record.

In her career, Whitson accumulated a whopping 665 total days in space, which is the US record for any astronaut, and she is in eighth place on the all-time space endurance list. Her longest single stint in space lasted 289 days, the longest for any US woman until that time.

Christina Koch

Now it seems that Peggy Whitson’s female time-in-space record may not last. NASA broke the news in April 2019 that Expedition 59 at the International Space Station, including female astronaut Christina Koch, would be extended to last 328 days. If this happens, Koch will be the new record holder when she returns home in the Spring of 2020.



Future-Building Women in Space Tech

Michelle Gonzalez

Program Manager, Booster Avionics and Flight Termination Systems, Northrop Grumman

According to Michelle Gonzalez, space has been part of her life as long as she can remember. Gonzalez grew up close to Kennedy Space Center in FL and watched shuttle launches and dreamed of working on spacecraft. Now working on NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, Gonzalez leads the Northrop Grumman team that is helping America’s new space program prepare to dazzle an entirely new generation of space enthusiasts.

Mira Hiser

Intern, Human Integrated Vehicles and Environment (HIVE) lab at NASA

Born in Ukraine, Mira Hiser took pride in knowing all the names of the planets in our solar system. Currently, in her role as a NASA intern at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Hiser assists a team to create user software interfaces that will enable astronauts to build visual presentations without having knowledge of coding. Once she obtains her degree from Ohio State University, Hiser hopes to once again work in NASA’s space exploration program.

Amber Favaregh

Co-Leader for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Aerodynamics Team

Amber Favaregh, who also owns a yoga studio and teaches yoga, experiments every day with helping objects and people fly by participating in aerodynamic testing for NASA’s SLS program. Early in her education, she fell in love with wind tunnels and the testing involved for helping people and things who were not meant to fly, achieve flight. She is thrilled that her two passions, yoga and flight engineering, combine to provide her with her dream job.


5 Benefits of Using National Instruments PXI for Heavy Machinery

The National Instruments PXI range offers adaptable, affordable test and measurement equipment that has multiple advantages for companies involved with testing in the heavy machinery industry.

When working in the heavy machinery industry, test equipment must be able to provide real-time information and allow engineers to predict problems before they occur. National Instruments provides a comprehensive range of test and DAQ systems that meet the extremely demanding conditions that heavy machinery can endure.

Using the National Instruments PXI range, engineers can not only monitor, but design closed-loop feedback systems to make adjustments automatically, using National Instruments LabVIEW and InsightCM software applications.

The PXI system provides heavy machinery engineers a range of benefits including:

  • Cost savings – The testing process and test equipment are can be expensive early costs in any project, but by using the National Instruments PXI system teams can adapt the system either through software or by easily replacing modules. This flexibility allows current equipment to be retained and easily updated for new testing criteria.
  • Time-saving – Rigorous, detailed testing is time heavy and there are no shortcuts. However, using the PXI modules in conjunction with application software such as LabVIEW and InsightCM, automated testing can be quickly designed and built. LabVIEW’s graphical user interface simplifies the design and launching of test systems, while InsightCM provides real-time monitoring. Using these systems in a monitoring system allows for early detection of potential problems giving engineers the opportunity to fix a problem before it causes expensive downtime.

  • Portability – The PXI platform of testing modules are designed to be easily transported. PXI Chassis come in a range of sizes from 4 to 18 slots, providing just the amount of test capability required. PXI Chassis can be daisy chained if more module slots are required, keeping chassis size and weight to a minimum. With a built-in PXI controller module, the PXI system can operate without an attached PC and just a screen is required.
  • Durability – The interface between PXI modules providing data transfer and timing is contained within the PXI chassis on the backplane to prevent damage and allow for easy swapping of modules. The PXIe-1085 chassis power supply can be replaced in the field if required, without removing the modules, making replacement quick and easy. These features improve system uptime and ensure your testing environment is continually active.
  • Remote monitoring – Using the LabVIEW application and the National Instruments PXI-1033 chassis, which was designed for remote control applications, a remote data transfer of up to 110 MB/s can be achieved. For easy transportation, a carrying handle can be fitted to this model and the chassis accepts up to 5 modules to allow for a range of automated testing situations.

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National Instruments PXI for Industrial Machinery

Industrial machinery often operates in harsh, challenging conditions making monitoring extremely important, but at the same time often difficult. Extreme temperatures, exposure to water ingress, or dusty conditions mean that system monitoring is essential to prevent costly downtime.

National Instruments recognizes the demanding situations industrial machinery operates in and has designed a range of test and measuring equipment to meet these challenges. Machinery failure can add hours or even days to your production time, increasing costs and tying up valuable resources. A proactive approach to monitoring and diagnosing faults before they develop is essential and National Instruments PXI modules offer a variety of such monitoring devices.

Along with PXI modules for vibration, temperature, and pressure monitoring, National Instruments software applications are available for recording and monitoring the received data. NI InsightCM can monitor and display multiple inputs and waveforms and integrate with other COTS software and hardware. NI LabVIEW (Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench) allows test engineers to program sensors and monitoring equipment using a visual language.

Modern machinery will often be supplied with built-in sensors, but the options to monitor the sensor output may be limited. If your company is already using National Instruments PXI platform for monitoring, the GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus) Instrument Control Modules allows you to integrate non-PXI modules into a PXI system using the IEEE 488 standard, also commonly known as GPIB.

One of these modules is the PXI-8232 GPIB Instrument Control Module, which includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface with transfer rates up to 1,000 Mbit/s, using standard Cat 5 cables and Ethernet standards. The module can be used with the NI 488.2 driver to allow easy and reliable connection through the IEEE 488 connector to third-party instrumentation.

Within the PXI platform, the NI PXIe-4353 Temperature Input Module provides data acquisition for temperature measurements, along with signal conditioning if required. With 32 thermocouple channels and high accuracy on temperature measurements between 100 oC and 1400 oC, this module has a wide range of uses. The onboard delta-sigma ADC has a resolution of 24 bits and a maximum sampling rate of 90 S/s.

An alternative device is the NI PXIe-4357 Temperature Input Module which uses 20 resistance temperature detector (RTD) channels instead of the thermocouples used in the PXIe-4353. This module offers an accuracy of 0.09 oC with 24-bit delta-sigma ADCs and built-in NI-DAQmx driver software. LabVIEW application software allows visual test code generation and the Real-Time add-on module provides a real-time OS, automatic use of multicore processors, signal processing, signal analysis, and real-time application design functions.

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National Instruments PXI for the Energy Industry

Energy generation is a complex, high profile, and fast-moving business. A power outage in a modern, advanced country, where businesses and people rely on it every day is not going to go unnoticed! Affected companies can lose millions for even a short power cut and with a guarantee of supply contracts now more common, it will cost the supply company more than their reputation.

In the UK, the power suppliers and the supply system are separated. Individual power companies generate electricity to sell to their clients while the National Grid is a separate company tasked with providing and maintaining the transmission systems. To ensure an adequate and reliable supply of electricity across the network, the company used National Instruments DAQ equipment to build test and measuring systems across the network.

Monitoring equipment can easily be built around a PXI chassis that is both small in size and has great reliability. Many of the National Instruments PXI chassis have high MTBR and low MTTR, particularly the units with hot-swappable cooling fans and power supplies.

The National Grid must ensure that the power quality on its supply network remains constant despite the growing demands, such as electric vehicles and during peak demand periods. This requires constant accurate monitoring, particularly at the sub-station level where final distribution voltages are set. Typical consumer voltages across the world are 110-120 VAC or 220-2240 VAC. The National Instruments PXIe-4080 Digital Multimeter can measure a voltage of ±300 V at a sample rate of 1.8 MS/s, giving great accuracy and responsiveness.

Collecting data is just the start of course, but by using the National Instruments PXIe Controller modules, automatic monitoring and reporting can be programmed into the system. The PXIe-8130 Controller is supplied with a double-core AMD Turion 64×2 processor, up to 4 GB of RAM, and a data transmission speed up to 4 GB/s, giving an extremely responsive system.

By using the LabVIEW application with the add-on Electrical Power Toolkit, the quality of the power supply can be set to a range of international standards. Any anomalies can be recorded on a PXI Data Storage unit, such as the NI PXIe-8267 with up to 4 TB storage capacity. User-defined algorithms programmed using LabVIEW can assess the data and provide a valuable early warning of any potential problems before they occur, allowing engineers to be proactive and prevent power supply loss.

The National Instruments modular PXI system is perfect for designing test solutions for the energy sector. Within the PXI platform, you will find modules that provide just about every type and level of test and measurement you require. At Apex Waves, we can supply, calibrate, and repair many of these products, specializing in obsolete and end-of-life parts.

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National Instruments PXI for Electronic Development

Electronic component development and advancement influences just about everything we do. Around forty years ago, at the end of the 1970s, integrated circuits (IC) were starting to enter mainstream use with new personal computers from Apple, Atari, Sinclair, and Commodore. Since then, ICs are present in almost everything we use, from mobile phones to even Wi-Fi connected kitchen appliances!

The boundaries of technology are continually being expanded, with ever more powerful chips being developed, demanding continual improvements in testing capabilities. The processing power of personal computers has increased rapidly over the past 40 years. In 1979, Intel produced the 8086 processor which had a single core, operating at up to 10 MHz with a 16-bit data bus and contained 29,000 transistors. Their latest Core i9 processor has up to 10 cores, runs at up to 5 GHz, and operates in 64 bits. Although Intel does not release official figures, it contains billions of transistors. We recognize this trend as Moore’s Law, with the quantity of IC transistors doubling each year.

Testing such cutting-edge technology requires exceptional test lab facilities. Stepping back just a little to more routine electronics, such as a car Electronic Control Unit (ECU), for example, and even here the testing systems must be proactive to remain effective. Apex Waves can supply National Instruments test equipment designed for production and R&D testing in the electronics industry.



The National Instruments PXI platform is based around a modular system, allowing a test lab to be produced in stages and expanded easily as the requirements change. This flexibility gives several advantages over a custom-built test system. One of the biggest is cost saving.

Your National Instruments PXI based test environment can be customized for the latest technology instead of replacing it, often through software only. Using the National Instruments LabVIEW software and the module driver software, tight integration between hardware and software is achieved.

PXI digital measurement modules offer exacting accuracy and functionality. The National Instruments PXI-4072 Digital Multimeter, for example, gives 7 digit accuracy and is capable of twenty different measurement types, including capacitance, inductance, temperature, plus voltage and current. Combining these standard measurements in one module saves space in the chassis and reduces test development time. It is perfect for automated testing, particularly when using National Instruments LabVIEW software for configuration.

For semiconductor testing, National Instruments PXI Digital Instruments can be configured using the Digital Pattern Editor software. The NI PXIe-7902 model provides high-speed serial interface testing through 24 Tx and Rx serial connections. It is complete with 2 GB of RAM and FPGA capabilities that can be programmed through the LabVIEW FPGA Module.

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National Instruments PXI Products for Wireless Technology

Wireless technology is now second nature to most people. Only a few years ago, wireless technology involved systems that were relatively slow with low bandwidth, but these systems have now developed into 100Mb/s broadband streaming and 5G in the pipeline for mobile devices.

The changing bands for 5G, expected to use the mmWave spectrum in the future, increased speeds, and the intention of using RF spectrum up to 86 GHz for future 5G deployments requires testing facilities to adapt and innovate.

Beamforming will be a central testing issue for 5G systems. Test systems will need to analyze each individual beam and conduct over-the-air measurements to confirm radio performance and ensure the best possible service for the consumer. Initially, 5G will continue to use Long Term Evolution (LTE) and a version of the orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) waveform for both downlink and uplink, while mobile devices will use both 4G and 5G networks. Test labs for 5G devices will, therefore, need to be easily adaptable as the technology progresses through the cycle of new releases.



National Instruments PXI modular platform is a perfect choice. At Apex Waves we specialize in supplying, maintaining, and repairing test equipment from National Instruments. The strength of the PXI platform is the modular design, allowing a wide mix of DAQ and test instruments to be housed in a single chassis. The addition of a PXI Controller module gives the ability to build an autonomous test bench, complete with a CPU, hard drive, RAM, and interfaces. PXI Data Storage Modules provide additional storage for test systems, with modules such as the NI PXIe-8267 that offers up to 4 TB of storage and 5 GB/s transfer speeds.

The National Instruments PXI Vector Signal Transceivers combine an FPGA programmable signal generator with a signal analyzer in one module. They are suitable for testing wireless and mobile communications and can be easily expanded using multiple modules.

The NI PXIe-5646 is suitable for current 5G testing, with a frequency range from 65 MHz to 6 GHz. As 5G moves to higher frequencies, additional modules can easily be added to the PXI chassis to increase testing cover. With an onboard Xilinx Virtex-6 LX240T FPGA, the module can be easily programmed using the National Instruments LabVIEW software. Additional features include a VHDCI digital I/O connector, 512 MB of onboard DRAM, and both analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.

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Buy PXI Spares Today!

If you currently have a test system with PXI products manufactured by National Instruments, then you should buy spares today. As PXIe consistently expands on the technology of PXI, more PXI parts will stop being manufactured. In fact, many National Instruments PXI parts have recently been classified as obsolete. Once a product is obsolete, it is not available for purchase or repair through the manufacturer. However, Apex Waves stocks a wide variety of obsolete, discontinued, and mature PXI modules, chassis, controllers, and more. We also offer repair services for these obsolete or mature parts, so you can ensure your PXI products will remain in service for years to come.

There are several types of PXI products which remain vastly popular, despite their life cycle status. This includes the PXI-1050 Chassis which recently went obsolete. This 12-slot chassis is great for PXI measurement systems where further signal conditioning is necessary or for applications with minimal rack-mount space. Another obsolete part is the PXI-6025E Multifunction I/O Module. This E Series module can be configured with the NI-DAQmx driver. The NI PXI-6025E can be used with SCXI or SCC signal conditioning modules. The PXI-6527 Digital I/O Module is also obsolete. One of the best features of this module are the isolated channel-to-channel outputs and inputs which help decrease noise, break ground loops, and keep your system protected.

Other obsolete PXI modules we stock include the PXI-6533 Digital I/O Module, the PXI-7833R Multifunction Reconfigurable I/O Module, and the PXI-8176 Embedded Controller. These obsolete PXI products will be harder to find in the coming year, so if you are currently browsing or wondering if you should purchase them, make sure to call 919-809-5227 or email sales@apexwaves.com soon!

Additionally, the PXI-2503 is a Multiplexer Switch Module, which is ideal for several types of applications because it can be configured as a matrix switch or a multiplexer. This can be accomplished with the use of various terminal blocks.



One of the required factors you should keep in mind when building a PXI system is to choose parts that will either meet or surpass the temperature requirements for your application. PXI systems are designed for demanding industrial environments, which is why they are suited for so many types of applications. It is also required to insert filler panels in all unfilled slots of a chassis to help with cooling and prevent the chassis from overheating. In addition, if shock and/or high vibration is possible, you should utilize solid-state hard drives when assembling a PXI system. These factors will help ensure your system remains functioning.

National Instruments highly recommends planning in advance for spares and we agree! This is especially recommended if you cannot have downtime for maintenance/repairs. Imagine if something malfunctions with your system or a part fails, and you do not have any spares readily available. It may even be worth it to have an additional identical system. The second system can be set up to start functioning if the first system fails. Another option is to stock spares of parts that are more likely to fail, such as power supply shuttles for chassis.

However, if you do not have PXI spares on hand and your system fails, we will ensure your system gets up and running again as quickly as possible. Apex Waves offers same day shipping for many parts and we can often overnight your required parts to minimize your system downtime.



National Instruments PXI for Academics and Research

Academic study and research go hand in hand; it’s an area that is continuously pushing the boundaries and experimenting. The speed of innovation and progress, particularly over the past 100 years, has been phenomenal and shows no signs of slowing down.

Giving students the ability to complete their studies while using up-to-date equipment is a challenge which requires educational institutions to invest continually in updating. Research attracts funding and this helps financially, but there is still a cost in time and effort.

Using modular systems such as National Systems PXI systems provides a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution that is easily adaptable and offers simple upgrade options.

Take 5G NR as an example. The technology is introducing new bands, wider bandwidth, and a new beamforming technology that all require design and test facilities. This is new and developing technology that requires testing facilities to be adaptable. When using a National Instruments PXI Chassis, changing modules is simple and allows additional or updated modules to be easily fitted. Combined with the National Instruments LabVIEW application software and drivers, PXI modules can easily be configured to generate complex testing schemes.

The PXIe-1066DC chassis achieves an excellent mean time to repair (MTTR) through built-in redundancy. The power supplies and front accessible cooling fans can be hot-swapped if required, allowing uninterrupted operation. Eighteen PXI modules can be fitted to the PXIe-1066DC, providing ample space to create an automated test system that also features remote monitoring.



Flexibility is essential in research and the National Instruments PXI platform of modules and software provide the ability to design sophisticated, high-performance automated test and measurement systems.

If you need an embedded computer solution for your PXI system, then National Instruments PXI Controllers are available, providing a hard drive, RAM, CPU, and numerous I/O facilities. The PXI-8110 PXI Controller, for example, uses an Intel Core 2 Quad Core CPU, with 2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB max) and at least a 120 GB hard drive. Connections include a 10/100/100 Ethernet, serial port and 4 USB ports.

Research is useless without recording results and analyzing the data and the onboard storage of the PXI Controller may not be sufficient. To make data capture seamless, National Instruments produces PXI module-based data storage units, such as the NI PXIe-8267 Data Storage Module. This unit contains four 1TB Samsung Pro SSD drives, has a sustained data throughput of 5 GB/s, and is supported by Windows 7 SP1 upwards for easy configuration. This module requires a high-power cooling slot, so it is only suitable for certain chassis.

The lower specification NI-8260 PXI Data Storage module may be more suitable for some users. It is now listed as obsolete stock by National Instruments, but Apex Waves specializes in the supply and repair of these types of units. The module offers four 2.5 inch SATA slots, allowing for a total storage capacity of 1TB. The drives can be configured as RAID-0 or JBOD depending on your requirements.

Apex Waves has a focus in obsolete, end-of-life, and discontinued test equipment, particularly from National Instruments. If you need to upgrade or repair your current system, Apex Waves can help with our vast stock of National Instruments equipment. We also buy surplus equipment, so if you want to make room in your test lab, contact our purchase team today and turn that old equipment into cash.

Why you Should Buy PCI Spares

Many products in the National Instruments PCI platform, also known as “Peripheral Component Interconnect,” are considered obsolete or mature because the newer, more advanced PCI Express platform has expanded upon PCI with upgraded features meant for newer computers. However, the NI PCI platform is suited for a variety of applications and industries, most notably for applications in the aerospace and defense industry. These applications include ATE systems and software, electromechanical systems test, embedded software test, communications, and navigation systems test, and radar, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence.

Although some PCI products have become obsolete and other PCI products are on their way to obsolescence, these parts may still be the answer to your test equipment needs. After all, advanced applications require reliable products. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective alternative to the PCI Express platform, then PCI is the perfect choice. Not only will you save money by choosing older parts for your test system, but you will also not be able to purchase these parts from National Instruments.

Apex Waves stocks many types of obsolete National Instruments PCI products. All NI products have a 1-3 year warranty, ensuring that the module will remain functioning throughout the duration of the warranty or a replacement will be sent immediately. These parts also have free ground shipping and same day shipping available for all parts in stock.

Two of the obsolete parts we sell are the PCI-1409 IMAQ Device and the PCI-1405 Image Acquisition Board. Both Frame Grabbers can work with a variety of camera types, including analog line scan cameras, standard monochrome cameras, and more.

Another obsolete PCI part we frequently stock is the PCI-6533 Digital I/O Device, which was previously called the PCI-DIO-32HS. This jumperless, switchless device can be inserted in a 5 V PCI expansion slot in your computer.



The obsolete National Instruments Motion Controller Devices, such as the PCI-7358, are also in high demand right now. This device and others in the PCI-7350 Series can be used for advanced and simple motion applications. This series of obsolete Motion Controller Devices have 2-8 axes and can be programmed and configured with NI‑Motion driver software.



Other popular obsolete PCI parts we stock include the PCI-1424, the PCI-6025E, PCI-6052E, and other E Series Multifunction DAQ, the PCI-6527, and the PCI-DIO-96. For more information about these obsolete products or if you would like to inquire about a part number not listed, visit our website.

Even the obsolete NI PCI products can be used for testing embedded systems or monitoring wireless environments for interference signals. Because the National Instruments PCI platform is versatile and modular, it can easily be adapted for many types of test systems.

If you currently have a test system built with National Instruments PCI modules and are concerned about a specific part failing or the system going down, don’t hesitate to call 919-809-5227 or email sales@apexwaves.com to buy spare PCI parts! Since system uptime is especially important in industries like aerospace and defense, contact us before your system fails so you can prevent system downtime, maintenance, and repairs.

Coping with Test System Obsolescence

Defense procurement is a long-term process, particularly when looking at aircraft and avionics. Systems designed to fit the original airframe will be expected to be in service for many years, perhaps decades before they are upgraded. The same applies to the test systems that support this equipment.

As an example, look at the Harrier AV8B which first came into service in January 1985. The initial design and development for this update to the original Harrier aircraft began in the 1970s and the aircraft is still in service today, almost 35 years after its in-service date. This presents a planning issue both for equipment spares and test systems as items are either no longer supported, or an upgrade is required.



Apex Waves can help with your test equipment requirements by repairing your obsolete or mature items or providing replacement models. We can also assist customers in building a complete test system.

For example, the PCI-6010 Multifunction I/O Device, which is part of the NI B Series, has been set to End of Life Status by NI. However, Apex Waves can still supply or repair this device. The PCI-6010 provides 6 digital inputs, 4 digital outputs, along with 2 analog outputs. This device is designed as a counter/timer I/O device. Using a 37-pin D-SUB connector, connection to many D-SUB components is possible. The module provides a maximum sampling rate of 200 kS/s on a single channel with a timing resolution of 50 ns and has a built-in frequency generator. The NI PCI-6010 has a recommended warm-up time of 15 minutes and requires calibration annually, which Apex Waves can assist with for an additional cost.

National Instruments has listed 2 replacement models for the PCI-6010. First, the National Instruments PCI-6220 Multifunction DAQ device from the NI M Series offers all the functions of the PCI-6010, but with added features. Sampling rate has been increased to 250 kS/s and the module provides 16 analog inputs and 24 digital I/O channels. The PCI-6220 has reached mature status with National Instruments but is still supported by Apex Waves. For added functionality, the National Instruments PCIe-6320, from the NI X series may be more suitable. Designed for the PCI Express bus, it also offers a FIFO buffer with a memory of 4,095 samples and four 32-bit counters, each with FIFO buffers for up to 127 samples.

Calibration of the modules is important and annual calibration service is recommended. All three modules require the driver NI-DAQmx, which also allows test engineers to design customized control systems. The PCIe-6320 is supplied with the built-in DAQExpress software, which includes the driver and allows basic measurements and analysis. National Instruments also supplies the LabVIEW application for more detailed testing and analysis.

Apex Waves has been involved with test equipment and data acquisition equipment for several years and specializes in obsolete and discontinued equipment, particularly from National Instruments. Instead of expensive upgrades to newer equipment, Apex Waves will search for the exact model you need, even if it has been discontinued. Apex Waves can also supply manuals, accessories, and cables, plus calibration and repair services.