NI Hardware Approaching Obsolescence in 2024

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There’s one specific part you need to replace an unexpected failure in your legacy test system, but that part is obsolete. It is no longer available for purchase, support, or calibration services from the manufacturer. Now what? This is a problem encountered by engineers and technicians across the globe- without a plan in place, they can be caught off guard needing unforeseen repairs or replacements. Apex Waves fills in this gap! In this post we will take a brief look at the NI Product Lifecycle, what it means for you, and which soon-to-be-obsolete parts will remain available through Apex Waves.

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Utilizing the Measurement Features of the PXI-4070

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PXI Digital Multimeters (DMMs) are versatile instruments that offer highly precise measurements for a variety of applications. From diode testing to voltage measurements, these modular devices utilize the same synchronization features and high-speed data capabilities as the PXI platform at large, making them an excellent choice for even the most challenging tasks. This post focuses on the specifications and features of the PXI-4070 from NI, a 6.5 Digit FlexDMM that boasts high speeds, accurate precision, and flexible functionality.

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A Success Story in Energy-Efficient Safety Systems Using NI Hardware

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In a world increasingly focused on sustainable solutions, a triumph in the realm of test and measurement applications emerged from Taiwan a few years ago. The mission was clear: develop an energy-efficient safety system for special vehicles, specifically targeting the transformation of traditional garbage trucks. The key to success? The innovative combination of the NI sbRIO-9636 module and NI LabVIEW system design software.

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Innovating Software-Defined Radar With NI USRP and LabVIEW

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Engineers and researchers are constantly seeking ways to develop radar solutions that are not only efficient, but also highly flexible and cost-effective. One possible solution to this challenge was the development of a low-cost software-defined radar system, which offered the ability to adapt and reconfigure its main parameters on the fly. In this post, we will explore a case study that exemplifies this achievement, showcasing how technology and software can revolutionize radar applications.

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Revolutionizing Train Testing with NI Products

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Rail transportation requires rigorous serial testing to ensure the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the trains that keep so many vital industries around the globe running- but how can these high standards be met in the most efficient way? In this blog post, we will discuss a case study of how the French manufacturing company Alstom utilized NI products and software to answer that very question.

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Using FlexRIO and LabVIEW to Ensure the Safety of Nuclear Waste Containers

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Imagine being tasked with ensuring the safety of highly radioactive nuclear waste containers not for decades or centuries, but for a staggering 10,000 years. Together with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Finland-based company ProtoRhino faced this problem head on. Their ultimate goal? To determine if copper containers can withstand the test of time and to secure the safety of hazardous materials for millennia.

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Calculating Strain from Load with NI CompactDAQ Test Equipment

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Strain is a critical parameter in various test and measurement applications, offering insights into how materials and structures deform under the influence of applied loads. In this blog post, we will explore how to calculate strain from load using NI CompactDAQ test equipment, and dive into the significance of these calculations across different fields.

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What is the PXI Specification Standard?

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To meet the precision and reliability demands of test and measurement, the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA) created the PXI specification standards. These technical requirements, maintained by the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), define the mechanical, electrical, and functional characteristics of PXI systems and modules. In this post, we’ll explore these specification standards and examine their significance in the realm of test and measurement.

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Why Testing is Essential for Semiconductor Manufacturing

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Semiconductors, the tiny powerhouses at the core of our modern electronics, undergo a rigorous journey before they make their way into our devices. The testing process in semiconductor design is vital, ensuring that these minuscule components meet the highest quality standards. In this blog post, we’ll take you step-by-step through the semiconductor testing process and discuss why it’s absolutely crucial.

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