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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What is the Difference Between PXI and PXIe?

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In the world of test and measurement, precision and flexibility are paramount. Two prominent modular instrumentation platforms, PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) and PXIe (PXI Express), have been developed to meet these needs. While they share some similarities, they also have critical differences that can significantly impact your testing setup.

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The ModuMan 100: A Robotic Marvel for Nuclear Decommissioning

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In the quest for safer and more efficient nuclear decommissioning processes, engineers push the boundaries of robotics to develop cutting-edge solutions that could withstand the harshest environments. One remarkable creation to emerge from this effort was the ModuMan 100 – a modular robotic manipulator designed to tackle remote handling tasks in hazardous nuclear decommissioning applications. In this blog post, we delve into the fascinating case study of the ModuMan 100 and explore how it revolutionized the future of nuclear decommissioning.

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Scientific Notation for Beginners

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Managing both extremely large and incredibly small numerical numbers is a necessity for scientific and technical fields. Working with measurements of either extreme is incredibly complex, and it is simpler to work with numbers when they are written in an abbreviated form called scientific notation. This post will serve as a beginner’s guide to the “how” and “why” of scientific notation.

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Selling Your Surplus to Apex Waves

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Looking to get rid of your used, new, or secondhand test equipment? Sell your surplus to Apex Waves! We accept modules across every NI series as well as from additional manufacturers, working to give you the best offer for your individual goals with multiple selling options. Keep reading to learn more about how to quickly and conveniently sell your surplus to Apex Waves!

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The PXI System At Work: i-bodi Technology

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When the team at i-bodi Technology Ltd. reached out to Apex Waves inquiring about a PXI-1031 chassis, we were thrilled! The i-bodi team’s ability to design and develop unique test platforms is inspiring, and we were excited to see what they are working on now. In this post, we will take a closer look at one of i-bodi’s current projects, as well as how the PXI platform plays a part.

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Tracking Your Apex Waves Order Status

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Last week, we announced a brand new feature at Apex Waves: order status tracking! This helpful tool allows you to check on the progress of your order in real-time, alerting you of any issues and providing comprehensive details for each step. In this post, we are putting the exciting new order status page on display- going into detail about each section so that you know exactly what to expect.

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How to Identify Your NI Part

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If you have ever found yourself confused by all of the different numbers associated with your NI part and what they signify, you are not alone. With an impressively massive catalog of parts that has only grown over the past few decades, the numbering system established by NI uses many different identifiers out of necessity. In this post, we will break down the most common identifiers and variations for NI parts and explain their significance.

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Methods For Testing Voltages

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Measurements of electrical voltage are used to determine the possible differences in electric charge between two different points in an electric circuit. This data makes it possible to ascertain how much power is being used by a specific object, compared to how much power is available in the circuit. Since it allows us to ensure that an electrical circuit is operating both correctly and safely, this information is essential for the design, installation, and operation of electrical systems.

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