Checking in With LabVIEW in 2022

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Back in June, we published a blog post navigating the initial project outlines for LabVIEW in 2022. Recently, NI released their Q3 Roadmap for the platform, outlining their plan for upcoming releases. September also marks the 9th month since LabVIEW switched over to an all subscription model in January of 2022. In this post, we will see what has changed for the LabVIEW roadmap since our June post, and we will dive into the different options for LabVIEW subscriptions.

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Software and Test Standardization

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It’s no secret that software is key to creating the foundation of modern technology. With the rate at which new products and features are introduced into today’s market, the test software industry must prioritize expedient production and flexible customer delivery. How can this be accomplished? Through the standardization of test equipment! For years, the goal of testing organizations has been to achieve standardization- yet many businesses struggle to apply test standards because they can’t agree on how. However, test standardization does not have to entail a major revamp of your engineering and production testing processes. Smaller, more manageable standards, such as code or data management standards, can be implemented to address and resolve inefficiency issues.

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NI and the Digital Future of Mobility

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The automotive industry is rapidly expanding, with new advancements being presented every year. Breakthrough technological advances have forever transformed the industry- and brought new challenges. As a result, manufacturers are adopting technology solutions that rely on cutting-edge work ranging from cloud computing to autonomous driving. However, many businesses are still in the design and deployment stages of smart manufacturing systems.

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Planning for Test Equipment Obsolescence in 2022

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With each new year comes new technological advances. Technology is developing at a rapid pace, which can spell out problems for test engineers facing challenges of obsolescence within their Test Program Sets (TPSs). For test engineers in the aerospace or defense industries, where parts and products are manufactured and supported for decades, obsolescence creates unique challenges. In many cases, the TPSs the engineers work with were created in archaic software languages with little to no documentation. At Apex Waves, we understand that many of our clients have a system they’ve been using for years and don’t have the resources, budget, or time necessary to replace it. We provide the calibrated, warrantied NI parts that you need now, with a tested stock of ready-to-ship parts to help you plan for the future.

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Production Test

Nowadays, many defense programs’ duration will go beyond the typical life cycle of products, thus creating challenges for the engineers responsible for maintaining such programs. NI’s platform has made it possible for large companies like Harris Corporation to have a 74% decrease in the cost of testing and a remarkable 83% reduction in floor spaces. Since this is an issue relevant to many aerospace and defense companies, here are three best practices to refer to when dealing with production testing.

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Research, Design, and Prototyping: SDR Design

SIGINT’s (Signals Intelligence) current operational environment often requires rapid development of waveforms, protocols, and devices to dependably function in different environments. The best solutions for such functions are Software Defined Radios (SDR), which are the principal solution to prototype wireless communication systems leading to better solutions quickly. NI has adequately identified the following requirements to fulfill client needs and specifications:

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How NI LabVIEW is Helping Children

Technological advances that help with educating the world’s children are always an important goal. Technology is not only important to increase engagement in educational activities, but it can also improve the learning process for students and instructors. For example, in one unique case, technology from National Instruments is being used in a large, comprehensive research project to evaluate the manual dexterity and cognitive capacity of numerous children.

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How to Setup and Power the PS-15 and the cRIO-9074

The National Instruments CompactRIO Controller, cRIO-9074, is an embedded controller that is perfect for advanced monitoring and control. Since it is an electronic device, the cRIO-9074 requires a DC power supply to work. The ideal power supply for this purpose is the PS-15.

The PS-15 is an industrial power supply that is used to power CompactRIO systems, CompactDAQ systems, and many more. This component takes in an input of 100 VAC to 240 VAC and supplies an output of 24 VDC, 5 A to the cRIO-9074. However, for this setup to work, you need to carry out all the connections properly.

This blog post covers the process of setting up and powering the PS-15, and subsequently, the cRIO-9074.

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