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National Instruments

Measurement House
Newbury Business Park
London Road, Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 2PZ
United Kingdom

Telephone : 01635 572474
Fax : 01635 572402
Email : info@ni.com
Web : www.ni.com


Editorial archive;

Reflecting on 40 years of test and measurement 28/03/2017
Dr James Truchard, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments (NI), talks about the changes he has seen in test and measurement technology in the past 40 years. Full Story...

NI opens Industrial Internet of Things lab 16/01/2017
NI has recently opened a new Industrial IoT Lab at its Austin headquarters in the US. Full Story...

National Instruments |LabVIEW System Design Software 07/11/2016
LabVIEW, the foundation of NI’s platform-based approach, is a visual programming tool that simplifies the creation and coding of engineering systems. What will you do with LabVIEW? Full Story...

New whitepaper: Simplifying design and deployment of IIoT control and monitoring systems 04/10/2016
A new whitepaper from National instruments offers advice on improving design and deploy advanced control and monitoring systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with the unrivaled performance and flexibility of the CompactRIO platform, the ultimate multipurpose controller. Full Story...

The Complete Guide to Building a Measurement System 06/09/2016
Do you depend on measurements to make key decisions? National Instruments ten-part guide will help you make the right component selection. Download the Guide. Full Story...

National Instruments Control Design Guide 21/06/2016
Download the NI Control Design Guide for Smart Machines to learn the methods and solutions that will get you ahead of the competition. Full Story...

The Complete Guide to Building a Measurement System 10/05/2016
Do you depend on measurements to make key decisions? National Instruments ten part guide will help you make the right component selection. Download free guide now. Full Story...

Gaining insight into the health of capital equipment 15/04/2016
NI has developed an enhanced version of its InsightCM Enterprise software, a solution that helps companies gain insight into the health of capital equipment for machine maintenance and operations. Full Story...

NI Sensor Measurement Fundamentals Webcast Series 07/04/2016
View this National Instruments 4-part webcast series on-demand to learn about common sensor and signal measurements.  Full Story...

Unbeatable Control, Precision, and Flexibility 08/03/2016
National Instruments provides tools for engineers and scientists developing next-generation control and monitoring systems within industries such as energy, industrial control, life sciences, and transportation.  With NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware and NI LabVIEW system design software, prototype and deploy demanding control and monitoring systems faster. Accelerate your productivity today. Full Story...

Control system solution for remotely operated vehicle 16/02/2016
Lewis Gear, of systems integrator TBG Solutions, discusses how the company has helped one customer to create a reliable and flexible control system for a new class of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Full Story...

The IoT journey 27/10/2015
Rahman Jamal, National Instruments global technology and marketing director, talked to Control Engineering Europe about his views on the Industry 4.0 journey. Full Story...

NI Sensor Measurements Fundamentals Webcast Series 06/10/2015
Do you need to acquire reliable and accurate measurements as part of your monitoring, test or control system? View this National Instruments four-part webcast series on-demand to learn about common sensor and signal measurements.  Engineers teach you the sum and substance of a particular measurement application, from theory to practice.   Full Story...

A helping hand to solve Big Data challenges 11/08/2015
National Instruments has introduced new hardware and software additions to help engineers create smarter measurement and data management solutions. Full Story...

Free condition monitoring and predictive maintenance virtual summit 26/05/2015
National Instruments will host a European virtual summit – Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance Summit – from 6th to 10th July 2015.  Full Story...

Sensors need to evolve to make Industry 4.0 workable 04/11/2014
The successful evolution of Industry 4.0, from a concept into a practical reality, will be heavily contingent upon the quality of data that can be acquired and shared between the component parts of a digital production system. This will require a new generation of sensor technology that is not yet available to engineers. Rahman Jamal, technology and marketing director for Europe at National Instruments, looks at the building blocks that will define the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing. Full Story...

National Instruments - What’s new in LabVIEW 2014 16/09/2014
LabVIEW 2014, the foundation of the NI platform, is the best solution for leveraging data to make informed decisions fast. Use the latest version of LabVIEW to quickly acquire, analyse and visualise any data set from anywhere at any time. Full Story...

NIDays 2014 - Graphical System Design Conference - 4th November, London 16/09/2014
NIDays, the annual graphical system design technical conference and exhibition brings together more than 600 leading engineers and scientists from a wide spectrum of industries across the UK & Ireland. This free, one-day, multi-track conference features keynote presentations, interactive sessions taught by NI experts, hands-on workshops, and an exhibition showcasing the latest advancements in design, control and test. Full Story...

LabVIEW 2014: anywhere, at any time 05/08/2014
National Instruments has  announced the introduction of LabVIEW 2014 system design software with upgrades to help users more quickly acquire, analyse and visualise data sets.  Full Story...

Instrumentation reshaped – a software-based, all-in-one device 17/06/2014
National Instruments has introduced VirtualBench, an all-in-one instrument that integrates a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. Full Story...

Do you manage your data…or does it manage you? 25/03/2014
Graham Green, measurements product manager at National Instruments, discusses the number one concern on an engineers mind – data management, and explains how it is possible to take control. Full Story...

Machine Condition Monitoring Webcast Series 18/02/2014
Discover how National Instruments can provide a condition monitoring program that will help you drive down operating and maintenance costs.  Offering a wide range of measurement and monitoring tools built on flexible, industry-proven platforms, a condition monitoring system from National Instruments will effectively monitor plant assets, schedule maintenance, reduce unnecessary repairs and prevent unexpected machine failures. View the series on demand at:  Full Story...

Engineering the tools of discovery 04/02/2014
At the annual NI Day in London, Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of National Instruments and the Inventor of LabVIEW, spoke about the company’s mission to equip engineers and scientists with the tools to accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. Full Story...

USB plug and play added to LabVIEW RIO architecture 05/11/2013
National Instruments has introduced four new R Series boards with USB connectivity, designed to help engineers add FPGA technology to any PC-based system using one of the most widely adopted buses on the market. Based on the LabVIEW RIO architecture, the boards are a result of the company’s continued investment in its R Series product family. Full Story...

Data Acquisition Technology Outlook 2013 03/09/2013
This report highlights some of the most pressing trends and technology challenges facing engineers building data acquisition systems. Click to download it now. Full Story...

What does mobile means for measurements? 30/07/2013
Gartner estimates that 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets will be purchased in 2013. What does this mean for industrial measurement and control applications? Are portable measurement devices and industrial HMIs also on the path to obsolescence? Kyle Voosen, marketing director at National Instruments UK & Ireland, tackles these questions. Full Story...

National Instruments and Kollmorgen collaborate on servo solutions 24/06/2013
National Instruments is to expand its motion control offering through a collaboration with Kollmorgen, a provider of motion systems and components for OEMs. These products include drives, motors, linear positioners, gearheads, cables and accessories. Full Story...

Power-over-Ethernet frame grabbers simplify vision systems 29/04/2013
National Instruments has introduced the NI PCIe-8236 and NI PCIe-8237R two-port GigE Vision frame grabbers that feature Power-over-Etherent (PoE) technology which reduces the need for additional external power supplies by powering cameras over the Ethernet bus. Full Story...

Simplified test and measurement system design for .NET 12/03/2013
National Instruments has introduced Measurement Studio 2013, said to be the only .NET software suite that provides all the tools needed to build a professional, end-to-end test or measurement system in Microsoft Visual Studio. Full Story...

NI offers free one-day technical symposiums in the UK and Ireland 30/01/2013
National Instruments Technical Symposium is a free, one-day professional development series for engineers and scientists. Content for the event is drawn from most popular sessions at NIDays 2012, the annual professional development conference and exhibition for engineers, scientists and educators. Full Story...

Vector Signal Transceiver wins Elektra’s Test Product of the Year 09/01/2013
The 2012 Elektra Awards for the European Electronics Industry recently named National Instrument’s Vector Signal Transceiver as Test Product of the Year and National Instruments as Company of the Year in a ceremony that took place in Westminster, London. Full Story...

LabVIEW supports USB3 vision standard 14/11/2012
NI vision software and LabVIEW now supports the USB3 Vision camera standard, based on the USB 3.0 protocol. Full Story...

Improved FPGA design productivity for LabVIEW 07/08/2012
National Instruments has introduced the LabVIEW FPGA (field programmable gate array) IP Builder add-on, which uses Xilinx Vivado high-level synthesis technology to simplify high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) algorithm design. Full Story...

Software tool simplifies analysis and reporting of data 25/06/2012
National Instruments has introduced DIAdem 2012, the latest version of its software tool designed to help engineers and scientists interpret and share data. Full Story...

Apps developed for NI hardware and LabVIEW 17/04/2012
National Instruments has introduced NI LabVIEW software- and NI hardware-compatible mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, with the aim of helping engineers to integrate the latest mobile technology into their applications. Full Story...

PXI-based test platform cuts costs 31/01/2012
Woody Beckford, Rob Whitehouse & Dan Weinberg of Analog Devices explain how the use of PXI and LabVIEW has allowed the company to test its MEMS devices at a fraction of the cost, weight, power consumption, and footprint of its previous ATE system. Full Story...

FPGA-powered frame grabber and motion drive help create custom solutions 24/10/2011
National Instruments has introduced two new additions to its NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology, including a reconfigurable Camera Link frame grabber for embedded vision applications and a motion module for use with the NI CompactRIO platform. Full Story...

LabVIEW 2011 promises new levels of productivity 18/08/2011
National Instruments recently introduced NI LabVIEW 2011, the 25th-anniversary version of its system design software, developed to accelerate the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems. Full Story...

Single-slot chassis version of Compact DAQ 09/08/2011
National Instruments has introduced a new single-slot CompactDAQ chassis which support wireless, USB and Ethernet buses, offering the portability of a data logger with the performance and flexibility of modular measurements. Full Story...

Introduction of high throughput PXI frame grabber 28/06/2011
National Instruments has announced the introduction of the NI PXIe-1435 high-performance Camera Link frame grabber, which enables users to integrate high-speed and high-resolution imaging into PXI systems. Full Story...

New venue for UK NIDay 2011 21/06/2011
NI Days 2011 UK event will take place at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 9th November. Full Story...

The Hyper-Secured PLC…and other curious combinations 08/02/2011
To make life easier for automation engineers, and less costly for OEMs and end user companies to build control systems, clever companies are taking what used to be two separate products and putting them together in one unit. Full Story...

New models added to PXI Express Chassis 20/12/2010
National Instruments has added two new PXI Express chassis that are said to deliver added value and performance to automated test and control applications. They have been priced in line with similar PXI chassis. Full Story...

Introducing LabVIEW 2010: graphical development for engineers & scientists 08/11/2010
With simplified hardware configuration, an improved compiler that generates optimised machine code, and features designed by the LabVIEW Community, first-time users and long-time experts will be more productive with LabVIEW 2010. Read more... Full Story...

NI thinks big with Vitrociset collaboration 23/09/2010
National Instruments has joined forces with Vitrociset to target “big physics” applications such as particle accelerators and fusion devices. Vitrociset will integrate NI commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software into its service packages to offer a product portfolio to organisations delivering sophisticated physics projects. Full Story...

Techno website to provide LabVIEW drivers 31/08/2010
Techno Linear Motion Systems is offering free LabVIEW drivers on its website that are compatible with a variety of Techno controllers and machines. The drivers allow direct control through LabVIEW of the Techno motion controller for pick and place, dispensing, assembly, testing, drilling, routing, welding, inspection and general automation. Full Story...

National Instruments announces Developer Day details 20/08/2010
National Instruments has unveiled details of its LabVIEW Developer Days to be held throughout the UK and Ireland in September. Eight events will offer introductory and advanced technical sessions designed to help engineers and scientists improve product skills, knowledge and productivity. Full Story...

LabVIEW 2010 cuts code execution time with compiler 02/08/2010
National Instruments has unveiled LabVIEW 2010, speeding up code execution with an optimised compiler. The company also expanded the platform with an add-on developer program. Full Story...

Integrating Vision and Robotics 23/07/2010
On this Italian production line for cosmetic powder cases, the challenge was to program two robots to pick up face powder brushes from random piles and then accurately place them in an eight-slot shuttle. The robots work side by side, each with its own image acquisition system, and each picking up four brushes. Full Story...

NI embarks on summer education push 29/06/2010
National Instruments UK and Ireland is rolling out a series of LabVIEW webcasts as part of its summer-long education drive. The summer school for engineers and scientists encompasses 12 interactive webcasts and runs from August 3 to 26. Full Story...

NI joins the battlefield for Deadliest Warrior 03/06/2010
A TV show is using National Instruments products to quickly determine battle outcomes of contests between warriors such as pirates and knights. The “Deadliest Warrior” programme implements LabVIEW and CompactDAQ software and hardware to conduct impact tests and measure and analyse the biometrics of injury. Full Story...

Optimising Cold Rolling Mills in Europe 12/05/2010
Many outdated cold steel rolling mills exist in Europe, some of which were built more than 40 years ago and are no longer competitive because they are technologically lagging behind. Replacing these manufacturing lines is not an option, since it would costs billions of Euros. Therefore, the old production facilities need to be optimised and updated. Full Story...

Roboticists saved from integration workload 12/03/2010
To highlight and enhance their mutual areas of interest, Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) and National Instruments (Austin, TX) have announced a strategic partnership. Both Maxon, maker of electric motor technology and motion control products, and National Instruments look to provide designers with state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions for developing new robotic products and applications. Full Story...

NI UK and Ireland offers grants for SMEs 10/03/2010
National Instruments UK and Ireland is encouraging micro, small and medium sized enterprises in embedded development, announcing a grant programme. The grants, of anything up to £25,000, will cover software, support and training. Full Story...

Advantages of FPGAs 05/03/2010
FPGA design tools are increasingly available, allowing embedded control system designers to more quickly create and adapt FPGA hardware. Full Story...

The Need for Green Engineering 17/12/2009
Ian Bell MEng MIE, market development manager, Industrial Embedded, National Instruments argues the case for innovation in engineering to improve technologies, products and processes that can provide environmental benefits. Full Story...

Driving Plant Optimisation with Advanced Process Control 14/12/2009
Once largely limited to petro and chemical plants, APC use has grown. Economic more than technical issues are key motives. Full Story...

Tutorial: Working with "semi-wireless" instrumentation 21/10/2009
Will all wireless instrumentation really be completely wireless? Many devices are not suited to battery powering, so is removing just the data cable enough? What are your options for semi-wireless devices? Full Story...

LabView 2009 introduced to UK market 17/09/2009
Last week National Instruments introduced its latest version of the LabView software platform to the UK market. New features on LabView 2009 are aimed at a market operating in a challenging economic climate where projects have to be completed with fewer resources and in less time. Full Story...

National Instruments Expands Wireless and Ethernet Data Acquisition Platform 15/07/2009
National Instruments announced six new wireless and Ethernet data acquisition modules and two specially protected enclosures for remote monitoring and control in harsh environments. The new modules combine high-voltage digital I/O and IEEE 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi) or Ethernet communication to remotely monitor and control actuators such as pumps, valves and relays. Full Story...

Internet network group grows 50%; interoperability test event planned in March 10/02/2009
Texas Instruments, National Instruments, Landis+Gyr join others in promoting use of Internet Protocol (IP) for sensor-equipped smart objects. The IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance has grown its membership by more than 50 per cent since its formation by 25 founding companies in September 2008, adding Texas Instruments, National Instruments, Landis+Gyr/Cellnet and 10 other new members. Full Story...

Instrument-Class I/O for FPGA hardware 13/11/2008
Four years ago, National Instruments introduced its first product to use FPGA (field-programmable gate array) technology, the CompactRIO. FPGA technology gives flexibility with low-level hardware customisation and onboard processing. Full Story...

Why is lack of interoperability in wireless a concern in industrial applications? 17/10/2008
Syed Tauseef Ahmad, Frost and Sullivan’s research analyst for Industrial Automation and Process Control, Europe argues that suppliers need to offer wireless products that communicate with each other for the market to take off. Full Story...

Graphical System Design for Machine Control by National Instruments 20/08/2008
The traditional process for designing embedded machine control systems typically involves multiple stages of development that each requires specialised electronic design automation (EDA) tools such as state-diagram and flowcharting tools, SPICE circuit simulation, board layout and routing, control design tools, finite element analysis (FEA), C and VHDL languages, multiple target-specific compilers, and human-machine interface (HMI) tools. Full Story...

NI sheds light on machine control challenge 15/07/2008
Sylvania Lighting, artificial light source manufacturer, has installed a new production machine to manufacture a smaller type of lamp. Full Story...

New mechatronics videos on Cetv 07/04/2008
Because mechatronics involves motion, video can be the best medium for learning about mechatronics solutions. Control Engineering’s educational video portal, CEtv, is the place to find videos from users, designers and automation suppliers. Visit www.controleng.com/cetv to see the following videos, new as of March 2008, or use the links provided in the article. Full Story...

Machine vision applications 01/10/2007
Originally used for inspection, modern digital cameras have combined with high speed communications, increased processing power, and highly articulate robots to extend vision applications into areas that were previously thought impossible. Here are five examples of new technology that would have been impossible five years ago. Full Story...

A high-level programming tool for complex systems 01/10/2007
Statecharts are commonly used to design state machines that model the behaviour of real-time and embedded systems. They depict event occurrences and responses and are used for designing digital machine controllers and system-protection applications. Full Story...