#mtec National Instruments Preview!

National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. In Britain & Ireland, NI is headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire (GB), providing local sales, marketing and support, and has been named in the Financial Times 50 Best Workplaces for the past five years.

mtec at Advanced Manufacturing 2011 will give National Instruments the opportunity to demonstrate live the latest measurement and control technology. The NI CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC) is a low-cost reconfigurable control and acquisition system designed for applications that require high performance and reliability. The system combines an open embedded architecture with small size, extreme ruggedness, and hot-swappable industrial I/O modules. CompactRIO is powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology.

LabVIEW 2010 allows engineers and scientists to rapidly and cost-effectively interface with measurement and control hardware, analyse data, share results, and distribute systems through intuitive graphical programming. With advanced compiler technology and automatic multithreading, LabVIEW 2010 is the latest release in over 20 years of innovation, and provides a complete development environment for scientists and engineers to rapidly design, prototype and deploy complex applications. Using NI LabVIEW 2010, hardware such as the NI CompactRIO can be integrated into larger distributed systems, synchronised using protocols such as IEEE 1588 or EtherCAT.

Designed for performance, NI data acquisition (DAQ) devices provide the I/O capabilities, measurement accuracy, and software flexibility your application requires. With patented hardware and software technologies, National Instruments offers PC-based measurement and control solutions that deliver increased productivity through user-defined logging, analysis, and visualisation. Choose from a variety of common PC-buses and form factors, including USB, PCI, PCI Express, PXI, PXI Express, wireless, and Ethernet. NI-DAQmx multithreaded driver software provides ease of use, flexibility, and performance in multiple programming environments, including NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows™/CVI, C/C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic .NET.

The NI machine vision platform includes a range of hardware options, from embedded NI Smart Cameras that integrate the sensor and processor in a single package, to NI Embedded and NI Compact Vision Systems, to plug-in boards for PCI and PXI systems. Software options include image acquisition software to acquire images from thousands of cameras, a world-class image processing library, and a configurable interface for industrial machine vision applications. NI motion control software and hardware simplifies the development of motion control applications and delivers easy integration with NI data acquisition and vision products. From automating test equipment and research labs, to controlling biomedical, packaging and manufacturing machines or even complex robotics, engineers and scientists use NI motion to solve a diverse set of application challenges, faster and at a lower cost.

We are using the hastag #mtec for all exhibits at Advance Manufacturing UK

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About Eoin Ó Riain

Sé Read-out iris uaithoibríoch, ionstraim agus stiúradh na hÉireann agus an "Signpost" a áit ar an idirlín! Read-out is Ireland's journal of automation, instrumentation and control and the Instrumentation Signpost is it's web presence.
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