LabVIEW SignalExpress simplifies data logging and more
National Instruments is extending its LabVIEW graphical system design platform with the release of LabVIEW SignalExpress, an interactive measurement software tool that simplifies data logging, instrument control and academic instruction. Built on the basic measurement, analysis and reporting capabilities of NI LabVIEW graphical programming, LabVIEW SignalExpress delivers an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop experience for controlling hundreds of measurement devices.
Jeff Kodosky, creator of LabVIEW as well as the Co-founder and Business Fellow at National Instruments, comments: "National Instruments developed LabVIEW to give engineers and scientists a way to create user-defined applications for automating their measurements. Now, with the addition of LabVIEW SignalExpress to the LabVIEW family, we are further simplifying the most common measurement tasks for our users while providing a simple path to the full power of the complete LabVIEW platform."
Engineers and scientists frequently build data-logging systems to acquire and store measurement data to disk or a database. Using a few mouse clicks in LabVIEW SignalExpress, they can quickly acquire live measurements, log their data to a disk and export the data to a spreadsheet application, such as Microsoft Excel. LabVIEW SignalExpress also provides data-logging features such as alarm monitoring and condition logging. In addition, because the software is based on LabVIEW Express technology, engineers can generate LabVIEW graphical programming code with a single mouse click to extend their applications with original user interfaces or add custom logic for more advanced data-logging applications.
LabVIEW SignalExpress provides one-click, plug-and-play setup with the NI CompactDAQ USB-based modular data acquisition system, and it works with more than 270 data acquisition devices. NI CompactDAQ, with more than 30 modules, makes it easy for users to incorporate many measurements such as RTD, current I/O, high-density digital I/O, high-speed analogue I/O and high-accuracy analogue I/O. The combination of the NI CompactDAQ USB plug-and-play platform and LabVIEW SignalExpress delivers a complete, easy-to-use data-logging system that can dramatically reduce setup and measurement time.
Using benchtop instruments for performing repetitive measurements or using multiple instruments for tests such as stimulus-response measurements often involves the manual and tedious task of adjusting knobs and buttons on an instrument. With LabVIEW SignalExpress, engineers can easily automate the acquisition, analysis and storage of data from more than 400 modular and stand-alone instruments. Engineers can save valuable hours of lab time by using LabVIEW SignalExpress to automate many common measurement tasks such as circuit characterisation, frequency sweeping and data logging.
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