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Member RoboGret ‎03-23-2017 07:00 AM
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New at NIWeek: Women's Leadership Forum

Join other women from across the technology spectrum for collaboration, networking, and shared business insights.

 

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Member NationalInstruments ‎03-08-2017 07:00 AM
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What To Expect At NIWeek 2017

The conference kicks off May 22 in Austin, TX

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Member NationalInstruments ‎02-26-2017 12:01 AM
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Coming Soon: NIWeek 2017

Join us in Austin this May!

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Member NationalInstruments ‎02-07-2017 09:50 AM
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The NIWeek 2017 Catalog is LIVE!

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-21-2016 08:00 AM
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10 Best Practices for IoT Implementations

This summer we commissioned a study from research agency IDC, studying the best practices for internet of things (IoT) implementations and how companies can prepare themselves for IoT-based operations.

 

Here are the best practices for taking on any IoT project as a business:

 

  1. Have a clear understanding of business objectives and what business value an IoT project will deliver.
  2. Start with an objective that has organizational pull and already has identified business value
  3. Have an executive champion who will make the project a priority. 
  4. Have a start-up mentality. Start small, such as with a pilot project, and establish clear milestones. 
  5. Build in security from the start. Security and privacy concerns are the number 1 hindrance to the deployment of an IoT solution. 
  6. Own the data that will result from the project, and know if you’ll manage it yourself or will need to have others manage it for you. 
  7. Connect the IT and operations teams in your org to the end customer that will be served by the IoT project. This connection along the value chain of your project provides a level of trust that will smooth its approval, implementation, and use. 
  8. Small and medium-sized businesses with limited IT departments should plan on having systems integrators and other partners work onsite as much as possible. 
  9. Use products based on standard platforms as opposed to custom platforms as possible. Standards help ensure the compatibility and scalability of the end solution. 
  10. Use products that are flexible and extensible. Ideally based on software, such products can adapt after their initial deployment to evolving requirements with no hardware changes.

Companies that’ve already worked to define and implement IoT projects and access the IoT’s value are trailblazing an immature and evolving environment.

By applying these best practices for implementing IoT in your org, you can access the benefits of this huge emerging market while avoiding the significant pitfalls experienced by these trailblazers.

 

Here’s the full whitepaper with more >>>

Member NationalInstruments ‎12-16-2016 08:00 AM
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The World’s First Application Framework for Massive MIMO

 

We’ve built the world’s first MIMO Application Framework!

 

When paired with our software defined radio (SDR) hardware, our new MIMO system provides a well-documented, reconfigurable, parameterized physical layer written and delivered in LabVIEW source code - enabling researchers to build both traditional MIMO and Massive MIMO prototypes.

 

 

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Our LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework lets you develop algorithms and evaluate custom IP to solve a lot of the practical challenges associated with real-world, multi-user MIMO deployments. Scalable from 4 to 128 antennas, the MIMO Application Framework - when used with the NI USRP RIO and NI PXI hardware platforms - allows you to create small to large scale antenna systems with minimal system integration or design effort.

 

Researchers can use the system out of the box to conduct Massive MIMO experiments and seamlessly integrate their own custom signal processing algorithms in a fraction of the time compared to other approaches, speeding up the overall design process as the wireless industry races toward 5G.

 

Check out the new Massive Application Framework >>>

Member NationalInstruments ‎12-15-2016 08:00 AM
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Early-Access Technology for Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN)

We’ve built a new pair of cRIO controllers and teamed up with Cisco to enable creation of distributed systems that perform synchronized I/O, code execution, and deterministic communication, all using the latest additions to standard Ethernet. Together those controllers create technology engineers are already using to help vet the technology in ecosystem activities, including the Industrial Internet Consortium TSN Testbed for smart manufacturing.

 

The tech specs
The technology includes new CompactRIO controllers featuring Intel Atom processors and the Intel i210 TSN-enabled NIC for a high performance control system. These controllers use LabVIEW system design software to maintain synchronized time to the network and expose that time to code running on the real-time processor, as well as the code running on the FPGA.

LabVIEW’s already designed with time as a core concept using structures such as timed loops and single-cycle timed loops.  Now these structures are synchronized to network time which makes it simple for users to tightly coordinate signal processing, control algorithms, and I/O timing with scheduled network transmission and between multiple systems distributed across a network.  Additionally now with TSN these systems can deterministically send data across standard Ethernet networks to create reliable multi-controller coordinated systems.  

 

How to get early access
To get early access to these new controllers you can:

  1. Join our Time Sensitive Networks on our online Community, where you’ll find example code and documentation, along with more detailed info on hardware and software capabilities, and details on the appropriate products/accessories you need to create deployable TSN systems. 
  2. Sign up for the early access program! We’ll review your submission and follow up when the controllers are ready to ship.

Wait… what’s TSN, again?

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) enables the creation of distributed, synchronized, hard real-time systems over standard Ethernet. These systems use the same infrastructure to provide real-time control and communicate all standard IT data, powering convergence of control, measurement, configuration, UI and file exchange infrastructure. TSN’s expected to fundamentally change system design and maintenance by offering network convergence, secure control traffic and high performance!

 

Our new line of TSN-enabled controllers >>>

Member NationalInstruments ‎12-14-2016 08:00 AM
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6 Problems to be Solved by the IoT

We commissioned a study from research agency IDC, studying the best practices for internet of things (IoT) implementations and how companies can prepare themselves for IoT-based operations.

 

 

The study found the following key drivers necessary to prepare business operations for the adoption of IoT implementations:

 

  • Business uptime. Customers, competition, and government increasingly require organizations to function 24 x 7. Orgs are turning to implementing IoT as a way to maintain operations continuously and provide the tools to respond quickly and efficiently, and are looking to their solution providers — technology providers, contract manufacturers, OEMs, and so forth — to enable constant uptime and work in concert to provide new solutions that enable additional services. Example: the installation of sensors on equipment to enable remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance of systems. This enables operations to anticipate and schedule system downtime rather than shut down operations. Companies are depending on their technology providers to integrate systems without disrupting operations.
  • Automation. Orgs have realized 24x7 operations are beyond ordinary human abilities to assimilate incoming requests and respond efficiently. They’re looking to IoT to embed machine intelligence into their operations and automate complex processes that enable greater worker productivity. Example: embedding intelligence into tools so that the proper specifications (torque, depth, etc) are communicated to the operator and the final reading is taken and documented, verifying the completed operation.
  • Real-time data. Automation requires moving from sporadic, limited data collections to continuous, expansive, real-time data collection and analysis. IoT enables both the low-level collection of data and rudimentary machine analysis and the high-level human analysis for decision making. Companies are still determining whether to push embedded intelligence to the edge or expand the utilization of cloud capabilities. The operational business model, the model’s demand on data latency requirements, the connectivity environment, and costs are key decision key factorshere.
  • Environmental context. The IoT’s continuous collection of data enables constant input on the environmental conditions in which an organization operates. Data humans would miss can be captured and provide the context for improved understanding of the environmental conditions contributing to a particular outcome. The expanded usage of a wide array of sensors is driving the growth of data, storage, and bandwidth.
  • Connectivity. Connectivity of equipment is a basic building block of efficient operations. When equipment communicates automatically without human intervention, it can fundamentally change an organization’s capabilities, both human and machine. For example, internal applications can connect to remote applications. Humans can concentrate on enabling higher capabilities, such as managing, organizing, and analyzing the incoming data rather than just gathering data manually from disconnected systems. While there are a wide array of existing communication protocols, there are a number of organizations working to unify the various emerging standards. Location, environmental conditions, and operational demands are important considerations in the selection of the communication method and protocols.
  • Smart City. While orgs may be thinking primarily about their internal operations, IoT opens the prospect of interconnectivity with other IoT-enabled organizations. Scaling of cooperation from a single partner to a constellation of ecosystem suppliers will eventually enable Smart City IoT. Infrastructure, replacement cycle expectations, ownership and leasing contracts, and the potentially wide variety of governmental agencies necessary for approval must all be taken into consideration. 

Here’s the full whitepaper with more >>>

Member NationalInstruments ‎12-13-2016 08:00 AM
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We’re Bringing Semiconductor ATE Digital Capability to PXI

Digital Pattern Editor software

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-12-2016 08:00 AM
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Turnkey HIL Simulators, Increasing HIL Test System

Increasing Test System Customizability 

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-10-2016 08:00 AM
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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-09-2016 08:00 AM
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An Engineering OS

The NI software portfolio vs a traditional OS

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-08-2016 08:00 AM
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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-07-2016 08:00 AM
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Meet our Second- Gen VST

Meet our second-gen VST, combining an RF signal generator, an RF signal analyzer, and user-programmable FPGA into a two-slot PXI module!

 

Here’s a demo of our second-gen VST! The VST features 1GHz instantaneous bandwidth - ideal for today’s and tomorrow’s test needs.

 

 

All the product details >>>

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-06-2016 08:00 AM
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High-Speed Serial Explained

Your big data survival guide

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Member NationalInstruments ‎12-04-2016 08:00 AM
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Happy 25th Birthday to Our Alliance Partner Network!

It’s hard to believe our Alliance Partner Network is 25years old! Over the last 25 years, the program’s welcomed more than 1000 partner companies offering industry-leading products driven by NI software and hardware, and supporting our customers worldwide.

 

Empowering partners across the globe is important to us as a company. These independent, third-party companies help drive better systems integration and platform extensibility – and are heavy contributors to our LabVIEW Tools Network, which is essentially the NI App Store for engineers and scientists!

 

If you’re one of our software or hardware users and haven’t checked out our Alliance Partner Network, do it. This family of trusted experts around the world contributes so much value to our product ecosystem, and could help drive your next big project!

Check out the Alliance Partner Network >>>

 

And, if you’re one of our fantastic Alliance Partners, check out Alliance Day 2016 in Austin, Texas on August 1 – an event dedicated to you and the growth of our program.

Member DWilson ‎11-21-2016 08:00 AM
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Making an Engineering Impact

Why the EI awards ceremony is my favorite event of the year

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Member NationalInstruments ‎11-17-2016 08:00 PM
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Smart Devices Require Smarter Testing Systems

Lower your cost of test and time to market

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Member NationalInstruments ‎11-15-2016 08:00 AM
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Help Us Shape NIWeek 2017

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Member NationalInstruments ‎11-13-2016 08:00 PM
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Member NationalInstruments ‎11-02-2016 01:43 PM
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2016 Alliance Partner and LabVIEW Tools Network Award Winners

 

Every year the Alliance Partner and LabVIEW Tools Network awards ceremony at NIWeekrecognizes the outstanding achievements of our integration and consulting partner companies, and add-on software products.

 

This year’s awards ceremony just wrapped up – and we’re thrilled to announce our 2016 winners and finalists!

 

LabVIEW Tools Network Product of the Year – 2016 Winners and Finalists

 

Application Enablement

Platform Connectivity

Developer Productivity

Community Contribution

Regional Partner of the Year Awards – 2016 Winners and Finalists

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Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa Region (EMEIA)

Member NationalInstruments ‎10-29-2016 08:00 AM
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Guest Post: History, World Records, Timing, and Wires

Recap of NIWeek 2016 press conference

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-28-2016 08:00 AM
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Guest Post: Anniversaries and The 100-Year Plan

Highlights from the NI Week Day 1 Keynote. 

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-27-2016 08:00 AM
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Guest Post: The Pokémon Go of Industrial IoT

The similarities between Flowserve and Pokémon Go

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-26-2016 08:00 AM
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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-25-2016 08:00 AM
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Guest Post: Timing is Everything

What does NI and the Rolling Stones have in common?

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-24-2016 02:26 PM
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How Are You Using the NI Platform to Engineer Next?

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From organ regeneration to record-breaking 5G research, our customers continue to improve the world by pushing the boundaries of engineering and science. To celebrate their innovation and discovery, we’re honoring our customers who’ve used our platform to create the most impactful solutions, during NIWeek 2017, May 22-25, at the Engineering Impact Awards.

 

Believe it or not, NIWeek 2017 is right around the corner, and the call for technical papers for the 2017 Engineering Impact Awards has begun! Are you making a major impact with our hardware and software? Have you created a solution that the engineering world should know about?

 

We want to learn about all the ways you’re using the NI platform to Engineer Next.

 

Share your incredible work for a chance to score an invite to the prestigious awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, where you’ll mingle with NI leadership, editors from around the globe, and industry leaders.

 

All finalist applications will be displayed on the main concourse during NIWeek and published on ni.com and one author from each finalist paper will be awarded full reimbursement on an NIWeek 2017 conference pass!

 

Submit your innovation by December 14, 2016!

 

And if you would like to be considered for a technical session speaking opportunity, submit an abstract here.

 

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2016 Application of the Year Award Winners, Steffen Malkowsky (Lund University) and Paul Harris (University of Bristol) with Dr. Truchard and Dave Wilson from NI

 

Download the resource kit to help you get started on a winning paper >>>
Check out previous winners >>>

Register for NIWeek 2017 >>>

 

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-24-2016 02:20 PM
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IBM and NI’s Industrial IoT Testbed

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Last July, we announced our partnership with IBM on an industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) testbed. Through this testbed we’re deploying and rigorously testing a solution for industrial organizations to better monitor and maintain their aging assets through a cloud-based platform.

 

At NIWeek 2016, we offered a peek into the underlying technology, advanced real-time measurements, and cloud technology being deployed in condition monitoring applications!

 

Why is this testbed critical?

Industrial organizations are operating on severely outdated equipment. Most of the industrial machinery in use today is at least 10 years old, according to a Wall Street Journal article citing Morgan Stanley. Not since 1938 have North American factories worked with such out-of-date equipment. Without better instrumentation, organizations can’t predict machine failure before it’s too late. This leads to costly repairs, unforeseen downtime, and even dangerous situations.

 

To solve this problem, we’re working with IBM to test a solution to bring industrial equipment up to today’s standards, using the potential of the IoT.

 

How does the testbed work?

Through a sponsorship from the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), we created the “Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed (CM/PM Testbed).” A testbed is an opportunity to innovate on a new technology to ascertain its usefulness and viability before coming to market. The CM/PM testbed combines IBM’s cloud environment and analytics with our monitoring and data acquisition technology. Organizations can use it to better monitor and manage the health and performance of any connected machine, detect and resolve problems before they impact operations, and improve the efficiency of industrial processes – while taking full advantage of the IIoT.

  

See what else we’re building for the industrial IoT >>>

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Member NationalInstruments ‎10-19-2016 08:00 AM
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Global Student Design Showcase

Project ALAN: Using robots in stroke rehabilitation process

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