The NI Engineering Impact Awards is the annual technical application contest, showcasing the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware. Technical judges have whittled down the 100 submissions to 15 finalists across the seven application categories. Now it’s your turn to vote.
This year’s NI Engineering Impact Awards ceremony, held during NIWeek at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, will honor the NI Community’s Choice Award winner: the submission selected by you, the people, the NI community of engineers and scientists. Voting closes on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT.
Brief descriptions of each paper are included below. If a full-length version is available on ni.com, the paper is linked to below as well.
When you are ready to cast your vote, just select your favorite paper here.
Spread the Word!
Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else in your online network to vote. Seriously, the more votes the better. But please be don’t try to game the system. Let’s make sure the Community’s Choice Award is given to the coolest, most-deserving application.
Voting will close on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT. The finalist with the most votes will be honored at the NI Engineering Impact Awards ceremony on August 4, 2015.
The Challenge: Developing a 12 m wide printer to prepare and print cotton material.
The Solution: Using LabVIEW and the cRIO-9024 to develop two systems. The first system features a more than 12 m wide rotating drum that the fabric is mounted on during the printing process and the second system handles the conditioning of the fabric for printing.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16651
The Challenge: Designing an online high-speed vision system for optical gauging of several critical dimensions of stamped parts (terminal reel) with the accuracy of ± 12 microns at a rate of 1,200 parts per minute.
The Solution: Developing a vision system with software based on LabVIEW for high-speed image acquisition, processing, and calculating of several critical dimensions for each terminal.
The Challenge: For our aging society, it is critical to develop novel mobility devices, such as wearable robotics for walking assistance, to assist the elderly and the disabled.
The Solution: Using a real-time CompactRIO controller, we can acquire data from various sensors and we can control peripheral units, high-speed communication devices, and actuators. Additionally, with LabVIEW, we can acquire reliable data by conducting real-time analysis and readily applying various robot control algorithms to dramatically reduce development time.
Monitoring cavitation activity fast enough to use it in a feedback loop to provide adaptive control of bubble creation and activity, for advanced and safe operation. This could provide a mechanism for efficacious and targeted drug delivery.
Demonstrating cavitation control via an ultrarapid feedback loop between an acoustic detector and the source of the focused ultrasound. The FlexRIO system is capable of analyzing key cavitation emissions and outputting modulated intensity signals to the source, thereby delivering controlled cavitation activity.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16230
The Challenge: Developing affordable technology for large scale vascular screening of arterial stiffness and cardiovascular diseases.
The Solution: Creating ARTSENS, an easy to use image free technology for arterial stiffness evaluation and vascular screening.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16689
Aerospace and Defense
Mike Salter, STFC RAL Space, UK
Developing and testing two cameras that will stream unprecedented images and video footage of planet Earth from space to give all people the chance to see, in near-real time, an astronaut’s view of our planet by broadcasting the footage over the Internet.
Using LabVIEW and the NI PXI platform to develop and test the cameras to attach to the International Space Station, including FlexRIO FPGA technology to retrieve and reconstruct image data in real time from sensors inside the cameras.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16236
Manufacturing and assembly of aircraft, which involves tens of thousands of steps that must be followed by the operators, and a single mistake in the process could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix, makes the room for error very small.
Adding intelligence to the tools and shopfloor systems to help simplify the production process and improve production efficiency by managing and checking the tasks the operator is completing. Using the NI System on Module, we can quickly prototype these smart tools.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16246
Consumer Electronics Test
Developing and producing a parallel 4-up end-of-line test system on board level for combined functional test (FCT), Flash, and RF tests of automotive infotainment and eCall modules.
Combining the experience of NOFFZ’s and HARMAN’s engineering teams to create a scalable and reusable test station—based on the NI Wireless Test System.
Masaki Taniguchi, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and Takefumi Miyamoto, Fujitsu Limited
Performing connection tests using remote radio heads (RRHs) and baseband units (BBUs) compliant with the new open radio equipment interface (ORI) specification to verify interoperability.
Using NI’s flexible PXI-based RRH tester (BBU simulator) as the BBU to test interoperability and encourage confidence in introducing the ORI specification.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16695
The Challenge: Creating a system to control the electrochemical process of an industrial zinc-flow battery and to regulate and synchronize the DC power of multiple zinc-flow batteries connected in series for delivery onto the AC power grid.
The Solution: Using LabVIEW and multiple CompactRIO controllers to develop a real-time distributed system to control multiple zinc flow-batteries and LabVIEW FPGA for high-speed control and regulation of their DC power to and from the AC power grid.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16745
Deploying a reliable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly electricity supply system in rural and forest-covered areas of India where grid penetration is not feasible.
Developing and remotely monitoring a system for decentralized electricity generation and local distribution in geographically isolated areas of India by using renewable energy sources featuring the sbRIO-9641 embedded device and LabVIEW software.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16647
Proving the concept that local WiFi signals can be used to monitor moving objects and bodies that are otherwise visually obscured.
Producing a demonstrative passive radar system using multiple NI Universal Software Radio Peripherals (USRPs) and LabVIEW to fuel our cutting-edge research.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16238
Sea ice in the polar areas could significantly affect the climate of the world through the global ocean circulation; therefore, new technologies and computer models are needed to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Using the high-speed NI 5761 digitizer and advanced NI PXIe-7975R NI FlexRIO FPGA module to create a data acquisition system that can record data from multiple channels with low data volume and perform the real-time processing.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16746
Developing a hybrid powertrain that can be retrofitted into existing double-decker buses and can demonstrate a 40 percent fuel savings in real-world operating conditions..
Using CompactRIO and LabVIEW system design software to create an onboard embedded controller for a hybrid vehicle.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16242
Developing a scalable, flexible, and universal hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) platform to validate the integration of multiple electronic control units (ECUs) for a parallel hybrid vehicle.
Using the scalability of the PXI platform and the out-of-the-box functionality of NI VeriStand software to build a test system that could test six interconnected vehicle ECUs together in just two months.
Full paper: http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-15770