Entries for the 'DAQ Hardware' Category

Check out our new Case Studies!
Kristie Simon Shea

Check out our new Case Studies!

We have added a few new Case Studies that showcase two of the business areas in which we recently have had a number of projects: Sharepoint Development and Battery Testing.

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Using Devcon Command Line Utility to Rescue Unresponsive USB Devices
Jesse Batsche

Using Devcon Command Line Utility to Rescue Unresponsive USB Devices

The Devcon command line utility is a versatile and powerful way to execute system level operations on any device connected to a computer.  It proved particularly useful for implementing a rescue strategy for unresponsive USB devices in a long term testing application.

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New PXI Battery Simulator for PHEV Automotive Applications
Brent Hoerman

New PXI Battery Simulator for PHEV Automotive Applications

For a recent DMC project I had the pleasure of working with Pickering Interfaces, a well-known international PXI hardware vendor, to supply an off-the-shelf PXI card which can simulate 6 chemical battery cells. Since such a product did not exist at the start of the project, DMC had a large role to play in specifying its eventual performance and features. It's not every day you get to dream up your own test and measurement instruments, but I guess that is what we've just done. The resu...

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DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009
Tim Jager

DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009

 DMC exhibited at the 2009 National Instruments Technical Symposium.  It was a great learning experience and networking opportunity.  

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Working with Legacy Hardware: Tips and Tricks
Danny Budzinski

Working with Legacy Hardware: Tips and Tricks

For a DMC engineer it is not atypical to be faced with outdated, legacy technology.  Finding information on old industrial hardware, unfortunately, isn't as easy as looking up technical support on your new Dell computer.  The web of what corporation owns and supports a product line can quickly get unbearably complicated, but here are a few tips and tricks to help you find the answers you are looking for...

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What's New in LabVIEW 2009
Jesse Batsche

What's New in LabVIEW 2009

Over the course of NI Week in Austin, National Instruments gradually introduced and demonstrated the new features that are being implemented in the LabVIEW 2009 release.  Many were logical steps forward in hardware and software development, some were long awaited and often requested functionalities or improvements, and a few were completely unexpected new features that were greeted with ooohs and aaahs and applause by the convention audience.   Here's a quick rundown of some of th...

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Software Automation Options for Aerovironment Battery Test and Fuel Cell Test Systems
Brent Hoerman

Software Automation Options for Aerovironment Battery Test and Fuel Cell Test Systems

DMC has been working on several "Green Engineering" and "Clean Energy" programs to develop test systems for clients developing or evaluating Battery and Fuel Cell Power Systems. Along the way, we have run into some fairly common battery and fuel cell testing equipment in these laboratories, which are produced and sold by Aerovironment (AV).  What are your software options for automating and controlling this hardware?  Find out here.

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DMC at NIWeek 2009
Darren Jones

DMC at NIWeek 2009

Every summer, National Instruments holds the NIWeek conference in their home town of Austin TX. This year, DMC has three of us attending: Jesse Batsche, Eric Nielsen, and myself. Monday was “Alliance Day”, tailored to NI Alliance Members, as well as the day for various closed sessions, such as the Big Physics conference to address technologies and trends related to large scale physics applications (particle accelerators, extremely large telescopes). Tuesday through Thursday i...

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Tips for CAN:  Dynamic Frame Definition with National Instruments NI-CAN
Darren Jones

Tips for CAN: Dynamic Frame Definition with National Instruments NI-CAN

Back in the stone age (i.e. NI-CAN 1.2), us LabVIEW 6 programmers had to write our own parsing routines for dynamically-specified data inside a CAN frame. At the driver layer, we were locked-in to only one layer of arbitration. An oft-overlooked but extremely powerful feature in contemporary versions of the NI-CAN drivers handle this automatically. Example: a BMS (battery managment system) for a hybrid automotive battery broadcasts status information. Status information will always be availab...

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Using LabVIEW with Windows XP Embedded (XPe)
Jody Koplo

Using LabVIEW with Windows XP Embedded (XPe)

I recently finished a project that checked for gas leaks on a mission critical system. Any leaks needed to be diagnosed and discovered as quickly as possible. Our solution also had to be mobile and easily carted around the facility. To develop a system that was incredibly reliable and also capable of displaying and logging important data, we settled on an architecture that used a National Instruments cRIO for data acquisition and a Windows XP Embedded PC as the front end for display and control...

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DMC Achieves Most LabVIEW Architects in Midwest!
Darren Jones

DMC Achieves Most LabVIEW Architects in Midwest!

DMC demonstrated our LabVIEW expertise again by receiving seven new certifications, including three Architect Certifications, putting DMC among the highest level of LabVIEW Architects in the country. With the additional Developer Certifications, DMC now has the most LabVIEW certifications in the region. Congratulations to four new Certified LabVIEW Developers: Danny Budzinski, Eric Nielsen, Jesse Batsche, and David Simons. All candidates passed with scores greater than 93%. Special mention go...

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NI RF and Communications Technology Forum
Brent Hoerman

NI RF and Communications Technology Forum

On June 2, 2009 I attended National Instruments' RF and Communications Technology Forum held in Schaumberg, IL. It was a very interesting, quick moving 4 hours. Some of the highlights for me were: Watching a demo of using voice to text with LabVIEW quick drop to program using voice commands (Look mom, no hands!). For more info see this LAVA posting. Comparing the PXI platform to the IPhone and LabVIEW RF modules to the AppsStore. For more info, see the presentation on "Defini...

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Darren Jones

DMC featured in Fermilab newsletter from National Instruments

Underscoring DMC's successes with National Instruments and the US Department of Energy, the Fermilab newsletter from NI featured DMC's work in electrochemical storage test systems at the Argonne National Laboratory. "Internationally recognized as a world-class center for research and development on lithium batteries, Argonne is one of North America’s most-capable facilities for the independent evaluation of emerging green technologies, such as battery and fuel cell systems." Read more at ...

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Two new LabVIEW certifications!
Darren Jones

Two new LabVIEW certifications!

Congratulations to Eric Nielsen and Jesse Batsche on passing the certification exam to be LabVIEW Certified Associate Developers!  They had the opportunity to take this exam at the National Instruments Developer Education Days event here in Chicagoland.  Thanks to Jon Hildyard, Kalin Taskov, and Chris Weaver for leading the event and proctoring the exam.  Eric and Jesse will be continuing this certification path this year along with other Engineers at DMC, as we wil...

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PC-Based Controls vs Dedicated Controllers
David Simons

PC-Based Controls vs Dedicated Controllers

Mike Bacidore over at ControlDesign.com has written an insightful article discussing the recent shift of many of their readers from using traditional PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) to using more powerful PACs (Programmable Automation Controllers).  I believe this points to an overall industry trend towards customers wanting robust and reliable systems which are more intelligent, and able to transfer data easily from device to device. Mike also notes how a smaller...

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