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Personal NI Week Highlights

So I've been using National Instruments hardware now for 15 years and programming in LabVIEW for 10.  First, that makes me feel pretty old.  Second, why is it that this is the first year I have gone to NI week?  I don't kn...


NIWeek 2010!

DMC is hitting the ground running at NIWeek 2010.  "It's Time".  This is the theme of the keynote of the first official day of NIWeek.  Time to develop, real-time control, timing for data synchronization, time to ...


LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Performance Tweaking

In the first part of my series, LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS, I introduced TDMS as our preferred file format and pointed users toward exploring and using TDMS themselves. In this post, I'm assuming that you are comfortable handling chan...


LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS

This is part one of my blog series detailing the use and optimization of the TDMS format. Here is a table of contents for all blogs in this series: LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Performance Tweaking LabVIE...


Energy Storage Research and Development:  Two New Case Studies

At DMC, we're happy to be working hard at the cutting edge of emerging Energy Storage devices. Many of the systems we've recently architected and delivered are world-class manufacturing test systems for Batteries and Smart Battery Packs. A...


Use of BMS Validation Test Stand for Fuel Cell Management System Testing

Here at DMC, we do a considerable amount of work for manufacturers and test laboratories who specialize in lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, and other cutting edge energy generation and storage technologies. This work has fueled the development of m...


RT-201: PLCs vs. Real-Time Systems

In RT-101: Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS), I provided readers with a brief description of the many benefits that systems running an RTOS can provide in harsh and demanding environments. The bigger question is: in an industry saturated by PLCs (Pr...


RT-301: Capabilities of Distributed LabVIEW Real-Time

Eric Nielsen’s Real Time blog did a good job of hitting the major strengths and benefits of any system based on a controller running a Real-time operating system. Here I’ll get into a little more depth, specifically for the capabilities t...


Taming Clock Drift With NI-Sync

Some data acquisition applications using LabVIEW require an ultimately stable clock reference. In these cases there are a number of options, such as GPS, for generating a clock reference that is more accurate than your DAQ board can attain on its own...


National Instruments LabVIEW Remote Panel Bug

Although we use many different technologies and software packages at DMC, we have a great amount of experience with National Instruments LabVIEW. We currently have four Certified Architects and another seven Certified Developers. Lately, we've...


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