New Software Improves the Interactive Use of PXI Instruments

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This new software – InstrumentStudio simplifies development and debugging of automated test systems, thanks to National Instruments (NI).

InstrumentStudio can improve the live, interactive use for modular instruments and make debugging more intuitive while running tests, according to the company. The software, offering a more effective workflow for test system and development, would be beneficial for engineers in the aerospace, automotive and semiconductor industries.

Concept behind introducing the software

InstrumentStudio evolves the concept of single-instrument soft front panels into a unified, multi-instrument environment. So, engineers can capture screenshots and measurement results in one view from their suite of instruments.

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It can also save project-level configurations for specific devices under test that can be repurposed later or shared with colleagues. This efficiency is key for testing high-mix devices and provides test repeatability at a convenience to the engineer or technician.

Benefits of the new software

InstrumentStudio addresses challenges by exporting configuration files to programming environments that reproduce settings, thereby simplifying the measurement correlation. Additionally, test engineers can monitor PXI instrument behaviour by running it while the test sequences are executed in parallel, streamlining the debug process.

It has become an important part of a comprehensive software workflow and helps engineers maximize their investment in PXI instrumentation.

Also, the software makes the use of NI PXI instruments even easier – from initial product discovery to system debugging – all with intuitive connections to programming environments and test sequencers. Hence, it is a valuable tool in unlocking the full potential and usability of your bench or automated test rack.

Additionally, combination of it with LabVIEW and TestStand will improve the productivity of test and validation labs across many industries. Each piece of the workflow is also interoperable with third-party software to maximize code/IP reuse.

InstrumentStudio is included with the purchase of an NI PXI instrument. You can also download the complimentary software from ni.com for use with existing NI products. Please visit ni.com/instrumentstudio for further details.

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