4 WAYS TO TEST SMARTER AND STAY AHEAD

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Think about your past year as an en­gi­neer: How has your role changed? How about in the last five years? As the pace of change in tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to ac­cel­er­ate, you must adap­tand cre­ate more ef­fi­ciency in ev­ery as­pect of your work­place.

This ar­ti­cle shows you how to use the lat­est re­lease of LabVIEW NXG to ad­dress the fol­low­ing four or­ga­ni­za­tional chal­lenges and quickly move on to your next en­gi­neer­ing pur­suit: 1. Re­duce your test sys­tem setup and con­figura

tion time 2. Min­i­mize the time to your next mea­sure­ment 3. In­crease test soft­ware col­lab­o­ra­tion 4. Put the right test data in front of the right

peo­ple

1. Test smarter by re­duc­ing your sys­tem setup and con­fig­u­ra­tion time.

How much en­gi­neer­ing time do you spend search­ing for the man­ual, the pinouts, the right hard­ware driver, the right util­ity, and so on?To help you test smarter, LabVIEW NXG now in­cludes work­flows that pro­vide ad­di­tional con­text and as­sis­tance with sur­fac­ing the right in­for­ma­tion at the right time. If the ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ers are not yet in­stalled on the ma­chine, LabVIEW NXGpro­vides you with a guided ex­pe­ri­ence to find and in­stall the driv­ers with­out leav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Once the driver is in­stalled, you can see the doc­u­men­ta­tion, ex­am­ples, and NI soft front pan­els to ver­ify your setup and get ini­tial mea­sure­ments quickly.

To scale to larger set­ups, you can also con­fig­ure the sys­tem in a ta­ble view, so you can ef­fi­ciently batch edit con­fig­u­ra­tions across in­stru­ments. Th­ese new ca­pa­bil­i­ties aim to re­duce the time you spendon com­mon setup tasks, soyou can ded­i­cate more time where it’s truly needed: ac­quir­ing re­sults and cus­tom-

Fig­ure 2. Visu­ally dis­cover hard­ware, man­age driv­ers, and con­fig­ure set­tings with­out leav­ing the LabVIEW NXG en­vi­ron­ment. iz­ing the sys­tem to meet your in­di­vid­ual needs.

2. Test smarter by min­i­miz­ing the time to your next mea­sure­ment.

You musthave the flex­i­bil­ity to min­i­mize the time to not just your first but also your next un­known test or mea­sure­ment.Over the last 30 years, hun­dreds of thou­sands of en­gi­neers have used LabVIEW to in­crease their pro­duc­tiv­ity through the ab­strac­tion ofin­stru­men­ta­tion tasks, and they have ben­e­fited from the in­tu­itive func­tional view of graph­i­cal pro­gram­ming.

LabVIEW NXG builds on this graph­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with en­gi­neer­ing work­flows that help you tran­si­tion from hard­ware setup, ini­tial mea­sure­ments, and anal­y­sis to an ef­fi­cient de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment. With LabVIEW NXG, you start at a higher level,and when you need more ad­vanced anal­y­sis, logic, or au­to­ma­tion, you can quickly build on top of the work you’ve al­ready done.

3. Test smarter by in­creas­ing test soft­ware col­lab­o­ra­tion.

As part of NI’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to test soft­ware, LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW 2017, along with an in­creas­ing amount of other test and mea­sure­ment soft­ware from NI, have been built on com­mon, open-stan­dard pack­age tech­nol­ogy. A new pack­age man­ager en­ables you to dis­trib­ute soft­ware—not just NI or third-party soft­ware, but also your own.

In­creas­ing test col­lab­o­ra­tion and re­use re­lies on how you dis­trib­ute soft­ware, whether that is with LabVIEW NXG, LabVIEW, or your own test code. Take the first step in stan­dard­iza­tion by dis­tribut­ing your soft­ware us­ing in­dus­try-stan­dard pack­age build­ing and pack­age man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy so you can con­fi­dently repli­cate your sys­tems.

4. Test smarter by put­ting the right test data in front of the right peo­ple.

Are you be­com­ing a bot­tle­neckof en­gi­neer­ing data? If you’re a bar­rier to yourteam learn­ing the sta­tus of tests in a timely man­ner, anda bar­rier to your own pro­duc­tiv­ity be­cause you can mon­i­tor only the one test in front of you, you are not alone. NIasked a group of test, mea­sure­ment, and con­trol en­gi­neers what they could do if they­had re­mote ac­cess to theirtests.

The sur­vey re­spon­dents saw the big­gest im­pact of re­mote ac­cess on mon­i­tor­ing a test and/or ac­cess­ing re­sults. By us­ing the web, en­gi­neers can take ad­van­tage of an ac­ces­si­ble tool so en­tire teams can tap into

the data and gain ad­di­tional vis­i­bil­ity.

The LabVIEW NXG Web Module in­tro­duces dra­gand- drop cre­ation tools for web-based in­ter­faces ( We­bVIs) to help you aug­ment your test, mea­sure­ment, con­trol, and mon­i­tor­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. You can use it to quickly cre­ate web-based en­gi­neer­ing user in­ter­faces, and, with its in­tu­itive com­mu­ni­ca­tion mech­a­nism­sand plat­form for se­cure host­ing,you can rapidly de­velop and de­ploy your web in­ter­face with­out web pro­gram­ming ex­per­tise.

Eval­u­ate How You Can Stay Ahead with­Test Soft­ware

Test smarter bye­val­u­at­ing the soft­ware tools you are con­sid­er­ing with th­ese four key ques­tions.How well does the soft­ware tool help you to: - tion time? - sure­ment? peo­ple? What does your fu­ture hold? NI is ex­cited to see the fu­ture faster through the ex­cit­ing en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenges you will mee­tus­ing LabVIEW NXG.

Fig­ure 1. Re­ducey­our time to setup, au­to­mate and cus­tom­ize your test re­sults with the lat­est re­lease of LabVIEW NXG.

Fig­ure 3. Rapidly build and then it­er­ate on your test and mea­sure­ment sys­tem us­ing the drag- and- drop de­sign ap­proach of LabVIEW NXG.

Fig­ure 4. Dis­trib­ute all the soft­ware you need to de­ploy and repli­cate a test sys­tem us­ing the open, in­dus­try­s­tan­dard pack­age man­age­ment that LabVIEW NXG pro­vides.

Fig­ure 5. Re­motely mon­i­tor­ing and ac­cess­ing data are the most com­mon ways en­gi­neers would use web-based user in­ter­faces in their next project, ac­cord­ing to an NI sur­vey.

Fig­ure 6. Aug­ment your test, mea­sure­ment, con­trol, and mon­i­tor­ing ap­pli­ca­tion­swith web-based in­ter­faces cre­ated with the LabVIEW NXG Web Module.

By Jonah Paul, Se­nior Prod­uct Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, NI

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