Maybe you’ve been told that you should be using LabVIEW by an engineer?
Or you’re looking at National Instruments hardware and come across LabVIEW?
But what is LabVIEW and will it suit your needs. We have written this article to give you a quick introduction to this powerful software so you can decide if you would like to learn more.
LabVIEW is a software development environment and language created by National Instruments.
Its key innovation is that it uses graphical diagrams rather than lines of text which makes it more intuitive for engineers and excellent for parallel programming.
When using the system as an end user, you shouldn’t. As long as the application does what you need, the language used is not that important. However, LabVIEW does make certain things more efficient which can reduce your training or development time and cost. Where LabVIEW excels is:
We build LabVIEW applications out of Virtual Instruments (VIs) which are our building blocks. These can be part of a toolkit library or custom made by the developer.
Each of these contains two parts:
Most large engineering companies probably have some LabVIEW code somewhere. Engineers are mostly using it in test departments as well as for laboratory measurements.
Since NI released their compactRIO platform, engineers are also using it for embedded data acquisition or control applications.
At Wiresmith Technology we focus on automated measurement systems which are used in research, development and test departments. As an example of a couple of the companies that we have worked with:
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