New features & functionality in NI's LabVIEW increase engineering productivity for T&M

21 May 2019

LabVIEW 2019
LabVIEW 2019

Simplified installers & improved interoperability in latest release of LabVIEW 2019 & LabVIEW NXG continue optimisation of test & measurement processes.

At NIWeek, its annual user conference in Austin, Texas this week, National Instruments (NI), announced the latest release of LabVIEW 2019 and LabVIEW NXG, its software-defined platform to help accelerate development and performance of automated test and measurement systems. The releases demonstrate NI’s continued investment in the next generation of LabVIEW and systems engineering software. NI continues to focus its efforts around optimisation of test and measurement processes in key areas of test development integration, efficient automated testing, and access to data and systems.
The latest release of LabVIEW 2019 helps increase developer productivity through improved visibility in its IDE, powerful enhancements in debugging and new datatypes for the G-language. Additionally, LabVIEW 2019 addresses a critical pain point for engineers: managing dependencies and versioning with fragmented, non-standardised methods, which perpetuate as challenges in code deployment. With the new distribution option of package installers in LabVIEW 2019, users can now implement a standardised distribution method, with inherent version management and automatic dependency management to confidently replicate and share system software.
The latest version of LabVIEW NXG simplifies the most time-consuming tasks in automated test and measurement applications, from deploying and distributing code faster, importing and exporting MATLAB data (.mat) for improved interoperability with third-party software, and additional capabilities added to Web VIs to give users better interaction and control with their applications. These enhancements help engineers meet challenging time-to-market requirements by reducing time-intensive set-up through rapid connectivity to instrumentation, removing integration bottlenecks that traditionally arise in bringing in 3rd party IP through native interoperability with other programming languages and toolkits, and increasing access to important data by lowering the barrier of entry to web technology.
"Using WebVIs allows us to provide our users an interface to the test management database from anywhere, anytime, and we were able to develop the web interfaces using just our core LabVIEW skills.  We saved development time and the users have instant access to review data or change test criteria.” said Jeremy Marquis, Engineering Team Leader at G Systems.
As NI builds on its 30-year plus investment in software, these LabVIEW releases continue its fast-paced updates aiming to expand engineering capabilities from design to test. Whether engineers are using LabVIEW for the first time or have been on active users for years, LabVIEW 2019 and LabVIEW NXG are designed to be immediately accessible and make an immediate impact.
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