Next-generation of LabVIEW streamlines workflow for non-programmers
At NI Week in Austin, Texas this week, National Instruments has announced LabVIEW NXG 1.0, the first release of the next-generation of LabVIEW engineering system design software.
According to National Instruments, LabVIEW NXG bridges the gap between configuration-based software and custom programming languages with measurement automation.
The software is released 30 years after the original version of LabVIEW, which was hailed as the ‘non-programming’ way to automate a measurement system. In the intervening years, the company focused on making additional things possible with LabVIEW, but now it is focusing efforts on helping engineers automate measurements quickly and easily.
LabVIEW NXG embraces a streamlined workflow, with common applications able to use a simple configuration-based approach. More complex applications can use the full open-ended graphical programming capability of the LabVIEW language, G.
The 1.0 release of LabVIEW NXG helps engineers performing benchtop measurements to increase productivity with new non-programming workflows that acquire and iteratively analyse measurement data. These non-programming workflows simplify automation by building the necessary code behind the scenes, explains the company. For example, engineers can drag and drop a section of code equivalent to 50 lines of text-based code.
LabVIEW NXG introduces a re-engineered editor with that extends the openness of LabVIEW to integrate with a broader set of languages. The modernised editor improves programming productivity by streamlining the editor micro-interactions, user interface objects based on vector graphics and zooming capabilities, says National Instruments.
New capabilities in LabVIEW 2017 target the development, deployment and management of large, complex and distributed test and embedded applications. New features enhance interoperability with standard IP and standard communications protocols such as IEC 61131-3, OPC UA and the secure DDS messaging standard.
National Instruments offers access to both LabVIEW NXG 1.0 and LabVIEW 2017 to new customers and existing LabVIEW users to develop applications that require test, measurement or control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.
The first release in the next-generation of LabVIEW is planned as the first in a series of releases that will expand engineering capabilities from design to test. From simple DAQ applications to building complex test systems and smart machines, LabVIEW helps reduce time to market and accelerate engineering productivity, says National Instruments.