Software improves operation efficiency for distributed systems management

Designed to improve operational efficiency and decrease maintenance costs through a centralised interface for automating tasks, SystemLink application software is for distributed systems management.

NI has introduced the software in response to trends like the industrial IoT, 5G and the electrification of vehicles, coupled with maintaining distributed legacy systems. NI believes the drive towards connected and centrally co-ordinated systems has transformed theories and pilot projects into large-scale, distributed deployments. Companies derive returns from the actionable, data-driven insights that help them maximise uptime, increase efficiency and drive future product innovation. At the same time, companies need to balance their adoption of new, connected technologies while preserving support for valuable legacy assets with long life cycles.

Systems that manage, maintain and extract insight from small-scale pilots or groups of systems are relatively straightforward to implement, explains NI. The next challenge is to scale and manage large deployments, varying life cycle stages and distributed testers and nodes across entire plants, fabs and factories. This includes tasks like remote software and system configuration as well as data management and performance monitoring in industries from aerospace and defence to transportation and manufacturing.

SystemLink enables engineers to connect, deploy, and manage distributed systems, both NI and third-party, through a centralised interface accessible from anywhere. As a result it is possible to remotely configure and deploy software, monitor the health and performance of their equipment, manage alarms, and visualise application parameters. Additionally, engineers can automate the communication of data to

To meet demands like testing higher complexity devices under test and shorter timeframes, engineers need tools tailored to their needs. SystemLink is the latest addition to NI’s software-centric platform. It has LabVIEW engineering system design software at its core and TestStand test management software for overall execution. The workflow helps to improve the productivity of test and validation labs, says NI. Each piece of the workflow is also interoperable with third-party software to maximise code/IP reuse and draws on the LabVIEW Tools Network ecosystem of add-ons and tools for more application-specific requirements.

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