Taking LabView into harsh environments

Compact FieldPoint from National Instruments (Austin, TX) provides a small, rugged, intelligent platform that extends the reach of its LabView software into harsh industrial environments, such as embedded machine control, industrial data acquisition, data logging, and in-vehicle applications. Previously hampered by extreme industrial settings, engineers and scientists can use Compact FieldPoint...

01/01/2003


A 2002 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNER


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Compact FieldPoint from National Instruments (Austin, TX) provides a small, rugged, intelligent platform that extends the reach of its LabView software into harsh industrial environments, such as embedded machine control, industrial data acquisition, data logging, and in-vehicle applications. Previously hampered by extreme industrial settings, engineers and scientists can use Compact FieldPoint to perform advanced measurement and control by integrating the intelligent distributed platform on a factory floor, in an industrial machine, or in remote locations.


Compact FieldPoint's family consists of 20 I/O modules and three intelligent controllers that perform analog and discrete control; user-defined data logging; and advanced inline math and signal processing. Using these processing capabilities, engineers and scientists can perform signal generation, calculus, curve fitting, statistics, and run PID loops, fuzzy logic, and optimal control routines.

Compact FieldPoint incorporates a solid metal backplane for standalone mechanical ruggedness and stability. Users benefit from sturdy four- or eight-slot backplanes and steel screw fasteners that enable Compact FieldPoint to endure high vibration applications, even when mounted on heavy machinery or vehicles. Compact FieldPoint is the size of a large brick, measuring 5 x 10 x 5 in., and can withstand 50 g of shock and 5 g (rms) vibration.

Compact FieldPoint operates in temperatures ranging from -25 to 60 °C. With the Ethernet connectivity of Compact FieldPoint, users can create Web-enabled applications, and remotely monitor sites to improve processes, reduce costs, and improve data throughput.

www.ni.com/compactfieldpoint


  • Advanced control and measurement system for harsh industrial environments

  • Reliable embedded control, measurement, and data logging using LabView

  • Remore user panel interface via standard Web browser

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