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Keynote - Impacting Today's Business
tbc, NI
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Analog Data are no longer just trends, but are fast becoming a reality. Therefore, we will present some of these new applications and technologies, and also show how these key themes are already influencing our business and economy today. Furthermore, we will take a look at how this gives rise to new trends like the convergence of technologies, which allows innovative companies – like Tesla and Google in the automotive domain – to enter established markets with revolutionary technology. The keynote will highlight how you can ride the wave of this new reality for test, measurement and control.
 
 
Morning Break and Exhibition
 
 
What's New in LabVIEW
Charlotte Nicolaou, National Instruments
LabVIEW has helped engineers across almost every region, market and industry make a marked improvement to their everyday productivity as it relates to automating measurements. At this session, explore the latest features in LabVIEW 2016 that simplify development through further abstraction of complex programming topics and increased integration with open-software tools.
 
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Software Development
 
The Revolution in Big Data Analysis for Manufacturing Test
Vidar Grønås, Virinco
Large amounts of critical data go to waste in many test systems today. At this session, learn about the data you never thought to capture, the key information hidden in your existing test data, and ways to take advantage of this growing trend. Specifically, hear from experts how to organise and analyse manufacturing test data.
 
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Data Management
 
Simplify System Design with CompactRIO: The Ultimate Multipurpose Controller
Erik van Hilten, National Instruments
Designing control and I/O systems for industrial machinery and advanced equipment is no small task. In this session, learn how you can improve the way you design and deploy advanced control and monitoring systems for the Industrial Internet of Things by taking advantage of the unrivaled performance and flexibility of the CompactRIO platform.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
5 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Know About in Automated Test
National Instruments
The landscape of technology being integrated into automated test systems is always evolving. Harnessing these technologies as they are introduced is imperative to continuously driving down test cost and test times to maintain a competitive advantage.
 
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Automated Test
 
Academic Keynote
Richard Roberts, Dave Wilson, National Instruments
Today’s students will graduate needing to be prepared for so much more than previous generations of students. They will need to design complex systems, work effectively across multiple domains, and integrate new technologies the world has never seen.  Join us to learn how the engineering laboratory continues to change and how NI is enabling the path of discovery for students to learn what they never knew, and researchers to discover what has never been known.
 
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Academic Track
 
Introduction to Software Defined Radio with LabVIEW Comms and USRP (1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
Discover how you can use LabVIEW system design software to easily design, prototype, and deploy a wireless communications system with the USRP software defined radio (SDR) platform. Build a simple spectrum analyser, demodulate over-the-air broadcast FM radio, and explore a wireless digital communication system using this flexible SDR platform that scales from education to research applications.
 
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Wireless Prototyping
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and Data Acquisition ( 1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
Even in a world full of immersive media, there is still no better way to learn new concepts than the hands-on experience. This session, geared towards new DAQ users and those wanting to evaluate the LabVIEW environment, explores how to program a measurement system to meet application-specific needs. Discover how to connect and acquire signals, perform inline analysis and file I/O, and build a rich user interface. Also get answers to your questions from NI engineers at the session.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time (1hr 30 mins)
National Instruments
Learn how to quickly build and deploy embedded monitoring and control applications using CompactRIO and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Also, explore LabVIEW Real-Time features that increase flexibility and integration with the FPGA when programming with the RIO Scan Interface.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam Preparation Class
National Instruments
The objective of this session is to increase your confidence and readiness for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam. This session includes an overview of the NI Certification Program, the exam process, example questions, the style and format of the exam, the LabVIEW topics covered and tips on how to prepare.  Attendees will receive a voucher entitling them to 50% discount off the cost of the exam.
 
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Certification
 
Making Attractive and Responsive UIs in LabVIEW with HTML
Mike Bailey and John White, Central South LabVIEW User Group
Utilising technologies such as Webkit, HTML, CSS and JavaScript we have been able to make create attractive and responsive user interfaces(UIs) that integrate into LabVIEW. Come to this session to find out why and more importantly how, you could do the same.
 
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Software Development
 
Using Data Obtained at a Unique Testing Facility to Tackle Energy and Water Consumption
Joe Hall,, Plastipack Ltd.
Using NI hardware and LabVIEW, Plastipack Ltd. have created a customised system to acquire and analyse data obtained at their one-of-a-kind test facility. With this system Plastipack Ltd. can assess the performance of their energy-saving water coverage materials and continue to improve their product range to address increasing energy and water consumption issues.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
A Preview of the Future of LabVIEW
National Instruments
Delve into the future of NI's flagship software product, LabVIEW. This session extends far beyond high-level slides and categorical investment arcs by examining in-depth how LabVIEW will continue to quickly evolve. Whether you build software on top of LabVIEW, conduct systems-level integration based on LabVIEW, or use LabVIEW for a hobby, don't miss this session.
 
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Software Development
 
The BIG, the BAD and the UGLY: Big Data Best Practices for DAQ
National Instruments
DAQ systems are producing more analogue data than ever before and unlocking the opportunity to uncover new insights and make faster decisions. At this session, learn how best practices in hardware selection, decentralised processing, and metadata documentation can deliver greater insight and minimise frustrating, repeated tests due to lost or undocumented data.
 
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Data Management
 
Development of HB Servo-Hydraulic Compaction Simulator
David Barr, Product Technology Partners
The HB Servo-Hydraulic Compaction Simulator is a world-class measuring instrument for the pharmaceutical industry, that enables formulation scientists to replicate any tablet press. Learn about tricks behind the scenes of the embedded control software, capable of producing tablets in different control modes, and detecting EtherCAT slaves on the fly to create a flexible and expandable system.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Automated Test Guest Speaker TBC
tbc
 
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Automated Test
 
Testing Embedded Software in Real-Time with VeriStand
National Instruments
VeriStand is a software environment for configuring real-time testing applications such as hardware-in-the-loop testing for embedded software verification and test cell control and monitoring of mechanical systems. In this session, you will learn how you can use VeriStand to integrate simulation models with I/O devices and perform closed loop control with test automation.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
A Showcase of Student Innovation
Richard Roberts, National Instruments
Strength Enhancing Exoskeletons? Space Rockets? Autonomous Tractors? Robotic Insects? Engine Control Units? Humanitarian Aid Drones? This year, we've witnessed some of the most awe-inspiring undergraduate innovations to date. We've handpicked three, award-winning students to demonstrate their final year projects and tell you what their really think about NI tools in the learning experience.
 
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Academic Track
 
Use of the Asynchronous Call to Facilitate TCP Communications in Client Server Applications
Simon Carter, North West LabVIEW User Group
The LabVIEW asynchronous call is a fundamental building block that underpins the dynamic despatch function utilised in Object Orientated programming.  It has wider uses though, in more traditional LabVIEW applications and at this session we'll focus on one such application, the management of the client interface required in any LabVIEW client/server application.
 
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Software Development
 
Creation of an Infrastructure for Test Data Management
Maxime Lecuona, Jaguar Land Rover
Implementing a comprehensive data management solution to manage and analyse up to 500GB of time-series data per day can be incredibly difficult and daunting. Learn how Jaguar Land Rover deployed a system based on DIAdem and DataFinder Server Edition to index metadata and create a simple workflow to inspect, analyse and report on data 20 times faster than the previous, manual method.
 
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Data Management
 
The Coming Changes to Standard Ethernet: Industrial IoT Convergence with the Control System 
National Instruments
The IEEE 802 standards group has been adding new capabilities to the Ethernet standard.  These features will allow standard IT traffic to converge with time sensitive control traffic.  In this session we will discuss the new capabilities coming to Ethernet infrastructure that will support time synchronisation, low latency communications and high network reliability.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Getting the Most Out of Your RF Instrument's Bandwidth
Neil Crossan, National Instruments
Roughly a decade ago, in 2003, there were approximately 6 billion people living on the planet with 500 million connected devices, i.e. approximately 0.08 connected devices per person. Less than half a decade in future, in 2020, we are talking about 50 billion connected devices i.e. approximately 6.5 connected devices per person, an increment of 8000 times. In the language of wireless communication, these facts simply correlate to a pressing need for extremely wide channel capacity, which calls for a bandwidth explosion!
 
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Automated Test
 
A Revolutionary Approach on Structural Monitoring
Aris Nikolarakos, Mabey
This presentation highlights the importance of understanding the measured quantities, how Mabey Instrumentation enables customer requirements by providing bespoke Monitoring and Control solutions and introduces the revolutionary approach LiveBIM for presenting monitoring information.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
Take Control! Enabling Students to Understand and Design Complex Control & Mechatronic Systems
National Instruments
Mechatronics systems are everywhere! And, that they're becoming more and more complex. NI supports thousands of cutting edge, industrial engineering applications, and our goal is to ensure the next generation of engineers is ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Learn how the NI platform for teaching mechatronics enables students to gain a deep understanding of complex systems, so they can identify problems and design solutions faster.
 
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Academic Track
 
Hands-On: Build an Automated Test System with PXI and NI TestStand
National Instruments
Discover how to develop an automated test system using NI’s test solution to increase test development productivity and reduce overall costs. Learn to perform a functional test on multiple units under test with TestStand ready-to-run test management software and the PXI PC-based modular instrumentation platform.
 
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Automated Test
 
Hands-On: Introduction to Graphical Programming and Data Acquisition ( 1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
Even in a world full of immersive media, there is still no better way to learn new concepts than the hands-on experience. This session, geared toward new DAQ users and those wanting to evaluate the LabVIEW environment, explores how to program a measurement system to meet application-specific needs. Discover how to connect and acquire signals, perform inline analysis and file I/O, and build a rich user interface. Also get answers to your questions from NI engineers at the session.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW FPGA ( 1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
Take advantage of the power of reconfigurable FPGAs for custom timing/triggering, inline signal processing and fast closed-loop control. In this hands-on session, explore the basics of customising CompactRIO with LabVIEW FPGA Module programming. Attendees should have basic LabVIEW and LabVIEW Real-Time knowledge.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Machine Learning with LabVIEW and the VI Suggester
Dr Bo Fu, London LabVIEW User Group
This session showcases the LabVIEW implementation of several machine learning algorithms including the Hidden Markov Model and Genetic Algorithm. We will also Demonstrate VI Suggester, the toolkit that helps improve the coding speed of LabVIEW developers by using machine learning to suggest the next VI while programming.
 
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Software Development
 
How to Make Better Decisions From Your Data
Stephanie Amrite, National Instruments
Deriving knowledge from acquired data is key to gaining a competitive edge in the market. But are you using the right post-processing tools to reveal the value hidden in your data? If your current data analysis process is frustrating to you, learn how NI's Technical Data Management platform DIAdem increases efficiency in analysing and visualising engineering data and offers productivity gains that scale from an individual user all the way to the enterprise.
 
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Data Management
 
Practical Lessons in LabVIEW OOP
James McNally, Central South LabVIEW User Group
Since adopting LabVIEW OOP for the last 2 years I have found myself using certain techniques everyday to build better software. This presentation shares the key elements that has made my OOP adoption a success.
 
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Software Development
 
National Instruments CompactDAQ and CompactRIO in Rocket Data Acquisition and Control Systems
Daniel Jubb, Falcon Project
The Falcon Project Ltd has used the National Instruments CompactDAQ and CompactRIO systems and the associated modules, in data collection and control systems for solid propellant rocket testing. Key values include: thrust, pressures, fire command feedback, temperatures and valve positions. The systems, located close the test stand, have been subject to shock, pressure and vibration and have performed well under these conditions. The presentation will provide some background and history of Falcon, the development and testing of our data collection system, the development of visual interfaces in LabVIEW, some details of the trials it has been used on. We will also outline some of the other areas we have recently used the National Instruments systems.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Improving Test Performance with LabVIEW and PXI
Simon Hutchings, EMS Radio Fire and Security Systems
With the current economic pressures efficiency in your production lines is vital. This presentation focusses on identifying potential issues with test systems & fixing them. Using a structured approach along with code improvements efficiencies can also be increased.
 
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Automated Test
 
DAQ Advanced: PXI Synchronisation Under the Hood
National Instruments
Several methods exist for synchronising devices, depending on the devices involved and the requirements of the application. The NI-DAQmx driver simplifies the timing and control of multiple devices based on how your system is configured in software. This session examines the underlying hardware architecture of different PXI and PXI Express synchronisation methods. Learn how different clock and trigger signals in the backplane and timing and synchronisation modules are managed to accurately synchronise multiple chassis.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
 
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Wireless Prototyping
 
We are accelerating discovery in engineering education and research. Are you keeping up?
Richard Roberts, National Instruments and Joel Gibbard, CEO and Co-founder of Open Bionics
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a profound effect on product design, manufacturing, infrastructure, and even education. So how is engineering work being transformed and how are students being prepared for this fast-growing complexity? Hear from NI leaders, partners, and customers on why rate of discovery matters in our innovation-driven world and how professionals and students alike can find problems and build solutions faster than ever before.
 
 
LabVIEW Hacker: Delving into the Maker Movement
National Instruments
Our society is being influenced more and more by the Maker Movement – a DIY culture surrounding technology, innovation and creativity. In this session join us as we share some incredible and at times, downright crazy, inventions created by engineers for fun with NI technology! We will be hacking together unrelated technology with LabVIEW. Discover, though live demonstrations, tutorials and software packages, the cool technology you can use in your next project.
 
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Software Development
 
A View of the Future: LabVIEW Measures Within 'Big Data' School Studies
Amanda Waterman & Peter Culmer, University of Leeds and Earle Jamieson, ReSolve Research Engineering, ReSolve RE & University of Leeds
An accurate, portable, and automated tool was needed to test the motor and cognitive skills of 20,000 school children. We provide an overview of how we created Kinelab, a tablet-based application developed in LabVIEW that allows researchers to configure and conduct a variety of cognitive-motor tests whilst linking to rich information about a child's health and education. The application presents visual stimuli, captures movement responses, performs statistical analyses, and automatically generates feedback reports. Kinelab is being used in Born in Bradford (BiB), a large UK birth cohort study which is following the health and wellbeing of children as they develop.
 
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Software Development
 
Quick Fire LabVIEW Presentations
Members of UK LabVIEW User Groups
This session will invite 5 members of LabVIEW user groups across the UK to present a short presentation on a topic of their choice. If you want to learn some quick tips and tricks from the experienced developers this is the session for you!
 
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Software Development
 
Integrating C/C++ and LabVIEW on NI Linux Real-Time Embedded Hardware 
Gavin Hill, National Instruments
Combine the productivity of LabVIEW for system design and FPGA programming with textual programming languages to save development time and costs by reusing your C/C++ projects, skill set, and community IP. Learn how to choose and implement a software architecture for NI Linux Real-Time embedded hardware that optimises your workflow and coordination of development resources.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
From the Experts: Automated Test Best Practices
National Instruments
Obtain best practices for building automated test systems, from analyzing test requirements and developing the tester architecture to optimizing test throughput and deploying test systems. This session is based on NI's Practical Guides for Building a Test System series, which were written in collaboration with various leading companies in the Automated Test industry.
 
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Automated Test
 
Intermediate DAQmx: Building Code Beyond the DAQ Assistant
National Instruments
This session is geared towards DAQ users who are familiar with the DAQ Assistant or basic DAQmx code and are ready expand their program capabilities. Learn best practices and tips for creating clean DAQmx code with a single DAQ device. We'll start with a DAQ Assistant, and from it build a synchronised multi-task program with mixed analogue, digital and counter measurements.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
Communication below the orthogonality limits; increasing bit rates whilst saving spectrum: The case of SEFDM”
Izzat Darwazeh, University College London
Saving spectrum while increasing information transmission rates is a key requirement for all future communication systems.  A technique that can afford these has been developed at UCL and is termed Spectrally Efficient FDM (SEFDM).  SEFDM is a multi-carrier technique that improves the spectral efficiency by packing subcarriers closer than the orthogonal limit dictated.  Therefore, SEFDM can transmit more data, relative to OFDM, within the same bandwidth, giving up to 70% of spectral efficiency gains.  This talk will cover the basics of SEFDM and its implementation using NI’s USRP RIO equipment, showing the feasibility of this technique in future wireless and wired systems.
 
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Wireless Prototyping
 
Hands-On: Introduction to RF Systems on PXI
National Instruments
Review RF measurement fundamentals such as third-order intercept, adjacent power channel ratio and modulation accuracy. Test drive the PXIe-5644R vector signal transceiver using intuitive graphical user interfaces to perform fundamental wireless test measurements.
 
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Automated Test
 
Hands-On: Big Data Management with NI DIAdem ( 1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
With the rise of Big Data, turning information into insight can be a formidable challenge when you’re not equipped with the right tools. Information is often contained in multiple files, saved in a variety of formats, and in more than one location. Insight is gained through mining files for the relevant data, manual analysis and creating custom, management-ready reports. In this hands-on workshop, discover how NI DIAdem can remove your Big Data problem and make data analysis simple by easily finding your data files and automating your analysis and report generation.
 
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Data Management
 
Hands-On: CompactRIO - Programming With LabVIEW Real-Time (1hr 30mins)
National Instruments
Learn how to quickly build and deploy embedded monitoring and control applications using CompactRIO and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Also, explore LabVIEW Real-Time features that increase flexibility and integration with the FPGA when programming with the RIO Scan Interface.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Certified LabVIEW Developer Exam Preparation Class
National Instruments
The objective of this session is to increase your confidence and readiness for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam. This session includes an overview of the NI Certification Program, the exam process, example questions, the style and format of the exam, the LabVIEW topics covered and tips on how to prepare.  Attendees will receive a voucher entitling them to 50% discount off the cost of the exam.
 
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Certification
 
Challenge the Champions
National Instruments
Challenge the Champions is back again! In this fun session , we'll place the top LabVIEW programmers from the top UK User Groups into two teams, and test them with a series of LabVIEW trivia questions and programming challenges. Come along to watch the battle, pick a side and see how you would fare.
 
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Software Development
 
Designing Attractive and Effective User Interfaces in LabVIEW
National Instruments
Obtain the inspiration, techniques, and tips to create clear, appealing, and modern user interfaces in LabVIEW. See demonstrations of simple but attractive LabVIEW UI implementations, explore the basics of UI design and the user experience, and look at recent trends in UI development.
 
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Software Development
 
VI Scripting
Chris Roebuck, Central South LabVIEW User Group
See how to use the power of VI scripting to automate common / repetitive tasks in LabVIEW to streamline your development process.
 
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Software Development
 
Colorophone – A Real-Time Sensory Substitution Device for the Visually Impaired
Dominik Osinski, NTNU University
Colorophone is a sensory substitution device that allows blind people to listen to colors. The device translates information about every possible color to sound. The conversion system realized by a 3D printed prototype equipped in digital camera, bone conducting headphones and myRIO as a real-time processing unit will be presented.
 
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Control and Embedded Design
 
Switching, Mass Interconnect, and Fixturing Considerations
Mike Watts
Switching, mass interconnects, and test fixtures are where the rubber meets the road for automated test systems, connecting DUTs to instrumentation. This session will discuss how to determine switching architecture, switching topology, relay types, and choose an appropriate mass interconnect system to get the most out of your test system.
 
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Automated Test
 
Integrating LabVIEW & cDAQ for Drill Pipe Inspection
Tom Adams, TBG Solutions
Learn how TBG solutions developed a drill pipe inspection system that interfaces with various inspection units used to maintain the safety and reliability of piping operations, encapsulating the functionality to identify defects before failure and possible damage. With the flexibility of NI products, we were able to quickly produce an expandable system that fully satisfied the customer whilst maintaining a competitive cost.
 
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Data Acquistion and Test Cells
 
Addressing the Requirements of Next Generation Wireless Communications Systems
National Instruments
From 1G to 4G, requirements such as better voice coverage and mobile broadband significantly pushed the technical capabilities of mobile communications systems. Going forward, 5G is evolving based on a new set of requirements. Megatrend realities such as the IoT and even more mobile broadband are pushing 5G requirements into an increasingly diverse set of requirements. In this presentation, we will explain the technical requirements driving 5G, and explain how technologies such as massive MIMO, millimeter wave communications, and multi-RAT systems will address them. In addition, we will provide an update on the 5G standardisation process – providing an overview of the physical layer characteristics of the first and second of 5G deployments.
 
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Wireless Prototyping
 
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam Preparation Class
National Instruments
The objective of this session is to increase your confidence and readiness for the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam. This session includes an overview of the NI Certification Program, the exam process, example questions, the style and format of the exam, the LabVIEW topics covered and tips on how to prepare.  Attendees will receive a voucher entitling them to 50% discount off the cost of the exam.
 
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Certification
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