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Rutherford Appleton Labs On-Site Seminar Series: October - November 2012

These sessions are designed to discuss best practices, platform choices, as well as introducing new users to tools. Whether you are an experienced user or completely new - there is something for everyone.

Thursday 11th October – PXI "Tips and Tricks" - From Triggering to Maintenance

Explore why PXI has become the standard platform for instrumentation. This session introduces you to the PXI platform, where you will learn about triggering and synchronisation techniques through to getting the most from your PXI with tips and tricks on maintaining your hardware.

Thursday 18th October – Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW Object Oriented Programming

Learn about how Object Oriented Programming (OOP) allows us to maximise the extensibility and reuse of application code. This session introduces the fundamentals of OOP in LabVIEW and how design patterns map from traditional LabVIEW programming through to maintainable OOP implementations and hardware abstraction layers. Get hands-on and create OOP based code.

Thursday 25th October – Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW Data Acquisition

This session is ideal for anyone who wants to try National Instruments LabVIEW. Covering the key fundamentals of LabVIEW, this session will give anyone new to LabVIEW the key first steps to starting their journey. During this hands-on attendees will have the opportunity to define some simple data acquisition systems within LabVIEW and take real measurements using the CompactDAQ platform.

Thursday 1st November – Hands-On Introduction to Modular Instrumentation and FlexRIO

Get hands-on with PXI and modular instrumentation measurement hardware, such as scopes, DMMs, arbitrary function generators and switches. Perform tests on elements of electronic DUTs (devices under test) such as LED testing and lowpass filter characterisation. See how the combination of LabVIEW and modular instruments can be used to implement a virtual instrumentation approach to automated test, enabling automated measurements, data logging for post processing and inline analysis at run-time. Also learn how to build an NI FlexRIO system from scratch. Understand how to take advantage of the flexible FPGA-based modular architecture to meet custom hardware requirements and perform inline processing.

Thursday 8th November – Hands-On Software Engineering

A session for new and existing users who want to get an appreciation of the tools that are available within the LabVIEW platform to aid good software engineering practice. Topics include, source code control, analysing code and requirements management, and how these fit into the software engineering process. Attendees will be able to get hands-on and try out the tools themselves under instruction from an NI Engineer.

Thursday 15th November – LabVIEW - Make Your Application More Stable and Accelerate Software Development

This session will discuss the importance of two topics within the application world. It will cover how using LabVIEW templates can help speed up development time and complexity by providing strong foundations for new applications. Topics include LabVIEW design patterns and how to select the most appropriate architecture. In the second half, the session focusses on making your application more stable – by discussing error handling. Critical applications require you to handle every eventuality and errors will occur. Find out how you handle those errors, track them and minimise the effects on your application.


To register for any of these sessions please call 01635 572424 or email


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