Businesses That Made the Switch to Software-Defined Test Systems
Test engineers in every industry are challenged to simultaneously increase system performance and decrease system size and total cost of design, production and validation test. Below is a small sampling from the thousands of NI customers who have achieved these goals. Businesses that made the switch to a software-defined approach realized increased software development productivity, faster test execution and throughput, lowered capital expenses, and increased scalability, which dramatically reduced their total cost of test.
Increased Test Throughput While Reliably Testing RF Data Transmitters/Receivers
"In our military business, performance and reliability are literally a matter of life and death. The National Instruments platform gave us the ability to significantly scale our production test throughput by 400 percent with ROI of 185 percent while rigidly maintaining the quality and performance standards that our military radios are known for."
– Joseph Nakoski, Engineering Director, RF Communications Division
Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
Reduced Production Test Costs by Globally Deploying a Standardized Test Platform
"Global production test standardization allows Hella to maintain its high product quality in a cost-effective and scalable manner. National Instruments was an integral partner in this effort, helping us realize a 46 percent reduction in operational test cost and savings of an additional investment of a million euros every year."
– Michael Follmann, Executive Vice President Electronics Operations
Scalable Test System Capable of Handling High Volume and Adapting as Needs Evolve
"Standardizing on the NI platform was a strategic decision. For more than a decade, it has met our escalating needs and helped us save hundreds of thousands of dollars while helping us meet aggressive time-to-market demands. We are now deploying it globally across our supply chain."
– Global Director, Consumer Printer Division
Sandia National Laboratories
Quality NI Services and Openness of the Architecture Ensure Longevity of the Test Platform
"We chose PXI hardware and graphical system design software based on their longevity and our supplier’s commitment to long-term, high-quality technical support and maintenance. We can expect a longer life cycle of our new test systems and have realized a 37 percent increase in operational uptime on the production floor."
– Don Malbrough, Lean Tester Value Stream Manager
Modular, Software-Based Approach Shortens Test Development and Test Execution
"To develop a more flexible and reliable testing system, we based our system design on NI PXI hardware and LabVIEW graphical programming software, which shortened the programming development time."
– Koh Chee Lit, Test Engineer
Honeywell (China) Co., Ltd
Reduced Test Equipment Costs, System Size, and Engineering Workload
"By developing our new FCT system with PXI and LabVIEW, we greatly reduced duplication of engineering effort and can more easily share resources. We successfully applied this solution to our production lines, resulting in stable and reliable PCB testing."
– Wei Wang, Test Engineer
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