Measurements and Sensor Connectivity

I2S Uses CompactRIO to Optimize PLC Automation in Steel Rolling Mills

Clark Hummel

"With the performance of CompactRIO, we were able to add this custom measurement and analysis for our gamma-based sensors without compromising our control rate speed."

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The NI programmable automation controller (PAC) platform delivers 20 years of measurement experience from NI to industrial applications. PACs programmed with NI LabVIEW software are ideal for adding high-speed, high-resolution measurements and advanced analysis to existing programmable logic controller (PLC) and automation systems. You can implement applications such as machine condition monitoring, thermal monitoring, and high-speed control in existing machines and production environments.

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Throughout the design, prototype, and deployment process of mechatronics systems, engineers require measurement and sensing technologies. Even before creating a new design, mechanical engineers take measurements with existing systems to analyze and identify areas for improvement. During the design and prototyping phase, measurement technology helps to validate and optimize the design. In addition, control engineers require sensor feedback to create closed-loop control systems or implement functions to monitor process parameters or add vision inspection. To ensure the longevity and safety of a mechatronics system, machine condition monitoring functions require a breadth of sensor information and data points.

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Embedded Measurement Hardware - NI CompactRIO

The CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC) is a low-cost reconfigurable control and acquisition system designed for applications that require high performance and reliability. The system combines an open embedded architecture with small size, extreme ruggedness, and hot-swappable industrial I/O modules. CompactRIO is powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) FPGA technology.

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PC-Based Measurement Hardware - NI USB Data Acquisition

Industry-leading NI USB data acquisition (DAQ) devices deliver true high-performance measurements while benefiting from the simplicity and portability of USB. They range from low-cost, single-function devices to high-performance modular systems, and are ideal for a variety of applications from simple data logging to embedded OEM system.

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Sensing Measurement Software - NI LabVIEW

LabVIEW is designed for engineers and scientists who need to create flexible and scalable test, measurement, and control applications rapidly and at minimal cost. The intuitive graphical development environment combines the ease of use of configuration-based tools with the flexibility of a powerful programming language.

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Machine Vision and Scientific Imaging

National Instruments is a leading machine vision and scientific imaging hardware and software tools provider. From inspecting automotive parts to researching advanced medicines, engineers and scientists use NI vision software and hardware to meet a diverse set of application challenges faster and at a lower cost.

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Machine Condition Monitoring

Machine condition monitoring can help your organization stop unscheduled outages, optimize machine performance, and reduce repair time and maintenance costs. For machine diagnostics and online surveillance, NI condition monitoring platforms range from portable USB plug-and-play systems to embedded Ethernet data loggers with onboard analysis and control and high-speed 24-bit measurements.

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Benefits of NI Hardware for Sensing

  • Broad selection of industrial measurement devices for any bus
  • Support for a wide variety of sensors and transducers
  • Tight integration with NI vision and motion systems

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