This file contains important information about the LabVIEW 2019 Robotics Module, including installation instructions, and known issues.
The LabVIEW Robotics Module is a software package that allows you to develop robotics applications using LabVIEW. The Robotics Module provides robotics-related algorithms, drivers that allow you to control certain sensors, hardware and software setup wizards, and example VIs that demonstrate robotics concepts.
In addition to the system requirements for the LabVIEW Development System, the Robotics Module has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW 2019.
The Robotics Module supports the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.
2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.
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You can use the NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX) to detect, configure, and test an RT target. Launch MAX by selecting Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI MAX or by double-clicking the NI MAX icon on the desktop.
Refer to the installation instructions included with your device for additional information about installing and configuring your NI device.
You must purchase a Robotics Module Run-Time License for each target machine not produced by NI onto which you want to install a robotics application. Refer to the NI website for more information about Robotics Module run-time licensing. Contact an NI sales representative or visit ni.com to purchase run-time licenses.
Note Other products you use to develop robotics applications also might require run-time licenses. Refer to the documentation for those products for information about purchasing run-time licenses.
NI recommends that you install the device drivers under the following categories from the NI Device Drivers media for use in programming common robotics applications.
Note When an item in the Features tree of the NI Device Drivers media allows you to choose support for multiple versions of LabVIEW, select support for LabVIEW 2019.
The Robotics Module includes the LabVIEW Robotics Module Runtime. The Robotics Module Runtime allows you to build installers to distribute stand-alone applications, shared libraries, and source distributions to a computer that does not have the LabVIEW Development System or the Robotics Module. When you build an installer, add the Robotics Module Runtime and the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine to the installer build.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code lvr2019ki for an up-to-date list of known issues in LabVIEW 2019 Robotics Module.
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the Robotics Module.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for the Robotics Module are located in the labview\examples\robotics directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
Refer to the Robotics Module»Reusing Robotics Examples topic on the Contents tab of the LabVIEW Help for information about adapting LabVIEW project-based examples that include hardware targets to fit a different target you want to use.
Some robotics examples require additional NI software, such as the LabVIEW FPGA Module, Control Design and Simulation Module, or Vision Development Module. In the NI Example Finder, select an example and refer to the Information section for a list of software you must install to run the example.
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Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.
When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.
LabVIEW Robotics Module will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, will not install or run on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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