Customizing the NI USB-TC01 with NI LabVIEW

Publish Date: Mar 19, 2010 | 3 Ratings | 1.00 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

Most data loggers include basic turnkey software, which is limited in functionality. Using LabVIEW software, you can build your own software with custom functionality and design your own graphical user interface (GUI).

Table of Contents

  1. What Is NI LabVIEW?
  2. What Can I Do with LabVIEW?
  3. Next Steps

1. What Is NI LabVIEW?

LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists. Featuring intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart, LabVIEW makes it easy to take measurements. Simply drag and drop controls and graphs to create custom user interfaces, and graphically wire together function blocks to define your own software functionality for data logging, alarming, triggering, reporting, and real-time data analysis.

LabVIEW applications consist of a front panel (left) and a block diagram (right).

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2. What Can I Do with LabVIEW?

Data Logging



For data-logging applications, LabVIEW offers built-in functions to choose how data files are created. You can select from basic text files to compact binary files and choose user-standard spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel to view and interact with your data.

Conditional Logging



Typical data-logging software normally requires the manual starting and stopping of logging. Using LabVIEW, you can define software functionality to programmatically start or stop logging data under certain conditions. In some cases, it may be useful to log data only during certain dates and times, when a measurement is outside a threshold or if some event has occurred.

Custom Alarms



LabVIEW gives you the flexibility to design your own alarm conditions and alerting methods. Typical data-logging software normally includes only built-in predefined alarms. Using LabVIEW, you can programmatically define conditions that trigger the alarm and you can build functionality to alert the operator with basic prompts, LED indicators, or more complex alerts such as e-mails or text messages.

Signal Analysis



Using LabVIEW, you can perform live analysis on your data as you are acquiring it. LabVIEW includes many common math and signal processing functions that use configuration wizards and make it easy to add analysis to your measurements.

Report Generation



Built-in functions in LabVIEW help you quickly and easily build custom reports based on your measurements. You can configure these reports to automatically generate, save as a Web page, and go directly to a printer.

Custom User Interfaces



LabVIEW makes it easy to design GUIs for your measurement applications. You can interact with data using hundreds of drag-and-drop controls, graphs, and 3D visualization tools. You can also customize the size, position, and color of built-in controls or create your own in seconds.

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3. Next Steps

See Pricing and Specifications for the USB-TC01

Watch a 13-Minute LabVIEW Guided Tour

Try LabVIEW Free for 30 Days

 

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