Industrial Communication Buses provide native support for common industrial protocols such as PROFINET, OPC UA, and EtherCAT. Use these products to connect NI systems to a variety of third party devices, equipment, and infrastructure.
Platform modules integrate with modular hardware platforms that allow you to combine different types of modules in a custom system that leverages shared platform features. NI offers three hardware platforms—CompactDAQ, CompactRIO, and PXI—though all platforms may not be represented in this category.
Stand-alone or computer-based devices either integrate with standard desktop and laptop computers or allow you to use them without the need for other modular hardware.