Challenge the Status Quo
While it’s tempting to think of this pandemic as an anomaly, realistically, our current work practices may become the new norm. Even as work-from-home orders lift, we likely will never work in exactly the same way as before, so it’s time to update our mindset accordingly. We need to shake the temptation to “wait until life is normal again” before we move forward, as many leading tech companies have already announced that the future “normal” will look different.
Let’s start thinking about how we’ll accomplish our next milestones. If you need budget, ask. If there are collaboration challenges, let’s address them. Now more than ever, it’s time to be bold in justifying ROI. Here’s how:
While hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) is an automotive and aerospace mainstay, countless other organizations stand to benefit from it. Any company that’s dealing with ever-increasing lines of code —from a white-good manufacturer to a medical-device producer—is consequently growing more dependent on quality testing, whether they know it or not. If you release a faulty product, you’ll (at best) take a financial hit, and at worst, create a safety or environmental disaster. However, HIL goes beyond just finding software bugs. Software engineers can use it to iterate more quickly and gain almost instant feedback on new features or implementation methods. Using HIL as both a design and V&V test tool dramatically increases its ROI.
At-Home Measurement Systems
Let’s assume that you’re cleared to bring a DUT (maybe a compact printed circuit board) home to perform validation: The next question is, How? It’s obviously impractical to bring all of the lab equipment with you. Not only would you have a trunk full of instruments, but many of us would have trouble finding space for this equipment at home. Again, the modular NI platform offers a compelling alternative: One chassis can hold a full suite of instrumentation in a convenient footprint, literally fitting an entire lab in a box on your desk. For simpler applications, a compact scope can easily make the trip home without demanding desk space.
Figure 3. NI's modular PXI products offer instrumentation for virtually any measurement.
It’s time to get creative. Our competitors stand ready to outperform those who believe they’ll pick up where they left off when the pandemic is over. Now is the time to embrace the new normal with innovative, high-ROI testing.