Validate Designs with Multi-Sensor Test Systems

From benchtops to mechanical labs, test engineers need data from a variety of sensors to validate design requirements. But using data from different sensors means dealing with multiple vendors and adapting instrumentation to work in environments they weren’t designed for. Test teams need instrumentation that can measure every sensor needed for a project, withstand the rigor of daily use, and keep up with innovation. Key elements for a system like this are:

  • Software tools that minimize configuration, setup, and automation efforts

  • Data formats compatible with popular analysis and reporting tools, including Excel, Python, and MathWorks MATLAB® software

  • Modular components to customize the data acquisition system to the test plan

  • Rugged mechanical design with convenient sensor connectivity options

  • Quality measurement hardware for data confidence and test repeatability


Expandable Analog, Digital, and Thermocouple Data Acquisition System

  • FlexLogger™ application software for data logging manages sensor configuration, real-time data visualization, export to .csv files, and channel alarms—all without programming.
  • cDAQ-9178 CompactDAQ chassis holds up to eight C Series modules and connects to a PC or laptop over USB. (Select the cDAQ-9189 for Ethernet connectivity.)
  • NI-9213 16-channel C Series Temperature Input Module connects to thermocouple types J, K, T, E, N, B, R, and S.
  • NI-9401 8-channel, 5 V/TTL I/O C Series Digital Module supports counter/timer functions and digital pulse-based sensors.
  • NI-9205 16-bit, 32-channel ±10 V C Series voltage input module with adjustable gain settings connects to low-voltage signals or sensors with a voltage output.
  • NI-9253 24-bit, 8-channel ±20 mA current input module connects to sensors with a ±20 mA or 4-20 mA output.

For Smaller Channel-Count Systems, Consider a Measurement Bundle

USB measurement bundles for voltage signals and sensors that output a voltage combine NI’s most popular voltage input module with a single-slot, USB-powered CompactDAQ chassis for a rugged, portable measurement system at an entry-level price. Combine this bundle with FlexLogger no-code software for quick tests, or program with your preferred development software using drivers for LabVIEW, Python, C/C++, C#, and VB.NET.


Solution Advantages

See the Expandable, Multi-Sensor Validation System

Flexible Data Acquisition

See what it’s like to view and log data using the multi-sensor validation system featuring an eight-slot CompactDAQ chassis and sensors for linear displacement, angular rotation, and temperature.

Build Your Solution with the NI Ecosystem

NI offers a variety of solution integration options customized to your application-specific requirements. You can use your own internal integration teams for full system control or leverage the expertise of NI and our worldwide NI Partner Network to obtain a turnkey solution.

NI Partner Network

The NI Partner Network is a global community of domain, application, and overall test development experts working closely with NI to meet the needs of the engineering community. NI Partners are trusted solution providers, systems integrators, consultants, product developers, and services and sales channel experts skilled across a wide range of industries and application areas.

Services and Support

NI works with customers throughout the life of an application, delivering training, technical support, consultation and integration services, and maintenance programs. Teams can discover new skills by participating in NI-specific and geographic user groups and build proficiency with online and in-person training.

See System Components and Pricing in the Product Advisor

Use the CompactDAQ advisor to modify the analog, digital, and thermocouple data acquisition system. Add more channels, modules with faster sample rates, or additional sensor measurements for a customized validation test system.