1. Connect to Your Hardware
When you connect your NI DAQ device to your computer, SystemDesigner in LabVIEW NXG immediately discovers it. In SystemDesigner, you can validate hardware connections with access to pinout diagrams, manuals, and specifications and perform basic troubleshooting steps.
From SystemDesigner, you can use a measurement panel to begin visualizing data and configuring your hardware channels for specific signal and sensor types. In the measurement panel, you can directly record your measurement data to be analyzed offline.
To learn more about how to use a measurement panel in LabVIEW NXG to view data, select the type of measurement from one of the following sections.
2. Select Your Measurement Type
Learn how to discover your NI DAQ hardware to begin acquiring analog input measurements. Use a measurement panel in LabVIEW NXG to connect and configure your hardware to instantly view your data. Start to automate your data acquisition using either a built-in example as a starting point to developing a LabVIEW NXG program or reusing your hardware configuration when you start writing your own program.
Figure 2: Use a measurement panel to begin acquiring a voltage signal.
See how to read current measurements with built-in hardware discovery and configuration tools in LabVIEW NXG. Use a measurement panel to connect and configure your hardware to quickly view your current measurements. Learn how to automate your measurements with a LabVIEW NXG example that demonstrates the basics of continuously acquiring current readings.
Figure 3: Use LabVIEW NXG to measure the current from a battery.
Learn how to connect to your NI DAQ hardware to acquire temperature data using thermocouples in LabVIEW NXG. Use a measurement panel to connect to your hardware and configure your thermocouple settings, such as thermocouple type and cold-junction compensation, to quickly visualize your temperature readings. Discover how to automate your thermocouple measurements with a LabVIEW NXG example that provides a place to start when beginning to take repeated temperature readings.
Figure 4: Use a measurement panel in LabVIEW NXG to select the settings of your temperature sensor, such as thermocouples or RTDs.
See how to discover your NI DAQ hardware in LabVIEW NXG to begin measuring vibration using accelerometers. Use a measurement panel to connect to your hardware and configure your accelerometer settings to quickly view your vibration data. Learn how to automate vibration measurements using a built-in LabVIEW NXG example that gets you started on continuously acquiring data with accelerometers.
Figure 5: Configure your accelerometers in LabVIEW NXG to begin acquiring vibration data.
Learn how to take strain gage measurements with stain gages using the built-in hardware discovery tools in LabVIEW NXG. Use a measurement panel to discover your hardware and configure your strain gage settings, such as bridge type and excitation voltage, to see your strain data. Begin to automate and customize your strain measurements using a built-in example that demonstrates the basics of continuously acquiring data from strain gages.
Figure 6: Use LabVIEW NXG to automate acquiring strain data using a strain gage.
Learn how to connect to your NI DAQ hardware to acquire force measurements using load cells in LabVIEW NXG. Use a Measurement Panel to connect to your hardware and configure your load cell settings, such as bridge completion and excitation voltage, to quickly visualize your force readings. Discover how to automate your load cell measurements with a LabVIEW NXG example that provides a place to start when beginning to take repeated force measurements.
Figure 7: Acquire force measurements using a load cell in LabVIEW NXG.
See how to take sound measurements with microphones using built-in hardware discovery and data visualization tools in LabVIEW NXG. Use a measurement panel to connect to hardware and modify the microphone settings for your sensor to see your data. Start continuously acquiring sound measurements with a built-in example in LabVIEW NXG that provides a place to begin when customizing and automating measurements.
Figure 8: Use a measurement panel in LabVIEW NXG to configure your microphone to record sound.
Digital Input and Output
See how to integrate custom logic in LabVIEW NXG by combining analog input measurements with a digital output to implement basic control. Use a Measurement Panel to discover your hardware and validate connections to sensors and LEDs. Learn how to customize a LabVIEW NXG example to implement inline analysis and use the results to control a process by writing to a digital line.
Figure 9: Implement basic control using digital outputs using LabVIEW NXG.
DAQ and Instrument Control
Learn how to automate and customize your measurements by combining NI DAQ devices and third-party instruments into a LabVIEW NXG application. Use an example that is provided with an instrument driver to repeatedly acquire or generate signals using a benchtop instrument. Use the instrument example as a starting point to build an automated application that acquires data using an NI DAQ device and generates signals using a benchtop instrument.
Figure 10: Combine NI DAQ hardware with third-party instruments in LabVIEW NXG to automate your measurements.