National Instruments has been exhibiting at the National Manufacturing Week (NMW) for at least a decade. This year, the company showcasing its latest rugged and reconfigurable control and monitoring system.
The first of its kind, the NI CompactRIO controller has high processing capabilities in harsh, rugged environments. It features the Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, resulting in increased processing power.
"The CompactRIO is ideal for mining, transport, energy and power sectors," says Mark Phillips, marketing manager at National Instruments (Oceania).
The NI CompactRIO system's rugged hardware architecture includes I/O modules, a reconfigurable field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chassis, and an embedded controller.
National Instruments also views its C-Series high-speed controller area network (CAN) module as unique to the market as it has been the biggest and most adoptive platform over the last 10 years.
"With the C-Series, you can create your own modules, integrate wireless sensor networks to the CompactRIO and use it for any advanced applications," explains Phillips.
Phillips notes that the evident trend seems to be that there is less manufacturing in Australia than it used to be, with customers wanting to do more with less. National Instruments steps up to the challenge, by offering comprehensive, customised solutions to its customers.
"We have over one thousand products and we are always reviewing our offerings," says Phillips.
Their well known LabVIEW system design software is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Designed for mission critical applications, LabVIEW inspire users to solve problems, accelerate productivity and provide the confidence to continually evolve and innovate.
According to Phillips, NMW has proven to be beneficial for the business as it is a good way to establish new contacts, create a strong local presence, showcase the latest technologies and promote brand awareness.