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Motion software eases integration

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TEXT-based programmers can quickly and accurately integrate motion into measurement applications created with Measurement Studio, a complete set of measurement tools that complements popular programming languages.

National Instruments' Motion Control Module for Measurement Studio uses a new method for controlling the motors, drives, and encoders that comprise a motion system.

The Motion Control Module now simplifies the configuration process with interactive property pages, which are intuitive task windows that deliver a point-and-click programming environment.

With these task windows, engineers specify criteria for a series of moves, such as axes, distance, or velocity, and the software automatically creates the motion commands.

Once an engineer starts an application, the Motion Control Module executes each move while managing buffers for contour moves, breakpoints, and high-speed captures.

The property pages also include a preview window, where engineers can visualise the full range of configured motion tasks in 2D or 3D before running them.

By verifying an application's motion path, engineers save time by easily detecting and correcting programming mistakes or defects in the path before they execute the program.

In addition, the module seamlessly integrates with NI vision, data acquisition, and instrument control software and hardware under one development environment.

Users can link a command to start acquiring images or data to an exact event in their motion sequence to create advanced measurement systems.

For example, when scanning for correct labels on products on a conveyor belt, engineers can correlate image acquisition with the movement of the conveyor belt, ensuring that the system creates an accurate image regardless of conveyor belt speed changes. National Instruments 03 9879 5166.

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