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National Instruments has announced that Visteon Corp, one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive systems and components, has adopted NI products including PXI modular instruments, TestStand test management software, LabWindows/CVI and NI-IMAQ vision software to reduce delivery time, costs and floor space in manufacturing.

"We standardised on NI software, including NI TestStand, LabWindows/CVI and NI-IMAQ, and replaced traditional rack-and-stack hardware with NI modular hardware, including PXI, data acquisition, switching, image acquisition and modular instruments," said Virgilio Salazar, Visteon R&D section supervisor.

"With this new test system, we reduced our delivery time to our customers from eight to six weeks, with a record time of two weeks, due to software reuse. In addition, we saved more than $13 million and reduced floor space by more than 1300 square feet."

Visteon uses NI tools for manufacturing test of automotive consumer electronics for its major automotive manufacturer customers. Due to the flexibility of the PXI platform, Visteon adopted one software and hardware platform for a customized, expandable system.

The company uses a variety of PXI modular instruments, including the NI PXI-5411 function generator, the NI PXI-2503 multiplexer/matrix relay switch and the NI PXI-4070 FlexDMM, along with the NI PXI-8420 RS232 module and the NI PXI-1411 image acquisition module, to perform radio parametric testing, radio auto alignment testing and climate control parametric testing.

The flexibility of the platform gives Visteon the tools required to test a wide range of consumer electronics applications with a single modular platform.

Using flexible NI software, Visteon quickly developed high-level application drivers in LabWindows/CVI.

With the integration of LabWindows/CVI and NI TestStand, the company developed test sequences for different automotive components and had time to add instrument diagnostics and control tools to its proprietary software.

NI software gave Visteon the ability to reduce normal delivery time due to software reuse.

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