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National Instruments releases the Watchdog Agent Prognostics Toolkit for NI LabVIEW system design software, which explains the capabilities of LabVIEW in machine prognostics and health management applications. The tooklits are an ideal tool to help engineers monitor and report the health statuses of machines, structures, components and systems.

The Watchdog Agent Prognostics toolkit is the product result from the collaboration between NI and the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centre on Intelligent Maintenance Systems at the University of Cincinnati.

“Companies are looking for a systematic approach to rapidly develop and deploy prognostics for failure prevention, health monitoring and machinery prognostics,” says Dr. Jay Lee, Professor and Director of the Centre on Intelligent Maintenance Systems.

"The new Watchdog Agent Prognostics Toolkit for NI LabVIEW provides an easy-to-use solution for predictive maintenance and prognostics.”

The Watchdog Agent Prognostics toolkit offers engineers a ready-to-run solution that helps increase engineering efficiency in developing PHM applications. The toolkit works with the advanced signal processing capabilities of LabVIEW and the analysis features of the NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite.

The system design software provides a set of algorithms including logistic regression, statistical pattern matching, a self-organising map, a support vector machine and a Gaussian mixture model. The algorithms can convert multiple field sensory readings into summarised health information values for efficient monitoring. Engineers can utilise the algorithms to create machine and component status descriptors of operating states and failure modes.

The Watchdog Agent Prognostics Toolkits system design software, from National Instruments, can also read history data collected from the NI measurement hardware, which includes NI CompactRIO, CompactDAQ, PXI and PCI.

The toolkit also integrates with the IOtech eZ-TOMAS Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) data plug-in, vibDaq from CalBay Systems, and any sensory data acquisition systems based on NI TDMS data files.

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