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Welcome to the world of G-Wizdom, where we offer a wise and whimsical perspective on Graphical System Design and Automation Engineering.

The culture of Automation Engineering is a world unto itself — complex, multi-disciplinary and quirky. Don’t be surprised if, here, within the domain of G-Wizdom, you recognize personalities, scenarios and perspectives you encounter on the job every day.

Visit us frequently, or subscribe to this site, for periodic light-hearted and insightful comic strip releases, including expert testimony on best practices that are certain to improve your efficiency, quality and understanding in Graphical System Design and Automation Engineering.

To Train or NOT to Train?

G-Wiz 54It is true that some applications can be developed using LabVIEW without training. National Instruments has provided features that help you assemble the most common functions that their hardware is intended to perform. The phrase “Acquire, Analyze, Present” is often used to summarize those operations. The built-in functionality covers many typical use cases for NI hardware.

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Hiring the Right Professionals Makes All the Difference

G-Wiz Strip 51

I have seen many project opportunities that were “lost” due to the customer choosing the lowest bid without taking into consideration the costs involved to maintain the application or the skill level of the developer. I used quotes on the word “lost” because we often see these types of projects make their way back to DSA in order to fix the problems the original “lowest bid” developer could not solve.

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Reach Out and Touch Some VI’s

 Figure 1 Many applications require communications across multiple platforms.

This Nugget discusses a classic method that is seldom mentioned.

Two of the powerful features of an AE are that they provide both encapsulation and protection for the data stored in them. These features are not limited to a single application instance or a single machine. Utilizing a seldom used feature of LabVIEW (LV) your AE’s can expose the functionality of one or more AE’s to other applications or other machines with limited effort on the part of the developer. This approach will be shown in an application where I harnessed these strengths to deliver a multi-node application. I will first outline the challenge and then walk through the implementation.

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Are You Experienced?

Do you or your team have 25 years of experience with LabVIEW, or the same 1 year of experience repeated 25 times?

G-Wiz #57In 1967 Jimi Hendrix’s album (Are You Experienced) was released. It took Hendrix a lot of work and years of practice to become a great musician. It didn’t happen overnight. He had training and expert teachers along the way and probably a mentor or two to help him along his musical path.

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Creating Cluster Type Def’s

I often find myself having to define cluster type def’s for use by sub-VI’s. On large clusters, the defining can be cumbersome because LabVIEW wants to add a number to controls that you control copy. The smart way to approach this is to control-copy the controls from the original GUI, and drop them directly into the cluster container. Since it is inside the cluster, LabVIEW does not change the name.

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ISA Tech Expo Review


On April 17, 2018, Our Founder & CEO, Richard Brueggman, along with Cindy Starr-Stewart, Automation Systems Engineer, attended the ISA Tech EXPO. This is the longest running Automation Expo in all of New York, it is also the only one in the western half of the State. The Expo has been growing with double digit percentages for the past 5 years, and this year was even better due to the new location by the downtown waterfront.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. For engineers, technicians, and management engaged in industrial automation, ISA is the trusted provider of standards-based foundational technical resources, driving the advancement of individual careers and the overall profession. The Expo brings the right people together to create the technologies of the future and share best practices with the next generation of automation professionals.

The most rewarding part of the Expo was getting the opportunity to talk with attendees that visited our booth, and share our knowledge and experience on how we solve scientific & automation engineering problems through laboratory automation, embedded product design & development, manufacturing automation & test automation. And this was the first industry event we attended after becoming a Gold Tier Partner with Parsec Corporation. So, the attendees were very interested in how we help manufacturing operations run more effectively, using real-time data powered by TrakSYSTM.

We are looking forward to next years Tech Expo!