Boeing Selects National Instruments LabVIEW for Missile System Test, Saves 30 Percent |

Boeing Selects National Instruments LabVIEW for Missile System Test, Saves 30 Percent

February 082005
NEWS RELEASE – Feb. 8, 2005 – National Instruments today announced that Boeing selected an NI LabVIEW- and PXI-based solution for acquisition of vehicle launch environments on the ground-based midcourse defense system vehicle flight test program.

For this system, Boeing required an advanced data acquisition solution that could acquire and analyze simultaneous high-speed inputs and display them in real time on a remote computer located in the launch control bunker. National Instruments Alliance Partner Radical Systems, Inc. used LabVIEW graphical development software and PXI embedded hardware to create a parallel data acquisition system to maintain the data throughput and required precision. They remotely accessed the embedded PXI controller throughout the test via an Ethernet interface to control and observe the data prior to, during and after test completion.

“With the flexibility of LabVIEW and modular design of PXI, we optimized code reuse and created the initial prototype in fewer than 45 days,” said James L. Slemp, director of engineering at Radical Systems. “The final version of this system showed a cost savings greater than 30 percent compared to the predecessor and performed its function more intuitively and with greater versatility.”

The system collects data in a continuous-acquisition mode for a total of 168 channels. It features 24 high-speed input channels for strain gages and/or bridge-type transducers with simultaneous sample-and-hold capabilities, 16 high-speed input channels for accelerometer and/or acoustic transducers with simultaneous sample-and-hold capabilities and 48 isolated digital inputs and outputs for discrete I/O control and synchronization. Boeing used this system to remotely acquire, analyze and view complex data sets including acoustic, strain, pressure, vibration, temperature and heat flux inputs of its ground-based missile defense system.

About PXI
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance ( that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI industrial computer standard that is supported by more than 60 member companies and more than 1,000 products. PXI offers additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.

About National Instruments
National Instruments is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,400 employees and direct operations in approximately 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries.

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