Manufacturing Automation

Reduce uncertainty in complex processes, improve product consistency and quality control, reduce labor costs and boost overall productivity with our control solutions. 

Developing Monitoring Applications with the LabVIEW DSC Module for Control Systems

Sophisticated industrial networks, process control systems, and measurement systems equipment can make factories, plant floors, laboratories, and other testing environments more productive and cost-efficient. These processes typically are high-channel count systems with a wide variety of data sources — I/O devices, valves, gauges, switches, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), fieldbuses, and so on — which leads to a need for a standard interface to all of this equipment. The OPC Foundation was created to develop this standard and to further increase the connectivity and reusability of test and measurement and process control equipment. The LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control module adds OPC connectivity, Logos networking technology, and other features to the LabVIEW graphical programming environment to enable the development of large scale control and monitoring applications.

Motion Control With CompactRIO: The Ultimate Multipurpose Controller

Sophisticated applications such as complex timing and triggering, synchronization, and vision-guided motion, are becoming more common, while pressure remains to reduce design times and create smaller, more cost effective systems.  Traditional PCI-based motion solutions commonly rely on a separate motion control subsystem that adds size and cost and increases overall system complexity.  As technology evolves, so must your approach – simplify system design with CompactRIO: the ultimate multipurpose controller.   

Reduce Energy Use and Improve Safety in Steel Recycling Process

NUCOR developed an automation system for a steel recycling facility that accurately measures the amount of energy required to recycle steel and improves facility safety, reducing the amount of energy consumed to comply with statewide energy regulations, by using National Instruments programmable automation controllers (PACs) and the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment.

Automation of a Robotized Production Cell

Sagemcom Tunisia developed a rugged real-time test bench to test power meters with the flexibility to interoperate with automation devices and robotics arms through industrial protocols and adaptability to various product lines, performing synchronized testing and monitoring safety with respect to robotic machine safety regulations, by combining the benefits of the CompactRIO computation power and its easy interoperability through LabVIEW programming.

Hybrid Battery Cycle Life Testing

 The Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee developed an automation system to evaluate the performance and cycle life of a hybrid lithium-ion/lead-acid battery. By combining CompactRIO FPGAs and processor they created a rugged, reliable automation system that charges/discharges a lithium-ion/lead-acid hybrid battery. The controller monitors voltages, currents, and temperatures of the system and commands the source, load, relay to maintain a continuous charging/discharging cycles in an unsupervised continuous manner. The controller also runs protection algorithm and streams data to the HMI client for logging.

High-Volume Automated Production Test With CompactRIO

Signal X Technologies LLC created a custom end-of-line functional and performance test system for a powertrain component with two independent test cells responsible for all systems, including discrete part handling, motion control, data acquisition and analysis, and programmable logic controller (PLC) communications, by using NI CompactRIO hardware to generate a fully autonomous automated test system capable of testing 1,000 parts per day and generating 2 GB of data while running continuously in a plant environment.

Lasers Shed New Light on Drug Manufacturing Quality

Cobalt Light Systems Ltd used NI LabVIEW system design software to develop the ContentQC software application, which provides rapid data acquisition, analysis, and report generation for a high-throughput, real-time, nondestructive content uniformity measurement system for drug manufacturing, eliminating the need for in-depth destructive testing methods, highly skilled operators, and long test times.

Automotive Glass Verification System

TBG Solutions developed a reliable, repeatable system to scan automotive glass and highlight any deformed areas detected through comparison with original equipment manufacturer automotive glass, by using NI LabVIEW software and the NI PCI-6519 digital I/O board to make detailed comparisons of automotive glass; building an integrated mounting system to ensure repeatable positions of the glass and scanning it with a high-precision laser; and developing an algorithm to highlight any areas of deformation.

End-of-Line Test Bench for Hybrid Inverters

Loccioni created a test bench for the end-of-line test of Magneti Marelli inverters for the new LaFerrari car hybrid application, by using the NI platform, including NI PXI hardware, NI LabVIEW system design software, and NI TestStand test management software, to standardize testing the inverter unit.

Helping Ensure Food Safety With NI CompactDAQ and NI LabVIEW

Missioncouver Technologies Ltd. created a multichannel automated solid phase extraction (SPE) device for use by food and environmental regulation agencies around the globe, for high-throughput automated sample pretreatment for food and environmental monitoring that has a higher throughput and is more intelligent than current SPE solutions, based on NI CompactDAQ and NI LabVIEW system design software.

Predictively Controlling pH Levels in Paper Production

Iggesund Paperboard Ltd created a system that allows for online predictive control of pH levels used in the production of paper, achieving optimal pH that enhances paper quality and production process efficiency. They used NI LabVIEW software and the LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control (DSC) Module to develop a system that monitors the complex molecular structure of the paper, retrieves the optimum operating set point, and then sends it to a distributed control system, resulting in a 25 percent increase in throughput.

Rheometer Control System Based on Single-Board RIO

RAFA SOLUTIONS developed a rheometer control system to continuously monitor flow properties of liquids in the pipe in real time to maintain products within specifications during manufacturing and processing, by combining the benefits of Single-Board RIO hardware and LabVIEW software.