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LabVIEW for Data Acquisition

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  • Copyright 2001
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-244127-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-244127-8

The practical, succinct LabVIEW data acquisition tutorial for every professional.

No matter how much LabVIEW experience you have, this compact tutorial gives you core skills for producing virtually any data acquisition (DAQ) application-input and output. Designed for every engineer and scientist, LabVIEW for Data Acquisition begins with quick-start primers on both LabVIEW and DAQ, and builds your skills with extensive code examples and visual explanations drawn from Bruce Mihura's extensive experience teaching LabVIEW to professionals.

  • Includes extensive coverage of DAQ-specific programming techniques
  • Real-world techniques for maximizing accuracy and efficiency
  • The 10 most common LabVIEW DAQ development problems-with specific solutions
  • Addresses simulation, debugging, real-time issues, and network/distributed systems
  • Preventing unauthorized changes to your LabVIEW code
  • An overview of transducers for a wide variety of signals
  • Non-NI alternatives for hardware and software

LabVIEW for Data Acquisition includes an extensive collection of real-world LabVIEW applications, lists of LabVIEW tips and tricks, coverage of non-NI software and hardware alternatives, and much more. Whatever data acquisition application you need to create, this is the book to start and finish with.


The accompanying website includes an evaluation version of LabVIEW and key LabVIEW code covered in the book.

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Table of Contents


1. Learning LabVIEW for the First Time.

Introduction. VI Basics. LabVIEW Help. The Controls Palette (Front Panel Only). The Functions Palette (Block Diagram Only). Simple DAQ. Decisions, Decisions. The Sequence Structure. Arrays, Loops, Graphs, and Charts. SubVIs. Debugging Techniques. Clusters. File I/O. Deviations from Dataflow: Local and Global Variables. Property Nodes. Printing. Finding Objects in LabVIEW. Learning More.

2. Signals and DAQ.

Ohm's Law. Categories of Signals. Signal Conditioning. Keeping Time with DMA and FIFO. NI's DAQ Products.

3. Basic DAQ Programming Using LabVIEW.

Assign Device Numbers to DAQ Devices. LabVIEW DAQ Functions: An Overview. Using the Basic LabVIEW DAQ Functions to Display Data. LabVIEW File I/O with DAQ.

4. Simulation Techniques.

Soft Simulation. Hard Simulation.

5. DAQ Debugging Techniques.

LabVIEW's Debugging Tools. Tracking Down Bad Data. Solving Crashes. Last Resort.

6. Real-World DAQ Programming Techniques.

Programming Structure for DAQ. Analog Waveform Analysis. File I/O for DAQ. Averaging. Speed of Execution. Display Techniques. Alarms. Power Losses.

7. Transducers.

Temperature Transducers. Force and Pressure Transducers. Flow Rate Transducers. Position Transducers. Other Transducers.

8. Non-NI Hardware Alternatives.

Non-NI DAQ Hardware Companies. Homemade DAQ Hardware.

9. Real-Time Issues.

Timing in Operating Systems. Hardware Techniques for Real-Time DAQ. Software Techniques for Real-Time DAQ.

10. DAQ at a Distance-Networked and Distributed Systems.

General Networking Issues. Intranet DAQ. Locally Distributed DAQ Systems.

11. Alternate Software for DAQ.

LabWindows/CVI. Microsoft Visual Basic with DAQ (ComponentWorks). Microsoft Visual C++ with DAQ (ComponentWorks++). Other Programming Languages with DAQ.

12. Finalizing Your LabVIEW Software.

Finalizing Your LabVIEW Software on Your Development Computer. Moving Your LabVIEW Software to Other Computers.

Appendix A: Fundamentals: Bits, Bytes, Files, and Data.

Appendix B: Top Ten DAQ Problems and Their Solutions.

Appendix C: Saving LabVIEW's Vis.

Appendix D: Example Applications.

Appendix E: LabVIEW/DAQ Tips and Tricks.


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