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Embedded Control & Monitoring Knowledge Center

National Instruments provides graphical system tools for engineers and scientists that are developing next-generation control and monitoring systems within industries such as machine building, energy, industrial control, life sciences, and transportation. With the NI LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, smaller design teams can prototype and deploy embedded control and monitoring systems faster.

Control & Communications

Introduction to CompactRIO Programmable Automation Controller (PAC)

This short webcast describes the rugged hardware architecture of the CompactRIO system including the I/O modules, reconfigurable field-programmable gate arrary (FPGA) chassis, and the real-time controller. Additionally, it shows how CompactRIO is programmed with LabVIEW graphical programming tools and describes the variety of embedded control and monitoring applications CompactRIO is suited for.

Build Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW

This paper examines the benefits of creating distributed monitoring and control systems as well as the fundamentals of building these systems. Engineers can use the concepts presented in this paper to design reliable, high-performance systems that can easily integrate with future technologies.

Introduction to Modbus

Modbus is an application-layer protocol based on a master/slave or request/reply architecture. It was published by Modicon in 1979 and is primarily used in industrial applications. The following tutorial outlines the high level functionality of the Modbus application layer with emphasis on the specifications for a serial implementation and TCP/IP specification.

PACs for Industrial Control: The Future of Control

With a number of vendors producing Programmable Automation Controllers that combine the functionality of a PC and reliability of a PLC, PACs today are increasingly being incorporated into control systems. This white paper explores the origins of the PAC, how PACs differ from PLCs and PCs, and the future direction of industrial control with PACs.

Introduction to OPC

OPC is a standard interface to communicate between numerous data sources, including devices on a factory floor, laboratory equipment, test system fixtures, and databases. To alleviate duplication efforts in developing device-specific protocols, eliminate inconsistencies between devices, provide support for hardware feature changes, and avoid access conflicts in industrial control systems, the OPC Foundation defined a set of standard interfaces that allow any client to access any OPC-compatible device.

Why OPC UA Matters: The Next Generation of OPC Protocol

OPC Unified Architecture (UA) is a new communication technology standard which was first released by the OPC Foundation in 2006 as an improvement upon its predecessor, Classic OPC. OPC UA includes all of the functionality found in Classic OPC. This is done by bringing together the different specifications of Classic OPC into a single entry point to a system offering current data access, alarms and events, combined with the history of both.

Connect LabVIEW to Any PLC Using OPC

Add advanced analysis and control functionality- available through National Instruments LabVIEW software and programmable automation controllers-to any PLC using the new NI OPC servers. View this webcast to learn how to create tags in OPC servers and utilize OPC client connectivity to communicate between NI LabVIEW and PLCs. Additionally, find out about debugging connectivity issues using OPC diagnostics.

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