Friday 19 October 2012

Embedded monitoring products

National Instruments has two new products which will help engineers monitor machines, heavy equipment and aging infrastructure. Engineers can integrate the wireless sensor network (WSN) strain node and C Series module with NI CompactRIO for predictive maintenance to predict faults, analyze fatigue, lower operating costs and decrease downtime.

WSN 3214

The NI WSN-3214 strain/bridge completion node features hardware-timed waveform acquisition and is ideal for wireless structural health monitoring of bridges, buildings and equipment.

With expanded voltage range, faster sampling rates and higher integrated electronic piezoelectric (IEPE) excitation, the NI 9232 C Series module is a data acquisition card optimised for industrial accelerometers, tachometers and proximity probes in condition monitoring applications.

“With NI wireless sensor networks and the new WSN strain node, we can easily monitor critical structures without excessive cables,” said Sharon L. Wood, professor and department chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. “We use WSN nodes that are programmable with LabVIEW for onboard analysis of strain data to achieve an in-depth understanding of structural response.”

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