NI Teams with Leading Motion Vendors to Simplify System Development

7/17/2002 - National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced today a cooperative effort with leading manufacturers of industrial positioning products to speed development of computer-based motion control systems through a new, unprecedented level of software and hardware integration.

The streamlined product integration is the result of work conducted through the NI Motion Partners Program (MPP), whose members include leading experts in the field of motion hardware. Current members include:

These vendors offer a wide range of positioning stages and systems that often widely differ in how they interface and communicate with motion controllers, creating integration challenges for engineers. Now, through their involvement with the MPP, members thoroughly test their products to ensure they work seamlessly with NI PC-based motion control software and hardware. With this certified interoperability, engineers now can spend more time focusing on their applications and less time worrying over time-consuming and costly compatibility issues.

"By ensuring compatibility, the NI Motion Partners Program gives us greater access to the wide variety of positioning systems available, giving us not only more flexibility but also the ability to standardize motion control systems from the R&D lab to the production floor," said Patrick Folmar, Vice President of Automation Engineering at JDS Uniphase Corp., a world leader in fiber-optic products. Companies like JDS Uniphase use NI software and hardware to configure and control the various motors, stages, amplifiers, and other vital hardware components that make computer-based motion control systems. JDS Uniphase relies on NI motion control to make extremely precise movements in the nanometer range when constructing fiber-optic components.

Engineers and scientists can match NI software and hardware with the positioning hardware of their choice from MPP vendors by visiting a new product configuration advisor on The online tool, known as Stage Advisor, generates lists of recommended motion hardware products that meet engineers' individual requirements and are certified to work with NI software and hardware. Using, engineers can immediately order products online or directly contact any one of the MPP members.

"Traditionally, finding compatible software and hardware was a difficult issue for engineers building motion control systems," said John Graff, NI Vice President of Marketing. "Now the unprecedented cooperation among motion vendors greatly alleviates this problem by helping engineers find ideal solutions with the click of a mouse."

Engineers and scientists use computer-based motion control to precisely manage movements in everything from automating delicate experiments in the laboratory to performing critical manufacturing operations on the factory floor. The NI Motion Partners Program empowers them to build end-to-end motion systems, seamlessly integrating the best-of-class components.

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National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,900 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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