NI Targets Industrial Market with Ethernet Motion Control

11/13/2003 - National Instruments announced several new motion control products for industrial applications, including NI-Motion 6.0 -- driver software that delivers Ethernet-based distributed motion control and data acquisition integration for industrial measurement and automation systems.

By combining NI-Motion 6.0 with an NI PXI or CompactPCI motion system comprised of a PXI chassis, LabVIEW Real-Time, a real-time PXI controller and a PXI motion module, engineers can remotely configure and test their motion control applications as well as create stand-alone, distributed systems that require minimal user interaction. This latest version of NI-Motion driver software is compatible with the new NI PXI-7350 8-axis motion controller and also includes advanced reference location features to locate home and reference points within the distributed system.

NI also announced the new UMI-7774 and UMI-7772, 4 and 2-axis universal motion interfaces. Engineers can use these interfaces to connect NI motion controllers to third-party drives and amplifiers through industrial, per-axis D-Sub connectivity. The interfaces include 24 V isolation for connections in industrial environments, as well as status LED lights that indicate whether connections are established correctly or incorrectly.

These new products are ideal for machine builders and industrial control engineers who need to automate test and measurement systems.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers may obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to or on the Web at

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