NI Compact FieldPoint Receives IAN Automation Excellence Award

2/19/2003 - Editors of Instrumentation & Automation News recently announced that National Instruments Compact FieldPoint distributed I/O product line received one of 36 Automation Excellence Awards the publication gives annually based on significance to the industry, technological innovation and interest to instrumentation and automation engineers.

Compact FieldPoint delivers a small, rugged, intelligent platform that extends the reach of NI LabVIEW graphical programming software to harsh industrial environments such as embedded machine control, industrial data acquisition, data logging and in-vehicle applications. Engineers and scientists once challenged by extreme industrial environments now can perform advanced measurement and control by integrating this intelligent, distributed I/O platform on a factory floor, within an industrial machine or in remote locations.

"We are pleased that editors of Instrumentation & Automation News and industrial automation engineers recognize the value of Compact FieldPoint in embedded control applications," said John Hanks, National Instruments director of measurements. "With this new family of I/O modules and controllers, engineers benefit from unmatched analog measurement control, signal processing and data logging capabilities previously not possible in extreme, remote conditions."

Compact FieldPoint incorporates a solid metal backplane for stand-alone mechanical ruggedness and stability. The product's sturdy four or eight-slot backplanes and steel screw fasteners make it ideal for high-vibration applications, even when mounted on heavy machinery or in vehicles. This industrial form factor is the size of a large brick, measuring approximately 5x10x5 inches, and withstands 50 g of shock and 5 g of RMS vibration.

Compact FieldPoint operates in temperatures ranging from -25 C to 60 C, so users can run embedded LabVIEW applications in extreme environments that cause many industrial PCs to fail.

The Compact FieldPoint family consists of 20 I/O modules and three intelligent controllers that perform analog and discrete control, user-defined data logging and advanced inline math and signal processing. With these processing capabilities, engineers and scientists can perform signal generation, calculus, curve fitting and statistics, as well as run PID loops, fuzzy logic and optimal control routines.

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Instrumentation & Automation News provides control and instrumentation engineers and managers with relevant and reliable information on new technologies, products, equipment, software, systems and services. Each month, the editors of IAN select three outstanding products whose contributions to the control and instrumentation industry is deemed significant and noteworthy. Products selected for Automation Excellence Awards merit front-cover coverage, a detailed product write-up within IAN and presentation on the publication's Web site.

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For more than 26 years, National Instruments ( has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. 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.

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