NI, Panasonic to Deliver Portable, Rugged Data Acquisition Systems

1/21/2004 - National Instruments, a leader in virtual instrumentation software and hardware, and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, a leader in rugged notebook computers, announced a cooperative effort to deliver portable data acquisition systems to engineers and scientists working in harsh environments through the NI Measurement Ready Systems Program.

As a member of the program, Panasonic is now included in the new Web-based Measurement Ready Systems Advisor, a tool that helps engineers find the best computer platform for their measurement application. Engineers can use the advisor to order Panasonic Toughbooks, which meet military performance standards, with an evaluation copy of NI LabVIEW 7 Express graphical development software preinstalled. With LabVIEW, engineers can fully customize their test and measurement systems for increased productivity in applications ranging from automotive test to field monitoring.

"We chose the Panasonic Toughbook and NI LabVIEW 7 Express for our Ride Quality Analyzer system because we needed a rugged, portable solution," said Steve Conquergood, chairman and founder of Advanced Measurements Inc., an NI Select Partner. "Using NI data acquisition hardware, the system reliably collects vibration data from any type of vehicle and then analyzes the data in accordance with ISO 2631-1, providing a robust platform for high-quality engineering analysis. With the rugged Panasonic hardware, the system can survive harsh use in real-world conditions, and LabVIEW software gives us the flexibility to rapidly develop and expand the system for other applications such as noise, vibration and harshness testing."

Panasonic Toughbook computers and NI LabVIEW 7 Express software meet unique requirements for reliable data acquisition applications in harsh environments. The Toughbook rugged computers withstand nearly any kind of environment -- from humidity, rain and dust to extreme temperatures, shock and vibration.

"As the leading manufacturer of rugged notebook computers, we are pleased to collaborate with a premier provider of data acquisition software and hardware to deliver reliable, mobile solutions," said Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "The Panasonic Toughbook offers the superior solution for engineers taking measurements with NI data acquisition products in harsh environments."

About Measurement Ready Systems Program
The Measurement Ready Systems Partner Program is a collaborative effort between NI and leading specialized computer vendors to create data acquisition systems built with NI LabVIEW software and NI data acquisition hardware. With NI software and hardware preinstalled on industrial, rugged and portable computers, engineers and scientists can use one convenient, prepackaged system to take accurate temperature, pressure, strain and voltage measurements in harsh environments. As part of the program, NI created the Measurement Ready Systems Advisor, a Web-based search tool that helps engineers find the best computer platform for their measurement application. To search the Measurement Ready Systems Advisor or to join the Measurement Ready Systems Partner Program, visit

About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company is the leading provider of ruggedized notebook PCs for mobile professionals. The company is a unit company of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. of Japan, which recorded annual sales of $61.70 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Matsushita Electric is one of the only manufacturers today that directly controls the process of design, manufacture, and quality assurance of its portable PCs. Many key components, including LCD panels, Lithium Ion batteries, DVD and CD-ROM drives, and board-level electronics are the products of its divisions. Further information on the Web at:

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. 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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