Engineers Speed Report Generation with LabVIEW Express Technology

3/17/2004 - National Instruments announced the LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit 1.1, an add-on that incorporates Express technology introduced in LabVIEW 7 Express to speed the creation of Microsoft Excel and Word reports.

The LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit 1.1 features the new Microsoft Office report Express VI, which engineers and scientists use to interactively configure reports without low-level ActiveX programming. Using the latest advances in LabVIEW, this Express VI encapsulates the functionality of several standard VIs to help engineers dynamically create any report -- from summarizing manufacturing test results to compiling process statistics -- in minutes. To configure this VI, engineers simply choose their desired options, such as template, content layout and destination, using interactive configuration dialog boxes that require little or no programming.

Engineers and scientists use this toolkit to quickly generate professional reports containing text, tables, graphs and pictures to effectively communicate their data. They can populate existing report templates, customize templates as a function of the data and extend the toolkit’s reporting capabilities using standard LabVIEW functionality. In addition, engineers and scientists can programmatically run and reuse existing Excel macros from LabVIEW to further customize and automate report generation.

The LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit works with Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 and LabVIEW 7 Express.

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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. 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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