4/29/2004 - MTS Systems Corporation and National Instruments announced a long-term contractual agreement to deliver a low-cost framework for standardized noise and vibration testing. The companies will address the critical, unmet need for more cost-effective test solutions that engineers can use in exploratory testing and in standardizing test procedures across facilities and among system suppliers. With National Instruments engineering support, MTS is spearheading the development of this new noise and vibration test framework using its current products and National Instruments industry-standard software and hardware for test automation.
“Testing for noise and vibration is fundamental to product development everywhere. MTS’s commitment to continued growth in product development testing makes our investment in a next generation, noise and vibration framework a strategic imperative,” said Sidney W. Emery, Jr., chairman and CEO of MTS. “National Instruments is world renowned for their experience and leadership in automating tests based on open and economical computing platforms. By combining their expertise and market reach with our 30 years of noise and vibration application experience in the automotive and aerospace industries, we will offer a new level of affordability, flexibility and productivity to noise and vibration testing.”
MTS plans to use the National Instruments LabVIEW software platform as the cornerstone of this new framework and will provide increasing support in the framework for National Instruments current and future software and instrumentation offerings. The new framework will help noise and vibration experts to quickly define and inexpensively deploy standardized tests that engineers and technicians can use in product development and manufacturing, effectively applying the same tools for test development and test automation.
“National Instruments has been looking for the right company to help further our test automation technology in the noise and vibration market,” said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments. “As a world leader in mechanical test solutions, MTS brings substantial, in-depth experience to the development of test and measurement solutions critical in the design flow and across the enterprise. The collective expertise of National Instruments and MTS will bring a new standard in tools, service and support for noise and vibration testing.”
The agreement builds on the already strong working relationship between National Instruments and MTS and signifies both companies’ long-term commitment to serving the growing noise and vibration market. MTS and National Instruments expect to disclose a detailed product roadmap to select customers later this year. For more information about the shared vision of these companies, readers can go to www.ni.com/mts or www.mts.com/ni.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) 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 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 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine 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 by calling (512) 683-5090, by e-mailing to email@example.com or by visiting www.ni.com/nati.
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a global supplier of testing products that help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes. MTS products are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures and include computer-based testing and simulation systems, modeling and testing software and consulting services. The company also is a leading manufacturer of industrial position sensors. MTS has more than 1,600 employees and operations in 60 countries worldwide. Readers can find additional information about MTS at www.mts.com.
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