Leading Instrument Vendors Offer Analytical Drivers for NI LabVIEW

9/3/2004 - Leading analytical instrument vendors recently teamed up with National Instruments to offer driver software that easily integrates their instruments with the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment for life science lab and research applications. Scientists and engineers now can visit the Instrument Driver Network at ni.com/idnet to download more than 40 analytical drivers from 19 instrument vendors such as Harvard Apparatus, Sutter Instrument and CARDIAC.

The new LabVIEW Plug and Play source code drivers deliver more flexibility to scientists and engineers for connecting and controlling their instruments as well as integrating their measurements with other instruments, performing customized analysis and modifying their user interfaces. The new drivers integrate LabVIEW with many analytical instruments such as Harvard Apparatus syringe pumps, Sutter Instrument filter wheels and drivers written by CARDIAC for the Nonin XPOD pulse oximeter and Agilent Series 50 fetal monitor.

Harvard Apparatus, Sutter Instrument and CARDIAC are members of the Instrument Driver Developer Program, a cooperative effort of instrument vendors from all industries to create standard LabVIEW driver software for their instruments. These companies provide quality LabVIEW connectivity and complete application solutions that introduce automation to the laboratory. For example, scientists and engineers can use a Harvard Apparatus syringe pump, LabVIEW and NI Compact FieldPoint to automate sample preparation in the lab for sample storage, collection, shipment, archiving and processing. Also, for biotechnology applications that require sophisticated optics, shuttering and imaging techniques, they can integrate Sutter Instrument filter wheels and shutters with LabVIEW in fast wavelength switching systems.

Scientists and engineers can participate in a series of Web events to hear about instrumentation and measurement highlights from these leading analytical instrument vendors. In the National Instruments Lab and Research Web Event Series, Sept. 7 - Oct. 5, scientists and engineers can learn techniques such as managing a LabVIEW-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) or performing spectral imaging to find, characterize and store spectral and color signatures from microstructures.

The NI Lab and Research Web Event Series includes presentations from:

About the Instrument Driver Network
The Instrument Driver Network is the industry’s largest source for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers. Scientists and engineers can visit the site at ni.com/idnet to access more than 3,000 instrument drivers from more than 200 vendors. To access the new LabVIEW analytical instrument drivers or register for the Lab and Research Web Event Series, readers can visit ni.com/idnet.

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.

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