Today, the Web is an essential part of the way a business operates. Not only can you use the Web to gain visibility, share information, and sell products, but you also can use it to improve the way you design, manufacture, and test products; to decrease design time; and to ensure quality.
Just as advancements in PC technologies transformed the way we automate measurements, networks are revolutionizing the fundamental architecture of PC-based measurement solutions. Some have proposed that network technologies are ushering in a post-PC era. Networks are not antiquating the PC, but revolutionizing the PC platform. The basic components found in a PC platform, such as I/O, processors, memory and storage, and displays, are still the building blocks, but they no longer need to be packaged as a self-contained unit. With networking technologies, you can distribute these components to the location most appropriate for your application. The platform is fundamentally the same, but the deployment capabilities of the platform are enhanced radically. Using network technologies in your measurement solutions, you can perform I/O on the production floor, deploy additional processing power for in-depth analysis in the control center, log and store postanalysis information to a corporate database, and display key information to clients around the world via a Web browser. The essential tool that you need to tie all of these pieces together is the software. LabVIEW provides a platform for designing your test system to take advantage of all of the latest technologies while providing an environment still focused on your developing your application quickly.
National Instruments LabVIEW focuses on solving measurement and automation needs by incorporating commercial technologies and balancing powerful ease-of-use functionality. LabVIEW provides the most productive development environment for empowering scientists and engineers to develop their own solutions. Any LabVIEW application, without any additional development time, can be turned into a remote application accessed via a Web browser. High-level functions are available to generate Web reports through Microsoft Excel or Word so you do not have to design and develop the low-level interfaces. You can enable live data sharing for individual user interface items simply by right-clicking the item and placing a checkmark in a checkbox. These technologies not only save valuable development time, but also help you take advantage of the economies of scale that the Web provides.
Many technologies are available for sharing information and data on the Web, and it is useful to understand some basic classifications before beginning your application. For convenience and clarity we have broken the applications into four main types – Publishing Data, Sharing Data, Remote Control, and Distributed Execution.
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