This post is going to focus on a few of the tools currently available for integrating Python and LabVIEW together in your application. In a follow-up post we will be discussing a tool that WTI has developed internally for use in an application-scripting framework - so stay tuned.
Wineman Technology will be attending Automotive Testing Expo 2017, held October 24-26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Automotive Testing Expo is the ultimate show in North America to view the latest products that improve vehicle reliability, durability, safety, and quality. Come see us in booth #7020 and check out our new and upgraded products, including the recently released CANalytics — winner of the 2017 National Instruments LabVIEW Tools Network Application Enablement Product of the Year Award.
When someone asks what we do at Wineman Technology (WTI) it is often hard to explain. The simplest answer is we build test equipment; although this statement is true, it fails to convey the most valuable service we provide to our customers. Test equipment describes a wide range of machines and hand-held devices performing design validation, quality control, end-of-line testing, and diagnostics. A wide variety of products use these machines and devices. Test equipment ranges from simple to complex and is in R&D labs, factory floors, and local service departments. How can we describe the niche we have carved out in this market and capture the unique value we bring? When I put this question to the engineering managers at WTI, one of them came back with the phrase “we provide insight through electromechanical test data”, and when he said it we knew we had defined what is special about WTI.
Wineman Technology helped an aerospace hydraulics component vendor to build a full-scale test stand using physical components and steel tubing. Using 3D CAD geometry files of the aircraft hydraulics design, the tubing was precisely bent and assembled to replicate the exact aircraft geometry and volume.
A lookup table is a table of values that may need to be indiscriminately retrieved programmatically, often even determined subjectively by a user’s input. Using an array and brute force linear searching is often the first method that comes to mind for many programmers, but the larger the table is or grows the more inefficient this method quickly becomes. Variant lookup tables can be created using a simple LabVIEW API that utilizes very efficient algorithms for key-value pairs.
A custom, state-of-the-art hub test stand developed by Wineman Technology was recently featured in Automotive Testing Technology International, and OEM Off-Highway publications. We worked with GKN Wheels & Structures – a global company that provides products and services for agriculture, construction, mining, and other off-highway industries – to increase their hub and spindle fatigue testing capabilities. The goals of the new hub test equipment were to eliminate expensive field testing, develop lighter hub castings, and speed time-to-market.
Wineman Technology, Inc., today announced that it was recognized as a National Instruments Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Specialty Alliance Partner. As a longtime National Instruments Gold Alliance Partner with more than 25 years of experience, Wineman Technology was selected for its demonstrated expertise and in-house development of complete HIL systems using NI’s leading-edge commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies.