NI and Sensors Plug&Play Program Members Respond to Industry Need for Easier Sensor Measurements
NEWS RELEASE - Oct. 10, 2005 - National Instruments and leading sensor manufacturers participating in the Sensors Plug&Play Program continue to develop and release innovative, timesaving data acquisition products that support transducer electronic data sheet (TEDS) smart sensors. During the last 18 months, this collaboration with vendors such as Honeywell-Lebow Products Inc., Watlow and PCB Piezotronics has delivered more than 3,200 TEDS sensors and measurement systems that work with the IEEE 1451.4 standard. The standard specifies technology that simplifies system setup and improves sensor accuracy by digitally storing sensor parameters on an embedded EEPROM chip.
"Since joining the Sensors Plug&Play Program, we now install TEDS in 90 percent of our products," said Kerby Hull, regional sales manager with Honeywell-Lebow Products Inc., a leading manufacturer of torque sensing and force measurement equipment. "We have shipped 3,000 sensors with TEDS installed and 3,500 sensors with Virtual TEDS, a trend that reflects the wider acceptance of smart TEDS sensors. We believe this growth is a direct result of the significant efficiency gains that engineers and scientists achieve by combining easy-to-use, timesaving plug-and-play sensors with high-quality data acquisition hardware."
Engineers and scientists can see significant increase in productivity and fewer data entry errors by integrating TEDS sensors into their applications. TEDS-compatible hardware automatically read information engineers and scientists once had to enter by hand - including sensor-specific scaling and calibration parameters as well as vendor information - directly from the sensor. National Instruments LabVIEW software was the first general-purpose application software to fully support the IEEE 1451.4 standard. By using the free TEDS library for the LabVIEW environment, more than 30 sensor vendors offering a broad range of analog sensors now program their smart TEDS sensors in the same development environment, creating a common platform for the implementation of the standard.
Because sensors products created by Sensors Plug&Play Program members offer tight integration with NI LabVIEW application development software, engineers and scientists not only simplify their hardware setup with TEDS but also streamline their software development. Engineers using legacy sensors can take advantage of smart sensors by downloading free "Virtual TEDS" files for use with LabVIEW software from an online library located at www.ni.com/sensors and program their smart TEDS sensors in a single development environment.
For more information on National Instruments TEDS-compatible products or the Sensors Plug&Play Program, readers can visit www.ni.com/teds.
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