National Instruments (NI) has launched the InstrumentStudio software for NI PXI modular instruments to simplify the development and debugging of automated test systems. It helps evolve from single-instrument soft front panels to a unified, multi-instrument environment, which enables engineers to capture screenshots and measurement results in one view. It also saves project-level configurations for specific devices under test that can be repurposed later or shared with colleagues.
InstrumentStudio exports configuration files to programming environments that reproduce settings, thereby simplifying measurement correlation. In addition, test engineers can monitor PXI instrument behaviour through InstrumentStudio with parallel execution of test sequences, thus streamlining the debug process. It makes using NI PXI instruments easier starting from initial product discovery to system debugging. The software is tailored to meet the needs of the engineers, deployed at different stages of the workflow. With LabVIEW engineering system design software at its core and TestStand test management software handling overall execution, this workflow helps improve the productivity of test and validation labs across industries. Each element of the workflow is also interoperable with third-party software to maximise code/IP reuse, and draws on the LabVIEW Tools Network ecosystem of add-ons and tools for more application-specific requirements