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About National Instruments

For nearly 40 years, NI has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions. If you can turn it on, connect it, drive it, or launch it, chances are NI technology helped make it happen.


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Austin, TX 78759-3504

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Four Decades of Progress
For nearly 40 years, NI has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions. Through these pursuits, NI customers have brought hundreds of thousands of products to market, overcome innumerable technological roadblocks, and engineered a better life for us all. If you can turn it on, connect it, drive it, or launch it, chances are NI technology helped make it happen.

Unbeatable Control, Precision, and Flexibility
NI provides tools for engineers and scientists developing next-generation control and monitoring systems within industries as energy, industrial control, life sciences, and transportation. With NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware and NI LabVIEW system design software, prototype and deploy demanding control and monitoring systems faster.

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NI RIO Hardware and LabVIEW Software |
NI embedded systems combine LabVIEW software with off-the-shelf hardware to simplify development and shorten time to market. All NI Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware products are built on the NI LabVIEW RIO Architecture that features floating point processors, reconfigurable FPGAs, and modular I/O. And with LabVIEW, engineers can customize hardware and integrate custom timing, signal processing, and high-speed control without requiring expertise in low-level hardware description languages or board-level design. NI offers a variety of hardware platforms based on the LabVIEW RIO Architecture, including NI CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO, NI R Series devices, and PXI-based NI FlexRIO modules. With varying degrees of performance, cost, I/O rates, form factor, and ruggedness, NI RIO hardware devices can meet your unique needs of your embedded control and monitoring applications. Take advantage of National Instruments’ comprehensive, integrated hardware and software platform to empower your team and focus on the engineering tasks that matter most.

Products & Press Releases

The rise of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) has played a key role in solidifying Ethernet’s future use in the plant.

Questions About Time Sensitive Networking

Time-Sensitive Networking's star has been on the rise with its promise to bring determinism via standard Ethernet to the plant floor. In contrast to the positive news surrounding...
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Engineering System Design Software

March 14, 2018
The latest release of National Instruments’ LabVIEW NXG adds more functionality for engineers developing and deploying automated test and measurement systems.
This graphic illustrates the basic architecture of an Industrial Internet of Things system.

How to Evaluate Interoperability for IoT

Successfully connecting devices from different suppliers has long been the goal in industry—and it’s imperative for the Internet of Things. Here are some key interoperability ...
The familiar automation pyramid is changing to an automation pillar to better reflect the changing locations of control systems and the ability to share data at all levels rather than sequentially from one layer to the next.

Automation Networks: From Pyramid to Pillar

As automation technologies advance with cloud and edge computing, system and device location on the network can, in some cases, become optional. Critical to this development will...
Innovari’s Energy Agent installed at a Kansas City Power & Light commercial customer site.

Data and Industry Trend Each Other

From OEMs to energy producers, industrial data is not only changing the technology business, it’s also changing the business of industry.
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IT and Operations Disparities

Responses to a recent Automation World reader survey indicate marked differences between IT and operations personnel around cybersecurity, safety, supply chain and remote access...
Bosch Rexroth's pre-configured drive systems for CompactRIO by National Instruments.

Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments Partner on Motion Control

A matched control and drive system designed for automating the test and measurement of machinery combines National Instruments’ controller and programming environment with Bosch...
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National Instruments: System Design Software Updated

Aug. 13, 2015
LabVIEW 2015 features speed improvements, development shortcuts, and debugging tools.
A simplified sketch of the structure of the NI/IBM PM/CM Testbed with the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Predictive Maintenance Testbed

National Instruments and IBM are currently conducting a detailed predictive maintenance testbed with the Industrial Internet Consortium to determine specific best practices.
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Top 5 Industrial Internet of Things Trends

Aug. 7, 2015
Unleashing the potential of smart, connected systems using a platform-based approach.

Articles & News


CESMII and Plattform Industrie 4.0 Announce Collaboration

With a focus on technology standards, the two groups explained the development of their international agreement at the 2021 virtual Hannover Messe event
With Open Core Engineering, KAT engineers can now perform full programming control in the LabView environment without having to create PLC code in a separate program. Source: Bosch Rexroth.

Integrating PLC Programming into LabView with Open Core Engineering

A combination of Bosch Rexroth’s Open Core Engineering and National Instruments’ LabView helps Kraus Automation Technology speed up the development of its custom measuring and...
GE projects global electricity generation to grow by 2.3 percent per year over the next decade, bringing mounting pressure to transform and revitalize existing infrastructure.

Automating the Grid in a Modern Age of Electrification

Automation technology—including microgrids, data analytics and IIoT—is at the heart of a major digital transformation of the aging power grid, which needs to address expanding...
NI's Luke Schreier unveils the test software suite at NIWeek

National Instruments Unveils Test Software to Shorten Development Times

May 25, 2018
As products become more complex, engineering teams are looking for tools to streamline workflows related to test and measurement. NI responds with a software suite announced at...
This graphic shows the companies participating in the OPC UA over TSN initiative.

Time Sensitive Networking Gathers Steam

From standards development collaboration between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Avnu Alliance to deployment of OPC UA, Time Sensitive Networking is quickly moving from...
Chip Automation and the March of Moore’s Law

Chip Automation and the March of Moore’s Law

Sept. 7, 2017
So many technologies—including advanced automation—rely heavily on smaller, more powerful circuitry. Semiconductor manufacturers are embracing automation to achieve the next improvement...
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OPC Foundation Announces Fall Seminar Tour

Aug. 25, 2017
A series of events across the U.S. and Canada this fall highlight the features and real world applications of the OPC UA industrial automation communication protocol.

Videos & Resources

CompactRIO Performance Controller

Control & Measurement Integration Advances

New data acquisition release from National Instruments integrates measurement systems to reduce the need for multiple components and a new controller targets advanced industrial...
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Next-Generation Embedded Controller System Software

Jan. 15, 2014
The modern control system requires the high-performance capabilities of PACs and the flexibility to include custom hardware for advanced or unique applications. In this video ...
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FPGA Powered PACs

Nov. 12, 2013
Programmable automation controllers (PACs) are gaining broader acceptance in the industrial control market for applications that require highly integrated analog and digital I...
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Beyond Manufacturing: Industrial Automation Drives an Array of Advances

A look at how industrial automation technologies are helping to advance industries outside of the manufacturing and processing industries in which they are typically used.
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Semiconductor Processing Improves with FPGA-based Controller

A look at how upgrading a semiconductor processing machine with National Instruments' new CompactRIO 9068, which incorporates a real-time controller and FPGA, dramatically improved...
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Using FPGAs to Accelerate Vision Applications

July 8, 2013
Embedded vision is everywhere around us. It's in our phones, cars, medical devices, grocery stores, gaming systems, factories and more. At the rate vision is being added to embedded...
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Motion Control System Architecture: Reconfigurable vs. Traditional

May 1, 2013
One of the primary areas of application for FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) are in high-performance machines that typically require specialized control algorithms and advanced...
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Robotic programming simplified

Jan. 29, 2013
Labview library for a Yaskawa robot was on display at the National Instruments' Automate 2013 booth, and the demo included the use of a Sick Ranger laser 3D camera.
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Pressure Pump Control for Hydraulic Fracturing

May 30, 2012
Chris LeBlanc, North American Energy Segment Manager for National Instruments, describes where NI is useful in the oil and gas industry, while Rob Stewart, president of Lime Instruments...

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Controller Evolution in the Age of IIoT

Support for new communications protocols, open web standards and mainstream processing power are turning control system silos into network devices primed for new Industrial Internet...

IT for Industry: Rocket Science?

Feb. 15, 2017
Commercial IT technologies are infiltrating the factory floor. Here’s an explanation of some key tools that can increase productivity and reduce downtime with less investment....
A section of the TSN Testbed display at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

Time Sensitive Networking Testbed

The goal of enabling determinism in industrial Ethernet is bringing together a variety of automation suppliers to complete the standard and prove its useful application in industry...
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4 Reasons Why Time Sensitive Networking Matters

With a new IEEE standard in the works, Time Sensitive Networking is quickly moving past the concept stage for industrial automation use.
The grass slabs traverse the conveyor, and image sensors register the exact location for the handoff to the pallet stacker.

Mechatronic Developments Enable Smart Turf Equipment

April 14, 2016
A new turf-stacking tractor is the benefactor of a sophisticated control system that manages multiple motion profiles with an integrated processor and field-programmable gate ...
With IoT moving past the hype phase and into reality, vendors and system integrators explain how they are using it to bring real-world value to end users. Source: Opto22

Putting the Internet of Things Into Practice

March 29, 2016
With IoT moving past the hype phase and into reality, vendors and system integrators explain how they are using it to bring real-world value to end users.
Transmission monitoring is now available to any National Grid UK personnel with an Internet connection, and provides both real-time and historical data. Source: National Grid UK

Renewable Energy Sources Demand Remote Monitoring Expansion

May 15, 2015
Variable wind power energy demands on the transmission grid pushed National Grid UK to expand its data monitoring infrastructure and prepare for further development.

3 Challenges of Industrial Internet of Things Implementation

May 15, 2015
Making machines smarter through local processing and communication, the Industrial Internet of Things will solve problems in ways that were previously inconceivable. But distinct...
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Automation Suppliers Ride Out Low Oil Prices

May 11, 2015
Lower attendance at OTC this year reflected the hurt that the oil and gas industry is feeling right now. But companies that can wait it out are taking the opportunity to optimize...