Archive for September 2011
LabVIEW 2011 Simplifies Asynchronous Application Development
Have you ever wondered what your weight would be if you stood on the surface of another planet? Even if this thought has never crossed your mind, I bet you’re curious now! If you stood on the surface of another planet in our solar system your weight would not be the same due to gravity changes and the different masses of each planet. But now you can find out exactly what you would weigh with the InterplanetWeight.vi!
Enter your “Earthly Weight” and hover your mouse over one of the planets. When you do so, an information box will appear giving you the name of the planet and your approximate weight on its surface. Go ahead, entertain your curiosity.
Watch this webcast to learn how to understand, refactor, and standardize inherited code. This webcast will share tried and tested best practices and tips on how to best maintain LabVIEW code from other engineers and scientists to help you ensure the long-term maintainability of your application.
Is it accurate to consider a green banana unripe? In many cases, consumers in the supermarket might make this determination when purchasing bananas because their color can often be associated with the ripeness of fruit. However, color doesn’t always accurately reflect the ripeness in each type of fruit nor does it indicate the exact level of maturity.
To help the agriculture industry define a uniform process to measure fruit properties and maturity levels before and after fruit harvests, engineers at Hitachi Cable Johor SDN BHD in Malaysia established an automated classification system.
Traditional methods for determining fruit maturity require destruction of the fruit in some way, either by impact for testing firmness or destruction for measuring levels of ripeness. More recent, nondestructive methods have emerged, but many are too costly and don’t have accurate correlations between color and ripeness.
To establish a more accurate, noninvasive process, engineers needed to determine whether measuring the capacitive properties of fruit is an accurate, nondestructive method for assessing fruit maturity. They used NI LabVIEW software to assess feedback from capacitators that measured bananas at different maturity levels. Because LabVIEW was able to help read and organize the data from the capacitators, the engineers were able to help the agriculture industry find a suitable technique for measuring fruit maturity that was accurate and nondestructive to the fruit.
Setup for Capacitive Property Testing of a Banana