LabVIEW Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 13, 2019

Fast Engineering Software Development

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We are an engineering services company who uses LabVIEW to write test and automation code for our clients. Sometimes the decision to use LabVIEW is dictated by our clients and other times they do not care what software it used but either way we always use LabVIEW. LabVIEW allows all of our engineers, regardless of background, to ramp up and develop code quickly.
  • Debugging tools are fantastic.
  • Since it is graphical it is easy to quickly understand what a section of code is doing.
  • The integration with hardware, especially NI hardware, is very good.
  • UI development is lacking compared to other languages.
  • The software requires a bulky run-time engine for EXEs which can be a pain when distributing simple applications.
  • Anything to do with websites is a challenge.
Well suited for any type of industrial testing or automation, whether in a lab or production environment. It's a great tool for engineers to use.
Not well suited for any type of web development or a simple application that needs to be easily distributed to multiple people without having to install separate support software.
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Abdullah Umair Bajwa | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 07, 2019

LabView for Engine Test Bench Experiments

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I use LabView with our engine test bench's data acquisition system to collect high-speed pressure data and low-speed temperature data. The signal from the sensor needs to be acquired for a certain amount of time and in certain formats that meet our research requirements. I use LabView to make custom interfaces (VIs) that meet these requirements and output the recorded data in the desired form.
  • Graphical programming interface makes it easy and intuitive to set up data acquisition VIs.
  • Easy to add new sensors.
  • Easy to add/modify calibration specifications to get the desired form for output data.
  • Easy to package VIs in easy-to-use form that can be used by technicians and operators.
  • Sometimes have problems with my VIs when the software version is updated.
  • Becomes somewhat slow after updates.
  • Real-time plots (in my case pressure-time plots) sometimes get stuck or are laggy. Same is true for RPM gauge.
LabView is a great tool to connect your sensors to your data aquisition hardware. It makes it really easy to set-up a data acquisition routine that meets your individual requirements. I, as an engine researcher, find it very well suited for engine experimentation.

For any other programming needs, i.e. not data acquisition, I would not recommend using LabView because of its graphical programming architecture. The architecture makes it a great tool for Data Aquisition but puts at a disadvantage when it comes to other computational tasks, e.g. making a thermodynamic engine model. For those applications having text-based programming is better suited.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 22, 2019

Well built graphical programming

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As a small contract engineering company our organization often finds the need to use LabVIEW to write our own programs to solve problems. The software is used primarily by the software and firmware engineers, but several of the mechanical engineers also utilize it. Our organization saves money by writing some simple programs in house instead of sending them out.
  • Being a graphical programming language, it is a little easier for a layperson to understand than text based programming languages.
  • The program has very good debugging features.
  • Support is good.
  • There are a variety of tutorials which make it easier to do something that you aren't sure about.
  • Sometimes backwards compatibility issues arise.
  • Error messages can be confusing.
  • Although it is a graphical programming interface, it has a pretty steep learning curve at first.
I think National Instruments LabVIEW is well suited to those who have to run experiments whether that is in a formal lab or a less formal setting. Most of the programs that we write are aimed at some sort of data acquisition using sensors or hardware. LabVIEW is probably also well suited for hobbyists who do not know a written programming language but are willing to take time to use tutorials to figure things out.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 02, 2019

Good software but needs to become current (with strong SSH / RESTful API capability, iOS support, web-based).

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All mechanical engineering students learn to use it in their junior year. It allows students to quickly acquire data and analyze it. The rest of the university use it to some degree.
  • Data acquisition
  • Robotics
  • Barrier to entry is large
  • Install times are crazy
  • Just in time help needs to be more apparent (most students do not know about the examples section)
Well Suited:
  • quick analysis of data - quick development of a UI
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National Instruments headquartered in Austin offers LabVIEW, a systems engineering software platform and toolkit.

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