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Measurements and Instrumentation

Sensors, measurements, and instrumentation are the cornerstones of hands-on learning in engineering. National Instruments is an industry leader in data acquisition (DAQ) technology and provides a variety of platforms that help educators teach sensor theory, measurement techniques, and instrumentation concepts through a seamless integration with NI LabVIEW system design software.

Portable Instrumentation
Platform

NI myDAQ and iWorx Sensors

Complete with courseware, this solution gives students the ability to experiment with sensors for biomedical, physics, and chemistry applications using NI myDAQ.

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View iWorx sensors

Teaching Laboratory
Platform

NI ELVIS and Add-On Boards

This solution walks students through the physical properties of 10 commonly used sensors to help them evaluate sensors for future applications.

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View the Quanser mechatronics add-on

Industry-Standard
Platform

NI CompactDAQ

This modular platform gives researchers the ability to connect to any sensor through a library of more than 50 I/O modules with integrated signal conditioning.

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Configure your NI CompactDAQ system

Feature NI myDAQ NI ELVIS NI CompactDAQ
Ready-to-Use Courseware -
Programmable with LabVIEW
Educational Partner Add-ons -
Max Analog Input Sampling Rate 2 @ 200kS/s, simultaneous

1 @ 1.25 MS/s with ELVIS II

1 @ 100 MS/s with ELVIS II+

4 @ 1MS/s, simultaneous
Included signal conditioning for direct connection to sensors Yes, with add-on boards Yes, with add-on boards Yes, with C-series modules
Connection to Host PC USB USB USB, Ethernet, WiFi
Power Supply USB powered External External
I/O Count, Scalability, and Performance + ++ +++
Intended use At-home and in laboratory for hands-on, individualized learning In-lab for learning measurement and sensor theory In-lab mounted directly to apparatus (i.e. wind tunnel experiment)
Hot swappable I/O modules - -
Integrated breadboard for circuit prototyping With myProto add-on -
Teaching Concepts
Measurement theory ++ +++ +
Sensor theory ++ +++ +
Filtering and FFTs ++ ++ +++
Applied measurements in domain specific labs ++ + +++

Featured Courseware

NI ELVIS Computer-Based Instrumentation

This instructional guidebook provides an introduction to the NI ELVIS II workstation and DAQ concepts through sensors and actuators; vibration, speed, and temperature control; and photovoltaics, including the study of a solar panel. Exercises and challenge problems are included.

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