How does ExpressPlus actually work?
Several programs from National Instruments
provide you the ability to write code or
create sequences of code steps.
ExpressPlus expands upon that system to give
you more tools so you don't have to create
them doing nay programming.
ExpressPlus steps can be added to TestStand,
LabVIEW, Vision Builder, and SignalExpress.
The steps appear directly in the program's menus for you to
the steps you want and add it to your
Each step has a configuration window which
exposes you to the settings required for
each step to run the way you need them to
run in order to achieve your test goals.
As shown in Figure 2, each ExpressPlus step
has a configuration screen which guides you
through the settings required to make the
step work. The only requirement for
the user is to complete the steps, filling
in the blanks, and the step is ready to run.
The improvements don't end there, though.
Many of the ExpressPlus screens have
additional tools to help with configuring
the step. Figure 2 shows a rather
simple task to click on a button, but the
name of the window and the button are
required and are usually hidden. This
step shows the "Help Me Choose" button,
which reveals the hidden properties of
buttons so that you can complete the step.
Features like this could save several
minutes of extra work, and over the course
of creating your entire test system can help
you save many hours.
ExpressPlus & Hardware
Many programming tasks revolve around
hardware, and most of the hardware we want
to automate has software. They tend to
be tied together, and ExpressPlus bridges
this gap in an easily manageable system.
Take a look at the ExpressPlus Light Tower
in Figure 4 - one of many products available
from Cyth System which has an ExpressPlus
Anyone can plug in the USB light tower, and
upon inserting this step the configuration
window recognizes the
ExpressPlus features deliver ROI
Develop Prototypes Faster
- create sample sequences to test
equipment or demo functions
Save Debug Time - code modules used
have already been tested and debugged
Training - similar interfaces
for all your developers to use
Available ExpressPlus Packages
A-La-Carte - Choose any of
our 150 steps in 30-day evaluation mode, and
license them individually so you only pay
for the steps you actually use.
Virtual Operator - (12
steps) Automate Windows operations that
usually require an operator like running
software, selecting items from a menu, or
clicking buttons. Save the cost of
paying an operator.
Communications Pack - (9
steps) Utilize common communications
protocols like TCP/IP, VISA, and
Math Pack - (7 steps)
Several interfaces for creating formulas,
expressions, and equation editors.
Device Drivers - too
numerous to mention, common commands for the
most popular instruments without downloading
and reworking instruments from the internet.
ExpressPlus for YOU
* Download modules for evaluation
* Order custom-made ExpressPlus modules
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