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Overview
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Data Acquisition Toolset for NI TestStand™

Version 1.0 - June 2015

MESULOG DAQmx Steps provides a set of high level custom TestStand steps that allows you to use easily data acquisition devices compatible with NI-DAQmx in your application.


Overview of DAQmx Steps
Figure 1 : Use your DAQ devices easily in your TestStand applications...


DAQmx Steps:
  • Gives you an easy access to your Digital or Analog IO of your DAQ device from NI TestStand
  • Uses DAQmx Virtual Channels easily configurable in MAX
  • Fully integrates with TestStand. You can use its customizable steps to create test sequences in your application
  • Is available in Free and a Professionnal Edition. Professional Edition gives you access to advanced features for Batch and Parallel TestStand Models


Easy IO Access
DAQmx Steps was developed to gives you an easy access to your Digital and Analog IO of National Instruments DAQ Device compatible with the NI-DAQmx Driver.

Through a dedicated Insertion Palette in NI TestStand, you can directly access to DAQmx Steps to configure data acquisition or generation in your test sequence.

Figure 2 : Insertion Palette of DAQmx Steps


DAQmx Steps gives you access to your IO with the following steps:
  • Write Analog Line : set the value of an Analog Output
  • Read Analog Line : hardware timed multiple sample read of an Analog Input
  • Write Digital Line : set the state of a Digital Line
  • Read Digital Line : read the state of a Digital Line
  • Wait Digital State : wait for a selected state on a Digital Line
  • Wait Digital Edges : count edges on a Digital Line
  • Generate Pulses : hardware timed pulse generation on a Digital Line

DAQmx Steps uses DAQmx Virtual Channels. So, you can easily configure your channel with NI MAX (Measurement & Automation Explorer).

Figure 3 : DAQmx Virtual Channel configuration in MAX


In each steps, an edition windows allows you to select a channel from a drop-down menu and configure easily the step. Only channels of the right type are listed.

Figure 4 : Selection of a channel from an edit window of a Step



Multi Socket
The Professionnal Edition of DAQmx Steps includes a unique functionnality for multi sockets automated test systems. When you want to test UUT in batch or in parallel, DAQmx Steps Professional Edition gives you an extra level of abstraction to simplify sequence edition. Based on a specific configuration in MAX, you just have to select one channel in your Sequence, then the Steps, in function of the Test Socket, will used automatically the right DAQmx Virtual Channel.

Figure 5: Example of configuration in MAX for UUT test with Batch or Parallel Model


During edition, when select the UUT Mode, only channels configured to be used with Sockets appears in the drop-down menu. Test writer just need to select the channel corresponding to the function, and don't have to manage the test socket for IO.

Figure 6 and 7: Example of DAQmx VIrtual Channel selection depending on the mode



Licenses
DAQmx Steps is available is 2 Editions:

Free Edition

This version is totally free, but it does not include the UUT Mode in edition and execution.

No technical support is given with this version.

Professional Edition

This is the full version of DAQmx Steps. It includes all the functionnalities, specially the UUT Mode. A professionnal Edition Licence is needed for Edition and Execution of DAQmx Steps when using the UUT Mode.

This version includes also technical support on DAQmx Steps.

Pricing

DAQmx Steps Free EditionGratuit-
DAQmx Professional Edition400 €Buy

To purchase multiple licences of DAQmx Steps, please contact us directly.


Prerequisites
  • Windows XP or higher (32 or 64 bits)
  • NI TestStand 2012 or later (32-bit)
  • NI LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 2012 (32-bit)
  • NI-DAQmx 9.6.2 or higher
  • NI MAX 5.4 or higher


Downloads
DAQmx Steps 1.0.3 (4.32 MB)


Online Help
DAQmx Steps help is available online in HTML.
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