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Action packed summer User Group meeting proves a hit with attendees

We were fortunate enough to be able to hold our July Midlands LabVIEW User Group (MLUG) at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) for the first time. With a tour of the facilities, two fantastic speakers and a demonstration from National Instruments, those who attended were impressed with how much was packed in!

View of the High Temperature Research Centre

For the first time we were hosted by National Instruments and the MTC, moving the User Group around the Midlands as Argenta had always intended. With the added bonus of a tour of the site this added yet another dimension to the User Group and was well received by those attending, particularly as this wasn’t going to be an option open to them in the near future!

We were fortunate to attract two excellent speakers, both of whom are highly qualified in the LabVIEW field and were able to offer great insight in to their chosen areas of expertise and were both well received by the audience.

First up was James McNally who found Wiresmith Technology 2 years ago after having worked for many years for National Instruments UK. His presentation covered practical tips related to Object Orientated (OO) design and how this has helped the company improve their coding. OO in LabVIEW is a subject area which is often requested by attendees for future talks so we were glad that James was on hand to demonstrate its use.

Our next speaker was Richard Thomas from Cyth Systems U.K. who thoroughly enjoyed the experience of speaking to the group about LabVIEW variants which is identified as a ‘power tool’ in the LabVIEW world. He spoke with the group about the ways in which variants can be a ‘friend’ to the engineer, helping the audience to understand the benefits associated with them.

An extra element that we would like to incorporate in future meetings was that of a demonstration by Gavin Hill from National Instruments who bought along the latest cRIO for the MLUG audience to view. As you can see from the photo some of them got quite involved with the hardware! As part of the demonstration Gavin evidenced how the new cRIO has the ability to connect directly to the monitor rather than through a PC. He was kind enough to send us some useful links;

cRIO Demo

Argenta are now looking forward to the next meeting which will be held on Monday 14th November from 1pm, we are working on the agenda and venue and will release details very soon.

Anyone who either uses LabVIEW within their current role or works with LabVIEW would be sure to find this event useful and informative, as well as being a good opportunity to network. Those interested in attending this free event should contact Jenny Bragg via email ( or call Argenta’s office on 0121 318 6363 to register.

The full programme from the events can be viewed here..

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