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MLUG is off to the MTC Coventry in July!

There is less than a month to go before we head to Coventry for our second Midlands LabVIEW User Group of 2023 on Wednesday 5th July from 12.45pm. We are back face to face again, but with the option to participate online for those unable to be there in person. We recognise that this is the best approach going forward as much as we can!

Thank you to the MTC who are hosting us for this meeting. If you are able to host us for a future meeting please let us know!

We are pleased to confirm that we have 4 speakers again at this meeting, so it's going to be another fantastic event that you won't want to miss out on. Here's a peek at what we have lined up:

Integrating TwinCAT RealTime with Labview by Chris Knight (Beckhoff Automation)

TwinCAT is a real time operating system used in industrial applications, projects are developed through Visual Studio. This means the projects have a very defined structure which can be accessed programmatically through the Automation Interface. In this talk we will see how LabVIEW can be used to create, configure and deploy TwinCAT projects to real time targets directly without having to use the Visual studio interface directly. We will then look at how data can be exchanged between LabVIEW and the TwinCAT runtime itself.

Since joining Beckhoff in 2014, Chris has supported applications from across numerous industries specialising in system design and program architecture. He is the IO product specialist for Beckhoff UK, responsible for fieldbus implementation and distributed IO architecture. He now looks after the MATLAB and LabVIEW implementation for TwinCAT as well as supporting customers looking to implement DevOps in their industrial processes.

DQMH TestStandifier, the tool which adapts a DQMH module to be efficiently used in TestStand by Cyril Gambini (Neosoft Technologies)

After presenting the pros and cons of using DQMH in TestStand at the GLA Summit, Neosoft Technologies built a tool which adapts a DQMH module to be efficiently called in TestStand. Going through all the scripting steps that the DQMH TestStandifier performs, we will discuss the different architecture decisions. We will also analyze the output of the tool and demonstrate how to use it in a TestStand project.

Cyril is Certified LabVIEW Architect and Certified TestStand Architect, with 15 years of experience working for NI partners in France and in Canada. He has had the chance to work on R&D projects, test systems in production and HIL testing (with VeriStand) in many sectors (automotive, railway, aeronautics, …) and is now the technical director at Neosoft Technologies (DQMH Trusted Advisor) providing consulting services (Software and Hardware) in Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is also involved in several open-source projects widely used by the LabVIEW community.

DSH Process Brain Dump by Steve Watts (SSDC)

This is a taster session from DSH Workshops, where we look at the entire process of creating projects from inception to post-mortem.

Steve has been writing industrial software since 1986, LabVIEW since 1996 and been doing fixed priced projects since 1999. SSDC is a LabVIEW Center of Excellence and accredited to ISO9001. He is author of "Random Ramblings on LabVIEW Design", "A Software Engineering Approach to LabVIEW" and "Software Design Concepts: Coupling, Cohesion and Information Hiding. Talk to Steve about:

  • Design
  • Process
  • Making things simple
  • Human Factors

JCB Robotisation - by Ian Thompson (The MTC).

This will be a presentation that looks at the work conducted at the MTC under the CIH program for autonomising small, precise movements of a large and unprecise machine. This will be an engineers perspective on the project with key focus on some of the problems encountered and the and the engineering solutions used to tackle this problem.

Ian Thompson, Technical Specialist in the Mechatronics theme at the MTC. Ian has been at the MTC for 10 years and has primarily spent this time developing sensing, instrumentation, and control systems for everything from rocket motors to fixtures. Primarily focused on 1 off proof of concepts, Ian has routinely used National instruments hardware and software as a key development tool.

If this sounds right up your street, then sign up and Jenny will send you the registration document to complete. Don't despair if you can't be with us in person, we will also be streaming the event live via Teams and it will be recorded to go up on our YouTube channel. No registration needed just access via this link.

NI Recertification points are available for this event whether you join us in person or online, win win for everyone!

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