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3 fantastic LabVIEW speakers, 1 coding challenge and a room of enthusiastic MLUGers!

With just a month to go before our next Midlands LabVIEW User Group we are delighted to confirm the final line up. The meeting will be held on Monday 5th February from 12.45 at Rolls-Royces’ Derwent Facility on Birmingham Business Park.

We have yet another action packed schedule for LabVIEW enthusiasts who may be suffering from dry January. This includes three speakers and a show-and-tell, what more could you ask for on a Monday afternoon?

Our first guest speaker is Kevin Ross who will be travelling up from the South to join us. Kevin is a LabVIEW engineer at Renishaw having previously worked for Austin Consultants and National Instruments. He is a certified LabVIEW Architect and TestStand Developer with many years of experience.

Kevin’s presentation will guide you through a tool he has developed called the “KR State Machine”. KR State Machine provides a simple and pragmatic modular approach to software development. The easy to use tools assist in project creation through the help of VI Scripting, which will improve development time. We will be fortunate enough to have Kevin demonstrate how the KR State Machine works in practice, so ask lots of questions!

Our second guest speaker is Narayanan Karthikeyan who will be presenting - “Core - A LabVIEW Based Production Test Environment with Abstracted Configuration”. Narayanan has 13 years’ experience in Design and Development of Automated Test System Using National Instruments Hardware and Software. He has spent the last 3 years working with the Controls System Group on Development and Support of ATE at Rolls Royce, Derwent.

As mentioned the focus of his presentation is the Core environment– this creates an abstraction between the PAT Test Schedule and the software. It has a configurable sequencer to operate rigs in pre-defined steps as well as interlocks to ensure safe operation. In addition, it has PID control to operate various valves and features traceability from requirement to verification of the software.

Finally Argenta’s very own Chris Woodhams will be delivering a presentation which will be an introduction to using cRIOs. This is a practical introduction to setting up a compact RIO for measurements using FPGA, Real Time OS and communication with a HMI. The aim is to give you an insight into the platform and offer some steps to get an application up and running.

The Coding Challenge is also now available, if you can’t attend but would still like to take part please feel free to send your solution in to us as we will discuss during the meeting. You will need the two documents below.


Content for Challenge

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. All attendees must complete a security form, so don’t delay.

Argenta host the Midlands LabVIEW User Group three times a year, it is free to come along.

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