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Optimized Solutions utilizes its alliance of industry leaders in automation like National Instruments, Schnieder, Keithley, Fluke, and Tektronix to provide some of the best products as far as ATE is concerned.

The engineers at Optimized Solutions are trained in the use of these products by the manufacturing companies themselves, which results in optimum knowledge about the working of the products as well as their technical intricacies. Optimized Solutions combines the power for these automation products with powerful software interfaces, such as LabVIEW and Multism developed by National Instruments.

The following is the list of the most common automation testing products widely used by Optimized Solutions for business process automation, warehouse automation, and software test automation.


Manufactured by National Instruments (NI), cRIO stands for Compact Reconfigurable Input Output. cRIO combines an open embedded architecture with small size, extreme ruggedness, and hot-swappable industrial I/O modules. cRIO is powered by the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture software developed by NI.

cRIO systems consist of an embedded controller for communication and processing, a reconfigurable chassis housing the user-programmable FPGA, hot-swappable I/O modules, and graphical LabVIEW software for rapid real-time processing and FPGA programming.

Controller (PLC) and Chassis

The cRIO system includes an embedded Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and a reconfigurable chassis. The embedded controller offers powerful stand-alone embedded execution for deterministic LabVIEW Real-Time applications or flexible Windows Embedded Standard 7 applications. The embedded execution platform contains the reconfigurable I/O FPGA core of the cRIO system.

System Expansion

The reconfigurable I/O (RIO) expansion chassis scales the benefits of the C Series platform for reconfigurable I/O applications, requiring hundreds or even thousands of channels. C Series modules provide integrated signal conditioning and connection terminals, which do not need external custom circuitry and wiring.

The expansion chassis also contains a Xilinx FPGA which is programmable with the LabVIEW FPGA Module. The Xiling FPGA gives you control over high-speed and customizable I/O timings and inline processing.


CompactDAQ or cDAQ is a portable and rugged data acquisition platform that integrates connectivity and signal conditioning into modular I/O for direct interface with any sensor or signal. cDAQ can be used with LabVIEW to customise how you acquire, analyse, present, and manage your measurement data.

Chassis and Controller (PLC)

cDAQ chassis and controllers control the timing, synchronisation, and data transfer between up to 14 C Series I/O modules and an external or integrated computer. A single cDAQ chassis or controller can manage multiple timing engines to run up to seven separate hardware-timed I/O tasks at different sample rates in the same system.

Module Types for cRIO and cDAQ

cRIO provides direct hardware access to the input and output circuitry of each I/O module, using LabVIEW FPGA elemental I/O functions. Each I/O module contains built-in signal conditioning and screw terminal, BNC, or D-SUB connectors. The following are the module types or testing instruments available for cRIO and cDAQ:

Voltage, Temperature, Digital Input, Digital Output, Relay, Thermal Imager, Motion, Resistance, Strain and Bridge, Counter/Pulse Generation, Accelerometers and Microphones, Removable Storage, Current, Voltage and Current Outputs, Serial Communication, CAN Communication, PROFIBUS Communication.

PXI Platform

PXI (PCI Extension for Instrumentation) is a rugged PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI capitalizes on PCI electrical bus and compactPCI features and adds specialized synchronisation buses and key software features.

PXI is a high-performance and low-cost deployment platform for applications, such as Manufacturing Test, Automated Test Equipment, Military and Aerospace, Machine Monitoring, Automotive, and Industrial Test. A PXI system consists of three components:

Chassis: PCI and PCI Express (PCIe) Communication: The PXI chassis provides the communication buses of PCI and PCI Express for your controller and modules. The PCI bus uses a shared bus topology, where the theoretical 132 MB/s peak bandwidth is divided among multiple devices.

PCIe provides a point-to-point bus topology, which gives each device direct access to the bus, and thus, its own dedicated data pipeline called lanes. These lanes can also be grouped together for an increased throughput.

Timing and Synchronisation: PXI capitalises on the CompactPCI architecture by adding integrated timing and synchronisation, which is used to route synchronisation clocks and triggers. A PXI chassis incorporates a dedicated 10 MHz system reference clock, PXI trigger bus, star trigger bus, and slot-to-slot local bus.

On the other hand, a PXI Express (PXIe) chassis adds a 100 MHz differential system clock, differential signalling, and differential star triggers for advanced timing and synchronisation.

Power and Cooling: The PXI requires a minimum of 25 W of power to each peripheral slot, while the PXI Express specification requires a minimum of 30 W. Each slot can dissipate the same amount of heat.

Controllers (PLC)

A PXI chassis requires a system controller. Controller options include high-performance embedded controllers, with either a Microsoft Windows OS or a real-time OS (NI LabVIEW Real-Time). Controllers can optionally be controlled themselves from a remote computer.

Module Types for PXI/PXIe

To meet your test or embedded application needs, you can choose from more than 450 NI modules including the following:

Signal Conditioning, Signal Generators, Switches, Timing and Synchronisation, Counter/Timers, Digital I/O, Digital Millimetres and LCR Meters, Dynamic Signal Analysers (DSAs), High-Speed Digital I/O, Industrial Network Interfaces, Local Interconnect Network (LIN), Motion Control, Multifunction Data Acquisition.


LabVIEW is an integrated development environment developed by National Instruments with the purpose of automation for engineers and scientists. LabVIEW uses a native graphical programming language (G), which in turn uses a data flow model instead of sequential coding. It empowers you to write functional code using a visual layout that resembles the human thought process.

When using LabVIEW, you have to worry less about the programming syntax. Combine the power of LabVIEW software with modular, reconfigurable hardware to overcome the ever-increasing complexity involved in delivering measurement and control systems on time and under budget. Key benefits of LabVIEW include:

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