Chapter 12. Instrument Control in LabVIEW

Overview

This chapter will give you a deeper look at instrument control. Sure, virtual instruments are the future of instrumentation, but there are a whole lot of non-virtual instruments sitting on benches, and you will definitely find yourself wanting to control them from LabVIEW. And, sometimes there’s no question about using an external instrument. If you need to perform mass spectroscopy, for example, we don’t know of any mass spectrometer available as a card that plugs into your PC! We’ll take a look at the various communications options for instruments: serial communications, Ethernet, and GPIB controllers. You’ll learn about VISA, a framework for communicating with all kinds of external instruments. ...

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