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Developing smart machines - 5-part free webcast series

Watch the five-part webcast series demonstrating technologies, techniques, and tips for optimizing machine monitoring, energy efficiency, and smart machine design.

Watch the recorded version of the webcast series:


Smart Machines (Embedded Control and Monitoring Tools Make the Next Generation of Manufacturing Equipment a Reality) - 29 min

In an effort to build smarter machines and manufacturing equipment, OEM machine builders improve their control architectures with embedded systems that help them implement advanced control and monitoring tasks. This webcast provides insight into the challenges machine builders face today and demonstrates proven methods and solutions that help innovative machine builders get ahead of the competition. You can see the impact graphical system design and customizable off-the-shelf hardware have on design process and success. You can also learn how embedded control and monitoring systems help builders understand differentiated machines without leaving their comfort zone.

Gain Accuracy and Flexibility Through Tight Vision and Motion Integration - 27 min

Machine vision and advanced motion control are key components of machine automation. You can use these two components to increase throughput and build efficient modern machines. While state-of the art motion control systems make possible the design of highly integrated mechatronics systems, machine vision allows for non-invasive inspection and measurements. By tightly integrating the motion and vision components of an automation system, leading machine builders are able to further differentiate their systems and build smarter machines. Learn how you can use these technologies to achieve benefits such as increased precision and accuracy, faster material handling, and easy adaptation to new products and processes. This webcast provides an overview of vision and motion integration methods, their challenges, and their key benefits.

Introduction to Tools & Techniques for 3D Image Acquisition & Processing in LabVIEW - 20 min

Engineers and scientists are using 3D vision technologies to solve challenging applications in food production, medical imaging, autonomous robotics, and manufacturing industries. At this session, learn from NI and industry technology leaders about stereo vision, laser triangulation, and special libraries for performing 3D vision in NI LabVIEW software. Through real-world examples, discover how you can use these different 3D technologies for robotic guidance, process control, and metrology.
Learn about different techniques for performing 3D vision and suitable applications, with a focus on stereo vision, and explore tools for image acquisition and processing in the NI LabVIEW environment.

The Benefits of a Fully Reconfigurable Motion Control Architecture - 13 min

High-performance machines often require specialized control algorithms and advanced synchronization with sensors and vision systems. These requirements can be difficult or impossible to achieve with fixed-function motion controllers and drives, and turning to custom design isn't always feasible. NI SoftMotion is an alternative approach. It's an open and modular motion control architecture based on configurable off-the-shelf hardware. This webcast outlines how you can use NI SoftMotion to implement specialized, high-performance systems more effectively than traditional approaches.

The Role of Robotics in Smart Machines - 16 min

The ability to easily change a production system to manufacture a different product or a customer specific variation is a big design requirement of modern manufacturing machines. The use of robots as flexible manipulators is a strategy often adapted by machine builders. In this webcast you can larn about the benefits of using robots in smart machine applications. You will discover tools that help you integrate a robot system into your machine controller architecture and you will experience how you can use the graphical system design approach to develop complex robot applications. Learn how you can use NI LabVIEW system design software and the ImagingLab Robotics Library to develop advanced robot applications that integrate machine vision, measurements, motion control, and human-machine-interface (HMI) tasks so you can boost the flexibility and performance of your machine.

After our Smart Machines webcast series we've randomly selected one lucky winner of a valuable LabVIEW training from the participants who participated at least 3 webcasts from the series. Watch how we drew the winner with the help of a simple LabVIEW VI. Congratulations to the winner, we will contact him shortly via email.

The winner is: Oana Popescu