Interview Tools that Accelerate Productivity,Innovation and Discovery
President, CEO and Co-founder, National Instruments (NI), Dr James Truchard, talks about the recent advancements in solutions presented by his company that will help engineers achieve the impossible, and how dreams are coming true for those willing to chase them.
PROCESS: How do you spot need gaps in the industry and bring about solutions that cater to them?
DR JAMES TRUCHARD: We are committed to expanding the vision of graphical system design by enhancing the underlying components of the platform. Today heterogeneous computing on a SoC is the latest technology for building systems and we wanted to bring the capabilities to our customer and hence the upgrade. Current challenges in the embedded and industrial markets include the pressure to simplify system complexity, a need to integrate current commercial technology, and the push to innovate quickly with shorter design cycles.
Our mission is to equip engineers and scientists with tools that increase productivity so they can deliver innovative solutions. Based on the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, the new NI cRIO-9068 softwaredesigned controller directly addresses key challenges that are faced by embedded design and industrial control engineers. The power of this architecture is shown when LabVIEW system design software is used in combination with a processor, FPGA, and reconfigurable I/O. This will help meet any demanding embedded control and monitoring task without wasting development time and cost
An Outlook on the Oil and Gas Sector
PROCESS: What are your latest upstream, mid stream and downstream solutions for the oil & gas sector?
TRUCHARD: Today, the worldwide oil and gas market is looking at technology to meet the needs for energy security, environmental and operational protection, improved installed system efficiency, distribution system reliability and control, economic growth, and clean energy technologies.
For upstream solutions, the NI PACs deliver small footprints, extended temperature and vibration operation ranges. Furthermore, it allows the necessary flexibility to meet a variety of application needs including a mudgas separator, cement analyzer, and a coil tube drilling control.
For midstream solutions, NI distributed data acquisition systems, supervisory control, and automation software platforms deliver a higher-level monitoring system. For downstream solutions, NI combines the technology to integrate legacy instrumentation, the widest array of processes and the complexity of oil and gas reining into one seamless platform across applications including distributed SCADA systems, sub-sea ROV control, and pipeline monitoring.