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NI hosts successful technology seminars for the automotive industry

6 October 2004 News

National Instruments (NI) recently hosted two successful technology seminars. The first of these seminars was hosted in Port Elizabeth, an area considered to be the national hub of the automotive industry, with the second seminar being presented in Midrand. Those who attended included engineers and technicians in the measurement, automated test, and quality and production control areas of the automotive industry in South Africa.

The seminar topics were designed to assist engineers and technicians solve common applications in the automotive industry. Such applications include tests in the manufacture of electronic parts, chassis and harnesses, as well as security tests.

These events were co-presented by Michael Hutton, branch manager of NI South Africa, and guest presenter, Dirk Wieprecht.

Wieprecht currently holds the position of applications engineering group leader for the National Instruments Germany Automotive Team. In his five years at NI Germany, he has co-ordinated large scale projects within the industry, involving the installation, implementation and support of some of NI's leading software and hardware offerings, such as LabVIEW, DIAdem, TestStand and CAN.

A host of industry solutions were presented. Key topics and demonstrations included: automotive protocols (CAN, FlexRay, MOST, and more); noise, vibration and hardness (NVH) tests, hardware and software tools; dynamometer testing using LabVIEW and data acquisition; data management and analysis; customer automotive solutions.

"We are extremely pleased with the success of this event, it not only highlights the strong user base of virtual instrumentation in South Africa, but also shows that the local automotive industry is tracking this worldwide trend of moving to computer-based instrumentation," comments Hutton.

National Instruments will be hosting more technical seminars during 2004. For more information on these contact the local branch office on 0800 203 199 (toll-free), or e-mail ni.southafrica@natinst.co.za, or visit www.ni.com/southafrica.





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