New LabVIEW drivers for Alicat instruments

May 3, 2016

LabVIEW simplified virtual interface.Talking to your Alicat products digitally has just gotten easier. Whether you’re integrating an Alicat into a LabVIEW dashboard or you’re using our FlowVision software to log, control, or optimize your flows and mixes, the new updates available on the download pages are compatible with our new Gas Select™ 6v0 firmware update.

Alicat has released updated LabVIEW instrument drivers for its mass flow meters, flow controllers, and pressure controllers. These drivers are backwards compatible for older Alicat instruments.

In addition to the full LabVIEW dashboard, the suite also offers dozens of simplified virtual interfaces. If you simply want to do one thing through LabVIEW, you only need to include one of the simplified interfaces in your LabVIEW dashboard. The virtual interfaces are individualized panels for controlling a smaller set of features. For example, there are simplified interfaces for functions like taring, assigning a setpoint, and datalogging.

These new device drivers enable users to more easily develop control interfaces with Alicat instruments or integrate Alicat devices into existing LabVIEW programs. LabVIEW provides data collection from Alicat instruments, instrument control capabilities, and integration with other process instruments. Common functions include evaluating data in order to trigger events such as changes to setpoints or flow rates, gas selection, validation, and monitoring ongoing process data.

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