Location: 2230 Gleason
Test and measurement facilities have been chosen with two goals in mind: the immediate support of the freshman instructional courses, and future integration and expansion throughout the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. National Instruments has been chosen as the primary vendor for data acquisition hardware and software. National Instruments (NI) is a recognized leader in test and measurement resources, with a predominant market share of all such facilities sold in the US and throughout the world. In fact, many (if not most) original equipment manufacturers supply drivers to allow integration of their hardware with LabVIEW, NI’s flagship graphical programming application. LabVIEW greatly simplifies data acquisition and analysis, especially for the novice user, without sacrificing higher-level capabilities. In addition, NI supplies its basic hardware configuration utilities free of charge. The latest version of these utilities is its Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), which allows windows-based testing and control of all NI hardware. MAX can be tightly integrated with LabVIEW for its fullest potential, but can also be used in conjunction with virtually any second-party application for hardware configuration and support.
The instrumentation lab was generously created by the National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Adaptation and Implementation Grant #0088779, and matching funds from RIT.