LabVIEW Programs Other Cool Features

Simulation Mode

For a number of years, our LabVIEW programmers have written LabVIEW programs that can be configured to run in “simulation” mode or in “hardware” or “real” mode. “Simulation” mode means that the software generates dummy data rather than accessing any hardware, although otherwise it functions in the same way as hardware mode. It can be useful for our own debugging and diagnostic purposes. However, recently we have found that several of our customers are keen on using simulation mode for training and marketing purposes.

LabVIEW Program Navigation

There are 3 mains ways to navigate around a LabVIEW program:

  • buttons
  • menus (like the “File”, “Edit” etc of older versions of Microsoft Word and other programs!). This is less common in LabVIEW, but we have implemented it occasionally
  • tabs

An example of tabs is shown in the “Mimics” section of “Cool Features”, where most of the screen is a large “tab dialogue” structure (with the tabs, in this example, at the bottom). It is very easy to navigate with tabs. Sometimes, one or more tabs may be disabled (or hidden) but in the example above, the user can go to any tab, even when a process is running. Notice that the sidebar on the right shows key information whatever tab is selected.

Use of Excel, Word etc

Communication between LabVIEW and other applications such as Excel, Word, Access and other databases has become increasingly common in our programs in recent years. For example, storage of process parameters/recipes and results in Excel can be very convenient because it allows for easy viewing and analysis of data on remote PCs. Reports can be produced automatically in Word, Excel or even a database. LabVIEW is able to access almost every function in Microsoft Office, allowing complex operations to be performed.