Software that builds virtual instruments from graphical icons is migrating out of the test lab and into embedded control.
VI Without Readouts
Computerized control systems require digitized process parameters. Digitization of those parameters uses the same commercial hardware found in many VIs. So the idea of using embedded VI as part of the design is a natural extension. Coupled with embedded Webserver software and wireless connectivity, VI programming allows any laptop system to become a machine control panel or diagnostic display.
At the enterprise level, the same technology creates a portal for data acquisition and machine monitoring and control rivaled only by large, custom-designed systems.