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Hi Friends,

 

I recently moved to new company where i am finding that they are not using LabVIEW but Test stand.

I never had a chance even to discuss about about NI-Teststand so far.

so time to move on to Test stand now. I have few questions to discuss here..

 

1. Is Test stand is completely new programming language than LabVIEW?

2. How to convert Test stand program to LabVIEW and LabVIEW to test stand back?

 

Regards,

Jaikanth

 

 

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1. Is Test stand is completely new programming language than LabVIEW?

 

TestStand is not a programming language. It is a test executive.

 

It is more like Excel in that it implements expressions and conditional logic.

 

TestStand is combined with a language like LabVIEW, CVI, HTBasic etc... to create a test solution.

 

These languages are invoked as steps by use of an TestStand adapter.

 

http://zone.ni.com/reference/en-XX/help/370052H-01/tsref/infotopics/adapters/

 

It is also possible to use a script with an executable such as Perl, Python or TCL to perform tests.

 

2. How to convert Test stand program to LabVIEW and LabVIEW to test stand back?

 

Since TestStand is not really a programming language, there is no direct/simple way to convert to/from LabVIEW.

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How I have used TestStand is more of a sequencer.  We want to set the power supply, so that is a step in TestStand.  We then want to measure the voltage with a DMM.  That is another step.  And we go along like that.  It makes test developement really easy.

 

For drivers and low level stuff, we use LabVIEW.  So a lot of your LabVIEW code can still be used.  You are just invoking them via TestStand instead of calling them in LabVIEW.

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