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Instruments Case Study Author Packet



Dear Colleague:

Thank you for your interest in submitting a case study with National Instruments. Sharing your successful solution
benefits not only you but also the industry in general. We publish the most exceptional case studies on our
websiteni.com/casestudies. We also feature select case studies in our newsletters, brochures, annual corporate
responsibility report, events and sales collateral, and other marketing materials. Additionally, our PR staff
frequently references case studies as examples when working with trade and business publications, which often
results in articles written about these solutions.

Enclosed is a copy of our Right to Publish form, image and video requirements, and case study template, which you
can use as a guideline in preparing your article. Please complete the enclosed Right to Publish form and return it
with your case study to the member of the case study team you are working with via email.

If you need additional information or assistance as you prepare your case study, please send an email to
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Right to Publish
To: National Instruments Corporation
Authors Name: _________________________________________________________________
Company and Title: ____________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
Telephone: ____________________________________________________________________
E-mail: _______________________________________________________________________

Case Study provisionally entitled: __________________________________________________

Are you a National Instruments Alliance Partner program member?___________________

Do you have an ni.com/community profile? If so, what is your alias? _______________

Do you hold any NI Certifications? i.e. Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD), Certified LabVIEW
Developer (CLD), Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA), etc? __________
______________________________________________________________________________

Are you a LabVIEW Champion? __________________________________________________

Permissions
Company hereby irrevocably grants to National Instruments Corporation (NI) the unlimited royalty-free
permission to copy, publish, distribute, display, modify, translate, and create derivative works of, in whole or in
part, the attached case study in print and electronic marketing materials including, but not limited to, NI Web sites,
press releases, trade or industry journals, newsletters, advertisements, brochures, multimedia presentations, and
videos.

Company agrees that the above permission covers any of the following that might be included in the attached case
study: (a) company names, trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, screenshots, and depictions identifying
or referring to Company and any of its products and services; (b) names, likenesses, photographs (and
modifications and alterations thereof), and quotes of its employees and personnel; and (c) materials owned by
Company under copyright or other intellectual property laws.

Company also agrees that the above permissions are granted on NI and its affiliates and their respective
employees and personnel and extend to NIs licensees and contractors. Company hereby represents and warrants
that (1) the attached case study is accurate and not misleading and (2) it has full right and authority to grant all
such permissions. This document embodies the entire understanding between Company and NI regarding its
subject matter and supersedes all prior representations and communications, whether oral or written, and waiver
or modification may not be made except in a writing signed by NI and Company.


Signature of Author/Authors Representative: _____________________________________________
Printed or Typed Name: _____________________________________________________________
Date: _______________________

Title (60 Characters Max)

Company:________________________________________________________
Author(s): ________________________________________________________
NI Product(s) Used: ________________________________________________
Industry: _________________________________________________________
Application Area: __________________________________________________

The Challenge: 1540 words about what the challenge was
EXAMPLE: Determining the source of electrical high-voltage transients to prevent light-rail car failure.

The Solution: 1540 words about how you (company/person) solved the challenge using NI products
EXAMPLE: Combining the benefits of the NI CompactRIO FPGAs and processor to create a rugged, semipermanent
monitoring system that records multiple data formats and rates, synchronizes data, and performs real-time
analysis to remotely monitor sensors for extended durations.

Body: 8001,200 words (subheads should be included)

Part I: Introduction
Introduce your company (who you are, what you do, who you serve, are you an NI Alliance Partner).
Describe the engineering challenge you addressed. Why was it technically challenging?
EXAMPLE: Currently, to keep milk from spoiling before it reaches the dairy plant for processing, farmers
can use specialized bulk milk chillers (BMC) to keep milk cool. However, the unreliable grid electricity
supply in rural India means the refrigerators must operate using diesel-powered generators, which is an
undesirable solution that increases capital and operating costs. a milk cooling system is a mission-critical
application that must run 24 hours per day, 365 days per year
Why was it so important to address this challenge?
EXAMPLE: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) cause the most deaths globally, with nearly 17.3 million deaths
in 2008 and the number expected to increase to 23.3 million by 2030. CVD affects nearly 10 percent of the
Indian population, with nearly 45 million suffering from coronary artery disease. With such a huge
disease burden and limited availability of specialists and healthcare resources for treatment, an effective
strategy for disease control would involve large-scale screening to triage at-risk subjects for early
intervention and disease prevention.

Part II: Application Overview
Describe your application and how it works.
If applicable, address previous tools/methods you used for your solution before NI products.
EXAMPLE: Prior to the introduction of this system, we had to periodically monitor the condition of every
track circuit manually on-site with a digital multimeter. Following the installation of the NI CompactRIO
system, we can now simultaneously acquire the JTC monitor point samples remotely from all track circuits
on the line, which means the maintenance teams can proactively predict and prevent equipment failures
before they occur.
Provide details about which NI products you are using in your application (software and hardware).
What NI product features were particularly useful in your application? Why?
Explain why you chose NI technology to develop your solution over other options?
EXAMPLE: In the HIL system, the simulation loop rate, equivalent of the temporal resolution in simulation,
was a critical factor. For the motor ECU, the loop rate needed to be 1.2 s or less for the simulator to work.
Most simulation platforms from other suppliers use CPUs for computation, resulting in a loop rate in the
range of 5 s to 50 s. NI FlexRIO used the FPGA for control and computational purposes to meet the
processing requirements, which also provided a significant advantage in terms of computational
processing performance. The ability to attain the required simulation rate at 1.2 s was the decisive factor
for adopting the NI FlexRIO platform for this system.
Why is your solution better because of NI products?
Describe the challenges you faced and how you overcame them?

Part III: Benefits of Your Application
Explain the benefits, preferably quantifiable benefits, of your solution and how NI products helped you
achieve them. Why are these benefits important?
EXAMPLE: Due to the inherent scalability of LabVIEW, we reused as much as 80 percent of our code when
changing our hardware platform from Compact FieldPoint to CompactRIO, saving a significant amount of
development time and cost. It took around eight months to develop and test the mark 1 PowerCube, but
only two weeks to move the project over to the CompactRIO platform, including writing a bespoke FPGA
image.
What is the impact of this application? This could be an impact on your business, your customers
business, society, an industry, etc.
EXAMPLE: Capable of chilling up to 500 liters per collection, the RMC stores cold energy in the form of a
thermal battery, providing farmers with the ability to chill and store milk even when the power is out.
Using the stored energy, the RMC can cool raw milk to 4C in a matter of seconds, arresting bacteria
growth and drastically improving milk quality. The system also creates more flexibility in the supply chain
by eliminating the need to route milk through costly central chilling centers, which can reduce
transportation costs by up to 40 percent. Furthermore, by eliminating the use of diesel generators, the
system can reduce operating cost by 50 percent.
Why is this application significant? Was it the first of its kind?

Part IV: Conclusion
Overall, how did this solution and the NI products you used meet your objectives?
EXAMPLE: Every successful measurement application depends on reliability and repeatability, which is
even more difficult in a vision-based application. Our inspection system achieved these targets with rugged
and optimized hardware and the LabVIEW platform. Using this inspection system, our clients can ship
millions of terminals that are inspected thoroughly for dimensional accuracy. This gives our customer the
ability to offer better quality to their customers in automotive and electrical segments where quality is a
key requirement. We have been able to implement in over 50 different types of terminal strips, more than
250 different feature measurements, with very good accuracy and at a high throughput.
Whats next?
EXAMPLE: With the potential to install as many as 1000 milk chillers in the next 3-5 years, each new RMC
system has the potential to impact more than 30-40 farming families thereby having a direct impact on
approximately 30000 dairy farmers and 1 million milk drinkers in India. This will be achieved by eliminating
large amounts of milk spoilage and providing higher quality milk.

Contact Information (Required)
If there are multiple authors for a case study, please choose one person to list here with at least one of the
following email address, phone number, NI Community profile information, or other social media contact
information, and/or address, plus the companys website.

Tips for Writing an Effective Case Study
1. Be specific.
2. Use concrete examples, data and tangible results to make your points.
3. Explain the why and so what whenever possible.

Examples of Award-Winning Case Studies
http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16689
http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-16012
http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-14813

Additional Materials
If available and applicable, please provide raw files or YouTube links to video, code, and/or supplemental technical
documents.

Images
Please provide at least one high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) photo with a caption. The caption can be included at
the end of your case study document.

The image(s) that accompany your paper are required to meet the following standards:

I. Photos
a) Submit the original high-res photo file
a. Shot on a camera (no camera phones, please!)
b. 5mp or higher
c. Highest resolution available selected on the camera
b) Make the space picture perfect
a. Clear the environment of trash, stray hardware, random cables, etc.
c) Shoot with enough light
a. Turn on the lights, open blinds/curtains, or use a flash
d) Please take the photo from a variety of angles
a. From a higher perspective
b. From a lower perspective
c. Close up
d. Further away
e) Include people, if applicable, to add context to the shot
II. Illustrations
a) Line art or vector illustrations should be provided in the EPS format, RGB
III. Screen Captures
a) Screen captures or print screens should follow our screen capture guidelines. If the screen capture
guidelines are followed correctly, we will be able to enlarge your screen(s) to 300 dpi and still
maintain the clarity of the text.

Videos
Videos should be five minutes or less in length
Acceptable formats include mini DV tapes or Windows Media Video
o NI can provide instructions on submitting video through our external FTP site
Resolution should be 640 X 480 or higher
300 kbps video should be rendered at 15 fps or higher
Audio should be mono 32 bit or higher (sound is the hardest part make sure you get good-quality sound
captured)
Videos should be deinterlaced, if possible
Videos should contain no background music

Some helpful video tips:
Make sure to use a tripod.
Try not to move the camera if you can help it don't pan or zoom unless there is a strong need.
Capture a variety of interesting shots to help the viewer understand and appreciate your application.
NI videos are shot in wide-screen (16:9) format so feel free to use that frame size.