Frequently Answered Questions:
and Programming Services was named because we give our customers a
"headstart" on their LabVIEW project(s). We are a LabVIEW service provider/National Alliance Member and we save our clients time by getting
their projects up and running quickly. This can also facilitate getting
to market quicker and increasing market penetration.
Headstart Engineering and Programming Services, we listen to
our customers. We are committed to producing satisfied customers
||The best LabVIEW products and services in a timely and cost
||National Instruments hardware and software services that meet
customers' technical needs.|
||Meeting short development schedules and budget guidelines.|
||Facilitating new users in the use of National Instruments products
to accelerate their development cycles.|
||Adding value by educating customers and recommending specific
hardware and software products.
LabVIEW is the leading
graphical programming environment for data acquisition and instrument control
applications. The graphical programming language and complete set of integrated
instrumentation libraries in LabVIEW saves scientists and engineers significant
time and money over traditional programming approaches.
Headstart Engineering and Programming Services
utilize LabVIEW software extensively for the development of
systems designed for process control, system design evaluation, and device
characterization. These systems are composed of GPIB controlled,
serial and DAQ instruments.
||GPIB is General Purpose
Interface bus, synonymous with HP-IB. The standard bus used
for controlling electronic instruments with a computer. Also called IEEE
488 bus because it is defined by ANSI/IEEE Standards 488-1978, 488.1-1987,
||DAQ is Data Acquisition
- Collecting and measuring electrical signals
from sensors, transducers, and test probes or fixtures and inputting them
to a computer for processing;
- Collecting and measuring the same kinds
of electrical signals with A/D and/or DIO boards plugged into a PC, and
possibly generating control signals with D/A and/or DIO boards in the same
GUI is the acronym for
Graphical User Interface - an intuitive, easy-to-use means of communicating
information to and from a computer program by means of graphical screen
displays. GUIs can resemble the front panels of instruments or other
objects associated with a computer program.
At Headstart Engineering, we design the GUI with the end user and application
in mind by:
||Creating GUIs to be aesthetically
pleasing in addition to providing the required functionally. The
GUI could provide - either a multitude or very few - features, depending
on the end user and the application.
||Integrating into the design how
the instrument is implemented, and designing ergonomically so that the
most often used “controls” are placed where they can most easily be accessed.
This is critical for users interfacing with the GUI many hours each day.
||Grouping appropriate controls
into their respective categories reflecting operation and implementation.
||Utilizing colors and layout schemes
that do not overstimulate the optic nerve.