NIís CEO feels ease of use will help PAC take
Programmable Automation Control has become a hot topic in National
Instrumentsí R&D labs. ďPAC has the ruggedness of PLCs (programmable logic
controllers) and the software capabilities of PCs,Ē says NI CEO James Truchard.
PACs also have multi-function capabilities, such as logic, motion control and
many others, and they also employ as many industry standards as possible. NIís
LabView software is ďa superset of PAC,Ē supporting a range of hardware targets,
he adds. As part of the focus on this emerging field, Truchard is also
emphasizing a new thrust to make NI tools easier to use.
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