NI draws on decades of experience to study trends in electronics-based industries
National Instruments announces its 2014 study report on automatic testing, available in French, which presents the results of the company's research on testing and measurement technologies and methodologies. Engineers and managers can take advantage of this report, which details trends in many industries, to take advantage of the latest strategies and best practices to optimize any test organization.
The 2014 study report on automatic testing is based on data from academic and industrial research, economic intelligence and customer feedback (forum, surveys, etc.).
It details the following trends:
Corporate strategy: organizational competence
As far as test engineers are concerned, the talent pool is dwindling and managers need to improve organizational competence through more relevant recruitment, better reception of new employees and greater investment in training to ensure a competent organisation with sufficient staff.
Architecture: managing test systems
New technologies offer broader sets of test equipment features, helping test managers monitor the condition of their systems, lowering costs and maximizing operating time.
Processing: "cloud computing" or "cloud computing" for testing
Unable to provide the ideal balance between performance and cost or to adapt to actual product demand, traditional test platforms are a drag on profitability. As in information technology, cloud computing applied to automatic testing can dispel these growing concerns.
Software: scalable test software architectures
The need to provide faster and fewer test systems with fewer and fewer resources drives software strategies away from rigid solutions in favor of software-based platforms to maximize longevity and scalability throughout the lifecycle of one product and new product design to another.
Entries/exits: redefining the concept of sensors
The number of sensors in products has increased dramatically, challenging test managers to keep pace with new technologies and adapt to this growing demand. They need non-frozen test solutions that they can modify as quickly as the products that integrate the sensors they test.