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element14 Community Launches ‘Just Encase’ Design Challenge

element14, an Avnet community, is harnessing the power of Hammond Enclosures to create projects designed to withstand even the harshest environments with the “Just Encase” design challenge. This challenge encourages the element14 Community to create a new design built to work reliably even in the face of extreme heat, cold, water or humidity.

Engineers have to take the environment into account when building their designs,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 Community. “This challenge is a great way for designers to test their skills and learn about the benefits of high-quality enclosures in protecting their projects from the elements.”

“Just Encase” design challenge is open to everyone. Members of the element14 Community will compete to design the most creative project built to withstand hazardous weather using a custom kit provided by Hammond, which includes Hammond cable glands, a water-tight ABS enclosure, a polycarbonate enclosure, a selection of thermocouples, environmental sensors, and load cells, plus an Arduino MKR WAN 1300.

Applications close on October 31 and the 20 best challengers will be announced on November 15. Then, these challengers will be invited to use the above mentioned kits from Hammond to create a project designed to withstand even the harshest environments. Participants will have until February 1 to blog about and build their projects. Winners will be announced in February 2022. Example applications could include:

  • Snow level monitoring in a cold area
  • Machine usage in food production areas
  • Predictive maintenance in damp conditions
  • Beachfront sun monitoring

The first-place challenger will win a PlayStation 5, a deluxe earthquake survival kit, a survival shelter as well as a vehicle fire extinguisher, all prizes worth $1,050. The runner up will receive a deluxe earthquake survival kit, a survival shelter and a vehicle fire extinguisher. All other participants who blog about the build process and outcome of the challenge will receive a vehicle first aid kit.

To learn more about element14 and the “Just Encase” challenge, please visit here.

AMA Innovation Award 2022: Applications now open

The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology (AMA) invites researchers and developers to apply for the AMA Innovation Award 2022. The search is on for innovative research and development results in sensor and measurement technology. The deadline for entries is January 26, 2022.

Individuals and development teams are invited to apply with innovative research and development solutions that demonstrate recognisable market relevance. The AMA Innovation Award carries prize money of 10,000 euros. In addition, companies can apply for the special “Young Enterprise” award if they have been on the market for no longer than five years, employ fewer than 50 people and generate annual sales of less than 10 million euros. The winner in this category will receive a free exhibition booth at SENSOR+TEST 2022.

For 22 years, the prestigious AMA Innovation Award has been presented to the developers themselves and not to the institutions behind them. The jurors from universities, research institutions and companies place particular emphasis on scientific achievement, the degree of innovation of the development and the expected opportunities in the market.

“We invite creative minds from Germany and abroad to apply and present their own developments to a broad and interested audience of experts,” says jury chairman Andreas Schütze of Saarland University. “We are looking forward to applications from well-known companies and institutions as well as from newcomers, who can additionally apply for the special category ‘Young Enterprises’.”

Conditions of participation and tender documents for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 and the special category ‘Young Enterprise’ as well as brochures with the award winners and all applications from previous years are available free of charge at: https://www.ama-sensorik.de/en/science/ama-innovation-award/.

Deadline for entries is January 26, 2022, and the nominations and special award winners will be announced at the AMA press conference on March 10, 2022. The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2022 will be honoured at the opening ceremony of SENSOR+TEST on May 10, 2022 in Nuremberg.

The role of gas analysis in clean air strategies to reduce carbon emissions

International action on the climate, such as the 2016 Paris Agreement, has increased awareness of the effect of greenhouse gases, driving industrial plant operators to reduce emissions and find more ecologically responsible ways of operating.

Reducing carbon emissions to the atmosphere has become an area of growing importance for operators. Sensitivity towards the issue has been raised by the introduction of increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Gas analysis delivers an effective solution for these efforts, supporting measurement of harmful emissions, and by improving efficiency to ensure fewer emissions are generated in the first place.

In this article, we’ll look at three main process areas that support a clean air strategy: combustion efficiency, gas clean-up (including carbon capture processes), and emissions monitoring.

Combustion control solutions

Combustion reactions mix fuel with oxygen in a fired heater to generate heat energy for a process. They typically need a significant amount of fuel, create potential safety hazards, and generate harmful emissions including carbon dioxide (CO2).

Running fired heaters with high excess air – as happened before gas analyzer technology – avoids creating unsafe conditions that could lead to an explosion, but is highly inefficient, increasing fuel consumption.

Excess oxygen (O2) also combines with nitrogen and sulfur in the fuel to produce unwanted emissions such as oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and sulfur (SOx).

Accurate measurement of O2 and combustibles such as carbon monoxide (CO) helps to optimise the ratio between the air and fuel creates a more efficient reaction.

Controlling combustion in this way benefits plants looking to meet environmental standards requirements. Fuel consumption is reduced, resulting in fewer emissions, a reduction in NOx, SOx and CO, and a decrease in CO2.

Zirconia-based sensing technology is long established as a solution for O2 monitoring in combustion, with reliable, accurate results and a fast response to changing conditions. Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) technology provides an even faster measurement, particularly for CO, and gives an average measurement across the measurement path, rather than the result at a single point. However, since TDL sensing is highly specific to the gas being measured, separate analyzers are required for O2 and CO.

Gas analysis also supports greater process efficiency in many other applications. An efficient process reaction reduces the amount of harmful emissions likely to be generated.

Gas clean-up and carbon capture

Gas analysis is important in gas cleaning, the removal of harmful substances from process gases that might otherwise be emitted by the plant.

Typical examples of gas clean-up processes include DeNOx (ammonia slip) treatment, flue gas desulfurization, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Capturing and storing CO2 ensures it is not released into the atmosphere. This results in a cleaner environment, and allows the CO2 to be used in other processes. Three different methods exist: pre-combustion, oxyfuel, and post-combustion CCS.

Post-combustion CCS takes place when CO2 is removed from the flue gas after fossil fuels have been burned. Oxyfuel CCS produces a flue gas consisting almost entirely of CO2 and steam by reacting the fuel source with almost pure O2 – this means flue gas can be stored/sequestered without significant pretreatment.

Both these methods can be used in new plants, or retrofitted to existing ones.

A third method, pre-combustion CCS, is performed before burning the fuel, and converts the fuel into a mixture of hydrogen and CO2. This is difficult to retrofit, so is better for newly built facilities.

Whichever method is used, the captured CO2 is then compressed into a liquid and transported for storage.

As countries look to meet their responsibilities under Paris Agreement carbon reduction targets, the use of industrial-level CCS is likely to grow significantly, as is the requirement for accurate gas analysis to support the processes.

Monitoring emissions

Reducing carbon emissions has been a key issue for many countries in recent years, with legislation limiting the amounts of greenhouse gases – CO2, CH4 and nitrous oxide (N2O) – that can be emitted. NOx, SOx, and CO are also seen as key pollutants.

Monitoring flue gas emissions helps determine the process efficiency and protect the environment, and demonstrates that plant operators are complying with the necessary regulations.

To ensure compliance, a continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) is required to measure all the necessary components of the flue gas. This must be capable of offering the highest sensitivity and accuracy when dealing with multiple measurements for pollutants.

Any gas analysis system must also meet MCERTS and QAL1 certifications to comply with regulatory criteria.

Cleaner energy sources

Cleaner energy sources, such as hydrogen, are becoming increasingly attractive to many industries – hydrogen gas (H2) does not contain carbon, so cannot form CO2 as a byproduct of combustion.

Plants that produce hydrogen are ramping up output to meet increased demand. The purity of the hydrogen they produce affects its quality as a fuel, and this is where gas analysis again plays a major role.

Depending on the manufacturing method, the most common contaminants will be O2, CO and CO2. All three of these can be monitored by gas analyzers to ensure product purity.

A cleaner future

Whether it is used to ensure more efficient processes, to support the safe removal of pollutants, or to monitor the remaining emissions that are output to the atmosphere, gas analysis plays an essential role in cleaner plant and refinery operations.

Additionally, it is certain that gas analysis technology will be essential to the production of current and future cleaner energy sources.

A wide range of sensing technologies is needed to achieve all the necessary goals of a clean air strategy in order to ensure the best-fit and most cost-effective solution for each application.

By combining all three stages of the clean air strategy outlined here, plants and refineries can fully address the impact of their operations on the wider environment, and contribute fully to the creation of a world with cleaner air.

Find out more about the three-stage clean air strategy at servomex.com

Fluke launches breakthrough, simple to use Power Quality Analyser for error-free measurements

Fluke has today announced the launch of the 1770 series Power Quality Data logger/trouble shooter, the first instrument built on Fluke’s future platform for Power Quality Analysers with big gains in both form factor and operability.

Wide range of applications and markets

Typical applications for the Fluke 1770 series include routine maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment and power supply problems, energy surveys and optimisation and new equipment installation. These measurements are often required in industrial and commercial facilities, universities, hospitals, electrical service providers, and service organisations to ensure continuous, safe, efficient operation of the electrical system. Its intuitive operation and automated connection verification make the 1770 ideal for use by professional engineers and less experienced users working in equipment installation, commissioning and servicing.

Simple, reliable and safe measurements

The 1770 measures, and automatically captures key power quality parameters including harmonics, dips, swells, unbalance, inrush current and more giving users the assurance that they are getting the right measurement results every time. The bright, large touch screen display coupled with physical navigation buttons and an optimised user interface means it is easy to change settings, manage logging sessions or investigate data in the field whether located inside a dark building or in direct sunlight—even with gloves on.

Guided setup functionality gives users quick, fool-proof setup every time including the ability to auto-correct measurement connections digitally without having to change the physical probe connections, which improves the operators’ safety. Custom views can be set up to get the most important tests and data quickly, making it faster and easier to perform tests and allowing less experienced technicians to make field measurements with confidence.

The device is powered directly from the measured circuit so there is no need for users to find a nearby power outlet or worry that logged data will be lost by a power cord being unplugged.

Cost saving convenience

The 1770 series utilises common accessories from existing Fluke products including voltage test leads, current probes, hanger kit etc. offering users cost savings by being able to use them on multiple instruments, and supports Fluke’s Energy Analyse PC software application, providing the same great access to data that customers are used to, with a cleaner user interface and easier reporting.

Convenient data transfer

The 1770 provides flexible data transfer including PC to USB, Wi-Fi, ethernet and remotely via mobile network, without interrupting a logging session, power quality or energy survey.

Jai Gandhi, Sales Program Manager at Fluke says: “The new 1770 series of power quality analysers sets a new benchmark in plug and play data logging and troubleshooting of power quality and disturbances with the reassurance that even users with little experience can collect and analyse meaningful data”.

For more information, about 1770 series Power Quality Data logger/trouble shooter, please go to: https://www.fluke.com/en-gb/product/electrical-testing/power-quality/1773-1775-1777

Mouser Electronics and Texas Instruments present functional safety webinar

Mouser Electronics has teamed up with Texas Instruments to bring the engineering community a brand new webinar, titled “Develop your functional safety signal chain application with Texas Instruments”. The free live webinar will occur at 3 p.m. CEST on Monday, 18 October 2021.

Functional safety is required across most industrial applications, in particular factory automation and control systems. It plays a vital role in the overall safety of a system and depends on responding to certain inputs and failure states in a predictable manner. Functional safety standards accept that there is always a hazard and specify how to develop systems that reduce the risk to a tolerable level. Therefore, system designs that include functional safety must lower the risk from improper use and detect faults to minimise their impact.

To achieve functional safety compliance, engineers must:

  • Predict and define hazardous conditions.
  • Identify safety functions that address these conditions.
  • Assess the risk reduction that the safety functions achieve.
  • Ensure that the safety functions perform to their design intent.

Presented by Lars Lotzenburger, System Engineer, Factory Automation and Control, Texas Instruments, the webinar aims to kick start the functional safety development process and how it applies to attendees’ applications. Identifying the hazards and defining the functional safety goals are crucial elements of this process. Therefore, creating a qualitative failure modes, effects and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) is essential.

During the webinar, attendees will learn how to develop schematics and in-depth diagnostic methods that address the challenges of avoiding dangerous malfunctions of the application. Functional safety-relevant parameters results, such as the failure in time (FIT) rate, diagnostic coverage and probability of dangerous failure per hour, will then be reviewed based on the components that the quantitative FMEDA has generated.

Attendees will gain valuable insights into how to develop a signal chain application within functional safety standards. To learn more and to register for the free webinar, visit https://emea.info.mouser.com/ti-webinar-functional-safety-emea-en?cid=homepage&pid=mouser

Contrinex inductives presence check inserts in automotive aircon plastic mouldings

The automotive industry demands parts that are verified to be 100% correct and therefore a supplier of injection moulded parts trusts Contrinex inductives from their Extra Distance 500 Series to check that threaded inserts have been correctly mounted inside moulded plastic parts.

Customer Application

To enable the fast screw assembly required by automotive plants it is common to embed threaded inserts, typically made of brass, into plastic mouldings.

These nut-like elements are crucial to ensuring the correct final assembly process of the car and so the supplier must be able to ensure they are all present. It is not uncommon for automotive companies to return several days’ worth of production parts to a supplier and levy substantial fines if even a minor error is found.

The design of the moulded plastic parts which are used in automotive air filtration systems is problematic because it prevents visual checking the presence of the inserts and so a reliable test mechanism had to be found.

Customer Solution

Contrinex DW-AS-513-M30-002 Extra Distance inductives, available from PLUS Automation, are used in a checking fixture to detect if any inserts are missing or incorrectly mounted. The solution exploits the unique sensing capabilities of the Condist technology in these 500 Series sensors, utilising their longer sensing distances and better stability to environmental influences. The long operating distance and high sensing stability enable the detection of small inserts through a thick layer of plastic.

The test fixture is designed to accept a finished moulding and is equipped with sensors at each of the insert locations. Each sensor can detect the presence of the corresponding metal insert through moulded plastic and so confirm compliance with the specifications. The sensor’s PNP Normally Open output provides a logical GO – NO GO feed to a micro-controller.

Engineering leader supports industrial experience for university students

Global engineering company, Renishaw, is collaborating with Loughborough University to provide industry experience to students completing their undergraduate mechanical engineering degree module. As part of the module, students are given the opportunity to gain expertise and knowledge from current Renishaw graduates and senior management, developing their presentation, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Background

Loughborough University can trace its technical roots back to 1909, when it founded an institute to teach technical subjects, such as engineering. The university has since grown to be one of the largest engineering universities in the UK, offering a range of degrees that rank highly in league tables, such as mechanical, electrical and building engineering.

Loughborough University’s mechanical engineering degree includes an optional placement year, but for students who do not choose this option, it is also offers an industrial placement module to its second-year students. The module gives students the opportunity to collaborate as a team on real-life projects and gain valuable insight and knowledge from large engineering businesses. They are also supported by the module convenors and some fourth year Loughborough students.

Challenges

Data from Engineering UK’s report ‘The State of Engineering’ showed there is an annual demand for 124,000 engineers and technicians. In the current market, there is an anticipated shortfall of around 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians, causing a large skills gap in the industry. It is therefore important that undergraduates gain the skills and practical knowledge during their degrees to quickly thrive in their first roles. Having greater industry knowledge allows them to quickly apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

One way to gain knowledge and reduce the problems caused by an industry skills gap is through real-life industry experience. Unfortunately, adding an additional year placement to an undergraduate degree may not suit all students’ financial situations or their career and life aspirations. Undergraduate students still need to gain experience during their period in full-time education, so they need the option to enrol on industrial modules to gain the industry experience, without adding an additional year to their studies.

“Students who do not complete an industrial placement year need exposure to real industrial experience that helps them apply what they learn during their degree to future real-life engineering projects,” explained Dr Manuela Pacella, Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Manufacturing degrees at Loughborough University. “It is therefore crucial to expand their practical employability skills by finding complementary solutions that allow the students to gain the vital industry experience, embedded through their degree programmes.”

Solution

Renishaw has invested heavily in its early career programmes since 1979 to support the future of its workforce. Most of its education outreach programmes take place with schools in  Gloucestershire, Bristol and South Wales where its main UK operations are located. To further its outreach and support aspiring engineers just about to enter the workforce, Renishaw decided to reach out to Loughborough University, a pioneer in STEM education. This collaboration ensures recent graduates are knowledgeable and skilled, even before their first day at work.

At the start of the module, five Renishaw graduates present the students with four real-life projects that have challenges to solve. The students can ask any immediate questions before they are tasked to come up with initial solutions. The groups of students present their ideas to the Renishaw graduates and are given feedback and pointers about which of these they should develop and how Renishaw’s customers might respond to their suggestions.

The students continue to work on the project, with the support of the Renishaw graduates and some fourth year mechanical engineering students at the University who are taking a leadership module as part of their degree. The second-year students then present a feasibility report about their chosen solution and are given more in-depth feedback about their ideas. A few months later the students present a final solution presentation and report to Loughborough’s module supervisors, the Renishaw graduates and senior engineering managers at Renishaw.

“Watching the final presentation gives us an opportunity to see the promising new talent that Renishaw so strongly values,” explained David Miles, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Renishaw. “We can also get to fully understand the student’s innovative solutions and see how we can implement some of them into the business.”

Miles continued, “Loughborough University offers excellent manufacturing and mechanical engineering degree courses, so this collaboration is a great opportunity for the undergraduates and our own graduates to develop and learn new skills, such as presenting, problem solving and mentoring.”

Results

Renishaw has now been collaborating with Loughborough University for five years.

“The collaboration has exceeded Renishaw’s initial aims because the students gain an understanding of what the industry is like and complete projects that help to solve the types of real-life problems that they are likely to face in their future careers,” explained Ben Grimshaw, Graduate Manufacturing Engineer at Renishaw. “Mentoring the students helps contextualise their theoretical degree knowledge in a real-world environment. The scheme has also given me the opportunity to develop my own mentoring skills and pass on my knowledge to the next generation of engineers.”

The largest benefits from this collaboration are the student’s improved development, employability skills and industrial knowledge. The undergraduates have been given the opportunity to connect with a global engineering business and potentially progress their engineering career by choosing to apply for Renishaw graduate schemes.

“This module has improved my teamwork skills because I am collaborating with other students to come up with the most effective solution to an industry challenge,” explained Chris Entwisle, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer at Loughborough University. “At the start of the module, I expected the project to be a time intensive challenge. However, with the support from Renishaw and my university lecturers, our team used our newly developed management skills to solve the challenge in a timely and collaborative way.”

“The industrial experience module has allowed me to gain invaluable experience with Renishaw,” commented Oli Taylor, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer at Loughborough University. “The module exposes us to industry early on in our degrees and helps us learn what is expected of us in our future careers. The real-world challenge also made me apply my learnt knowledge and consider the wider implications of Renishaw’s projects, such as mass manufacturing and costing.”

“During the module, Renishaw graduates have the opportunity to talk with our Human Resources department and highlight any promising students who are interested in joining Renishaw,” explained Grimshaw. “The students and Renishaw both benefit from the collaboration because the students’ innovative ideas can be implemented into our business and the students can start on the right path for their future career.”

“Renishaw has seen many positive outcomes from this collaboration, such as Loughborough University students who have taken the module successfully applying to our engineering graduate schemes,” concluded Miles. “This is a collaboration Renishaw will certainly continue and develop over the coming years.”

To find out more about Renishaw’s engineering graduate schemes, visit https://www.renishaw.com/en/graduates–6875.

Fanalca selects Infor CloudSuite WMS to support its growth strategy

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced Fanalca (Fábrica Nacional de Carrocerías) in Colombia has selected Infor CloudSuite WMS warehouse management system. The Infor solution implemented in the cloud will help the automotive assembly company achieve its business goals. The solution was sold by Cerca Technology, Infor´s channel partner and strategic partner in the warehouse management sector.

 Fanalca, a leading company in the automotive sector, was looking for a software solution to increase efficiency, guarantee quality of services, optimise resources, process information in real time, improve decision-making, reduce process times, and improve customer satisfaction.

“Infor WMS was selected jointly with Cerca Technology, a leading IT implementation organisation. Infor WMS will be implemented to improve operations in our distribution centre where Honda spare parts are handled in Colombia. This initiative is part of the “Link Program,” which has the goals to improve user experience and increase service quality for our customers,” states German Guzman, Honda operations director at Fanalca.

The project

  • “Link” is the name of the digital transformation program Fanalca has set up, with several aspects including analytics, distribution centre management, inventory control, demand planning, and customer relationship management (CRM).
  • Main challenges: detailed tracking of all movements in the distribution centre, less decision-making by operative staff, centralised management of all resources and activities in the distribution centre, guarantee access to accurate data to make decisions and centralise operations.
  • Fanalca has a customer network that demands services and spare parts, and 30,000 units are delivered daily (spare parts, batteries, and oil products) through its logistic services.
  • Project will be implemented in the distribution centre at Yumbo, Cauca Valley, and will be integrated with the existing vertical warehouse management solution. 
  • Two key reasons for selecting Infor CloudSuite WMS were to have a robust solution that grows jointly with the operation, and because of the deep know-how of the implementation team.

“Fanalca is leading a very important digital transformation process, and we are proud to be part of this project by implementing Infor WMS to manage processes in the spare parts distribution centre. With this implementation, Fanalca will have an enhanced logistics development level and will be able to capitalise all commercial opportunities that impact service,” states Paola Quiroga, Cerca Technology sales manager.

“Logistics in modern distribution centres are complex operations that go far beyond simple storage and transportation. This means automated workflows and accurate tracking of individual activities on any given account are vital. This drives immediate return on investment as well as positioning companies such as Fanalca for growth,” states Adriana Gutierrez, Infor Latam channel director.

Farnell launches new sensors-to-software solutions featuring NI and Omega

Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has introduced new configuration-based solutions featuring high-quality data acquisition software and hardware from NI coupled with market-leading sensors from Omega. The competitively priced solutions reduce the need to research system compatibility, saving customers time and money in temperature monitoring, reliability testing and product-lifecycle evaluation. Farnell is the only global distributor offering these specific solutions.

Farnell’s team of test and measurement experts have paired commonly used hardware and software combinations featuring NI and Omega products to guarantee system compatibility and ease the product selection process. By using the recommended testing set ups, engineers can simulate real-life environments to ensure product specifications, such as a longer life and higher reliability, are achieved. Farnell also offers bespoke customisation services and technical support from its team of in-house experts to meet the individual needs of customers and provide faster access to information for troubleshooting.

NI is a market leading manufacturer of automated test and measurement systems that help engineers solve the world’s toughest challenges. The company’s software-connected systems offer limitless opportunities and can easily integrate existing tools and workflows, leveraging data across multiple applications to drive results. All of Farnell’s sensors-to-software solutions feature NI’s quality data acquisition hardware and FlexLogger data logging software, which are ideal for reliability testing and product-lifecycle evaluation applications.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Interchangeability: The modular, 1-slot chassis allows the measurement system to be easily changed by simply exchanging modules for different applications. The chassis and software can be reused with any of the 80+ other CompactDAQ compatible C Series modules from NI.
  • User-friendly: The FlexLogger data logging software can configure a custom user interface with graphs, charts, and alarm indicators. The system can test numerous variables at once, speeding up the decision-making process when compared with equivalent software systems where only one variable is measured at any given time. Users can set trigger conditions for alarms and logging along with the ability to add operator input panels to capture test meta data.
  • Compatibility: Test results can be saved in file formats for Excel (.csv) or in the open binary standard .tdms for use with any in-house software.

James McGregor, Global Head of Test, Tools and Production Supplies, at Farnell said: Farnell’s test and measurement offering is centred around customer-focused support at every stage, whether it’s bringing the very best products from leading suppliers to market or, in this case, providing value add services to our customers. We are very excited about the wide range of applications we can service through our partnership with NI.”

Farnell offers a full range of market-leading test, tools and production supplies from stock to support electronic design and test, with no minimum order value and an educational discount programme. Customers have free access to online resources, data sheets, applications notes, videos and webinars with excellent customer and technical support available 24/5 in local language.

The sensors-to-software solutions featuring NI and Omega are available for fast delivery from Farnell in EMEA, element14 in APAC and Newark in North America.

NI appoints Thomas Benjamin as Chief Technology Officer

NI today announced the appointment of Thomas Benjamin as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Product Analytics. Thomas will lead NI’s development of software-driven business models essential to the test and measurement market, while driving disruptive technology innovation. The CTO role will be pivotal in driving new and long-term growth opportunities for the company, including new areas tied to data, product analytics, and enterprise software.

Additionally, the company announced the promotion of Scott Rust, an experienced NI leader, to the role of Executive Vice President, Platform & Products. In this role, he will lead NI’s global development teams responsible for building the products required to meet customer needs and the platform capabilities to create differentiation and leverage across NI’s business.

“Thomas joins a strong team of NI leaders and will accelerate our ability to use software, data, and new business models to drive growth across our business,” said Eric Starkloff, NI CEO. “The combination of Thomas’ external experience and software knowledge with Scott’s deep understanding of NI’s platform and customers will enable us to reach an even higher degree of customer and business success.”

Thomas comes to NI with extensive experience building software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud native solutions powered by APIs, data, and insights. Most recently he was the CTO and SVP of Technology at SAP Ariba. His career has also included CTO and VP roles at General Electric and Emirates Group, and technology leadership roles at Visa, Walmart, and Oracle.

“NI’s position as a leader in automated test and measurement software and hardware is an excellent match for my track record of implementing robust business models based on a strong technology foundation,” said Thomas Benjamin, NI CTO. “I’m passionate about providing value to customers through the right blend of people, process, innovation and products, and I’m confident that the talent at NI enables limitless possibilities to change how we engineer the future.”