Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Data Acquisition Systems

National Instruments PXI-1036 data acquisition platform

PXI-1036 system combines a 6-slot PXI backplane with a structural design for maximum usability in a wide range of applications.

The system can be controlled via laptop or PC computers through controller modules PXI-8310 and PCI-8360 respectively.

It has 8 simultaneously sampled analog inputs with 16-bit, 500 kS/s per channel captured by NI DAQ module PXI-6123, and 8 high-speed analog outputs with 1 MS/s per channel and 16-bit resolution generated by NI DAQ module PXI-6733.

Sound and vibration data acquisition is available via high-accuracy DAQ module PXI-4496 with the capability of 16 simultaneous analog inputs at 24-bit resolution and 204.8 kS/s maximum sampling rate.


CompactRIO system is a real-time based control and monitoring system. With highly integrated software, extensive I/O, and a range of embedded controllers across a variety of form factors, CompactRIO is a single device that can meet a variety of needs under different circumstances. The system features a 1.91 GHz Quad-Core CPU with Kintex-7 325T FPGA. It also includes data acquisition modules such as: 

  • One NI 9234 ±5 V, 51.2 kS/s/channel, 4-Channel C Series Sound and Vibration Input Module
  • Two NI 9215 ±10 V, 100 kS/s/ch, 16-Bit, Simultaneous Input, 4-Channel C Series Voltage Input Module
  • One NI 9213 ±78 mV, 75 S/s Aggregate, 16-Channel C Series Temperature Input Module
  • One NI 9403 5 V/TTL, 32 Bidirectional Channels, 7 µs C Series Digital Module
  • One NI 9381 0 V ~ 5 V, 8 AI, 8 AO, 4 DIO, C Series Multifunction I/O Module
  • One NI 9269 ±10 V, 100 kS/s/ch Simultaneous, 4-Channel C Series Voltage Output Module

PCI Data Acquisition Systems

PCI Data Acquisition Systems such as PCI-6036E, PCI-6025E, PCIE-6253, and PCIE-6512. PCI and PCI Express, as the general PC I/O bus, can maintain software flexibility while offering up to 250 MB/s of bandwidth per direction per lane. With the wide range of DAQ equipment available in AMPL, different signal types can be generated and measured accurately, thus facilitating the research progress and validation of various proposed process and system models.