LabVIEW also maintains a full range of options for communications and data standards, such as TCP/IP, OPC, SQL database connectivity, and XML data formats.
The success of customers best illustrates the long-term value and flexibility of LabVIEW. An engineer at ORTHSTAR, a systems integrator for factory automation, process control, and other industries since 1974, made the following comments: [We] like using LabVIEW because we can develop a customized system to meet each customers unique requirements. Also, the flexibility of LabVIEW ensures that we can scale the system to increase its capabilities as the customer needs increase or as changes need to be applied. ORTHSTAR delivered a production-line system for Toshiba Display Devices where Toshiba specified LabVIEW, no downtime after installation, continuous operation 24 hours a day, and flawless execution the first time out. This system had to interface with hundreds of individual pieces of manufacturing and test equipment to provide just-in-time delivery from the line. ORTHSTAR estimates that had they written this application using C/C++, the length of development time would have been too great to meet Toshibas target date. However, they completed the project within 16 weeks using LabVIEW and were so successful that as of the beginning of 2001, they now control 10 of 15 lines in the same facility using LabVIEW.
As mentioned previously, you lower your risk when you use software that is considered an industry standard. In the case of LabVIEW, many companies have successfully used it for a large number of applications. The preference of engineers across the globe speaks for itself. In 2003, National Instruments sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 90 countries around the world.