First Advisor

Smith, Michael R.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

83 pages


The information technology solution offered by this project provides a client with a measured accurate product for the purpose of new product and warranty design verification. A developing product, just off the drawing table or CAD computer will have no previous history of testing. Procedures and test equipment must be designed and developed in a time sensitive period due to production deadlines that will affect profitability. The ability to reuse the resulting test stands, computer hardware, data acquisition equipment, and software is a key element to a test laboratories bottom line. The goal of this project assigned to is to provide a product to a customer, in the form of data, which will be collected as a result of a predefined scenario. The Instrumented Stake Test Project was designed and constructed by the writer for the purpose of collecting force data from a rotating lawnmower blade impacting a metal stake. Important to the client's requests is an insurance the resulting test data will be presented in a useable format compatible with their analysis software. Test Laboratory management has mandated the data acquisition software will be written using National Instruments Corporation's LabVIEW Graphical Development Software. Utilization of Microsoft Windows XP operating system in conjunction with LabVIEW is also required.

Date of Award

Fall 2005

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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