David BarrExperienced LabVIEW Architect David Barr, a Senior Systems Engineer at Product Technology Partners, is offering a chance to discuss projects and solutions in the arena of control, test and measurement.

David will be on PTP’s stand for the NI Days national conference at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 28th November.

Here, David talks to us about his LabVIEW and NI Days experiences and why he is offering up his expertise at the renowned annual event.


Have you been to NI Days before and what do you think of the event?

I have been several times, both representing PTP and also before I joined the company. It is a great event for networking with some really interesting keynote speakers and topics – with attendees able to choose what themes are most relevant to them. I would advise anyone interested in National Instruments and LabVIEW to attend.

How can you help people attending NI Days with their LabVIEW projects?

PTP always tries to do something a bit different with their NI Days stand. This year, we thought it would be great to host a ‘Meet the LabVIEW Architect’ event, where attendees can talk to me about their various projects. If they are having a problem, we can run through possible solutions. It will be a great opportunity to share insights and ideas.

What happens if you can’t solve their problem during the event?

I will be happy to try and answer any questions on the day as well as provide a few pointers. But if the solution requires a little more depth, I will offer more detailed advice at a later date.

How does NI Days help you in your LabVIEW work?

I manage the Cambridge LabVIEW User Group, which provides a great opportunity for engineers across the Eastern Region to grow their LabVIEW expertise and interact with other like-minded people. I am always looking for new guest speakers at the User Group and NI Days is a great place to network.

How did you become a LabVIEW Architect?

I have been using LabVIEW for the last 10 years, progressing through the ranks of Associated Developer, Certified Developer and now Architect. My background was initially in test and measurement but I also have a lot of experience with embedded control. There are around 100-120 Architects in the country.

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  • NI Days gives scientists and engineers the opportunity to learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software defined systems in test, measurement and control, in a full day of interactive, technical and networking sessions from industry leaders and NI experts. To find out more, please visit uk.ni.com/nidays or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using the #NIDays hashtag.

Would you like the opportunity to talk to a LabVIEW Architect about your latest project on control, test and measurement?

Product Technology Partners is delighted to be taking its place at this year’s NI Days national conference at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 28th November.

We will be hosting a stand at the prestigious event where David Barr, one of only a select number of LabVIEW Architects in the country, will be ready and waiting to talk to you.

With 10 years experience in LabVIEW, David, a Senior Systems Engineer at PTP, can discuss your current projects – and problems – and give you expert advice around a solution.

And if it can’t be solved there and then, David will be happy to arrange a further meeting to look at the problems in more depth.

Kevin Snelling, director at PTP, said: “The NI Days conference is always a great event to attend and be a part of.

“We are looking forward to seeing the exciting changes at this year event and, with that in mind, we wanted to try something different with our stand.

“David is an integral part of the PTP team and we are delighted to offer his expertise and passion in all things LabVIEW to people attending NI Days.”

David heads the Cambridge LabVIEW User Group (CLUG), now in its ninth year of providing the opportunity for engineers across the Eastern Region to grow their LabVIEW expertise by interacting with others.

Product Technology Partners (PTP) is proud to support and organise the Cambridge LabVIEW User Group (CLUG).

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 12th October at the Trinity Centre on Cambridge Science Park.

As well as networking opportunities and a question and answer session, there will be various presentations taking place as well:

  • ‘Code re-use with VI Package Manager’ by Michael Strathmann CLA
  • ‘Streamlining developments using VI templates’ by Dave Barr CLA
  • ‘Introduction to the Sound and Vibration Toolkit for testing rotating machine’ by Malcolm Myers CLA

The user group was set up to provide peer-to-peer support with members ranging from engineers who are using LabVIEW on a daily basis to those who are new to graphical programming – and everything in between! Cambridge LabVIEW User Group

CLUG is now in its ninth year of providing the opportunity for engineers across the Eastern Region to grow their LabVIEW expertise by interacting with others.

Meetings are an ideal way to meet and talk to engineers facing the same challenges and you will have an opportunity to share your experiences and ideas.

Our last meeting was held at the beginning of the year and attracted around 40 people, kindly hosted by Cambridge Consultants at the Science Park.

To sign up for the event, or for more details, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-labview-user-group-meeting-tickets-37938610405.

PT Partners stand at Sensors and InstrumentationAs with any trade show, you always hope the hard work – before, during and after – will pay dividends.
So we were pleased that last week’s two-day Sensors and Instrumentation exhibition resulted in a number of reasonable leads.
It was our second time at the show, held at NEC Birmingham, and what was particularly interesting is the diverse nature of sectors that these leads emanated from.
We spoke to a number of clients about potential interesting projects – which certainly made our attendance at the exhibition worthwhile.
We have spent the last few days progressing with this interest and we hope to announce more news soon.

We are delighted to be taking our place at next week’s Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday 26th September and Wednesday 27th September.

The two-day showcase is the UK’s only national sensors event and you can find us on stand number K20.

It will be the second year we have exhibited at the prestigious show – and we generated a number of new leads following a successful debut last year.

Product Technology Partners (PTP) have been specialists in Test, Control and Software for almost 20 years.

Our team of expert engineers has vast experience in integrating sensors into complete working solutions. We can offer turnkey solutions which include software, electronics and hardware.

The Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition includes the latest products, technology and solutions from market-leading suppliers. We would be delighted to talk to you about how we can help solve your requirements.

You can find out more about the event by clicking on the image below. We look forward to seeing you there!

PTP is delighted to welcome Seamus Rafferty to the team. Seamus joins us from e2v and has substantial software development expertise, particularly in National Instruments LabVIEW.

PTP has added three new engineers to the team in the past three months as the company continues to grow strongly. Kevin Snelling, one of the company’s directors said; ‘It’s great to welcome three talented engineers to the team. Gideon, Kenneth and Seamus bring with them a wide range of skills which enhance our ability to deliver larger and more complex projects to our clients.’

PTP is under new ownership

Cambridge based engineering consultancy Product Technology Partners (PTP) is now under new ownership. The company’s Engineering Manager, Ian Hurst, acquired a shareholding in the business on December 1st 2016. PTP specialises in custom Test & Measurement, Control Systems and bespoke software solutions for clients across a wide range of industries.

In his new role as Director of PTP Ian said: “Since joining PTP, I have come to realise how strong the company’s ability to provide solutions really is and how much potential for the future the business has. It is clear that the company is very well positioned to grow and that its skills are very much in demand. It is quite rare to see an organisation with such a wide range of capabilities and experience. I really look forward to helping provide the direction and focus to take PTP to the next level.”

PTP’s other Director, Kevin Snelling, said of the purchase: It is great to start the New Year on a high with Ian taking a directorship and co-ownership of the company. Ian’s wealth of commercial and technical skills have already helped PTP move in new directions and both Ian and I are looking forward to fulfilling our expansion plans and addressing the challenges that 2017 will bring.

Ian has over 30 years of software, electronics and systems development and 25 years of experience engineering and project management. Ian’s previous role includes Head of Operations for Pi Technology (a 140 person automotive consultancy) and Assistant Director of Controls Systems at Ceres Power (an innovative fuel cell technology company), as well as various project management and engineering management roles in leading companies in the Cambridge area.

PTP would like to wish all its customers, partner companies and suppliers a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We will be closing the office on Friday 23rd December and returning to work on Tuesday January 3rd 2017.

We are proud to be supporting Cancer Research with a donation specifically for brain tumour research in lieu of sending out Christmas cards this year. Visit Cancer Research website to find out about their life changing work