Welcome to Ramsdale Software

Welcome to my (Mark Ramsdale) site for Ramsdale Software, through which I provide a portfolio of my current software process activities. 

I used to provide LabVIEW services but have moved into application validation especially for laboratory, process, or instrumentation testing.  My site also has some general interest items from my profession and other technical dalliances.

I’ve been living in Austin since high school, worked in some of Austin’s small and large companies of note, and along with my wife, have raised a family here.  

I’m currently working in the chromatography industry, a long way from the chromatography strips we used in chemistry when I got my B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ramsdale Software Services

Providing senior level software and hardware validation services for businesses and projects that need short to medium term support.  From supporting unexpected needs in the middle of a project roll out or staffing at the beginning of a new product or version, I’m ready to start contributing to the team.

My equipment handling comes a wide perspective on technologies, their hardware and software/firmware stacks, the best practices for handling and creating test fixtures, and the process methods and ‘running’ of the lab equipment and products.

My testing style is about being a process person.   I bring it into managing the business of integration and validation as well as test case writing and scheduling both fixtures and test suites.

After working in the residential solar power storage space I have moved since fall ’22 into application integration and validation testing for the analytical chemistry and life sciences industry.

Mark Ramsdale

I’ve been programming LabVIEW since I got my first CLD in 2008.   My interests in programming instruments and tools comes from my background in electronics components manufacturing and semiconductor tool (Etch) final test and customer inspections.

Programming Watlows and their ilk from their panels was always an adventure.  I recall programming a burn-in socket tester with a text based file.  Our supervisor lost the instructions, but we managed to figure out how to perform resistor and voltage testing, and set limits for pass and fail.

After a few years working with SQL and Oracle, and the configurator in the field of supply chain planning for system configurations, product structure and product modelling I took the leap into LabVIEW developing in 2007, achieving my CLD in 2008.

I provide LabVIEW services and project management for teams in technology automation.   Specifically in instrument and equipment automation for desktop controlled systems.   I have used DAQ, PXI, and VISA for my clients.


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