DMC's Accuracy and Precision Expertise Featured by Control Design
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC's Accuracy and Precision Expertise Featured by Control Design

DMC technical director, Ken Brey, and project manager, Jesse Batsche, contributed their expertise for an article titled, "How to Get High Precision and Accuracy for OEMs and System Integrators," recently published in Control Design for Machine Builders.  What exactly do the terms accuracy and precision mean? Ken offered the article's author, Dan Herbert, a very decisive definition: "Accuracy is the degree to which a measurement agrees with an established refe...

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Attend DMC Boston's Grand Opening Party
Dan Freve

Attend DMC Boston's Grand Opening Party

DMC started doing business in our Boston office back in July of 2013, but now that the last nail is in place and coat of paint is dry we're ready for a party! You're cordially invited to join us for DMC Boston's Grand Opening party on Thursday, June 5, 2014.   DMC Boston's Grand Opening Party June 5, 2014 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 20 Holland St., Suite 408 Somerville, MA 02144 [Driving Directions] Join in celebrating DMC's newest office at our first ever...

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North Branch Works Features DMC Chicago
Jaclyn Bauer

North Branch Works Features DMC Chicago

North Branch Works (formerly the LEED Council) recently featured DMC in their April Newsletter as one of the newest members of NBW. North Branch Works is a local organization that supports businesses and employment in Chicago’s North River and Addison Industrial areas. In addition to advocating for “better access to city services and programs” NBW has also “been pursuing sustainable development objectives” in the city since 1982. DMC had the unique opportunity to...

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Employee Spotlight: Lyndon Spozhnik
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Lyndon Spozhnik

Each month DMC's Employee Spotlight takes a closer look at a different employee to learn more about the people who make up Team DMC. In this video, Systems Engineer Lyndon Sapozhnik chats about the unique and interesting problems that he gets to solve every day at work. In addition to the fun of enginnering robots and programming kiosks, Lyndon also loves the great outdoors. Watch his Employee Spotlight to learn more about Lyndon and about the employee culture at DMC.   &nbs...

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DMC Welcomes its Newest Employee with a Fiesta
Sudeep Gowrishankar

DMC Welcomes its Newest Employee with a Fiesta

Last Friday witnessed the welcoming of yours truly to the DMC family in the form of a Welcome Party. At DMC, we welcome every new employee with a party at a location of their choice, and I chose Taco Joint for their unlimited tacos and margaritas. The event proved to be one that everyone enjoyed thoroughly and that few wanted to leave even after the food and drinks had ended! The Welcome Party tradition is very valuable for new employees at DMC because it gives them the chance to know their c...

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DMC Goes Caving in Kentucky
Megan Lentine

DMC Goes Caving in Kentucky

Ah yes, the ol’ weekend away with coworkers. Was I nervous? Yes. Not only did I hardly know any of my fellow Outing Club adventurers since I had just started at DMC when we were putting together the expedition, but I was also completely scared of the Wild Cave Tour that we were signing up for. With a quick Google Images search, I saw that the tight squeezes on the expedition were insane. The tour requires that all cave goers not have a chest or hip measurement exceeding 42 inches so that t...

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DMC Customer Service Initiatives on the Rise
Kathryn W

DMC Customer Service Initiatives on the Rise

Way back in August before the snow and ice of this year’s “Chiberian” winter set in, we had an All Day Company Meeting where we focused on Customer Service Excellence. Out of our many brainstorming sessions that day, one of the ideas that we decided to run with was a winter-themed gift package to send to current and potential clients as well as our DMC partners.  At DMC we know that the customer is the most important part of our business. Without our clients, in fact, w...

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FOX News Chicago Features DMC
Jessica Mlinaric

FOX News Chicago Features DMC

After being named to the Crain's Chicago Business List of "Best Places to Work" in Chicago, FOX 32 News swung by the office to chat with DMC President Frank Riordan and see what DMC is all about. What wowed reporter Jake Hammilton most about DMC? Our colloborative and spacious office space, Wiskie the office dog, our Swayze room (named after our admiration of Patrick Swyaze's customer service in the movie Roadhouse), and our monthly activity fund to name a few. Crain...

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DMC Named A Best Place to Work in Chicago by Crain’s
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named A Best Place to Work in Chicago by Crain’s

Crain’s Chicago Business Recognizes DMC’s Dedication to Employee Engagement and Development DMC is proud to be named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Top 10 "Best Places to Work" in Chicago. Crain’s highlighted DMC’s strong focus on hiring high-achieving, team-driven employees and fostering employee development through its mentoring and continuous learning initiatives.  DMC was also named the “Best Place for Employee Eng...

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Come One Come All! DMC's Carnival May 29th
Jessica Mlinaric

Come One Come All! DMC's Carnival May 29th

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! DMC invites you to join us at our first ever spectacularly spectacular Spring Carnival on Thursday May 29, 2014. Featuring deep fried treats, carnival diversions, and delicious brews, there will be enough fun to keep this crowd clowning-around all evening. DMC's Spring Carnival Party May 29, 2014  4 p.m. - 10 p.m.  2222 N. Elston Ave., Suite 200  Chicago, IL 60614  [Driving Directions] Guests are welcome to swing by anytime...

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Geek Challenge: "What's your angle Equilibrium?"
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge: "What's your angle Equilibrium?"

A uniform bar has identical frictionless wheels on each end. The distance between the axle centers is 1m. The bar is suspended by a rope attached to the lower axle and to a fixed point offset from the wall a distance that equals the wheel radius. The length from the attachment point to the axle center is 1.5m. Neglecting the weight of the rope, at what angle (a) will the system rest at equilibrium? A:  a ≈ 30 degrees B:  a ≈ 45 degrees C:  a ≈ 50...

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April Comic
Ela Kaya

April Comic

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety. 

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DMC Quote Board - April 2014
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - April 2014

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the most infamous utterances of the moment.  

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Employee Spotlight: Han Yang
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Han Yang

Each month DMC's Employee Spotlight takes a closer look at a different employee to learn more about the people who make up Team DMC. In this video, Han shares her favorite Chicago hot spots as well as the most rewarding part of her job as a Systems Engineer at DMC.    

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Shamrock Shuffle 2014 Meets the DMC Competition
Jessica Mlinaric

Shamrock Shuffle 2014 Meets the DMC Competition

At DMC, an opportunity for a healthy dose of competition never goes untapped. Our annual participation in the Shamrock Shuffle 8k is always a good excuse to get our competitive muscles burning (and our real muscles too). DMC employees have been running the 4.97 mile race throughout Chicago's cityscape since 2005; and every year, we do our darndest to not only beat each other, but to beat our past times as well.  The Chiberan temperatures parted ways for a few rays of sunshine on ...

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Beckhoff Automation and Programming Demo at DMC
Simon Healey

Beckhoff Automation and Programming Demo at DMC

Beckhoff visited the DMC Chicago office not long ago in order to demo some cool automation equipment. Many of us are already familiar with Beckhoff’s products, but it was really valuable to be able to take a step back from working with the equipment just to see it from an operational standpoint. For those DMC engineers who don’t work with Beckhoff equipment as often, this was an amazing opportunity to get more intimately acquainted with the hardware.  For those who don’...

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Solutions For Common Problems in Outlook 2013
Timothy Johnson

Solutions For Common Problems in Outlook 2013

In my experience, the most widespread issues that occur for both DMC users and our external customers, happen while using Microsoft Outlook. This is partially due to the fact that Outlook is quite possibly, the most important application and definitely the most used application in the office. Outlook may live locally or in the cloud via Office 365, which offers access to Outlook, Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection and from virtually any devic...

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Abstracting an ORM to Use Multiple Backends
Jack Cosgrove

Abstracting an ORM to Use Multiple Backends

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); Object-relational mappings (ORMs) took the world by storm in the mid-aughts. Obviously there are many advantages to ORMs given their success, but there are some drawbacks. I'll explain one particular hurdle that I ran into as well as the steps I took to overcome it. A client had an existing database we needed to interact with using an ORM; this necessitated a database-first approach. Furthermore, this database's schema was mirrored in other databases with sli...

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Entering the World of 3D Printing
Leon Grossman

Entering the World of 3D Printing

A few years ago, DMC entered the world of 3D printing by building a Thing-O-Matic. This printer was... special in that it contained a lot of questionable design decisions, but it allowed us to do something amazing. We could create 3 dimensional objects out of ABS plastic! However, being able to print something and design it are two different things. The limited build volume of the T-o-M was also so limiting that the printer sat largely unused. That is until I started hacking away at it t...

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DMC's Favorite Sips from the Chicago Cider Summit
Han Yang

DMC's Favorite Sips from the Chicago Cider Summit

Anyone living in the Midwest will agree that this winter has been full of too much snow and cold weather. So, when the Chicago Cider Summit was announced, we DMCers just couldn’t let go of the chance to warm up the winter. On this typical February afternoon, a group of us met at Navy Pier for the event. It was a blast! There were numerous ciders that we had never tried before, such as herbal ciders with a basil taste, dessert ice ciders, and apricot ciders. There was a lot of de...

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