NI Week 2014 Recap
Jason Mayes

NI Week 2014 Recap

DMC had a great time at NI Week 2014, held in Austin, Texas. The convention was a chance for those working in the fields of engineering and science to come together and learn about new National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW technology, as well as plans for future developments. DMC sent engineers from our Chicago, Boston, and Denver offices to represent the work we do for our clients and to honor our affiliation with National Instruments.  This was my first NIWeek, and having heard gre...

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The Lord of the Rings Meets the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaclyn Bauer

The Lord of the Rings Meets the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

At DMC we pride ourselves on our geeky interests and obsessions. So, when someone mentioned in a weekly company status meeting that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was going to be at Ravinia Theater to play the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in time with the movie, we had no dearth of interested employees. With twenty-two committed attendees, we eagerly anticipated the Friday night extravaganza, ordering a spread of sandwiches, wraps and hummus from Mariano’s...

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DMC Comic: Engineers Go to the Movies
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Engineers Go to the Movies

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. This month our group of engineers headed to the movies. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic! Illustrator: Ashley Enderlin Contributor: Matt Puskala

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20th Annual NI Week Conference Vision Inspection Presentation
Darren Jones

20th Annual NI Week Conference Vision Inspection Presentation

The 2014 NI Week Conference in Austin, Texas hits day three of four today Wednesday, August 6. The 20th Annual National Instruments Conference is an opportunity for those working in the fields of engineering and science to come together in the spirit of sharing information, inspiring innovation and exploring new technologies. DMC has sent engineers from each of our Chicago, Boston, and Denver offices to present on topics ranging from automation, to battery management systems and vision i...

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DMC Quote Board - August 2014
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - August 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: Boris Cherkasskiy
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Boris Cherkasskiy

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. Learn about Boris Cherkassiky and his move from Russia, to Chicago, and now Denver in this month's Employee Spotlight.

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Meet the DMC Denver Team
John Sullivan

Meet the DMC Denver Team

DMC is excited to have opened a Denver office to better serve our partners and customers in Colorado, the Southwest, and throughout the world. Allow us to proudly introduce you to our Denver staff: John Sullivan, Senior Project Engineer Hometown: Los Alamos, NM Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Favorite Gadget: Contour Mobile Camera Random Fact About Me: I completed an Ironman Triathlon Guilty Pleasure: Cheese products...

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DMC Presents at the Siemens Bier Tek Conference
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC Presents at the Siemens Bier Tek Conference

I recently presented at the inaugural Siemens Bier Tek conference in San Diego. Bier Tek was designed to help micro-brewers and craft brewers learn about how to take advantage of technology to improve their brewing operations. DMC partnered with Siemens MES to showcase the Simatic IT Line Monitoring System (LMS) software package. Simatic IT LMS is an ideal platform to help even small brewers improve performance in the filling and packaging areas of their breweries.  The LMS presentati...

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DMC Gets in Gear for Company Bike Ride
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Gets in Gear for Company Bike Ride

Lately at DMC, we’ve been on a mission to be a healthier, less-stressed company. With weekly yoga, stretching and meditation classes as well as de-stress walks, we’re well on our way. So, when Ken Brey suggested a company bike ride along the Lake Shore path, we had more than one reason to acquiesce. In addition to mental health, here at DMC we enjoy a challenge above all else. Our bike ride totaled 20 miles, starting at our Chicago office on Elston Avenue and riding south towar...

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Android Open Accessory Protocol (AOA) using an FTDI 311/312
Alex Krejcie

Android Open Accessory Protocol (AOA) using an FTDI 311/312

In this video, I'll give you a brief overview of implementing the Android Open Accessory Protocol (AOA) using an FTDI 311/312. AOA is a protocol designed by google to allow android devices to connect with a wide variety of external peripherals over USB.  Since the AOA device acts as a host, it is able to connect to most Android devices, even devices that do not have USB host capabilities themselves.  FTDI provides chips that are preprogrammed with the AOA protocol, making it ...

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Second Annual DMC Picnic
Anjali Bharadwa

Second Annual DMC Picnic

DMC employees, friends and family enjoyed fun, sun, beer, and games at the Second Annual DMC Picnic this past Sunday, July 27. We decided to hold our picnic at Linne Woods in Morton Grove, IL, just 20 minutes outside of the city. The preserve was a perfect spot right off of the highway and thankfully near a local store where we were able to grab things like scissors, markers, and extra ice. A great escape from the hustle of city life and the average workday, we were able to enjoy the serene b...

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DMC Named One of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named One of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies

At DMC, culture and commitment to employee engagement are among our most important values, as reflected by our active company culture. So, when we heard about the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work ForTM competition, we were eager to enter. The 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ is a program through the National Association for Business Resources. The competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource pra...

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DMC Welcomes Boston New Hires with a Week of Fun
Elizabeth Rapoport

DMC Welcomes Boston New Hires with a Week of Fun

Kevin (DMC Chicago Intern), Ryan and I (both new hires for DMC Boston) all started at DMC on Monday June 16. After arriving, Ryan and I only spent two weeks training in Chicago. All the same, we were welcomed into the DMC family from Day One. For our Welcome Party, we put our competitive spirits to the test with a sport that combines lacrosse, basketball, and bumper cars, well known to any DMCer as WhirlyBall. As a first time player, I was excited just to get my car to go straight and success...

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Upping the Ante at DMC's Fifth Official Golf Outing
Timothy Johnson

Upping the Ante at DMC's Fifth Official Golf Outing

On what was a beautiful sunny day at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, eight DMC employees went out to hit the links for the fifth official DMC Golf Outing. The course itself sits right on the coast of Lake Michigan, and is the closest course to the office.  We split up into two teams of four. Team A included Devon Fritz, Eric West, Jeremy Green and myself. Team B was made up of Spencer Glesmann, Rick Rietz, Simon Healey, and Jeff McCormick.  We decided to play in a scramble fo...

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Simplifying UI and UX Design with Color Cheat Sheet
Ela Kaya

Simplifying UI and UX Design with Color Cheat Sheet

A while back I took a poll of the engineers here at DMC, and one of the main concerns the engineers had was that when designing a user interface they did not know what colors to choose. As a User Interface Designer I understand that there can be a bit of decision paralysis when it comes to designing in color since there are an infinite amount of colors! I knew there had to be a way to help engineers view colors as a simple choice. I took a stroll around Google Images for color charts showing ...

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DMC Turns Eighteen
Frank Riordan

DMC Turns Eighteen

It's official! DMC is now legal to vote, join the military, and gamble - not that we are really planning to do any of these things, but all the same it's an exciting and transitory time in the life of DMC. Last year, on the edge of seventeen, we opened our Boston office on the east coast. Over a year later, the Boston office is growing rapidly with 4 new employees, its own holiday party, grand opening party and a host of activity fund events, including heading out to a shooting range....

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View DMC's 2014 Siemens Automation Summit Presentations
Tim Jager

View DMC's 2014 Siemens Automation Summit Presentations

DMC attended the annual Siemens Automation Summit last month, held June 23 - 26, 2014. We enjoyed four days of learning and networking with new friends at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL. The week kicked off with Monday night's popular Connect Event. This casual cocktail event allowed attendees to build their network using a mobile friendly app or website developed by DMC and Prism Systems to connect and share contact information. Attendees also got a previ...

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Geek Challenge Results: Define the Doodling Curve
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge Results: Define the Doodling Curve

Last month’s Geek Challenge was to find the limiting curve created by drawing lines on graph paper in a certain pattern.   The correct answer is C, and the values for the constants were 1, 2, and 1. These three people answered the question correctly: Andrea Gotti of Milan Polytechnic, Adnaan Velji of DMC, and Dan Freve of DMC. Of these, the winner is Andrea Gotti. Andrea solved the problem as follows: Each line of the paper doodle passes through two points. Those points will ...

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DMC is Expanding to Denver
John Sullivan

DMC is Expanding to Denver

As part of DMC's commitment to better serving existing and potential customers, DMC is expanding to Denver.  We viewed Denver as a great hub to expand to the western side of the United States, and through working with partners in the area, we see potential for growth in several markets both in Colorado and the surrounding states. DMC's Denver office will be located in LoDo at 1860 W Blake St, Suite 410. We will be officially opening the doors on August 1, but we are already worki...

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DMC Quote Board - July 2014
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - July 2014

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

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