High-Speed Vision Inspection Presentation at NIWeek 2014
Eric West

High-Speed Vision Inspection Presentation at NIWeek 2014

This year at National Instrument's annual conference, NIWeek, DMC was invited to present on "Real-world Techniques in High-Speed Vision Inspection." DMC is an NI Silver Alliance member with a specialization in vision. Ken Brey and I are Certified Vision Professionals and were excited for the chance to share some of the knowledge and experience we have gained through various vision inspection projects. We worked together with Dan McCarty, Sr. Software M...

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DMC Named an SI Giant of 2014 by Control Engineering
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named an SI Giant of 2014 by Control Engineering

DMC was recently recognized in the August 2014 issue of Control Engineering as one of 100 System Integrator Giants. The SI Giants 2014 are a part of a larger catalogue of SIs catalogued by both Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, which they dubbed the NEW Global System Integrator Database. The CFE Media’s Global System Integrator Database was compiled based on geography, industry, engineering experience, vendor experience, professional affiliation and annual revenue.  Bailey...

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LabVIEW Interface: Boolean Graphics
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW Interface: Boolean Graphics

LabVIEW is a graphical programming language in many ways. In this blog post I'll focus on the User Interface (UI) aspect of the LabVIEW language and explain how to deviate from it's traditional palette graphical elements. Specifically I'll discuss how to modify the LabVIEW Boolean button. To begin, add a 'System Button' to your Front Panel (FP) - either <<Classic>> or <<Button>> works. The 'System' aspect adds the event of hovering to your c...

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Troubleshooting Your Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 Timers
Jason Mayes

Troubleshooting Your Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 Timers

I've done a lot of PLC programming over the last few years. Siemens, Rockwell, Beckhoff, Mitsubishi, Panasonic... if it's IEC61131-3 compliant, I've probably written a few rungs on it. However, I recently ran across an interesting problem that completely stumped me. I was doing a quick test on an S7-1200 PLC (programmed in TIA Portal V13) where I needed to perform a non-time critical operation approximately once a second within a re-usable FB. The two rungs that confounded me and ...

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2014
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2014

It's the start of a new school year and that means career fair season has returned! DMC has come a long way since last fall. With two new workplace awards under our belt, including Crain's Best Places To Work in Chicago, one new office in Denver, and a host of great SWAG to give away, we're sure that this year's tour will beat all the previous ones combined. DMC is recruiting on-campus for entry level Automation Engineers for Chicago, Boston and Denver locations. We want ...

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DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW UserGroup Meeting on August 28
Patrick Corcoran

DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW UserGroup Meeting on August 28

DMC will be hosting the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Our agenda this year includes a variety of database and LabVIEW related material. We'll begin by discussing the challenges of data mining and the advantages of using databases. We will continue by providing a comprehensive look at Database providers and investigating LabVIEW Database Tools. We will wrap up the meeting with a few How To's and exercises involving guided walkthroughs. Aft...

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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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