DMC's Night of Magic
Stephanie Balavitch

DMC's Night of Magic

Engineers are stereotypically a skeptical bunch, and DMC prides itself on a talent pool consisting of grads from some of the best engineering programs in the country. This was the rather dubious crowd that third generation magician Mr. Dennis Watkins faced on the evening of November 17. The occasion? A triple-threat welcome party for Otto, Shannon, and Stephanie.   DMC’s Night of Magic began at the historic Palmer House Hotel where icons such as Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Jud...

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Geek Challenge: Baffling Figure
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge: Baffling Figure

What is distinctive about this figure?   A. It is the optimum target for focusing a monochrome cameras B. It is an element of a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem C. It is used to design a centerless spiral staircase D. It recognized as one of the most challenging shapes in Origami E. There’s an even better use, not listed above Submit your answers to geekchallenge@dmcinfo.com. As always, the answer with the best engineering content will be this month&rs...

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DMC Presents the Best of Beer Hoptacular 2012
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presents the Best of Beer Hoptacular 2012

DMC's latest activity fund adventure took us to a beer tasting under a big top tent for Beer Hoptacular. "Celebrating the art of beer brewing and appreciation" sounded like our idea of an evening, so about a dozen DMC employees and friends headed to the Riverfront Theater last Friday. The third annual Chicago Beer Hoptacular brought 60 breweries featuring over 140 different beers together. In addition to tasting a variety of beers from Chicago and across the country, we enjoyed access to specia...

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Visit DMC at the National Instruments Technical Symposium
Jessica Mlinaric

Visit DMC at the National Instruments Technical Symposium

Join DMC at the National Instruments Technical Symposium on November 13 (Milwaukee) and November 15 (Chicago). Taking place in 26 cities across the country, NITS is designed to help enhance productivity, reduce costs, and optimize system performance through a series of events related to several NI platforms. Visitors will have access to technology demonstrations, expert advice, hands-on learning opportunities, and a partner exhibition. Visit the DMC booth at the following NITS dates: ...

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Arcade + Beer = Geek Heaven
Matt Puskala

Arcade + Beer = Geek Heaven

I enjoy arcade games - who doesn't?  My enthusiasm must not be a secret, as when an arcade bar  opened up not too far from our office, several coworkers made sure to let me know about it.  Arcade games are best enjoyed with heavy competition, and DMC's night at Emporium Arcade had some impressive contenders. We had a good turnout of over a dozen DMC engineers.  The most popular games of the evening were X-Men, The Simpsons, and Frogger. I spent the night trying to find suc...

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Employee Spotlight: Dan Lawler
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Dan Lawler

Dan Lawler, Systems Engineer What is your favorite part about working at DMC? DMC’s culture is awesome, period. One very cool aspect is that each new employee gets to choose a welcome party. It’s a great chance to socialize as a group, and each employee wants to host a unique party so there’s always a fun variety of events to enjoy. What’s been your favorite project at DMC so far? DMC has lots of experience working in different battery test applications. M...

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"Destination DMC" Video Guides You to DMC's Office
Frank Riordan

"Destination DMC" Video Guides You to DMC's Office

DMC has been creating a video series to describe who we are and what we do. In addition to understanding the work we do, we thought it would be helpful if people understood how to travel to our office. Despite our web directions, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, MapQuest, and the infallible Siri, visitors would still have trouble getting to our office every once in a while. We wanted to create a helpful and instructive video, and we hope we've accomplished that, but we also h...

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Jessica Mlinaric

Quote Board: November 2012

Those who visit DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board." This is where we document the most infamous utterances of the moment.

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Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook
John Sullivan

Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook

At DMC, we have been using Microsoft CRM for quite some time.  The Outlook client makes using CRM much simpler and allows for many features to be readily accessible. It is easy to look up contacts, track emails in CRM, and see CRM tasks in the Outlook task bar, among many other great features. My one complaint was that emails tracked in CRM were displayed with a CRM icon:  This feature was nice, since it let me know when emails were being...

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Prepare for SharePoint 2013
Jack Cosgrove

Prepare for SharePoint 2013

 SharePoint 2013 RTM was released recently to MSDN subscribers, and I have been reading up on some of its features since then. I'll provide an overview of what to expect from SharePoint 2013. In-place upgrades from SharePoint 2010 are not supported. This means that a new farm will have to be created, and 2010 content upgraded by the database attach method. The database attach method supports both content databases and service application databases now. Web parts can be h...

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DMC Attends TI's Technology Day
Ryan Taylor

DMC Attends TI's Technology Day

Like many other students, I considered my TI-89 graphing calculator to be a lifeline during high school calculus and beyond. That device (which I still have and use today) was my first formal introduction to Texas Instruments, and since then I’ve used many of their silicon products. Since joining DMC, I’ve spent a lot of time working with their MSP430 microcontroller line. When I learned that TI would be hosting a Technology Day in Milwaukee, WI, I decided to take the short driv...

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Jack Cosgrove

Tired of refreshing SharePoint external data columns?

SharePoint external data columns are an invaluable tool when drawing data from sources outside SharePoint, as I reported in previous blog entries. Whether the data exist in SQL Server, a WCF web service, or elsewhere, external data columns can integrate this data with out-of-the-box SharePoint lists. External data columns do however have one major disadvantage. Unlike external lists, external data columns cache the information drawn from the external content type within SharePoint. While t...

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DMC's Oktoberfest Celebration 2012
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC's Oktoberfest Celebration 2012

After the success of last year's Oktoberfest Open House and our Tres de Mayo party last spring, DMC had many requests for another Oktoberfest celebration. We held our second annual Oktoberfest party on October 11, 2012 and a great time was had by DMC employees, clients, vendors, and friends! Relive the party in the video and pictures below!   DMC guests were greeted by our banner and a commemorative mug to add to their DMC stein collection. &nbs...

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Improv and Wrigley Rooftop Baseball
Stephanie Balavitch

Improv and Wrigley Rooftop Baseball

Working for DMC means that a few times every year you get to participate in an all-day company meeting. These meetings take place offsite and they give everyone a chance to have a great time together while taking part in brainstorming sessions and fun team building exercises. After hearing about and seeing photos from previous ADCMs that involved a tour of Chicago and ziplining, I was beyond excited to experience my first one at Murphy’s Rooftop in Wrigelyville. The whole DMC crew met u...

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Employee Spotlight: Patrick Corcoran
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Patrick Corcoran

Patrick Corcoran, Systems Engineer What drew you to DMC? I was looking for a smaller company where I could continue systems engineering and DMC was a great fit. Chicago was also a big draw, and it’s close to my hometown of St. Louis. What is your favorite part about working at DMC? Everyone says this, but it has to be the variety of the projects. I wouldn’t enjoy working on only one tester all the time. Since starting at DMC, I’ve been involved in projects ranging from ...

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PID with a Siemens S7-1200 PLC
Jason Mayes

PID with a Siemens S7-1200 PLC

A few weeks ago I had the chance to experiment with serial communications using a Siemens S7-1200 PLC outfitted with a CM1241 (RS-485 module). Due to the limited number of projects we've had using the 1200 line of PLCs, this was an office first. And while it was very straightforward, it was still a learning experience. Recently I had another chance to be DMC's S7-1200 pioneer - this time using the S7-1200's PID blocks, and luckily, not involving death by dysentery, cholera, or snakebite. Like s...

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DMC receives Patent for Dimensional Detection System
Cesar Pena

DMC receives Patent for Dimensional Detection System

One of the most interesting and fun projects I have worked at DMC was to develop a Dimensional Measurement system for our customer LTS Scale.   In a nutshell, the system calculates the volume of an object on a forklift pallet. This is achieved by scanning the object with a laser, taking multiple images and analyzing these images with computer vision algorithms. The project also involved motor control, Linux, C++ and a lot of number crunching to derive the vol...

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Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 2012

Those who visit DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board." This is where we document the most infamous utterances of the moment.

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Otto Gottlieb

Mark's Welcome Party with Blues Traveler

Seeing Blues Traveler perform at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier for Mark Locascio's welcome party is not the ordinary Thursday evening. However, Mark is not an ordinary person, but an extraordinary and very important person who deserves to receive such a label at least once in his life. That is just what he was able to experience on September 27 with the Gold VIP pass to the event along with the other DMC Blues Traveler fans! With the benefit of the Gold VIP pass, we enjoyed a buff...

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Revealing the Hidden Awesomeness of the TI LaunchPad
Boris Cherkasskiy

Revealing the Hidden Awesomeness of the TI LaunchPad

TI (Texas Instruments) is awesome - I've always known it. What I like the most is their extremely low-cost ($4.30, who beats that?) Launchpad development kit that includes 2 "value line" (pronounced "super-cheap") micro-controllers, USB programmer and development software. That is everything you need to dive into the wonderful world of the super-lower-power microcontrollers.   Picking the test project There are so many options for a first project: flashing LED, doomsday ...

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