Bastille Day 8K 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

Bastille Day 8K 2013

One of DMC's favorite summer traditions is celebrating Bastille Day with a race. The Bastille Day Run has moved from Chicago's West Loop to Lincoln Park in the past few years, and added an 8K option to the original 5K. Being DMC, we opted for the most competitive choice and several employees enjoyed a 4.9733 mile jaunt in the park on July 11. One of the more fun aspects of this run is that it takes place on a Thursday evening (as opposed to sunrise on a weekend). The weather on race night ...

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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
David Ufford

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new DMC'ers feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new employee, there are large numbers of tasks to be completed by various m...

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LCD Paint with Nokia 3310 screen and 8051 Microcontroller
furqana

LCD Paint with Nokia 3310 screen and 8051 Microcontroller

Engineers at DMC often tend to have fun tech hobbies to work on in their spare time. I worked on such a project a couple years ago and wanted to share it on our blog. I came across this webpage while looking for cool LCD projects: Connect Nokia LCD to LPT port This particular person had connected a Nokia 3310 LCD to a computer’s parallel port and written a PASCAL program to draw on the LCD screen using his mouse. Upon reading this I thought - why not do this with a microcontroller in...

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Siemens S7-1200 Web server Tutorial - From Getting started to HTML5 User Defined Pages
Tim Jager

Siemens S7-1200 Web server Tutorial - From Getting started to HTML5 User Defined Pages

This is a brief tutorial on getting started with the Siemens embedded web-server in the S7-1200 and S7-1500.  Using the concepts explained below, you can create a simple web-page, or a fully featured HTML5 web-app. 

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CTA Bus Tracking with the Raspberry Pi
Ryan Taylor

CTA Bus Tracking with the Raspberry Pi

I've never been much of a morning person; some days, the snooze button on my alarm clock works harder than I do. I also like to take public transit to work as often as possible. An unfortunate side effect of my erratic waking habits is that an extra 30 second delay in leaving sometimes results in missing the bus - and arriving (another) 10 minutes late to the office. Recently, I pulled my Raspberry Pi out of storage and picked up a cheap TFT display and set out to cure my morning woes. Pro...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status

I am very excited to announce that DMC has achieved Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner status, a distinction shared with only one percent of Microsoft partners worldwide.  The Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Program is designed to recognize and reward high performing partners that have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft cloud solutions to their customers. DMC’s cloud services focus on Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, CRM Online, a...

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DMC Boston Bash Celebrates Expansion
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Boston Bash Celebrates Expansion

To celebrate the June 1 opening of DMC's Boston office, we threw a Boston Bash at our Chicago headquarters on May 23, 2013. A wonderful turnout of customers, vendors, friends, and family helped DMC commemorate its first expansion with a party that had plenty of Boston and Chicago-themed fun. Guests enjoyed Boston food favorites like baked beans, clam chowder, and Boston cream pie while the DMC brassband rocked out with a rendition of the Cheers theme song. There was plenty of Sam Adams on tap t...

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DMC Quote Board - June 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - June 2013

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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Exploring Altium: Design Rules
Ryan Taylor

Exploring Altium: Design Rules

Some rules are meant to be broken.  Unfortunately, none of them apply to PCB design. Designing and developing printed circuit boards can be an unforgiving process: placing a critical analog line just a few millimeters closer to a noisy clock line might be the difference between a functional widget and an expensive drink coaster. Luckily, many modern software tools provide safeguards to catch critical mistakes before they’re sent out to your favorite PCB fabricator. The most fundame...

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DMC and Siemens Team Up for Hunger Task Force
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC and Siemens Team Up for Hunger Task Force

DMC joined Siemens teams from Chicago and Milwaukee for a service day with Hunger Task Force on June 5. Frank Riordan, Tim Jager, Jon Carson, and Kevin Ferrigno teamed up with Siemens partners to build 880 Stockboxes of healthy food to be distributed to low-income seniors free of charge. Hunger Task Force's mission is to maintain every person's right to adequate food obtained with dignity through advocacy and food banking. A 100% community-supported organization, over 5,000 Hunger Tas...

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Geek Challenge: Matrix Mind-Boggler
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge: Matrix Mind-Boggler

Special thanks to Han Yang for providing this month’s Geek Challenge. A 4x4 matrix of numbers can be devised such that when any 4 cells are chosen where none of the chosen cells share a row or column with another chosen cell, the sum of the chosen cells is 25.  Below is an example of such a matrix with a chosen set of cells highlighted in yellow. The sum of the yellow cells is 25.     Here is the same matrix, with a different set of cells, where the chosen cells also...

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Ping Pong Web Application
Otto Gottlieb

Ping Pong Web Application

In the past year, ping pong has become a major activity for DMC employees. Starting with the purchase of a ping pong table, it has evolved from an informal game that served as a short break from work to an organized competition. In the fall of 2012, players created a ladder tournament to keep track of everybody’s ranks. With their eyes set on the top stop, challenge matches ensued and the competition became heated. The ranks were kept using pieces of paper pinned to cork board near the pi...

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Office 365 Event:  Your Complete Office in the Cloud
Rick Rietz

Office 365 Event: Your Complete Office in the Cloud

If you missed this event, DMC has created an Office 365 Video Series that explains some of the benefits & drawbacks and allows you to see Office 365 in action.  DMC will be hosting complimentary breakfast events on June 18 and June 19 for organizations interested in taking advantage of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud offerings.   Is your business facing any of these scenarios?   1.  Growing in size and looking for technology to help meet your bus...

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Employee Spotlight Video: Gareth Meirion-Griffith
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight Video: Gareth Meirion-Griffith

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. From sailing, to swing dancing, to martial arts, learn about the many skills of  Gareth Meirion-Griffith this month.

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3D Rotation of CAD Parts
Otto Gottlieb

3D Rotation of CAD Parts

From robotic joint translations to advanced video game-level physics modeling, DMC has done some fun 3D applications over the years.  A recent example of a fun application of the non-flat kind involves AIM, Inc., a manufacturer 2D and 3D CNC wire bending machines.  AIM has been designing state-of-the-art wire benders used in a variety of applications for more than two decades and DMC's relationship with AIM goes back to some of our first projects. Often times these bending machin...

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DMC Quote Board - May 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - May 2013

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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Geek Challenge Results: Crossword Conundrum
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge Results: Crossword Conundrum

Thanks for playing the Geek Challenge Crossword Conundrum. Last month's challenge had three winners: Harry Maddock of Tacoma, WA, Adnaan Velji of DMC, and Grant Anderson of DMC. The geeky answer key is shown here (click to enlarge): Submit your comments to geekchallenge@dmcinfo.com.

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Kick It With DMC's Soccer Team
Dan Lawler

Kick It With DMC's Soccer Team

The most encompassing adjective to describe the average DMC employee is simple: competitive. Be it in academia, in the workplace or on the pitch, DMC is made up of people who are driven to succeed and gets things done. Sometime in late summer of 2012, stars aligned and a group of DMC soccer enthusiasts started a DMC soccer league, DMsoCcer league, entering a coed sports league in the Chicago area. Frankie’s Angels™, our team’s branded name, has just started its fourth leag...

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DMC to Present at the Siemens 2013 Automation Summit
Frank Riordan

DMC to Present at the Siemens 2013 Automation Summit

As a Siemens Solution Partner, DMC looks forward to attending the annual Siemens Automation Summit each year. Focused on the end users of Siemens automation products, the Summit offers opportunities for best practice sharing, networking, free hands-on training, and providing product input and prioritization for future enhancements. This year’s event, held June 24 – 27 in New Orleans, focuses on the theme of “Community. Experiences. Productivity." This year, DMC is proud to p...

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Improving Battery Life in Low Power Embedded Applications Part 2: Case Study
Alex Krejcie

Improving Battery Life in Low Power Embedded Applications Part 2: Case Study

In Part 1, I talked about how battery capacity is rated and how certain conditions can affect relative battery capacity. This case study will specifically focus on a solution DMC provided for a low power embedded application designed around user interaction with a high base current draw. Many of its principles can be applied to all embedded applications. Active/Sleep Programming One of the first steps DMC took to help improve battery life was to use an active/sleep architecture for running...

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