DMC Attends First Annual NIDays Event
Darren Jones

DMC Attends First Annual NIDays Event

DMC was proud to participate in NIDays North America this fall. The inaugural event condensed the traveling NI Technical Symposiums into a much larger multi-track event that was held in a number of select cities. DMC was lucky enough to have both of our office locations, Chicago and Boston, selected as host cities. DMC took part in exhibiting at NIDays in both Boston and Chicago, as well as attending many of the more than fifty technical sessions and industry discussions. If you attended...

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Introducing DMC Comics
Ela Kaya

Introducing DMC Comics

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. Our new monthly web feature, DMC Comics, will highlight engineering-minded humor with original illustrations in different styles and themes. Submit your own engineer joke! It may be drawn and featured (credit to you of course) in our monthly newsletter!  Joke by: Gordon L. Glegg Illustration by: Ela Kaya

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DMC Quote Board - December 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 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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'Three is Company!' Boston SkyZone Welcome Party
Jason Mayes

'Three is Company!' Boston SkyZone Welcome Party

After a few months as members of the DMC Boston team, we finally gave Adam, Bill and Frank  a proper DMC welcome. We found a time when everyone was in town to head over to SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park, for some team-building fun. SkyZone has a lot going on, and we hardly knew where to start. After getting our special 'sky socks,' we headed directly to the dodge-ball arena. The match may have looked a lot like this Dodge-ball Ultimate Championship... or, we might h...

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Geek Challenge: Infinite Snowman Stumper
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge: Infinite Snowman Stumper

Ever wanted to construct the most mathematically magnificent snowman of all time? Here’s your chance. Figure out the Geek Challenge below…and don’t forget to actually build your snowman! A snowman is to be built with an unlimited number of spherical snowballs where the diameter of each ball is 2/3 the diameter of the ball below.  If the first ball is 1m diameter, how tall will the completed snowman be? A:  2m B:  3m C:  5m E:  Infinitely tall. Ex...

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DMC Runs the 2013 Hot Chocolate 5/15K
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Runs the 2013 Hot Chocolate 5/15K

DMC has been known to run for chocolate, and this year's Hot Chocolate 5/15K was no exception. Eleven DMC employees and friends rose bright and early on Sunday, November 3 for a jog with the promise of a sweet after party. We were rewarded with perfect running weather during an unpredictable Chicago autumn. With sunny skies and a slight chill in the air, we took to the city streets along with over 40,000 fellow athletes sugar fans. While Team DMC was evenly split be...

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Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013
Jerry Choinski

Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013

In this brief blog post I wanted to describe the steps needed to remove unused fields from the New Form, Display Form and/or Edit Form in SharePoint 2013. While it is easy to add and remove fields from list views through SharePoint’s user interface, there isn’t a good way to do so for the three different forms which we use to add, edit and view information of individual items. We are often left with fields that should not be part of the forms. We might need hidden fields used by a...

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Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode
David Ufford

Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode

SyntaxHighlighter.all();One of the little annoyances with SharePoint workflows is that tasks often open in a display-only mode by default, especially when you are following an email link. The extra click needed to place the task in "Edit" mode causes confusion and wastes time. In SharePoint 2007 and 2010, you could get around this by customizing the task URL in a notification email, or by having users use the "Open this Task" feature of the Outlook client. Unfortunately ne...

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Frank & Bill's Chicago River Welcome Party
Frank May

Frank & Bill's Chicago River Welcome Party

After a few weeks on the job for the new Boston hires, DMC threw Bill Sowerine and me a welcome party consisting of dinner and drinks on the Chicago River. We took two electric boats on the river, which anyone could drive! It turns out that DMC has a few good captains hiding under engineering titles. Both of our self-appointed boat captains headed north towards Goose Island with the slightly lighter boat taking the lead. We enjoyed a dinner of sandwiches, fresh fruits, and bite sized desserts as...

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Geek Challenge Results: Baffling Birthdays
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge Results: Baffling Birthdays

Last month, we asked you to find the odds that a class of 23 students has one or more shared birthdays. The correct answer to the Baffling Birthdays question is C: 50.7%. The winner of this month’s Geek Challenge is John Jacobsma of Dickson. His answer covered the basics, as well commented on the problem’s implicit assumptions.   There were several people who also correctly answered this month’s Geek Challenge. They are: Jesse Batche of DMC Joseph C. ...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Silver Business Intelligence Competency
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Silver Business Intelligence Competency

DMC is proud to announce that it has achieved Microsoft’s Silver Partner Status for Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. This achievement recognizes DMC’s proven ability to help customers monitor, analyze and plan business performance based on actionable business insight. DMC’s BI service offerings are geared towards helping clients identify and define high-level Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), design visually appealing dashboards, and complete technical data integration.&n...

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Employee Spotlight Video: Dan Lawler
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight Video: Dan Lawler

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 Dan Lawler's engineering roots down on the farm in this month's Employee Spotlight.

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Cognex Launches DS1100 for 3D Vision
Cesar Pena

Cognex Launches DS1100 for 3D Vision

Cognex has released the DS1100, their latest product entry into 3D vision space. The system is a structured light 3D scanner with a single laser line light source and single receiver. It’s a line scan technology so either the target must be moved across the camera’s scanning area or vice-versa. It comes as a single factory-calibrated unit with Z-resolution as small as 7 microns. The system is programmed using Cognex VisionPro, giving full access to Cognex’s tools on the topo...

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Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow
David Ufford

Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow

SharePoint sites are often created for new customers, projects, and events. While it is possible to create each new site manually, having an automated process greatly reduces user training and effort. In previous versions of SharePoint, creating sites from a workflow required deploying custom actions. However, with the new Call HTTP Web Service action in SharePoint 2013 it is possible to apply some tricks and achieve the same result using only SharePoint Designer. Creating a new site using...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 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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Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW

Using the LJV-7000 laser head is a no-brainer for any high speed imaging measurement system. This blog will discuss how to use LabVIEW to gain full control of the many useful settings and sampling speeds (up to 64 kHz) that the laser head boasts. To control this laser, Keyence supplies the LJV-7000 series laser controller with LabVIEW drivers and a DLL. These are at the core of editing controller parameters. Here is the download link (you must login to Keyence's website to complete the do...

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Creating a Raster Monitor from an Oscilloscope
Boris Cherkasskiy

Creating a Raster Monitor from an Oscilloscope

My friend recently sent me this video of an oscilloscope playing a video. I immediately wanted to do the same, but it's a huge project if done properly. It has an ILDA interface/driver, high-speed custom DACs, etc. Instead, I tried a simple alternative - creating a raster monitor from an oscilloscope.

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Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts
Jerry Choinski

Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts

SharePoint 2013 uses the AppFabric Caching Service to centralize all caches that are used by SharePoint. The distributed cache is used by many features including Authentication, Newsfeed, Security, Page Loading, Workflows, and more. While Microsoft claims that SharePoint’s use of the Distributed Cache greatly increases performance, the service is also quite unreliable and difficult to troubleshoot. Hopefully they will write more documentation and improve the product with the release of SP1...

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DMC's Certified Vision Professionals
Eric West

DMC's Certified Vision Professionals

In January, Ken Brey and I passed the AIA’s “Certified Vision Professional – Advanced” exam. Passing the exam proved that we have a high level of knowledge about developing and integrating machine vision systems, and added our names to the list of CVP-Advanced members. This certification is also one of the requirements to be listed as one National Instrument’s Alliance Partners, with a specialty in Vision. Prior to the exam, I attended the AIA’s week-l...

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WiX Installer Tutorial for Visual Studio
Spencer Glesmann

WiX Installer Tutorial for Visual Studio

The purpose of this tutorial is to get you started using the WiX tool set to create custom installers for Visual Studio applications.  For more thorough documentation on creating WiX installers, please see this tutorial. This tutorial uses version 3.7 of the WiX tool set and Visual Studio 2012.

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