Reducing Altium Designer's Hard Drive Usage
Ryan Taylor

Reducing Altium Designer's Hard Drive Usage

Have you noticed your hard drive usage climbing steadily when working with Altium Designer? Here's how you can reduce the disk footprint for each of your PCB projects. Every time you manually save a schematic sheet or PCB design, Altium saves a local, compressed copy. You can compare between versions from the Storage Manager tab and manually delete versions that you no longer care about. This is generally a useful feature; however, if you are already using a version control tool (like Git...

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OneDMC: Where Bigger Meets Better
Frank Riordan

OneDMC: Where Bigger Meets Better

In 2015, DMC opened new offices in Houston, Texas, and New York City, expanding our team from three to five locations. Also in 2015, we paid two random people to write and perform rap songs about us. These seemingly unrelated events have an important common thread: OneDMC. So what does "OneDMC" mean? The term originates from first-time visitors to our offices, who love to ask us if we have any relation to the rap group Run DMC. The idea has really grown on us, though, so the term...

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Chicago's Wild Holiday Party at the Zoo
Molly Graham

Chicago's Wild Holiday Party at the Zoo

DMC's holiday parties have taken us everywhere from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center to a former prison. This year, the Chicago office decided to go wild at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  After an onsite smell-test, we selected the zoo's Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House. The 32,000-square-foot building holds around 200 small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and birds. Cocktails in the Ecosystem The Regenstein offered the benefit of enjoying two diffe...

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Inside the New Office 365 E5 Plan
Jimmy Brady

Inside the New Office 365 E5 Plan

On December 1, 2015, Microsoft released pricing and functionality for their long awaited E5 plan. E5 replaces E4 as the top plan for the Microsoft Office 365 platform. The E5 plan includes all of the functionality from the E4 plan with the addition of new collaboration tools, new ways to get insight into your business, and increased features to keep your information secure. Here are some highlights of the Office 365 E5 plan.  Collaboration Skype Meeting Broadcast - Reach up to 1...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 2016

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

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The Force Awakens Your PLC
Boris Cherkasskiy

The Force Awakens Your PLC

It seems like lately the Force has awakened everywhere. The only corner of the universe that was still dark and quiet was the PLC and factory automation galaxy. To fill the gap I decided to show PLCs the way of the Force. And what could be better than to teach it some forceful music? The obvious PLC choice for this mission was a Siemens S7-1200 PLC that we happened to have in the lab. I quickly realized that Force is not very strong in PLCs, and they are not very musical. Since they weren'...

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DMC Comic: The Wheel of Misfortune
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: The Wheel of Misfortune

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. At DMC, we don't sit in cubicles. Our seating areas are collaboration-friendly working spaces for four employees, that we call "quads." Post your ideas of where our engineers should go or what they should do next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic! ...

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How to Hide Fields on a SharePoint Form
Curtis Weir

How to Hide Fields on a SharePoint Form

Hiding fields in a SharePoint form can be tedious, or sometimes not even possible using out-of-the-box features. One common solution is to modify the forms in SharePoint Designer. However, this takes time and is prone to user error. A simpler solution is to use Javascript & jQuery, and the following code outlines how to hide any field on your SharePoint form. If you are unfamiliar with Javascript, no problem! Just edit the fieldsToHide line with whatever fields you wish to hide. Separate ...

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Sharing Tags between Beckhoff PLCs Using ADS Read
Nicklas Thystrup

Sharing Tags between Beckhoff PLCs Using ADS Read

Often it becomes necessary to read a few tags from another Beckhoff PLC without setting up a full publisher subscriber EAP system. Automation Device Specification (ADS) reads and writes can be used to do this with very minimal setup, as long as both PLCs are on the same network. Setup consists of mapping the variable in the source PLC at a static memory location, and then reading it from the destination PLC using an ADS Read command. Steps Define the variable in the source PLC...

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DMC Denver at Nitro Circus
Tyler Brink

DMC Denver at Nitro Circus

Most of the world tends to ignore billboards, but sometimes you see an ad so intriguing, you just have to go home and look it up. Nitro Circus was one of those billboards. With a giant display right by DMC's Denver office, it was hard for us to ignore the temptation to check it out. So… we did!  We decided the show was a must-see, and used the DMC Activity Fund back in November to go check out the Nitro Circus live. If you've never heard of it, Nitro Circus is an extreme s...

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Connecting to a Siemens PLC with Access Address
Leon Grossman

Connecting to a Siemens PLC with Access Address

There are occasions when a Siemens PLC may need to be commissioned with a different IP address than the one assigned in the project. In the case of a single PLC, this is no big deal and it is a simple matter to update the project to match the IP address of the PLC as installed in the final location.   There are several ways this might happen: The PLC IP address was changed from the value set by the original builder. There is a managed switch performing 1-to-1 NAT between the PLC ...

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DMC Culture Deep in the Heart of Texas
Peter King

DMC Culture Deep in the Heart of Texas

As the rest of the Northern world bundles up in preparation for the upcoming cold, DMC Houston has selflessly elected to carry the torch, making up for lost outdoor time in the 75-degree Texas winter. A hard life, indeed.  Since last we spoke, the Houston office has been working diligently to create and foster our own unique office flair. The addition of an office SONOS has filled our workplace with a delicate balance of country ballads, Christmas music, and heavy metal. Contributing ...

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DMC Comic: Advanced Calculus
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Advanced Calculus

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. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go or what they should do next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!

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DMC Quote Board - January 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2016

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

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BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees
Peter Rijks

BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees

If your business is like most small and medium businesses (SMBs), then some level of a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy has probably already become a de facto standard. Most users these days want to be able to access their email, calendar, and documents from their mobile device, and most of the time, that mobile device is going to be their own and not a company device. Today’s mobile technology makes it easier than ever for end users to connect their phone to the company mail server. ...

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DMC Guys and Dolls at The Last Speakeasy
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Guys and Dolls at The Last Speakeasy

Those familiar with American history will remember a dark time in our past – the era of Prohibition, beginning in 1920, where the production, transport, and sale of alcohol was made illegal by the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. On December 5th, 1933, the amendment was repealed by ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, the first and last time (to date) that a constitutional amendment was entirely repealed in the United States. The final statewide prohibition...

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Linking PLC UDT Tags to HMI Faceplates and Pop-ups in TIA Portal V13 SP1
Jason Mayes

Linking PLC UDT Tags to HMI Faceplates and Pop-ups in TIA Portal V13 SP1

Here at DMC, we spend a lot of time programming PLCs and HMIs. While we program systems of all types and flavors, I'm personally most experienced with Siemens (TIA Portal) and Rockwell (RSLogix5000/FactoryTalk View). There are a few new features included in TIA Portal V13 SP1 that I have found to be incredibly useful in the past few months and have allowed me to be even more efficient in my programming. I'm going to focus today on a series of updates that were ad...

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10 Things Non-Engineers Learn While Working at DMC
Natalie Meeker

10 Things Non-Engineers Learn While Working at DMC

Every company needs a great team of support staff to keep things going, and DMC is no exception. Our recruiting strategy and core value of Hiring Smart People applies not only to our engineers, but to everyone at DMC. This includes our Administrative, Sales, Recruiting, and Marketing teams.       Once hired, our support staff gets to work immediately on bolstering an entire office of brilliant (and eccentric) employees. From connecting potential clients with the correct eng...

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CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update
Timothy Johnson

CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update

I recently installed KB3072333, which is labeled as “Update 1.1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015”. Afterwards, a specific change to the Outgoing Email Router profile issued a 401 Unauthorized error in the event viewer. I found a fix and am posting it in the hope that it will help someone else! Specifically, the error prevents emails from actually being sent until this change has been fixed. The error looks like this: “System.Net.WebException: The request failed with...

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DMC's Holiday Cheer Extravaganza 2015
Amy Cox

DMC's Holiday Cheer Extravaganza 2015

For the past few years, as another holiday season passes, I have observed that each holiday felt less and less like I remember. This year, the source of my waning holiday spirit finally dawned on me: I'm an adult now. I was determined to restore the festive spirit. On November 31st, I stayed at work until 8pm adorning my space with ornaments, lights and shiny silver garlands. I sprinted headfirst into December with a dazzling display of wintery cheer. Within a week or so, string lights, t...

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