Beer Under Glass  2016
Courtney Mitchell

Beer Under Glass 2016

This May marked the 7th annual Beer Under Glass, one of DMC Chicago's favorite events. Beer Under Glass is celebrated at the Garfield Park Conservatory as part of Chicago Craft Beer Week. It's a fundraising event benefiting the Conservatory's programming and mission while celebrating Chicago craft beer. The ticket sales for the event support the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance's mission to change lives through the power of nature and connect people to plants. DMC ...

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Our Favorite DMC Videos
Jessica Mlinaric

Our Favorite DMC Videos

DMC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone we’re reflecting on some of our favorite memories. At DMC, the entire company is involved in marketing and these videos prove how much fun you can have with a camera!   “Danny’s DMC Commercial” Published: 2010 This video explains everything DMC does in a single, improvised take! It was shot during and All Day Company Meeting at Ping Tom Park in Chicago.   “Dest...

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The New and Improved DMC Coffee System
Jesse Batsche

The New and Improved DMC Coffee System

At DMC's Chicago office, coffee is an extremely important part of everyone’s day. We've been using a Keurig K-Cup system to make decent coffee. Although they are easy and convenient, K-Cups have a high per-cup cost when compared to just buying coffee beans and they create a lot of plastic waste. Our old Bunn Drip Coffee Brewer does make a lot of coffee, and it is easy to control the strength of the coffee. On the down side, the coffee is brewed at a very low, inconsistent temper...

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FedEx Day 2016
Jamie Handelman

FedEx Day 2016

This May marked the 6th annual FedEx Day! All five of our offices participated in this year’s event. This special day allows our employees to dedicate an entire day to a project of their choosing that they normally would not have time for. This year, projects ranged from planting a garden on the Chicago office’s rooftop patio to making many different types of applications. Preparation for FedEx Day takes a lot of time. Each employee brainstorms what they want to do and gathers the...

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Querying the Active Directory
Christopher Olsen

Querying the Active Directory

While developing a .NET application, you may find that you need to access data that is stored in the Active Directory (AD). In these cases, if you’re not experienced with querying the AD, you may be tempted to create a copy of the data you need into a SQL database – however, this would amount to unnecessary data redundancy. Fortunately, pulling data from the AD and using it in your application is much easier than you might think, and allows you to maintain data integrity by keepin...

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DMC to Host Siemens Chicagoland User Group (ChUG) June Meeting
Frank Riordan

DMC to Host Siemens Chicagoland User Group (ChUG) June Meeting

After a successful inaugural event in April, DMC is excited to announce that we will be hosting the second Siemens Chicagoland User Group (ChUG) meeting at our Chicago office on June 8.  Location: DMC Chicago (2222 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60614) Date: June 8, 2016 Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm Event Description The goal of the Siemens Chicagoland User Group is to help everyone improve their automation engineering capabilities through the sharing of best practi...

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Houston YOE 2016: Everything is Bigger in Texas
Stephanie Balavitch

Houston YOE 2016: Everything is Bigger in Texas

This spring, DMC held our first Yearly Office Event (YOE) in Houston. This was a great way for the Houston office to show employees from other offices a good time down south. Due to the careful planning and fun agenda assembled by DMC Houston, their visitors felt as if they were on a private Texas tour! The Rodeo The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was an amazing start to our trip. Most of us had never been to a rodeo before, so it was a cool experience. We got to see men wrestle bull...

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DMSki 2016: Our Biggest Ski Trip Yet
Lyndon Sapozhnik

DMSki 2016: Our Biggest Ski Trip Yet

Since 2011, we have made it a tradition to take an annual ski trip out west to Colorado. This year, since the trip was so popular, we have decided to introduce the ski trip as our first Yearly Office Event (YOE). The YOE grew out of DMSki, which attracts employees from across out offices. It's a great opportunity to bond and promote OneDMC, so we decided to create a similar yearly event in each of our locations. We had a great time on our 2016 DMSki trip. Day 1: After landing in sunny ...

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DMC Hosts Siemens and CRUM at the Rockies' Opening Day
John Sullivan

DMC Hosts Siemens and CRUM at the Rockies' Opening Day

In early April, the Colorado Rockies started off their season with an exciting game against the Padres. Last year, DMC celebrated their opening of the Denver office at the season opener for the Colorado Rockies. It has been an exciting year since then, so we felt another opening day celeration was fitting.  This year, DMC Denver hosted Siemens and CRUM Electric Supply at the game for a fun-filled day. We started off the day by meeting at the Denver office for some food a...

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High Fives & Good Vibes: DMC Boston Escapes "The Dig"
Phil Schaffer

High Fives & Good Vibes: DMC Boston Escapes "The Dig"

One of the biggest highlights of a new hire’s experience at DMC is their welcome party. Employees located in remote offices get twice the fun – they have their first welcome party while training in Chicago, then their second welcome party once they return to their home office.  While in Chicago, I joined other new employees for a game room welcome party at the Chicago Athletic Association. Back in Boston, I chose to do “The Dig”.  “The Dig” is ...

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DMC Chicago Virtual Office Tour
Alex Krejcie

DMC Chicago Virtual Office Tour

In January of 2016, Google released an Android app called Cardboard Camera, which can turn a single smartphone camera into an impressive 3D panoramic image-making machine. Using this tutorial, we learned how to convert those images into a 360 view YouTube video, which allows us to create a 360-degree, interactive panorama that can be viewed across a multitude of platforms, operating systems, and browsers. Android users with VR headsets (such as Google Cardboard) can even view the video i...

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DMC Quote Board - May 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - May 2016

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

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DMC Comic: Five Stages of Data Loss
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Five Stages of Data Loss

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.

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Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Boston
Dan Freve

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Boston

DMC is turning 20 this year, proving that time really does fly when you're having fun! We'll be celebrating throughout the year, and wanted to cordially invite you to help mark this milestone with a party at our Boston office! Join us on June 22, 2016 for food, drinks, and fun as we toast to 20 years of DMC and counting! DMC's 20th Anniversary Party - Boston June 22, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 20 Holland St., Suite 408 Somerville, MA 02144 [Directions] Our 20th Anniversary Party wil...

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Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Peter Rijks

Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of enhancing the security of user accounts by requiring them to provide a second proof of identity in addition to their password. This helps protect against cases when a user’s password is compromised. Office 365 includes support for Multi-Factor Authentication to allow organizations to enhance their security. Before rolling out MFA, you will want to decide which users you want to roll it out to. You may want to roll out MFA to all your user...

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A Week in the Life of a DMC Engineer: December 7-11, 2015
Katherine Czaplicki

A Week in the Life of a DMC Engineer: December 7-11, 2015

DMC engineers always get the question: “What is a typical day at DMC like?” It’s a simple question, but very hard to answer because our days have the potential to be so different. One day may be spent working at a client site, and then the next day in the office working on 6 different active projects. Because of this, a weekly view is much more representative of what it’s like to be a DMC engineer. Behind the Scenes: December 7-11, 2015 One Week. Four Projec...

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How to Use FANUC PC Developer's Kit (PCDK)
Frank May

How to Use FANUC PC Developer's Kit (PCDK)

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); FANUC offers an easy way to command and configure a robot from a PC using their PC Developer's Kit (PCDK).The kit allows a PC to access variables, registers, IO, programs, positions, and alarms on the robot. Most of the help documentation already covers Visual Basic, so I'll explain how to get started with C#. Installation First step is to install Visual Studio. Visual Studio Community is free and works perfectly for this application. After in...

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DMC Hosts Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG)
Nick Shea

DMC Hosts Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG)

DMC proudly hosted the inaugural Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG) meeting at our office on April 7, 2016. The event was the first in an ongoing initiative to grow the local Siemens User Community. The first ChUG meeting drew a fantastic turnout of around 30 attendees that came from as far as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Alabama. The group included end users, OEMs, and integrators interested in improving their automation engineering capabilities and sharing best practices. Siemens r...

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DMC Foosball World Cup 2016
Chris Vazquez

DMC Foosball World Cup 2016

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve already read one of our ping-pong blogs. I know, we talk about ping-pong a lot (we PLAY ping-pong a lot). But you may not have heard that DMC also recently acquired a foosball table.  It only made sense for us to do a Foosball World Cup. Following the exact format of the real Foosball World Cup, DMC’s tournament pitted 32 different employees against each other. Entrants were encouraged to represent a country ...

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Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Chicago

DMC is turning 20 this year, proving that time really does fly when you're having fun. We'll be celebrating throughout the year, and wanted to cordially invite you to help mark this milestone with a party at our Chicago office! Join us on June 2, 2016 for food, drinks, and fun as we toast to 20 years of DMC and counting! DMC's 20th Anniversary Party - Chicago June 2, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 [Directions] Our 20th Anniversary Party wi...

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