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Brimfield Antique Show Scavenger Hunt
Cat Dymond

Brimfield Antique Show Scavenger Hunt

At DMC, we enjoy spending time together outside of the workplace. Each office has a monthly Activity Fund budget that they can use for an employee-chosen event. Not only do we have fun, we get to know each other better, which in turn makes us a stronger team.   On Saturday, July 16th the Boston office held a scavenger hunt at the Brimfield Antique Show, the largest outdoor antique and collectibles show in the world. Three times a year, for an entire week, the rural town of Brimfield sees...

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DMC to Present at NIWeek 2016
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2016

The 22nd annual NIWeek will take place at the Austin Convention Center from August 1-4, 2016. More than 3,200 engineers and scientists from around the world will attend the conference for technical sessions, workshops, and networking. DMC is excited to be leading three presentations at NIWeek 2016.  If you're attending NIWeek, we'd love to see you there! Objects, Objects Everywhere: Managing LabVIEW OO Hierarchies Aug 3; 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (19A) Devon Fritz, Jaon Mayes, &...

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A Brief Visual History of DMC
Frank Riordan

A Brief Visual History of DMC

DMC celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and we're reflecting on many of our milestones and accomplishments. From expanding to five offices to working on projects all over the world, DMC as a company has developed immensely.  The charts below display all of the countries DMC has worked in, the evolution of the DMC logo, and the growth of our company. We're fortunate to have worked on projects across the U.S.A. and around the globe. So far, DMC has worked in 43 states an...

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DMC to Host National Instruments Certification Exams
Darren Jones

DMC to Host National Instruments Certification Exams

DMC will be hosting two National Instruments certification exam dates at our Chicago office on July 25 and October 24. The testing can cover any of the practical exams in the NI lineup, including the Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified LabVIEW Architect exams. A representative from NI will be proctoring the exams.   Enrollment is open to anyone on the National Instruments website.  July 25, 2016 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Ste. 200 Chicago, IL 60622 October 24...

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Why Work with a Siemens Solution Partner?
Jessica Mlinaric

Why Work with a Siemens Solution Partner?

There are many great reasons for working with a certified Siemens Solution Partner. After all, Siemens Solution Partners are the #1 choice for the engineering, system integration, and implementation of superior, tailored, future-oriented solutions.  For this year's Siemens Automation Summit, DMC collaborated with Siemens Solution Partners to produce a fun video series offering a few reasons to work with a Solution Partner. We hope you enjoy it! Technologies Experience on eve...

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DMC's Siemens Automation Summit 2016 Highlights
John Sullivan

DMC's Siemens Automation Summit 2016 Highlights

This year's Siemens Automation Summit was as eventful as ever and full of excellent presentations, informative sessions, and advanced technology. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2016 Automation Summit.   Virtual Reality at the Tech Café The Technology Café was well-attended and enjoyed by a variety of conference attendees. The Café consisted of four different stations with different Virtual Reality applications. Station One displayed a roller coaster application ...

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DMC Quote Board - July 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - July 2016

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

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Boston YOE 2016: Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard
Frank May

Boston YOE 2016: Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard

After DMC Boston's 20th Anniversary party, everyone took off to Cape Cod for the weekend for the Boston team's Yearly Office Event (YOE). The YOE is an opportunity for DMC employees to meet near one of DMC's locations for a trip planned by employees in that office. The YOE grew out of the popularity of our annual ski trip, and Houston celebrated its first YOE this spring. In Boston, we decided that everyone needs to pronounce YOE as "yo-ee." Many people from the Chicago ...

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How to Upgrade On-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to 2016
Jordan Harris

How to Upgrade On-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to 2016

Looking for help with upgrading your Microsoft Dynamics CRM system? We recently upgraded our Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 system to MSCRM 2016. When preparing for the upgrade and during the process we found a lot of disparate information available from Microsoft. I wrote this blog to help others find the most useful information and to share details about the challenges we faced during our upgrade. Our high-level upgrade plan was as follows: Build new servers to house the database an...

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DMC Boston's 20th Anniversary Party
Dan Freve

DMC Boston's 20th Anniversary Party

DMC is turning 20 this year, and we're hosting events in each of our five office locations to celebrate. Although our official anniversary date is in July, we marked DMC's 20-year milestone at the Boston office at the end of June.  Before the party began, Dan took some of the Chicago office visitors sailing in the Boston Harbor. The weather was great and everyone got to see an amazing sunset. Some of the DMCer's had never been sailing before, so it was a unique experience...

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DMC Does Virtual Reality: Free App Recommendations & How VR Works
Jamie Handelman

DMC Does Virtual Reality: Free App Recommendations & How VR Works

At this year's Siemens Automation Summit, DMC helped set up a virtual reality demonstration for the Technology Café. We used a VR Box virtual reality headset. DMC even commissioned a VR developer to create a custom rollercoaster application for us. After discovering many different applications and learning how cool virtual reality is, we decided to share some of the best applications and virtual reality information we encountered.  Background  Virtual Reality is a computer te...

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Using the Siemens Open Library
Jeff F

Using the Siemens Open Library

At the beginning of June, DMC, in conjunction with Siemens Industry, released the Siemens Open Library. The Siemens Open Library is an Open Source Library containing function blocks and HMI faceplates for common controls, aiming to reduce development time for common industrial equipment while providing a reusable and customizable code base the user can alter to work with any application necessary. Check out this blog post for more information on the release of the Open Library.  I a...

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DMC Houston Gone Fishin'
Ryan Landwehr

DMC Houston Gone Fishin'

Since opening its doors last year, DMC Houston has been on a mission to partake in all things Texas. This mission has taken us to the Rodeoshooting shotguns, floating on the Guadalupe River, and eating Texas-sized chicken fried steak. With our June Activity Fund Budget, we decided to set sail from Galveston with Out Cast Charters and do some offshore fishing! Still half asleep, the DMC Houston crew + Stephanie rolled out of bed at 4am on a Sunday morning and headed South. By 6am we ...

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DMC Boston Lip Dub
Frank May

DMC Boston Lip Dub

The DMC Boston office decided to have some fun replicating the "Nobody But Me" Lip Dub as seen on the TV series The Office.  Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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WinCC Pro Dynamization Settings:  Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Grant Anderson

WinCC Pro Dynamization Settings: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

(With Apologies to Robert Lamm and The Chicago Transit Authority.) As I was walking down the street one day a man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my HMI time indicator, yeah, and I said: Uhhh...don't ask me. I seem to only be able to get a 2 second resolution on this thing. It updates like...well...clockwork, but a clock that only works at half the expected rate. Odd thing, too, since the scheduled task script I'm running to update this thing...

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Turning Data into Dollars using MES and MOM
Kevin Ferrigno

Turning Data into Dollars using MES and MOM

Manufacturers are rapidly increasing their capability to collect and analyze data. This data can be used to deploy KPI metrics, like OEE, providing real time and historical feedback on the productivity of manufacturing operations. This data can also be used as the basis for continuous improvement projects designed to increase efficiency and reduce waste. But how do manufacturers know what impact these projects are having on their bottom line? Are they worth the cost to deploy? DMC and AltaVia...

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The Ultimate Chicago Visitors Guide
Jamie Handelman

The Ultimate Chicago Visitors Guide

DMC is lucky to call Chicago home to our company headquarters. Whether you live in the Windy City or are just visiting, there is always so much to explore. Since DMC often hosts visitors, we compiled a list of our favorite can't-miss Chicago activities.  Read the Ultimate Chicago Travel Guide below! Sporting Events The citizens of Chicago have plenty to be proud of in their sports teams. We've won many championships and continue to do great (Cubs aside). Employees ha...

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Microsoft CSP - Cloud Solution Provider Licensing
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft CSP - Cloud Solution Provider Licensing

Which Office 365 Licensing Program is best for your organization? Traditionally, Microsoft has allowed small and medium sized organizations to purchase Office 365 licenses through two different programs, Open and Advisor. Organizations who purchase their licenses through the Open program buy these licenses from a Microsoft partner and pay for 12 months up front at the time of purchase.  Those who buy their licenses through the Advisor program sign up for an annual contract directly ...

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Pool Vision Application
Devon Fritz

Pool Vision Application

Every DMC office has at least one table sport at its heart. For Denver, this game is pool. So on FedEx Day 2016 Otto, Tyler, and I set out to automate our office Spencer Marston pool table. What does this look like you may ask? Our goal was to automatically detect what pool balls remain on the table. So during our 3-way, 5-way, or even 7-way cut throat games we don't have to worry about what balls are sunk and what balls are not.   Preparation was key for this project. We sel...

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DMC Comic: Desperate Debugging
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Desperate Debugging

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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