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Introduction to Bluetooth
Alex Krejcie

Introduction to Bluetooth

With the wide adoption of smartphones and the attractive market for the Internet of Things (IOT) and other accessories, Bluetooth connectivity has made its way into many products and most people’s daily life. In the last five years there has likewise been rapid advances in the Bluetooth protocol and its integration in devices. This post will serve as a small introduction to the technology behind the scenes. Bluetooth Classic (1.0-3.0) Most people’s first introduction to Bluetoo...

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DMC Goes to the Circus
Amy Cox

DMC Goes to the Circus

Believe it or not, some companies still use fax machines for advertising. DMC gets random faxes from time to time - old printers for sale, window washing, prank faxes of cat jokes from our Boston office, etc. We usually ignore them, but a fax arrived this April that caught my attention: Corporate presale for KURIOS ending! Buy tickets now! I immediately knew that DMC had to go. KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil's latest attraction, featuring an in...

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LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix

Every so often, a software package update's/patch's readme notes become really important for a project. To save you from diving into the readme notes for the LabVIEW VAS package, I wanted to highlight a bug I fell prone to. Integrating vision into your application can include difficulties. NI MAX does a good job of addressing one of the challenges with vision systems by smoothly bringing in camera data to the LabVIEW environment. The bug I experienced was a timeout of a USB3 camera af...

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MS SQL Stored Procedures directly from Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC
Nicklas Thystrup

MS SQL Stored Procedures directly from Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC

Beckhoff TwinCAT 2 and 3 PLCs have the ability to execute SQL stored procedures to read or write data without the need for an HMI. This is achieved by setting up TwinCAT Database Server on the PLC to manage the database connections, and using functions from the TcDatabase library to execute stored procedures. This blog will go through the steps to setup the TwinCAT Database Server and execute a pre-existing stored procedure. 1. Setup your SQL database and write your stored procedure. 2....

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TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW

TestStand provides an extensible framework to integrate and execute equipment/hardware divers and algorithms from a variety of common programming languages. That definition is fairly complex and is loaded with vague terms, but understanding TestStand as such may help you choose when to use it and will add it to your knowledge of usable software toolkits. National Instruments, being primarily a test and measurement company, designed TestStand to be a PC based platform. They have a few differen...

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WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the Siemens Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference in Denver. This was Siemens' first year holding the conference in Denver and there was an enthusiastic response of over 120 attendees.  The goal of the day-long event on July 28 was to promote discovery and discussion around the Oil and Gas industry's emerging automation and controls trends. All the presentations were well attended, offering a great opportunity to network in the area an...

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Beer on a Boat: Exactly as Fun as it Sounds
Curtis Weir

Beer on a Boat: Exactly as Fun as it Sounds

After being in Chicago for over four years, I realized that I had never been on a boat tour down the Chicago River. So coming up with the idea was relatively easy. I noticed that many people at DMC enjoy beer, and boating ventures are very popular in the summer, so a booze cruise seemed like an ideal welcoming party. The week leading up to the event was pretty stormy, so I was afraid the boat ride would be either miserable or cancelled altogether. Luckily, the evening was perfect! The ride st...

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NIWeek 2015 Recap
Darren Jones

NIWeek 2015 Recap

This month, DMC attended one of our favorite events of the year, NIWeek. A team of seven DMC employees gathered in Austin to represent each of our five office locations. As always, NIWeek proved to be a fun week of sharing expertise and shaking hands with other National Instruments specialists. When we weren't attending sessions or checking out the awesome demos on the convention floor, DMC was exhibiting in booth 533. Visitors were amazed by our Tilt Table demo, which uses Na...

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Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5
Devon Fritz

Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5

Sometimes the scariest part of working with legacy hardware is connecting to it with your laptop. This blog will lead you through an easy way to connect one such legacy PLC built by Allen Bradley, the PLC-5 series. Look here if trying to connect to a B&R System. Hardware - PLC-5 Series (catalog PDF here) - Laptop with DB-9/Serial/RS-232 or USB port - DB-25 to DB-9 cable (possible cable here) - Null Modem changer (if cable is not null modem) - RS-232 to USB protoco...

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DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20

DMC will be hosting the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2015. We've had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for several years now. This year's topic is LabVIEW User Interface Design. We'll begin the session by discussing tips and tricks related to style, dialogs, and multi-screen applications. We will continue by examining common LabVIEW UI/UX design pitfalls and considerations. Finally, we'll explore taking a wireframe to real...

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DMC Comic: Blue Screen
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Blue Screen

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.  Thanks to Mike Anderson of Magnetrol for this month's comic idea. 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 - August 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - August 2015

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

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2015
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2015

The new school year is just around the corner which means it's time for campus career fairs! With two new offices, repeat workplace awards, and plenty of great SWAG to give away, DMC is ready for our biggest career fair tour ever! DMC is recruiting on-campus for entry level Automation Engineers for our office locations in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston, and New York. We're also hiring .NET Application Developers for our Chicago office. We want to meet all Mechanical, Elect...

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DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party
Natalie Meeker

DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party

For my DMC welcome party, I joined in with two other employees, Molly and Kevin, to hold a shared celebration at a local bar's trivia competition. It should come as no surprise that a lot of us are trivia fiends given DMC's Core Values of hiring smart people and having fun! While some DMC employees had attended the bar's Monday trivia nights in the past as activity fund events, this was the first time we had the entire back room to ourselves. With a ton of beer...

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DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in OneDrive for Business
Brian Frett

DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in OneDrive for Business

The DMC QuickTips series offers short video tutorials for common Office365 and SharePoint tasks to accompany our written training material. DMC QuickTip videos cut right to the chase and are always less than two minutes long, so feel free to come back for a refresher at any time! DMC QuickTip #2 demonstrates how to share files in OneDrive for Business. I walk you through three easy methods of file sharing, including generating an email, obtaining a link that can be shared ...

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DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

Update: View my presentatation here.  Siemens' mobile showcase will be stopping by Denver on July 28 for the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference. This free event offers a day of discovery and dialogue on the latest emerging trends around automation, instrumentation, and controls for the Oil and Gas industry. Register here.  If you're planning to attend the conference stop by DMC's booth and don't miss my presentation: Powerful SCADA solutions: Is ...

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DMC Beach Volleyball
Andrew Griesemer

DMC Beach Volleyball

This summer we've been heading out to North Ave beach for Chicago Social's beach volleyball league. After a record setting season, some notable contributions from DMCers include:

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Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4
Andrew Griesemer

Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4

This tutorial is for SiMotion Scout V4.4 HF6 with TIA Portal. Features may change in different versions. The Device Trace in SiMotion has built-in functionality that makes it easy to track down a pesky condition that might only happen once or twice per day. Rather than sit at the machine waiting all day for the fault to happen, you can set up a triggered recording and let Simotion do the work while you go get a cup of coffee. The following steps will walk you through setting up the trace conf...

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DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015

NIWeek 2015 is right around the corner and DMC is excited to be attending and exhibiting this year. Over 3,200 innovators from a wide spectrum of industries will gather in Austin, TX on August 3 - 6 for NIWeek. National Instruments' 21st annual conference will present the latest technology for software-defined systems in test, measurement, and control. NIWeek is always an exciting  few days of learning, exposure to new technologies, and connecting with industry peers. This year,...

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DMC's Mad Science Drinxperiment with Siemens PLCs
Ryan Landwehr

DMC's Mad Science Drinxperiment with Siemens PLCs

Last month, DMC Boston hosted our Mad Science Party.The event featured the Drinxperiment, an automatic bartender that uses 15 ingredients to mix up a variety of cocktails that guests can order using their smartphones. The Drinxperiment started as a last second idea for a Courier Day (half work day dedicated to DMC internal projects). With the help of nearly every DMC engineer in the Boston office, we were able to put the finishing touches on the machine just in time for the party. The Drinxpe...

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