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Geek Challenge Results: Infinipool
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: Infinipool

Two people correctly answered December's geek challenge. Ken Brey of DMC and Jesse Batsche of DMC both identified the correct percentage as D: 60-65%. Ken supplied an exact solution for the probability as the grid of pool balls becomes infinitely large. Jesse's is this month's winner because he wrote a really cool LabVIEW program to solve the problem. Ken's Exact Solution Where X and Y represent the row and column offset of a ball relative to the cu...

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SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update
Peter Rijks

SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update

Sometimes, when things seem to be going catastrophically wrong, the root cause can be simple. You just have to find it. After a recent batch of updates were applied to a SharePoint 2016 farm, a large number of items quit working on the application server. Outgoing emails stopped sending, workflows stopped working, and scheduled tasks that used the server object model stopped working.  It was a mess. Worse yet, troubleshooting this proved to be a challenge because the SharePoint tracin...

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Automatically Change Windows System Sounds
Frank May

Automatically Change Windows System Sounds

For those of you who are impatient, click here to download the completed executable, and see the results below. Have you ever said: “UGH, these Windows system sounds are so bland” And then wished you could change them to something better, and do it to all your company computers, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of clicking through Windows system settings while explaining to your coworkers what you’re doing to their computer? ME TOO! That’s...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.

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Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC
becca s

Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC

This Fall, DMC New York participated in our very first sports team. The league, organized by NYC Social, was a combined Kickball + Flip Cup season. Games were held at a park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were excited that the bases, ball, and players would be lit by glow sticks! Since we have a small office, we joined forces with other small groups to make a full team. The other people on our team were awesome, and being paired with non-DMC teammates was a great way to meet new ...

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Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1
Cameron Fyfe

Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1

DMC Denver is currently expanding into some additional office space, with an expected completion in early 2017. We're excited to acquire two new conference rooms in the process. Knowing the new rooms will follow our current theme of being named after Colorado breweries (Great Divide and Renegade are our current conference rooms), DMC Denver saw this as an opportunity to try some local brews during the naming process. We decided the best way to determine these new names would be to pit 3...

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DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 
Darren Jones

DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 

DMC demonstrated our LabVIEW expertise again by attaining a new certification! Congratulations to our Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer (CLED), Jeremy Green!    The CLED National Instruments recently added a new exam, the CLED, to their list of certifications. There are only 38 CLEDs in the U.S. right now, two (including Jeremy) in Illinois. A CLED must demonstrate proficiency and expertise in analyzing requirements for and designing, developing, debugging, and d...

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Sporting Clays Activity Fund Event
Jay LaFave

Sporting Clays Activity Fund Event

Some members of the DMC Denver team recently capitalized on the Activity Fund to take a trip out to Colorado Clays Shooting Park for a round of sporting clays. The sporting clays course at Colorado Clays features 15 shooting stations. Each station is equipped with two clay target throwers. The throwers are positioned differently at all of the stations, so each one presents a unique challenge. Check out our video highlights! How It Works There are 50 pairs of targets between all...

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12 Days of DMChristmas
Patrick Smith

12 Days of DMChristmas

DMC's Chicago office gets in the holiday spirit with their own take on a Christmas classic. Check out the video for some caroling fun!   Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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Star Wars Christmas Light Show
Boris Cherkasskiy

Star Wars Christmas Light Show

The Original Light Show I originally made this light show in 2014. It was Christmas time, and I happened to be hankering for a project, so we decided to decorate the house with a few LED lights and some Christmas mood music. It took me a few evenings and about $50 to complete the electrical part and wiring using a bunch of Arduinos and RF boards. I used NRF24L01 radios to control the lights from my PC and eliminate cables in my house.  I created the light sequences using an open so...

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Multiplexing Arrays of UDTs in TIA Portal V14
Jason Mayes

Multiplexing Arrays of UDTs in TIA Portal V14

It's back! When V13 SP1 was first released, one of the features I was most excited about was the ability to multiplex arrays of custom UDTs on a PLC using a simple index tag on an HMI. This feature allowed me to use a single faceplate or screen to display or modify data from multiple objects by simply changing a single tag. I was so excited, I even wrote a blog post about it then! Unfortunately, it was a feature to be short lived and, due to some unexpected consequences, mysteri...

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DMC Quote Board - December 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2016

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.

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Indusoft Tips and Tricks
Nikhil Holay

Indusoft Tips and Tricks

Indusoft is an HMI/SCADA platform that can be used with a variety of different PLCs. At DMC, we’ve used Indusoft with several PLC platforms, including Beckhoff, Omron, and Mitsubishi. Below, I’ve outlined a few tips and tricks that I’ve used to accelerate Indusoft development.   Indusoft Tip 1: Refer to the PLC Make sure that your driver sheet I/O addresses refer to something in the PLC. If you are using symbolic tags, the tag must exist in the PLC or Indusoft wil...

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Geek Challenge: Infinipool
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: Infinipool

December’s Geek Challenge is about trying to make pool shots on an infinitely large pool table.  To describe the challenge, let’s look at a 3x5 grid of pool balls with the cue ball positioned in the center. We want to know what the odds are that we can hit a ball chosen at random with the cue ball (without jumping or curving around other balls). Looking at the possible cue ball paths, we see we can hit any ball except the 6 or the 9 because the 7 and 8 balls get in the way...

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Using Segger Real Time Transfer with an EFM32
Alex Krejcie

Using Segger Real Time Transfer with an EFM32

Today I want to detail a couple of cool tricks to use Segger Real Time Transfer with an EFM32 to create an easy-to-view trace log. Segger Real Time Transfer, or RTT for short, is a debugging interface designed specifically around the J-Links capabilities to provide an extremely efficient debug message input and output interface.  This is accomplished by writing messages to a RAM buffer on the microcontroller that the J-Link is capable of reading through the standard ARM de...

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Acyclic Parameter Reading and Writing Between Siemens PLCs and VFDs
Jeff McCormick

Acyclic Parameter Reading and Writing Between Siemens PLCs and VFDs

Have you ever wanted to read current, torque, or power data from your Siemens variable frequency drive (VFD) without having to change your telegram or communication configuration? Well, you are in the right place! The guide below will walk you through how to acyclic read or write any drive parameter with your Siemens PLC.  Acyclic communication to a Siemens drive may seem like an impossible, obscure language, so the goal of this article is to translate it into something more understandab...

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Using Smart Symbols in Iconics GraphWorx64
Patrick Smith

Using Smart Symbols in Iconics GraphWorx64

The GraphWorX64 software from Iconics is a powerful tool for building HMIs. As an upgrade from GraphWorX32, it offers several new features that allow the designer more flexibility and ease of use. The purpose of this blog post is to focus on the new Smart Symbol feature, and how it can greatly simplify HMI development. What is a Smart Symbol? A Smart Symbol is essentially a group of objects that have their properties and data exposed at the group level. Creating a Smart Symbol is extremely...

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DMC’s Thanksgiving Food Drive
Steven Dusing

DMC’s Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving is a time of year that revolves around food. Everyone looks forward to feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes and other sides, and yummy desserts. These are the usual trimmings of the Thanksgiving holiday, but this year, we wanted to pay special attention to the true meaning of Thanksgiving, which is gratitude.  That’s why this Thanksgiving, DMC held a food drive for our Chicago neighbors who are in need this holiday season. If you think about it, there is no better way t...

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DMC LabVIEW UI Controls Kit
Steven Dusing

DMC LabVIEW UI Controls Kit

Our DMC Test and Measurement team recently created the DMC LabVIEW UI palette! It’s the first official DMC LabVIEW user interface control and indicator set, and will save time on our LabVIEW user-interfaces while simultaneously providing our customers with modern and sleek user interfaces. 21st Century UI On our projects, we usually spend a good amount of time manipulating the appearance of native LabVIEW controls and indicators to bring them into the 21st century. We know the standa...

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Siemens Open Library Marks 1000th Download
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Marks 1000th Download

The Siemens Open Library marked its 1000th download this week. The free, open source function block library was launched in June 2016 through a partnership between DMC and Siemens. The library aims to be a resource for consistency, usability, and faster development for the Siemens community. The library has continued to evolve since its initial release. Updates have included the inclusion of all of DMC’s library, which included a large number of Function Blocks and Function calls. Addit...

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