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5 Reasons DMC Laps Michael Phelps in Technical Solutions
Kevin Service

5 Reasons DMC Laps Michael Phelps in Technical Solutions

Michael Phelps has clearly made a splash in the Rio Olympics. The 31 year-old swimmer has grabbed a hefty six medals in this Olympics alone. Retiring with a grand total of 28 medals, Phelps is most decorated Olympian of all time. If this didn't already make him an American hero, the record medal count that he crushed was last held by Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union with 18 medals. He also tops out the list of most individual gold medals with 13, breaking a record last set in 152 BCE...

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How to Upload and Monitor Code on a Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 PLC
Nicklas Thystrup

How to Upload and Monitor Code on a Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 PLC

This guide will get you started with Beckhoff PLCs by showing step by step how to go online with an existing PLC to monitor or troubleshoot existing code on a running PLC. To upload the code from the PLC for modification or backup, just follow step 1. Upload PLC code Open the TwinCAT XAE in Visual Studio. Select File > Open > Open Project From Target… Select the PLC, then OK. See this guide for finding and connecting to a PLC. Select location on local compute...

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How to Connect to Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 PLCs
Nicklas Thystrup

How to Connect to Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 PLCs

This guide will get you started with Beckhoff PLCs by showing step by step how to connect to a Beckhoff PLC.     Download and install Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 programming environment. Once the programming environment is installed, this icon  will appear in the system tray. Select > Router > Edit Routes. In the TwinCAT Static Routes window that pops up, select Add... The Add Route Dialog will appear:  For most situations, the Broadcast Search option wi...

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DMC Chicago 2016 Golf Outing
Timothy Johnson

DMC Chicago 2016 Golf Outing

DMC Chicago is back on the links! Using DMC's Activity Fund, nine DMCers hit the course after work in hopes of finding some lost birdies and maybe even an eagle. The weather leading up to the event was dire, with all weather services reporting a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms for each hour we were scheduled to be on the course. We were hopeful as we trekked about 30 minutes from the office to the beautiful Sydney Marovitz Golf Course along Lake Michigan. Wou...

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Webinar: Developing PLC and HMI Code Faster Through Use of the Siemens Open Library
Jessica Mlinaric

Webinar: Developing PLC and HMI Code Faster Through Use of the Siemens Open Library

Join John Sullivan of DMC and Carson Kennedy of Siemens for a 45-minute educational webinar on Wednesday, August 24 at 2 p.m. EST. John Sullivan will present on "Developing PLC and HMI Code Faster Through Use of the Siemens Open Library."             The Siemens platforms have always encouraged the use of modular, reusable, and object oriented code. Until recently, this meant that everyone was responsible for creating and maintaining ...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at DMC Denver on Sept. 22
John Sullivan

Celebrate Oktoberfest at DMC Denver on Sept. 22

DMC invites you to join us for our first Oktoberfest celebration in Denver on Thursday September 22, 2016! After the success of our Oktoberfest events in Chicago and Boston, the Denver team is excited to host their inaugural Oktoberfest Denver-style. Come on out for an evening of food, beer, and fun. DMC Denver's Oktoberfest Party September 22, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 1860 Blake St., Suite 410 Denver, CO 80202 [Directions] About the Party Join us in celebrating Oktoberfest wit...

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Customizing HMI Alarm Text in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

Customizing HMI Alarm Text in TIA Portal

Recently, I found the need to create customizable text for some alarms in a TIA Portal project. In this particular case, I needed to include the name of the operator that was monitoring the machine for traceability, as well as some specific machine information (process tag value) when the alarm occurred. Knowing this must be possible, I set off to Google, the Siemens forums, and the TIA Portal help files. Surprisingly, I was not able to find very good documentation or examples online. Howev...

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DMC Comic: Quadcopter Encounter
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Quadcopter Encounter

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. This month, humor takes flight when the office gets a quadcopter.

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NIWeek 2016 Highlights
Devon Fritz

NIWeek 2016 Highlights

Last week, DMC returned to Austin for National Instruments' NIWeek. The annual conference hosted by NI that brings together NI, Alliance Partners (DMC and similar companies), and NI clients to share info on popular topics and technical details of the test, measurement & control industry. All five of our office locations were represented among the nine DMC employees who attended. In addition to the interesting technical sessions and networking, DMC had a big NIWeek giving t...

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Quote Board - August 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

Quote Board - August 2016

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

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Campus Career Fair Tour 2016
Courtney Mitchell

Campus Career Fair Tour 2016

School is almost back in session, which means it's time for campus career fairs! With five offices, repeat workplace awards, and plenty of great SWAG to give away, you won't want to miss DMC on your campus. DMC is recruiting on-campus for entry level Automation Engineers for our office locations in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston, and New York. We want to meet all Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering majors, so please come introduce yourself! All DMC office...

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DMC Receives National Instruments Silver Outstanding Technical Resources Award
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Receives National Instruments Silver Outstanding Technical Resources Award

DMC was honored to receive the Silver Outstanding Technical Resources Award at Alliance Day on August 1, 2016. This award honors NI Alliance Partner companies that exhibit the highest level of excellence, regional leadership, and commitment to mutual success. Alliance Day is reserved exclusively for Alliance Partners and NI regional sales teams as part of the 22nd annual NIWeek, where more than 3,200 innovators representing a wide spectrum of industries come to learn about the latest t...

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Pokémon Trainers of DMC
Amy Cox

Pokémon Trainers of DMC

In case you've miraculously managed to avoid all of the frenzy surrounding this phenomenon, the Pokémon Go game hit App and Play stores around the world last month. Many of us at DMC are now living a double life as engineers and programmers by day and Pokémon trainers by night. From a Slack chatroom where we share tips on catching Pokémon, to hunting trips during lunch and trash-talking in the halls, we've been having a blast playing the game together. Whose Side Are We On? ...

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Rockwell FactoryTalk Studio Basics: Global Objects and Tag Substitution
Gina Zak

Rockwell FactoryTalk Studio Basics: Global Objects and Tag Substitution

Global Objects in Rockwell Automation / Allen-Bradley's FactoryTalk HMI development environment are useful to bring modularization and efficient repeatability of common elements in your project. This basic feature has been around for a long time, but knowing how to use Global Objects effectively can greatly reduce your development time, chance of errors, and number of displays to license at runtime.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up a simple control valve as a Global O...

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Coffee, Internet Buttons and Slack
Andrew Griesemer

Coffee, Internet Buttons and Slack

In a recent blog I detailed how I designed a case for a button that people can press to notify the office via Slack that a fresh pot of coffee has been brewed. Now for the fun part, the programming. This project uses the Particle Photon and the Internet Button. Particle's hardware and development environment makes easy IoT projects like this a breeze. There are three components to the code that we'll need to put together: The Slack webook that ...

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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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The Internet of Coffee
Andrew Griesemer

The Internet of Coffee

To compliment Jesse's New and Improved DMC Coffee System I created a button that people can press to notify the office via Slack that they've brewed a fresh pot of coffee.

 

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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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