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NLog for LabVIEW – Logging done properly
Jody Koplo

NLog for LabVIEW – Logging done properly

What is it? Many developers may be familiar with the concept of a logging platform. Essentially, a logging platform is a modular system that is designed to be plugged into a project and allow the system to keep a time-stamped record of events with minimal effect on execution time or system resources. Think of it as a journal of a program’s execution. One of the most commonly used logging platforms is NLog – an open source module that integrates well with .NET applications. We b...

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Team DMC: Corporate Challenge 2011
Jody Koplo

Team DMC: Corporate Challenge 2011

It was a cool November evening for this year's Turkey Trot JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile race in downtown Chicago... unfortunately it was the 26th of May but with temperatures in the 40s & a strong damp wind it definitely felt like a late fall evening. The one benefit of the cool weather was that it was much better running weather than it was for the Shamrock Shuffle. You can take my word for it or do a little math to do a pace comparison. Ok, I'll do a ...

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Team DMC: Shamrock Shuffle 2011
Jody Koplo

Team DMC: Shamrock Shuffle 2011

As many of our friends and acquaintances may already know, DMC has a long standing tradition of competing together in athletic endeavors. Shamrock Shuffle is one of those endeavors and one that personally means a lot to me. When I started at DMC almost 5 years ago I had never run an actual race. Shamrock Shuffle was my very first foray into competitive running and I've been enjoying it ever since. Another common theme at DMC is making side-bets and wagers. The most fam...

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Hustle Up the Hancock 2011!
Jody Koplo

Hustle Up the Hancock 2011!

As in past years, Team DMC once again participated in the Hustle up the Hancock stair climbing challenge. Although we did have one non-employee on our team this year, we improved our team time by a full 1:20. We also improved our team placement from 9th place to 7th place out of 138 teams. Without further ado, here are the Team DMC results from Hustle Up the Hancock 2011: Hustle Up the Hancock 94 Floor Climb Chicago, Illinois February 27, 2011 Overall Results Place ...

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LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Performance Tweaking
Jody Koplo

LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Performance Tweaking

In the first part of my series, LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS, I introduced TDMS as our preferred file format and pointed users toward exploring and using TDMS themselves. In this post, I'm assuming that you are comfortable handling channels, properties, and data and want to learn more about optimizing your TDMS files to both decrease disk space and improve performance when opening and modifying files. Preventing File Fragmentation The TDMS file format is optimized for streami...

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LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS
Jody Koplo

LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS

This is part one of my blog series detailing the use and optimization of the TDMS format. Here is a table of contents for all blogs in this series: LabVIEW Data Storage: Overview of TDMS LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Performance Tweaking LabVIEW Data Storage: TDMS Usage Case Study Here at DMC, almost all of our LabVIEW applications acquire data at one point or another. This data often needs to be saved to disk for later review, display, and/or exported to a report. Years ago, logging to...

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Northwestern Design Competition 2010
Jody Koplo

Northwestern Design Competition 2010

 DMC has once again sponsored the Northwestern Design Competition. Design Competition is a contest that occurs every year at Northwestern and pits fully autonomous robots against each other to accomplish a specific task. This year that task was following a line maze and retrieving wooden and metal tokens to score points. The robots competed head to head which made collisions a very real possibility. Those of you who keep up on the DMC blog may have read the employee spotlight that detail...

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National Instruments LabVIEW Remote Panel Bug
Jody Koplo

National Instruments LabVIEW Remote Panel Bug

Although we use many different technologies and software packages at DMC, we have a great amount of experience with National Instruments LabVIEW. We currently have four Certified Architects and another seven Certified Developers. Lately, we've had several customers with applications that require distributed systems using cRIOs and RT PXI chassis. Both for development and for later interaction, we often use LabVIEW Remote Front panels. Remote Front Panels allow us to peek in and check on V...

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DMC Dominates 2010 Hustle Up the Hancock!
Jody Koplo

DMC Dominates 2010 Hustle Up the Hancock!

Team DMC has once again made a strong showing at a Chicago area athletic event. As a team, we placed 8th overall out of nearly 150 teams. Several of us even improved our times drastically from last year's competition. DMC is always looking to ignite new athletic rivalries with other Chicago companies. If your company is interested in competing at an upcoming Chicago event, please get in touch with us to discuss the terms of the wager...     Some interesting statistics f...

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Computer Monitor Fix
Jody Koplo

Computer Monitor Fix

Employees at DMC receive a fairly top of the line laptop when they start. However, computer manufacturers often update their product offerings, so we don't all end up with the same model. Our two most recent employees both received the same laptop, a newer model that we did not have previous experience with. Unfortunately, when these laptops were connected to a second, external monitor there was a slow flicker that scrolled up the screen. This didn't make the monitor unusable, but was a ...

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Using LabVIEW with Windows XP Embedded (XPe)
Jody Koplo

Using LabVIEW with Windows XP Embedded (XPe)

I recently finished a project that checked for gas leaks on a mission critical system. Any leaks needed to be diagnosed and discovered as quickly as possible. Our solution also had to be mobile and easily carted around the facility. To develop a system that was incredibly reliable and also capable of displaying and logging important data, we settled on an architecture that used a National Instruments cRIO for data acquisition and a Windows XP Embedded PC as the front end for display and contr...

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DMC-Sponsored Northwestern Design Competition a Success!
Jody Koplo

DMC-Sponsored Northwestern Design Competition a Success!

DMC sponsored Northwestern University's Design Competition once again this year and the turnout and competition were once again amazing. What Went Down? The competition included 12 fully autonomous robots competing head-to-head in a challenge that involved scooping up balls and tossing them into another robot's playing field to score points. Aspects of this competition required finding balls, detecting their color, and all of the logic and sensors required to maneuver a robot ar...

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