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Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY
Tim Jager

Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY

Introduction A majority of function generators are only capable of driving a couple hundred milliamps, which is fine for most applications. If you want more output current, you can shell out $400 dollars for a professional signal generator amplifier, or you can do what I did and hack one together for under $40. A signal generator is an indispensable tool for developing and testing electronic designs. You may find yourself wishing yours could output more current. You could test your po...

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The Product Development Process: How to Bring Your Product to Market
Tim Jager

The Product Development Process: How to Bring Your Product to Market

Have you ever had a product design idea? Our engineers created this overview of the product development process to demystify how to bring your product to market.  Learn more about DMC's Custom Software and Hardware Development services.

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Informational Webinar 11/12: Changing Machinery, Changing Software
Tim Jager

Informational Webinar 11/12: Changing Machinery, Changing Software

Join John Sullivan in conjunction with Siemens for a complimentary 45-minute educational webinar focused on converting industrial equipment from one vendor's tools to another. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 12 (1 p.m. CDT) and will be targeted toward those interested in software conversions for machinery. A variety of business demands can require a company to convert their industrial equipment from one vendor’s gear to another supplier’s tools. The m...

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View DMC's 2014 Siemens Automation Summit Presentations
Tim Jager

View DMC's 2014 Siemens Automation Summit Presentations

DMC attended the annual Siemens Automation Summit last month, held June 23 - 26, 2014. We enjoyed four days of learning and networking with new friends at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL. The week kicked off with Monday night's popular Connect Event. This casual cocktail event allowed attendees to build their network using a mobile friendly app or website developed by DMC and Prism Systems to connect and share contact information. Attendees also got a previ...

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DMC Joins Siemens SIMATIC IT Partner Program
Tim Jager

DMC Joins Siemens SIMATIC IT Partner Program

DMC is proud to announce its affiliation with the Siemens SIMATIC IT Partner Program. SIMATIC IT Partners offer value added services helping customers realize solutions tailored to their unique business environments in order to maximize the efficiency of MES installations. We're excited to join a community of technical experts with industry specific know-how who are recognized as high-level consultants dedicated to helping customers achieve their business goals. SIMATIC IT Partners a...

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Siemens S7-1200 Web Server Tutorial - From Getting Started to HTML5 User Defined Pages
Tim Jager

Siemens S7-1200 Web Server Tutorial - From Getting Started to HTML5 User Defined Pages

This is a brief tutorial on getting started with the Siemens embedded web server in the S7-1200 and S7-1500.  Using the concepts explained below, you can create a simple web page or a fully featured HTML5 web app.  Getting Started Step 1.  Turn on the web server.  To do this, navigate to the web server menu in the device configuration page and check the box to enable the web server.   Step 2: Download your project to your PLC and browse to its IP add...

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Farewell Kingsbury
Tim Jager

Farewell Kingsbury

This past Friday (April 29th), we started and......several hours later....finished our move from 1333 Kingsbury to 2222 Elston. It was pretty crazy as we (and a team of movers) dismantled the place and hauled everything to the new building. I took a video of the aftermath. Even though the place looks totally trashed, It was a really good space for DMC over the past 7 years. Kingsbury was definitely the Millennium Falcon of offices: "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it ...

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The DMC vCard & MeCARD QR Code Generator (i.e. Business Cards for Geeks)
Tim Jager

The DMC vCard & MeCARD QR Code Generator (i.e. Business Cards for Geeks)

We are all getting new business cards at DMC, so we thought it would be fun to put QR codes on them to make it easier for our smartphone enabled customers to scan our info and add us to their contact database. Thanks to Google it's pretty easy to make your own QR codes using their QR chart API . The only issue is that you have to properly format the data before sending it to google, especially if you want to all of your contact info in the proper vCard or MeCARD format. A little jav...

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DMC Presents at the 2010 Siemens Automation Summit
Tim Jager

DMC Presents at the 2010 Siemens Automation Summit

What was the best part of my trip to Charlotte, NC last week? - Watching the Blackhawks Stanley Cup game 6 on a massive screen in the NASCAR hall of fame after the Siemens award ceremony. Very surreal... and totally awesome! Yes, Siemens really knows how to put on a great event. Last week was the 2010 Siemens Automation Summit, held in beautiful Charlotte, NC. The Siemens Automation Summit is a conference that specifically focused on the end users of Siemens automaton products. It is a gre...

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IEC61131-3 Data Structures (Encapsulation = Domination!)
Tim Jager

IEC61131-3 Data Structures (Encapsulation = Domination!)

Encapsulating your data into custom Data Structures will allow you to Dominate (maybe not the world, but at least your PLC) I'm going to conclude my series on the IEC 61131-3 standard by examining the benefits of Data Structures. (If you missed my other posts, you can check out the previous part 1, part 2, part 3) Before we dive into Data Structures, let's review basic data types. Every PLC supports a certain group of standard data types. The list typically includes the followin...

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IEC 61131-3 Function Blocks - Unleash the Power!
Tim Jager

IEC 61131-3 Function Blocks - Unleash the Power!

If you are a programmer, an OEM, or end user that utilizes IEC 61131-3 compliant PLCs, you should MUST read this article. In the 3rd part of my series on the IEC61131-3 programming standard (you can check out the previous part 1 and part 2), I will explain the huge benefits of structured programming and why Function Blocks are the greatest thing ever....seriously they are awesome and worth using in every PLC program. So what is a Function Block anyway? A Function Block is an encapsulate...

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DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009
Tim Jager

DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009

We had a great time exhibiting at the 2009 National Instruments Technical Symposium on October 20th. Representing DMC, I was joined by two of our LabVIEW certified Architects, Jody Koplo and Leon Grossman, as well as our Technical Director Ken Brey. We spent the day meeting new people, catching up with clients, and spending time with our friends at NI. Our LabVIEW powered ping-pong demo worked flawlessly and was a great conversation starter since it uses so many National Instruments hardwa...

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IEC 61131-3  Choosing a Programming Language
Tim Jager

IEC 61131-3 Choosing a Programming Language

This is part two of my series on the IEC-61131-3 programming standard. Here's a link to Part 1 for those of you that missed it. The IEC61131-3 standard contains 5 different programming languages. This article will give a brief introduction to each one and some tips on choosing which language is best. The five languages: Ladder Diagram is most popular in the USA. It is based on the graphical presentation of Relay Ladder Logic. Most non-IEC61131-3 compliant PLCs only support ladder lo...

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DMC Gets Great Turnout at University of Illinois Job Fair
Tim Jager

DMC Gets Great Turnout at University of Illinois Job Fair

DMC received a record number of visitors to our booth at yesterday's job fair at the University of Illinois. In our quest to hire the best of the best, Jon Carson and I met and spoke with some really promising candidates and managed to collect almost 100 resumes. After a few minor adjustments, our ping-pong ball demo performed flawlessly throughout the day. As intended, it drew a lot of attention to our booth and hopefully helped us find our next stellar DMC engineer. In the spirit of coo...

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DMC's Blog Now Features a Nifty Code Syntax Highlighter
Tim Jager

DMC's Blog Now Features a Nifty Code Syntax Highlighter

window.onload = function() {var aCodes = document.getElementsByTagName('pre');for (var i=0; i Check out the nifty new code syntax highlighter we've added to the blog.  This will make it much easier for us to post code snippets. Here's a sample c# function that is automatically formatted. Also note the handy tools on the upper right corner of the code box. Just hover your mouse over the upper right corner and you can view, copy, or print the code.    using System;...

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Empowering your PLC with IEC 61131-3
Tim Jager

Empowering your PLC with IEC 61131-3

Nobody loves catchy numeric buzzwords as much as me. I - E - C - Six - Eleven - Thirty - One - Dash - Three.... It just rolls off the tongue! OK I admit, it's a mouthful, but trust me it's worth knowing about. This is a brief intro to IEC61131-3 and the first part in a series of posts that will cover its features and benefits. So what is it? The International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) is a non-profit organization that develops standards for electrical and electronic techno...

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Encryption Compatibility Between .NET Micro Framework and the Full .NET Framework
Tim Jager

Encryption Compatibility Between .NET Micro Framework and the Full .NET Framework

We are big fans of the .NET Micro Framework. For anyone who hasn't heard of it, it's a super light version of the .NET Framework that runs on resource-constrained devices embedded systems (read more of our thoughts on .Net Micro Framework). It's a great platform, however sometimes we do run into issues. The Micro Framework has lighter versions of some of the core functions built into the standard .NET Framework. The encryption functions built into the standard .NET platform are no...

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DMC Achieves Wonderware Certified Integrator Status
Tim Jager

DMC Achieves Wonderware Certified Integrator Status

I am proud to announce that DMC has achieved Certified Wonderware Integrator Status. To achieve Certified System Integrator Status, DMC has fulfilled the following certification requirements of the Wonderware SI Ecosystem Program: Two or more developers must complete individual product training and pass CSI tests. Two successful projects must be executed and documented to earn product level certifications. A special thanks to Ken Brey and Jody Koplo of DMC for their Wonderware proje...

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DMC Passes Wonderware Historian & InTouch Exams
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DMC Passes Wonderware Historian & InTouch Exams

DMC is proud to announce that Jody Koplo and Ken Brey have each passed Wonderware certifications exams. Jody successfully passed the InTouch 10.0 Exam and Ken Brey passed the InSQL Historian Exam. Prior to taking the test, Ken had completed several key projects using the Wonderware historian product. His experience paid off as he was easily able to pass the challenging exam on his first try. Jody recently completed a project that integrated a Wonderware InTouch HMI system with over 30 Alle...

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