Categories

Entries for 'John Sullivan'

DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot
John Sullivan

DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot

Working together for over a year, a group of DMC engineers built our very own DrinkBot. We developed it during a FedEx Day and improved the DrinkBot over a second FedEx Day. DMC's DrinkBot finally made its debut at the Siemens Automation Summit 2017. As happens in the development process, we slowly improved the DrinkBot over time. We started displaying it at career fairs in Colorado to help grow the team. We also took it to events in New York, Houston, Seattle, and Manufacturing...

Continue reading →


Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release

Version 2.0 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com.   V2 contains the following updates: Added SiVArc properties to all WinCC Comfort/Advanced faceplates Added SiVArc screen rules and master screen copies to the “Master Copies” Updated example project to have SiVarc functionality and added a ...

Continue reading →


Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release

Version 1.6 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V14 SP1 contains the following updates: Added Tested Faceplates for WinCC Professional Updated PID to utilize Data Block Parametrization Fixed bug with fcSwapWords Updated Example Project Added User Submitted Modbus RTU/TCP Library Ported Modbus library t...

Continue reading →


2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations
John Sullivan

2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations

Every year, we look forward to sharing industry innovations and best practices at the Siemens Automation Summit. The 2017 Siemens Automation Summit will be held from June 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Hundreds of automation professionals will take advantage of networking and training sessions focused on interacting with the latest Siemens solutions and products. We're proud to be among the many presenters at this year's summit. If ...

Continue reading →


Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release

Version 1.4 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a V13 SP1 update and also contains a Portal V14 beta release. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V13 SP1 Update 9 contains the following updates: Added dynamic fonts to all HMI faceplates for variable size HMIs Updates to several Supplementary blocks Added official blocks for SIMOCODE and SIRIUS Soft Starter Resolved bug in fbIO_AnalogInput when using RTDs Fixed ...

Continue reading →


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...

Continue reading →


Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT
John Sullivan

Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT

The Siemens Open Library is a great resource that includes many commonly used Function Blocks and Faceplates. However, every project is different and customer requirements sometimes necessitate changes or the creation of new things. In the Dissecting the Siemens Open Library Series (this is the first post), I plan to break down some of the methods used by the Open Library to make configuration quick and easy. One thing that the Open Library does really well is it...

Continue reading →


Watch Our Siemens Open Library Webinar
John Sullivan

Watch Our Siemens Open Library Webinar

DMC and Siemens recently co-hosted a webinar on "Developing PLC and HMI Code Faster Through Use of the Siemens Open Library." I joined Carson Kennedy of Siemens in presenting a free, 45-minute educational webinar that was originally introduced at the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit.  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 their own i...

Continue reading →


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...

Continue reading →


DMC's Siemens Automation Summit 2016 Highlights
John Sullivan

DMC's Siemens Automation Summit 2016 Highlights

This year's Siemens Automation Summit was as eventful as ever and full of excellent presentations, informative sessions, and advanced technology. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2016 Automation Summit.   Virtual Reality at the Tech Café The Technology Café was well-attended and enjoyed by a variety of conference attendees. The Café consisted of four different stations with different Virtual Reality applications. Station One displayed a roller coaster application ...

Continue reading →


DMC Releases Free Siemens Open Library
John Sullivan

DMC Releases Free Siemens Open Library

DMC is excited to announce the release of the Siemens Open Library. The Siemens Open Library was developed by DMC, Inc. over several years. In partnership with Siemens Industry, we've improved, documented, and released this series of function blocks as an open source library for anyone to use and distribute.   By releasing the library via an open source license, we welcome users to contribute content to help enhance the overall availability of functionality to the greater Siemens Use...

Continue reading →


DMC Hosts Siemens and CRUM at the Rockies' Opening Day
John Sullivan

DMC Hosts Siemens and CRUM at the Rockies' Opening Day

In early April, the Colorado Rockies started off their season with an exciting game against the Padres. Last year, DMC celebrated their opening of the Denver office at the season opener for the Colorado Rockies. It has been an exciting year since then, so we felt another opening day celeration was fitting.  This year, DMC Denver hosted Siemens and CRUM Electric Supply at the game for a fun-filled day. We started off the day by meeting at the Denver office for some food a...

Continue reading →


DMC Denver Opening Day, Opening Day
John Sullivan

DMC Denver Opening Day, Opening Day

DMC Denver celebrated its grand opening in conjunction with the Rockies’ Opening Day at Coors Field for an Opening Day, Opening Day party that proved a huge success. We opened our DMC Denver office with a group of four engineers from Chicago back in August of 2014. Less than a year later, we’ve already doubled in size, finished decking out our new office with art, a pool table and new furniture, and have continued developing our client and customer relationships since moving to...

Continue reading →


Meet the DMC Denver Team
John Sullivan

Meet the DMC Denver Team

DMC is excited to have opened a Denver office to better serve our partners and customers in Colorado, the Southwest, and throughout the world. Allow us to proudly introduce you to our Denver staff: John Sullivan, Senior Project Engineer Hometown: Los Alamos, NM Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Favorite Gadget: Contour Mobile Camera Random Fact About Me: I completed an Ironman Triathlon Guilty Pleasure: Cheese products...

Continue reading →


DMC is Expanding to Denver
John Sullivan

DMC is Expanding to Denver

As part of DMC's commitment to better serve existing and potential customers, DMC is expanding to Denver.  We viewed Denver as a great hub to expand to the western side of the United States, and through working with partners in the area, we see potential for growth in several markets both in Colorado and the surrounding states. DMC's Denver office will be located in LoDo at 1860 W Blake St, Suite 410. We will be officially opening the doors on August 1, but we are already working...

Continue reading →


Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook
John Sullivan

Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook

At DMC, we have been using Microsoft CRM for quite some time.  The Outlook client makes using CRM much simpler and allows for many features to be readily accessible. It is easy to look up contacts, track emails in CRM, and see CRM tasks in the Outlook task bar, among many other great features. My one complaint was that emails tracked in CRM were displayed with a CRM icon:  This feature was nice, since it let me know when emails were b...

Continue reading →


Image Manipulation in Windows CE or Mobile using VS .NET
John Sullivan

Image Manipulation in Windows CE or Mobile using VS .NET

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); Recently DMC developed a high speed vision inspection system using LabVIEW. This system inspects many different parts and each part requires different inspection criteria, so we needed to develop a user interface (UI) that could be used to configure the current products, as well as be flexible enough to configure new products. The manufacturing machine was already running on a Windows CE device, so our UI would need to interface with the UI already on the system an...

Continue reading →


First Annual DMC Ski Trip
John Sullivan

First Annual DMC Ski Trip

Recently, six DMC engineers and two significant others took a three-day weekend to hit the slopes in Breckenridge, CO. We left on Thursday afternoon, and were at Denver International Airport early in the evening. A quick grocery run and drive up the mountain gets the eight of us to our condo that is a only a football field’s walk to the lift. We are greeted by 4 inches of fresh snow the next morning as we grab our rental equipment and head to the lift. We all ski together for a few runs...

Continue reading →


Multithreading and Delegates in C# and Handling a Parameter Mismatch Exception
John Sullivan

Multithreading and Delegates in C# and Handling a Parameter Mismatch Exception

Recently I was working on a project using several threads in C#. I had four threads; one for the Main UI, one for serial communication with some force sensors, one operating a motion controller, and the final one used to perform user defined scripts. When using multiple threads it is important to control the method of information transfer between threads. Although some older software required you to create your own flags or methods to prevent multiple access to the same point, C# allows you acce...

Continue reading →


Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream
John Sullivan

Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream

Why Search Server Express(SSE) instead of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) search? SSE provides a number of benefits over the built in WSS search. You are basically getting the paid enterprise search from MOSS without the licensing fees. It gives you the ability to search multiple scopes/site, have a central search site location, improved crawling, and many other features. Installation: Download Search Server 2008 Express here. It is important to make sure that Windows SharePoint Services...

Continue reading →


Categories