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DMC Denver Takes On Clear Creek Canyon
Jimmy Condon

DMC Denver Takes On Clear Creek Canyon

Whether we're on hiking trails, snowshoeing through giant drifts of powder, or racing down mountain slopes on skis, having an active lifestyle at the Denver office is easy. Since DMC opened up the Denver office a little over a year ago, we've been having a lot of fun with rock climbing indoors, building up our climbing skills at local places throughout the Winter and Spring. We had actually hoped to do some outdoor climbing for our Spring 2015 All Day Company Meeting, but ended up doing ...

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WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the Siemens Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference in Denver. This was Siemens' first year holding the conference in Denver and there was an enthusiastic response of over 120 attendees.  The goal of the day-long event on July 28 was to promote discovery and discussion around the Oil and Gas industry's emerging automation and controls trends. All the presentations were well attended, offering a great opportunity to network in the area an...

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DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

Update: View my presentatation here.  Siemens' mobile showcase will be stopping by Denver on July 28 for the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference. This free event offers a day of discovery and dialogue on the latest emerging trends around automation, instrumentation, and controls for the Oil and Gas industry. Register here.  If you're planning to attend the conference stop by DMC's booth and don't miss my presentation: Powerful SCADA solutions: Is ...

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DMC Denver Runs for Pumpkin Pie
Jimmy Condon

DMC Denver Runs for Pumpkin Pie

On Saturday, November 15 the DMC Denver team geared up for what would be our first group run: The Pumpkin Pie 5k and 10k. The days leading up to the race were full of trepidation as we watched the temperature slowly drop into the single (and negative!) digits. Finally, on the day of the run, at a whopping 30 degrees we were at our corrals in City Park ready for the starting cue. It was snowing and the path was icy, but that didn’t stunt our competitive natures as we slid and raced along...

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Siemens PLC Communication with I-Device
Jimmy Condon

Siemens PLC Communication with I-Device

For a couple of recent projects I needed to transfer a few bytes between Siemens PLCs. I had used PUTs and GETs in the past, which I find very useful for sending large amounts of data. But if I only need to send a few bytes or speed is critical, setting up one of the PLCs as slave to the other PLC can be more efficient. Siemens makes this quick to do with I-Device, and I’ll show a couple of examples below. S7-300 PLCs and Profibus, Both PLCs In The Same TIA Portal Project When u...

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WinCC Professional Popups
Jimmy Condon

WinCC Professional Popups

For a recent project using WinCC Professional V12, I needed to have a pop up window that could change based on the screen window that the operator clicks (motor, VFD, valve, etc.). The popup also needed to have its location change based on where the screen window was that the operator clicked. To implement the popup, I added a screen window to the starting screen. I did not assign any of its properties: I gave it a visibility animation based on an internal tag (“bShowPopup”...

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Using an iPhone to Control a Factory
Jimmy Condon

Using an iPhone to Control a Factory

Most Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) are in a static location. Sometimes, this can be inconvenient if you need to check a device (motor, valve, diverter, etc.), but the sight line from the HMI is blocked and you need to be able to watch the device move. Several projects that DMC has worked on involve a central server (typically Windows Server 2008 R2) that has the HMI editing software (I used Iconics GraphWorx), OPC server for gathering data from the PLC, and the HTML pages used by the thin cl...

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Iconics, VBA, VBScript, and Writing to OPC Tags
Jimmy Condon

Iconics, VBA, VBScript, and Writing to OPC Tags

Background DMC has often had to download a high number of values from a SQL server to an OPC server. In the past, this had usually been done with VBA code that was called from an Iconics HMI screen. The code looped through about 600 tags in less than a minute. The VBA code was always executing locally (on the same PC) as the OPC server it was writing to. For a particular application, the HMI architecture switched to using WebHMI. Therefore, the VBA code needed to be converted to VBScript f...

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Jimmy's iO Welcome Party
Jimmy Condon

Jimmy's iO Welcome Party

I started at DMC two months ago and it has been a very busy two months. Since joining DMC I’ve been focused on one large project, but the project is divided up into many distinct sections and I have been involved in nearly every one the sections. I have been creating user interfaces, the control logic, hardware addressing, and what seems like a million other things. I enjoy being busy and DMC has more than enough work to keep me busy. While DMC keeps everyone active in the office, DMC a...

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