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Siemens Open Library Customization with HMI Styling
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Siemens Open Library Customization with HMI Styling

Siemens TIA Portal Libraries have helped me develop PLC and HMI code faster and manage it better. Recently, I have been working with the HMI Styling section of the Portal Library, and I have found it very helpful. This blog shows some practical examples of using HMI Styling in projects. Specifically, it focuses on how styling can work with the Siemens Open Library. Siemens has released all the documentation you need to get started. Part 1: The Basics When you create a Comfort Panel...

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DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche
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DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche

Don’t worry. When I say Avalanche, I mean the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, not a snow slide. Our hockey team took on the Winnipeg Jets, and the game was spectacular. A group of us attended together using DMC Denver's activity fund, a monthly fund that employees can access to plan fun events to hang out and bond.  After a slow start to the game, Colorado scored two goals in the 2nd period only to have Winnipeg tie up the game in the 3rd period and send the game to overtime. ...

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Siemens Decentralized Motion Control with SINA_POS
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Siemens Decentralized Motion Control with SINA_POS

In a previous blog I discussed programming motion control with a S7-1500 with Technology Objects in TIA Portal. This is a very popular method of doing the motion control on the PLC. We can also offload the motion control to the drive control unit using Siemens’ library motion blocks such as SINA_POS and allow the PLC to control more drives. The Siemens library motion blocks are also available for S7-300 PLCs, which do not support the same Technology Objects as S7-1500 PLC...

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Comfort Panel HMI Faceplate Programming with a Siemens PLC
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Comfort Panel HMI Faceplate Programming with a Siemens PLC

Recently I was working on an S7-300 PLC project that required a fairly advanced HMI, so we chose the Comfort Panel to use Faceplates for the many pop-ups and identical controls required. Creating these Faceplates was a great way to increase our productivity in development, and I would like to share one very important lesson that we learned in the process. The test project I created uses an S7-300 PLC and a Comfort Panel HMI. The HMI control that I created is a Start-Stop HMI pushbutton...

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Data Logging with Siemens S7-1200 PLCs
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Data Logging with Siemens S7-1200 PLCs

The creation and maintenance of data records for machines is a very important part of keeping machines running efficiently. For example, tracking downtime and uptime is crucial to provide proper maintenance on the machine, while logging stoppages and other events can help provide insight into troubleshooting any system. Maintaining these data logs sometimes requires purchasing additional software and hardware, as well as some programming to integrate everything together. Siemens has been prov...

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1-Up with DMC Denver
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1-Up with DMC Denver

The Denver office finally tried out the 1-Up Arcade Bar in downtown Denver. I say finally because 1-Up is located exactly 354 feet from the entrance of our building (according to Google Maps). Despite the fact that DMC Denver officially opened in April 2015 (and has been occupied by DMC engineers for even longer), our group had yet to meander over to 1-UP for some brews and old-school gaming. The DMC Chicago office has hit up a beercade on more than one occasion, even th...

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Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming
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Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming

I have found little information for commissioning a Schneider Electric Lexium MDrive Stepper Motor and integrating it into a Siemens solution, so I decided to write about how I did it. Commissioning the MDrive Stepper Motor with the Schneider TCP Configuration Utility The software required for commissioning the drive is available for download on the Schneider Motion website. The software that I needed was the Lexium LMDxE TCP Configuration Utility Version 1.2.0.6 that includes the PROFINET...

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Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal
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Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal

This article goes through setting up and using the Siemens S120 drive inside TIA Portal after it has been configured in STARTER. While several other Siemens drives can be started with Siemens Startdrive (G120, G120C, G120D, and G120P), performing a hardware configuration of an S120 drive is not yet integrated into TIA Portal. I have heard that the next big release will have this feature! TIA Portal Setup In this example project I’m using an S7-1500 CPU and a CU320 control unit as seen ...

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B&R Automation Studio: Troubleshoot Hardware Using Network Command Trace
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B&R Automation Studio: Troubleshoot Hardware Using Network Command Trace

I recently had to troubleshoot an issue in which my servo drive was not responding to my PLC commands - as expected. In order to see the interaction between the PLC and the servo drive, I used the Network Command Trace.   Learn more about DMC's B&R Automation Studio Programming Services.

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DMC Denver's First All Day Company Meeting
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DMC Denver's First All Day Company Meeting

For our first ever All Day Company Meeting in Denver, the four of us Denver employees had a packed day of team building activities and Colorado acculturation.  We started the day by packing up the temporary office and transporting everything we had to our new permanent Blake Street office. After this first “team building” exercise and a quick lunch, we moved on to greater more adventurous undertakings. Heading to Golden, Colorado, we engaged in some high wall climbing at E...

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B&R Automation Studio: Create Popup Windows on HMI Pages
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B&R Automation Studio: Create Popup Windows on HMI Pages

Creating popup windows on HMI pages enhances the interaction between the operator and the machine. The creation of popup windows in Automation Studio involves many other important aspects of making an HMI more dynamic such as formatting layers on pages, controlling and using the HMI display in program code, and manipulating the statuses of HMI elements. If you are new to creating HMI pages with Automation Studio, then you can learn a lot from this video. Learn more about DMC's B&R Aut...

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DMC Denver is Living the Mile High Life
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DMC Denver is Living the Mile High Life

Since opening our Denver office in August of 2014, Boris, John, Jimmy and I have been working hard to get settled in our homes, bring the office together, and have some good plain fun. We are finally moved into our new office and have left behind the temporary space where we had been seeking refuge during the initial Denver office build out. The new office is complete with an outdoor deck that we plan on filling with fun things like an outdoor pool table, heaters and more. Things haven't ...

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Fed Ex Day 2014
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Fed Ex Day 2014

DMC held yet another of its internally famed FedEx Days on the first of May. With our Boston office joining Chicago in the fun, DMC spurred innovation in two cities! FedEx Day was originally adopted from Drive, a book by Daniel Pink that we read for the DMC Book Club, and from software development company Atlassian. FedEx Day at DMC, though, has definitely come into its own. Now with a bigger staff and more brains at work, the success and scope of this creative-driven initiativ...

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Ping Pong Web Application
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Ping Pong Web Application

In the past year, ping pong has become a major activity for DMC employees. Starting with the purchase of a ping pong table, it has evolved from an informal game that served as a short break from work to an organized competition. In the fall of 2012, players created a ladder tournament to keep track of everybody’s ranks. With their eyes set on the top stop, challenge matches ensued and the competition became heated. The ranks were kept using pieces of paper pinned to cork board near the ...

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3D Rotation of CAD Parts
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3D Rotation of CAD Parts

From robotic joint translations to advanced video game-level physics modeling, DMC has done some fun 3D applications over the years.  A recent example of a fun application of the non-flat kind involves AIM, Inc., a manufacturer 2D and 3D CNC wire bending machines.  AIM has been designing state-of-the-art wire benders used in a variety of applications for more than two decades and DMC's relationship with AIM goes back to some of our first projects. Often times these bending ...

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DMC Participates in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 5K
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DMC Participates in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 5K

Who doesn’t want to run for chocolate? This was the question we had to ask ourselves in early November when the opportunity arose to participate in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. This 40,000 person event rewards people with hot chocolate and chocolate fondue for running either the 5K course or the 15K course. As if that wasn’t reason enough, the main charity partner is the Ronald McDonald House, so you know you’re running for a good cause too! A look at t...

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Mark's Welcome Party with Blues Traveler

Seeing Blues Traveler perform at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier for Mark Locascio's welcome party is not the ordinary Thursday evening. However, Mark is not an ordinary person, but an extraordinary and very important person who deserves to receive such a label at least once in his life. That is just what he was able to experience on September 27 with the Gold VIP pass to the event along with the other DMC Blues Traveler fans! With the benefit of the Gold VIP pass, we enjo...

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DMC Boat Cruise with Yaskawa
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DMC Boat Cruise with Yaskawa

Friends from Yaskawa joined DMC on a voyage onto Lake Michigan after another great year of working together.  Led by Frank, the lake and weather were perfect for a relaxing evening on the water. Our first stop was the Flatwater where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner overlooking the Chicago River. Once finished, we navigated to Navy Pier where we stayed on the boat to watch Chicago’s famous fireworks. It is great that Chicago has fireworks twice a week all summer long. As a frequenter ...

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