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NIWeek 2016 Highlights
Devon Fritz

NIWeek 2016 Highlights

Last week, DMC returned to Austin for National Instruments' NIWeek. The annual conference hosted by NI that brings together NI, Alliance Partners (DMC and similar companies), and NI clients to share info on popular topics and technical details of the test, measurement & control industry. All five of our office locations were represented among the nine DMC employees who attended. In addition to the interesting technical sessions and networking, DMC had a big NIWeek giving t...

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Pool Vision Application
Devon Fritz

Pool Vision Application

Every DMC office has at least one table sport at its heart. For Denver, this game is pool. So on FedEx Day 2016 Otto, Tyler, and I set out to automate our office Spencer Marston pool table. What does this look like you may ask? Our goal was to automatically detect what pool balls remain on the table. So during our 3-way, 5-way, or even 7-way cut throat games we don't have to worry about what balls are sunk and what balls are not.   Preparation was key for this project. We sel...

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DMC Denver's Poker Night
Devon Fritz

DMC Denver's Poker Night

Every DMC office loves poker. Around this time last year, I was still working in the Chicago office, where we held one of our infamous Friday night poker tournaments. Within the last year, I answered the call of the mountains and moved out to Colorado to join our Denver office. Now, the poker tradition lives on through DMC Denver. We held our very first poker tournament on a Friday night, starting the Texas Hold 'Em tournament just as the sun was setting over the city. With 10 people...

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LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix

Every so often, a software package update/patch's readme notes become really important for a project. To save you from diving into the readme notes for the LabVIEW VAS package, I wanted to highlight a bug I fell prone to. Integrating vision into your application can include difficulties. NI MAX does a good job of addressing one of the challenges with vision systems by smoothly bringing in camera data to the LabVIEW environment. The bug I experienced was a timeout of a USB3 camera after st...

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TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW

TestStand provides an extensible framework to integrate and execute equipment/hardware divers and algorithms from a variety of common programming languages. That definition is fairly complex and is loaded with vague terms, but understanding TestStand as such may help you choose when to use it and will add it to your knowledge of usable software toolkits. National Instruments, being primarily a test and measurement company, designed TestStand to be a PC based platform. They have a few differen...

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Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5
Devon Fritz

Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5

Sometimes the scariest part of working with legacy hardware is connecting to it with your laptop. This blog will lead you through an easy way to connect one such legacy PLC built by Allen Bradley, the PLC-5 series. Look here if trying to connect to a B&R System. Hardware - PLC-5 Series (catalog PDF here) - Laptop with DB-9/Serial/RS-232 or USB port - DB-25 to DB-9 cable (possible cable here) - Null Modem changer (if cable is not null modem) - RS-232 to USB protoco...

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FedEx Day 2015
Devon Fritz

FedEx Day 2015

DMC held its fifth annual FedEx Day this Spring, spanning three different cities as our Boston and Denver offices joined Chicago's creative efforts! The idea for FedEx Day originally came from Drive, a book by Daniel Pink that we read for the DMC Book Club, and from software development company Atlassian. The event has grown alongside DMC since our first FedEx Day in 2011 to encompass an increasingly diverse group of projects across a wide range of technologies. At its core, FedEx Day all...

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October Golf Tournament
Devon Fritz

October Golf Tournament

DMC has now had seven scintillating golf tournaments, each one embracing the forgiving scramble tournament style of play. This time the teams were: Team A Devon Megan Matt Sudeep Team B Tim Katherine Simon Gareth The play commenced on the lakefront 9-hole course of Sydney R. Moravitz two hours before dusk. The day brought some impressive long drives on the sporadic par five holes as well as continual improvement from the ...

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Pet Project: Turn A Fan Into A Clock
Devon Fritz

Pet Project: Turn A Fan Into A Clock

For those of you with electronics hobbies, here is an interesting pet project that is not very difficult or expensive. In fact, you can find most of the parts lying around your house. The idea is to make an analog display clock. The finished product will have a rotating circuit board that flashes LEDs at the correct time in order to make a floating image of an analog clock. Here is a list of basic materials that you will need: White box fan Perforated board PIC (or any microcontroll...

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LabVIEW Interface: Boolean Graphics
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW Interface: Boolean Graphics

LabVIEW is a graphical programming language in many ways. In this blog post I'll focus on the User Interface (UI) aspect of the LabVIEW language and explain how to deviate from it's traditional palette graphical elements. Specifically I'll discuss how to modify the LabVIEW Boolean button. To begin, add a 'System Button' to your Front Panel (FP) - either <<Classic>> or <<Button>> works. The 'System' aspect adds the event of hovering to your c...

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Keyence Debuts XR Laser Series
Devon Fritz

Keyence Debuts XR Laser Series

Keyence has debuted their newest 3D vision system, the XR series. While this product is not yet available in America, DMC had the opportunity to preview the system in November. The most impressive features of the device were its depth resolution, the image repeatability, and the controller environment. The device has dual LED projectors, as well as a grayscale camera that scans the part simultaneously using structured light approach. The result is an image with extremely accurate de...

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Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW

Using the LJV-7000 laser head is a no-brainer for any high speed imaging measurement system. This blog will discuss how to use LabVIEW to gain full control of the many useful settings and sampling speeds (up to 64 kHz) that the laser head boasts. To control this laser, Keyence supplies the LJV-7000 series laser controller with LabVIEW drivers and a DLL. These are at the core of editing controller parameters. Here is the download link (you must login to Keyence's website to complete the do...

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