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UDP Communication on Beckhoff’s TwinCAT 3
Sudeep Gowrishankar

UDP Communication on Beckhoff’s TwinCAT 3

Have you ever received a tweet from a machine on the factory floor? These days, modern PLCs interact with the typical PC and Information Technology world (Ethernet, SMTP/emails, SMS/text messaging, cloud technologies), but there often are caveats. You might need an OPC server to talk to the PLC and then a separate web service to interface with the your intranet. You might need to send messages out from the PLC to a PC-based server, specially configured to listen and interpret. You might need ...

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Refreshing Datasources in Iconics’ Genesis64 HMI/SCADA Development Software
Sudeep Gowrishankar

Refreshing Datasources in Iconics’ Genesis64 HMI/SCADA Development Software

Datasources in Genesis64 are defined within the GridWorX64 application to cache data for display and use in the HMI. My experience with datasources has been as a link between a SQL server database and Genesis64. However, while developing an application that contained numerous datasources (40+), I ran into an issue that rendered the application unusable. This blog post describes the issue and a workaround. The Problem: Refreshing datasources with a time trigger takes an increasingly long amou...

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Review of the Iconics Genesis64 HMI/SCADA Development Software
Sudeep Gowrishankar

Review of the Iconics Genesis64 HMI/SCADA Development Software

Over the course of the last few months, I have delved deep into the Genesis64 HMI/SCADA development software package by Iconics while working on a standardized solution for recipe editing in manufacturing lines. Overall, it is a competitive option when fast development time and web access are valued.  One of the features that enables fast development is the ability to use data from a SQL server database, a standard in many industries. Genesis64 uses an application called GridWorX64 Serve...

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Who Watches the Watchmen: DMC Engineers Grade their Project Managers
Sudeep Gowrishankar

Who Watches the Watchmen: DMC Engineers Grade their Project Managers

For FedEx Day 2014, Cesar, Jack and I worked on a data mining project that investigated sales estimates on various projects at DMC. The result of the day’s work was a report with several insightful metrics, charts and distributions that illustrated DMC’s historical performance in being able to predict the amount of billed time for a project at the quote stage. This report is intended to be used to gauge and adjust future sales estimates/quotes.  The main lesson we learned is ...

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DMC Welcomes its Newest Employee with a Fiesta
Sudeep Gowrishankar

DMC Welcomes its Newest Employee with a Fiesta

Last Friday witnessed the welcoming of yours truly to the DMC family in the form of a Welcome Party. At DMC, we welcome every new employee with a party at a location of their choice, and I chose Taco Joint for their unlimited tacos and margaritas. The event proved to be one that everyone enjoyed thoroughly and that few wanted to leave even after the food and drinks had ended! The Welcome Party tradition is very valuable for new employees at DMC because it gives them the chance to know their c...

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