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Executing Command-Line Commands in TwinCAT

From reading and writing XML files to restarting the IPC, TwinCAT PLCs offer a lot of functionality through their built-in libraries. Additionally, TwinCAT runs on a Windows environment that can offer an even wider variety of functionalities to ...


DMC's Project for Ginkgo Bioworks Featured on 60 Minutes

Ginkgo Bioworks, a biotech company that DMC recently partnered with was featured on the February 28, 2021 episode of 60 Minutes. Ginkgo co-founder and CEO Jason Kelly discussed their efforts to optimize the manufacturing process for RNA. Opti...


Using AutoHotkey in PLC Programming

Oftentimes, we must perform monotonous, repetitive tasks—and just about every time, it’s mind-numbingly boring. Thankfully, though, we can make our lives saner through automation! AutoHotkey is a simple scripting tool that allows you t...


Getting Started With a Beckhoff PLC: Part Two - PLC Configuration

Other Installments in This Series: Part One - Setup Part Three - HMI Configuration Steps Connect to Device via Programming Computer Set Device Boot Settings Confirm Hardware Configuration and Activate Configuration ...


Restoring an Older Version of a Siemens Multiuser Project

Since the creation of TIA Portal Version V14,  users have the option of using Siemens Multiuser to collaborate with their peers in a shared project. When one user makes a change to an existing Multiuser project in their local copy of the project...


Sending Emails with a Siemens 1200 PLC

If you have not checked out our previous blog on sending emails with a Siemens 1500 PLC, be sure to read that before reading this addition. We know how difficult it can be to do something as simple as sending an email from a PLC, especially when c...


Tips for Allen-Bradley Control Panel Design

DMC has extensive experience programming, commissioning, and designing control panels with Allen-Bradley hardware. During the design process, we can help guide hardware selection and ensure that each component is wired properly, taking advantage of R...


DMC Joins Beckhoff Integrator Group (BIG)

Beckhoff Automation has launched a new partner network called the Beckhoff Integrator Group (BIG). DMC was an inaugural member of Beckhoff’s first partner network, the Beckhoff Integrator Network, in 2017. We’re excited to continue our cl...


Fast Automation Facts Video Series

As part of a recent company FedEx Day focusing on company improvements, members of DMC's Boston and New York offices collaborated on an instructive video series.  Frank, Christina, and Brian created short how-to videos for simple aut...


Using SIMATIC Automation Tool to Download a Project without TIA Portal

If you have a trusted integrator make program changes remotely, you don't necessarily need to have the full TIA Portal software suite to download the changes to your machine. SIMATIC Automation Tool can give users a method of downloading PLC, HMI...


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