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New Case Studies
Matt Puskala

New Case Studies

Over the past few months we have added many new case studies to our website. We are continuously adding more examples of broad experience across industries and technical fields. Some of these are recent projects while others are past projects that we have just recently written a case study for. We have several new Battery Testing and other Test and Measurement Automation case studies: Batter Management System (BMS) Validation Test Stand Battery Pack Monitor System for Environmental Test...

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DMC Launches Newsletter
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Launches Newsletter

DMC, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of its monthly email newsletter. The newsletter’s goal is to maintain an interesting and valuable dialogue with DMC clients and contacts. The DMC Monthly Update highlights recent company events and accomplishments. Additionally, our team of expert engineers provides technical tips and anecdotes that are relevant to DMC readers. Their advice is available via the “Ask DMC” section. The Employee Spotlight takes a closer look at the in...

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Employee Spotlight: Kristie Simon
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Kristie Simon

DMC Employee Spotlight is a new feature for our company newsletter.  Each month we will take a closer look at a different employee to learn more about the members who make up Team DMC. Kristie Simon, Project Engineer Can you tell me about one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on at DMC? I spent 6 ½ months in China helping develop a new facility for a major manufacturer.  It was really interesting to be involved on such a large scale pro...

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DMC Deploys Checklists
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Deploys Checklists

Taking a page from Dr. Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, DMC has released its own set of common task checklists. Gawande, a surgeon, makes a distinction between errors of ignorance and errors of ineptitude, blaming most modern mistakes on the latter. Failures occur not due to what one doesn’t know, but because people do not properly make use of what they do know. Gawande researches highly complicated tasks including performing surgery, building skyscrapers, and flying commer...

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Shamrock Shuffle 2010 & Commitment Contracts
Frank Riordan

Shamrock Shuffle 2010 & Commitment Contracts

Team DMC competed for the fifth straight year in the Shamrock Shuffle, an 8K (4.97 mile) race in downtown Chicago. This year the weather was a little wet and chilly but nowhere near as bad as last year. There was a lot of internal and external competition for this race, which I am certain helped all of us improve our health, get in a little better shape, and give some pretty impressive results in the race. DMC 2010 Shamrock Shuffle Race Results   Racer Time I...

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Battery Management System (BMS) Testing Article Featured on Evaluation Engineering
Jessica Mlinaric

Battery Management System (BMS) Testing Article Featured on Evaluation Engineering

An article co-authored by DMC Senior Project Engineer, Brent Hoerman, has been featured on the Evaluation Engineering website and will be published in the April print edition. Brent wrote the article after completing a project with Pickering Interfaces, in which they developed a new PXI Battery Simulator Module. Co-writing the article are David Owens and Bob Stasonis of Pickering. The article discusses new test and validation challenges associated with electric vehicles (EVs). As the populari...

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Nanotechnology on the Radio
Ken Brey

Nanotechnology on the Radio

James M. Hussey, CEO of one of our customers, NanoInk, Inc. was interviewed as part of the panel on WGN Radio's Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg on the topic of Nanotechnology. DMC is proud to play a small part in the developing the amazing technologies that companies like NanoInk are pioneering. A 23 minute clip of the program is available here.

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New White Paper: Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing
Brent Hoerman

New White Paper: Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing

DMC has been involved in quite a few battery testing projects lately. We thought it would be helpful to assemble a compilation of some of the general things we have learned into a new white paper.... "Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing in a Manufacturing Environment" If you are interested in the automotive battery packs used in electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how they are tested, this article should cont...

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DMC Engineer Attains ISA Certified Automation Professional
Matt Puskala

DMC Engineer Attains ISA Certified Automation Professional

I am happy to announce that I have recently completed the requirements to officially become an International Society of Automation (ISA) Certified Automation Professional (ISA CAP). Per ISA, Certified Automation Professionals are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting. In a nu...

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Automotive Testing Expo 2009
Darren Jones

Automotive Testing Expo 2009

Today I had the chance to peruse more cutting edge testing technologies at the Automotive Testing Expo 2009 in Novi, Michigan. It was good to meet a few new vendors and peers, as well as run into a couple existing clients. Though apparently smaller than last year, the show has a lot to offer, including a robot-mounted Harley Davidson motorcycle (don't worry, it only rides on the dyno... for now). Product categories included: Test simulation NVH analysis Occupant/pedestrian safet...

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DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009
Tim Jager

DMC Exhibits at National Instruments Technical Symposium 2009

We had a great time exhibiting at the 2009 National Instruments Technical Symposium on October 20th. Representing DMC, I was joined by two of our LabVIEW certified Architects, Jody Koplo and Leon Grossman, as well as our Technical Director Ken Brey. We spent the day meeting new people, catching up with clients, and spending time with our friends at NI. Our LabVIEW powered ping-pong demo worked flawlessly and was a great conversation starter since it uses so many National Instruments hardwa...

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Battery Power 2009
Darren Jones

Battery Power 2009

I'm looking forward to attending the Battery Power 2009 conference next week in Denver, Colorado. "This seventh annual event will feature more than 30 presentations on portable, stationary and automotive battery technology, as well as battery manufacturing, materials and research & development. Topics will include new battery designs, emerging technologies, battery materials, power management, charging and testing systems, battery health, as well as the latest market trends affec...

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DMC Starts Integrator Relationship with IFM Effector
Ken Brey

DMC Starts Integrator Relationship with IFM Effector

DMC has entered an Integrator relationship with IFM Effector centered around their unique and exciting 3D Image Sensor. This is an industrial, cost-effective Time-of-Flight Camera that measures the distance to everything in its field of view based on the time it takes pulses of light to make the round-trip from the camera to the object and back. Potential uses include volume measurement, object detection and classification, vehicle guidance and much more. The units come self-contained wit...

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DMC Gets Great Turnout at University of Illinois Job Fair
Tim Jager

DMC Gets Great Turnout at University of Illinois Job Fair

DMC received a record number of visitors to our booth at yesterday's job fair at the University of Illinois. In our quest to hire the best of the best, Jon Carson and I met and spoke with some really promising candidates and managed to collect almost 100 resumes. After a few minor adjustments, our ping-pong ball demo performed flawlessly throughout the day. As intended, it drew a lot of attention to our booth and hopefully helped us find our next stellar DMC engineer. In the spirit of coo...

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DMC White Papers Go Live
Matt Puskala

DMC White Papers Go Live

We are happy to announce a new section of our website has gone live: DMC White Papers! We have planned on adding this section ever since we revamped our website four months ago. At this point in time we have two white papers. First there is Ken Brey's discussion of optimization of a servo system for a non-linear mechanical movement. It details Ken's work for a client earlier this year to optimize a system for maximum speed without over-taxing the server/amplifier system. We get into l...

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Arrival at NI WEEK 2009
Eric Nielsen

Arrival at NI WEEK 2009

Darren, Jesse, and myself (Eric N.) arrived in Austin TX yesterday to participate in National Instruments' yearly technology symposium and trade show NI Week 09. The activity started early today with a great keynote presentation. Most notably was Alex Davern's (National Instruments CFO) "lesson" on economics and NI's approach to weathering the economic downturn. "Competitors are throwing the baby out with the bath water and we want to be there to catch the baby." ...

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DMC is a Windows Embedded Partner
Matt Puskala

DMC is a Windows Embedded Partner

We are happy to announce that DMC has become a Windows Embedded Partner. DMC has been an active partner with Microsoft, joining the Microsoft Partner Program in 2001 and acheiving Gold Partner status in 2007. Our Windows Embedded Partner status reflects our familiarity with Windows Embedded platforms, included Windows Embedded operating systems and the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework. Due to DMC's experience and expertise with the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment, usin...

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DMC Remodeling
Danny Budzinski

DMC Remodeling

Anyone who has ever visited the DMC office probably has made a trip into the friendly 'DMC Annex'. The 'Annex' (which is not really an annex at all, but rather a sub-office in need of a name due to its friendly welcoming attitude) is home to 3 of our top engineers, Nick Shea, Kristie Simon, and, of course, myself. The 'Annex' is a tight knit group, together now for 2+ years, comprising 3/4 of the DMC soccer team, and representing a good portion of the non-computer engi...

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DMC Achieves Wonderware Certified Integrator Status
Tim Jager

DMC Achieves Wonderware Certified Integrator Status

I am proud to announce that DMC has achieved Certified Wonderware Integrator Status. To achieve Certified System Integrator Status, DMC has fulfilled the following certification requirements of the Wonderware SI Ecosystem Program: Two or more developers must complete individual product training and pass CSI tests. Two successful projects must be executed and documented to earn product level certifications. A special thanks to Ken Brey and Jody Koplo of DMC for their Wonderware proje...

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DMC Achieves Most LabVIEW Architects in Midwest!
Darren Jones

DMC Achieves Most LabVIEW Architects in Midwest!

DMC demonstrated our LabVIEW expertise again by receiving seven new certifications, including three Architect Certifications, putting DMC among the highest level of LabVIEW Architects in the country. With the additional Developer Certifications, DMC now has the most LabVIEW certifications in the region. Congratulations to four new Certified LabVIEW Developers: Danny Budzinski, Eric Nielsen, Jesse Batsche, and David Simons. All candidates passed with scores greater than 93%. Special mention go...

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