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DMC Cares About Houston
Jason Mayes

DMC Cares About Houston

Houston was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last month. Thousands of homes were flooded and families are struggling to clean up before they can even begin to think about rebuilding. From headline stories about Mattress Mack, JJ Watt, and the Cajun Navy, to the smaller news stories that may go unnoticed, it's been amazing to see the city band together and come to each other's aid. In my neighborhood, we received 41.25" of rain in just over three days. While I was fortu...

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How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal

One of the great, and underused, features in TIA Portal is the Network Topology tab of "Devices and Networks." It can enable you to accomplish a number of advanced tasks while simultaneously providing more in-depth network diagnostics. Today, I want to quickly show you how you can use Network Topology to configure a MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal. Why Ring Topology? There are many reasons why one might consider using a ring topology for your network. The most common one is ...

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DMC Houston Hosts Another Texas-Sized YOE 
Molly Graham

DMC Houston Hosts Another Texas-Sized YOE 

Remember last year when DMC employees went down to Texas to check out our Houston office for the first ever Houston YOE? Well, we did it again!  What is a YOE anyway? DMC’s YOEs, or Yearly Office Events, are a partially sponsored gathering of DMC employees and their friends that each of our six offices hosts near their location. In Denver, we go skiing, in Chicago, we go to the lake, Boston likes to head to the shore, and our newest offices (New York and St. Louis) ...

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Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day
Molly Graham

Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day

DMC recently held another one of our favorite company-wide traditions... FedEx Day! On FedEx Day, everyone in the company takes a break from their day-to-day tasks and works on a project that they think will improve DMC. It's a great opportunity to collaborate with people we don't normally work with, develop new skills, and have fun. It's called a FedEx Day because the planned project must be delivered by the end of the day. With five offices and more employees than ever, the...

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DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway
John Michael Frullo

DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway

After first expanding to Houston in August 2015, DMC settled into a cozy office space on Richmond Ave. in the Upper Kirby district. Since then, we've had more engineers (and an extra-large dog) join in the fun at DMC Houston. We needed more space… Intro: Houston Office Expansion! Ch-ch-changes We’re expanding our kitchen to take over the old, small conference room and open up the space. Our new conference room will be a massive 14’x18’ beauty at ...

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Optional Hardware Configuration Control in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

Optional Hardware Configuration Control in TIA Portal

Ever wish you could create a project with optional hardware modules? Or add hardware in the field with any programming? Configuration Control within TIA Portal allows you to configure hardware modules and even I/O network objects to be optional so that a user can, at run-time, choose what hardware should be used.

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Automatic HMI Connection Fail-over in TIA Portal with the S7-400H
Jason Mayes

Automatic HMI Connection Fail-over in TIA Portal with the S7-400H

For anyone who has spent much time working with the SIMATIC S7-400H, it becomes quickly apparent that the devil is often in the details. You find that there are many small settings and 'tricks' that you uncover while setting up redundancy, redundant Modbus communication, redundant communication interfaces for I/O, configuring hardware, etc., that you need to get things running. Sometimes those small details are hard to catch. In the words of my wise colleague Lillian Walker, "The re...

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FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation
Molly Graham

FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation

DMC recently held our 7th FedEx Day across all offices. On FedEx Day, everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC. It’s one of our favorite company traditions! It's called a FedEx Day because part of the project must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day. You can read about past FedEx Days on our blog: here, here, here, here, here, and here. Also, check out this classic FedEx Day video! How Does FedEx Day...

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Multiplexing Arrays of UDTs in TIA Portal V14
Jason Mayes

Multiplexing Arrays of UDTs in TIA Portal V14

It's back! When V13 SP1 was first released, one of the features I was most excited about was the ability to multiplex arrays of custom UDTs on a PLC using a simple index tag on an HMI. This feature allowed me to use a single faceplate or screen to display or modify data from multiple objects by simply changing a single tag. I was so excited, I even wrote a blog post about it then! Unfortunately, it was a feature to be short lived and, due to some unexpected consequences, mysteri...

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Houston's Fall Fun Indoors
Peter King

Houston's Fall Fun Indoors

Avoiding the oppressive Texas heat of August and September, the DMC Houston team has found their fun in the air-conditioned paradises of the great indoors. Here's what we've been up to lately.   Trivia One of these such paradises is Christian’s Tailgate, a Houston-area bar chain that hosts trivia every Tuesday night. Although it’s always been close, the DMC ‘Budgie Smugglers’ (look it up) are the two-time reigning champs and hold a 3-0 career record ...

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Customizing HMI Alarm Text in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

Customizing HMI Alarm Text in TIA Portal

Recently, I found the need to create customizable text for some alarms in a TIA Portal project. In this particular case, I needed to include the name of the operator that was monitoring the machine for traceability, as well as some specific machine information (process tag value) when the alarm occurred. Knowing this must be possible, I set off to Google, the Siemens forums, and the TIA Portal help files. Surprisingly, I was not able to find very good documentation or examples online. Howev...

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Campus Career Fair Tour 2016
Courtney Mitchell

Campus Career Fair Tour 2016

School is almost back in session, which means it's time for campus career fairs! With five offices, repeat workplace awards, and plenty of great SWAG to give away, you won't want to miss DMC on your campus. DMC is recruiting on-campus for entry level Automation Engineers for our office locations in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston, and New York. We want to meet all Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering majors, so please come introduce yourself! All DMC office...

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DMC Houston Gone Fishin'
Ryan Landwehr

DMC Houston Gone Fishin'

Since opening its doors last year, DMC Houston has been on a mission to partake in all things Texas. This mission has taken us to the Rodeoshooting shotguns, floating on the Guadalupe River, and eating Texas-sized chicken fried steak. With our June Activity Fund Budget, we decided to set sail from Galveston with Out Cast Charters and do some offshore fishing! Still half asleep, the DMC Houston crew + Stephanie rolled out of bed at 4am on a Sunday morning and headed South. By 6am we ...

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The 2016 Houston Grand Opening Party
Jason Mayes

The 2016 Houston Grand Opening Party

After opening our DMC's Houston office last spring, we officially celebrated with a Grand Opening Party in May. The event marked the first official DMC Houston Party as well as the 20th anniversary of DMC! The night was filled with food, drinks, games and most importantly, Texas-sized fun. Despite the rainy weather, numerous guests came out to celebrate with us. To kick off the evening, we had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to toast our Houston office!  We had an excellent tim...

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Our Favorite DMC Videos
Jessica Mlinaric

Our Favorite DMC Videos

DMC is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone we’re reflecting on some of our favorite memories. At DMC, the entire company is involved in marketing and these videos prove how much fun you can have with a camera!   “Danny’s DMC Commercial” Published: 2010 This video explains everything DMC does in a single, improvised take! It was shot during and All Day Company Meeting at Ping Tom Park in Chicago.   “Dest...

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FedEx Day 2016
Jamie Handelman

FedEx Day 2016

This May marked the 6th annual FedEx Day! All five of our offices participated in this year’s event. This special day allows our employees to dedicate an entire day to a project of their choosing that they normally would not have time for. This year, projects ranged from planting a garden on the Chicago office’s rooftop patio to making many different types of applications. Preparation for FedEx Day takes a lot of time. Each employee brainstorms what they want to do and gathers the...

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Houston YOE 2016: Everything is Bigger in Texas
Stephanie Balavitch

Houston YOE 2016: Everything is Bigger in Texas

This spring, DMC held our first Yearly Office Event (YOE) in Houston. This was a great way for the Houston office to show employees from other offices a good time down south. Due to the careful planning and fun agenda assembled by DMC Houston, their visitors felt as if they were on a private Texas tour! The Rodeo The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was an amazing start to our trip. Most of us had never been to a rodeo before, so it was a cool experience. We got to see men wrestle bull...

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Attend DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party
Jason Mayes

Attend DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party

DMC has been doing business in our Houston office since last spring, but now that our Rodeo Room plaque is hung on the conference room door, we're excited to invite you inside. You're cordially invited to join us for DMC Houston's Grand Opening party on May 26, 2016! DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party May 26, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 3311 Richmond Ave., Suite 209 Houston, TX 77098 [Directions] Join us in celebrating our Grand Opening with a Texas-sized amount of fun! We will al...

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"She Thinks My Code is Sexy"
Ryan Taylor

"She Thinks My Code is Sexy"

In order to showcase the talents and interests of each of our office founders in the most Texan way possible, DMC Houston wrote, sang, and recorded an engineering-themed cover and music video of the hit Kenny Chesney song “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”. While we may have aroused the attention of the building’s security team with cut-off T-shirts, a shotgun, and an overalls-clad hillbilly, the video was produced in good fun over a feast of Whataburger and Shiner Bock. ...

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DMC to Present at Siemens Oil & Gas Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at Siemens Oil & Gas Conference

Siemens will be hosting their Oil & Gas Conference in Houston on March 30 and 31. The two-day event brings together over 700 Siemens customers, executives, technology leaders, and industry experts to explore innovative technologies and new challenges facing the Oil and Gas Industry. If you're attending the Oil and Gas conference, stop by DMC's booth and don't miss the three presentations we'll be leading. Using TIA Portal and the S7-1200 for Simplified, Distributed Cont...

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