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Mayhem is Loose at DMC St. Louis
Caleb Stoll

Mayhem is Loose at DMC St. Louis

Every month, all DMC offices meet via video conferencing to share information and catch up together. The most anticipated part of the meeting is the office update video. Each DMC office takes a turn updating the rest of the company on their new projects and fun events. They typically close out with a hilarious video.  As a nod to the Allstate “Mayhem” commercials, DMC St. Louis did a parody of the notorious series, but with a factory automation twist. In what could&rsquo...

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DMC Holiday Parties: Celebrating Our Biggest Year Yet
Jamie Sorensen

DMC Holiday Parties: Celebrating Our Biggest Year Yet

Every January, the team in each of our offices gathers to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year with a holiday party. All year, team members look forward to getting dressed up, reflecting on all their hard work together, and spending time with colleagues they don't always work with. It's one of our favorite DMC traditions! This year was no exception. From the opening of our Seattle office, to announcing our next location in Dallas, and hiring a record number of emplo...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2019
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 2019

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Boston goes Ice Skating
Karen Hsu

DMC Boston goes Ice Skating

As winter came, DMC Boston's office couldn't wait any longer to hit below freezing temperatures, so the office decided to go ice skating together. The skating activity was favored by just one more vote over the other option, which was a cozy board game night. But who's counting? Activity fund outings are fun events everyone is encouraged to plan and invite other employees and their friends to, and DMC helps cover the cost. DMC's activity fund is an excellent way to b...

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Introducing the #DMCSWAG Challenge
Jessica Mlinaric

Introducing the #DMCSWAG Challenge

Here at DMC, we love sporting fun and useful stuff stamped with the company logo. From our DMC Athletics hoodies to our dancing robot, we have a blast designing new items and sharing them with team members, clients, partners, and friends.    So far, DMC SWAG has made it all the way to China and Africa! We'd love to see where in the world DMC SWAG goes next. So, we're introducing a photo contest featuring DMC branded items.  Need DMC SWAG? Email us and we&r...

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How To Disassemble and Fix a Fried S7-1200 PLC
Jirka Hladis

How To Disassemble and Fix a Fried S7-1200 PLC

Don’t you hate it when your coworker inadvertently wires up a 24V PLC to wall power and lets out the magic smoke? Just such a mishap happened in our lab a while back and the broken PLC was sitting around in the junk bin for a while. Figuring there wasn't anything to lose, I decided to try my luck and see if it could be revived.  Fortunately, the Siemens S7-1200 series PLCs are quite easy to disassemble, and I was able to replace the damaged components and restore it t...

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Employee Spotlight: Heather Talbert
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Heather Talbert

Meet HR Coordinator Heather Talbert! Heather is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Internal Operations team. She helps recruit top talent for DMC and implement internal improvement initiatives, like DMC Cares. Heather loves hanging out with her dog Rosco, who spreads smiles across the Chicago office. Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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DMC Office Update: Whassup in Houston?
John Michael Frullo

DMC Office Update: Whassup in Houston?

DMC has an all company meeting every month where everyone in our regional offices and our Chicago office gets together via video conferencing or in person to share knowledge, introduce new employees to the company, celebrate anniversaries, and talk about the future.  Each month, we close out the meeting with a much-anticipated video update from one office. This DMC tradition started in our Boston office, and now everyone takes turns. This month, DMC Houston stepped up and ...

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How To Make a Simple Time-lapse IP Web Camera Using a Raspberry Pi
Jirka Hladis

How To Make a Simple Time-lapse IP Web Camera Using a Raspberry Pi

When it comes to capturing time-lapse videos, there are numerous off-the-shelf solutions and libraries out there. For last year’s FedEx Day project, I decided to implement a minimalist solution on a Raspberry Pi using only the default image capture API that ships with Raspbian (raspistill), the built-in UNIX task-scheduler (cron), a video conversion utility (avconv), and a lightweight web server (lighttpd). Set up your Raspberry Pi with the latest version of Raspbian by burning ...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2019
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2019

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film
Jamie Handelman

DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film

At the beginning of each month, all DMC offices call in for an all-company meeting. During this meeting, we share knowledge and information on projects, introduce new employees, celebrate anniversaries and give office updates.  Everyone gets most excited about the office update video that comes at the end of the meeting. This tradition started a few years back with the Boston office, and we now switch offices every month for who will give the update. Over time, it became a competiti...

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DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy
Elisha Harris

DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy

The year was 1933. The men sported their suspenders and fedoras, and the women dressed in their fancy flapper attire. It was also the official ending of the very unpopular Prohibition era, and everyone was celebrating and imbibing whatever they could get their hands on.   The Last Speakeasy Every year on the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, the Chicago History Museum hosts the Last Speakeasy where attendees partake in an evening filled with dancing, (fake) gambling...

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DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018
Jamie Handelman

DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018

One of DMC's annual traditions is having an off-site All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) where everyone takes the day off project work to learn, share knowledge, team-build, and spend time together outside of the office. Our ADCMs have taken us everywhere from ice skating in Chicago to roaming historic Boston. These company meetings are a chance for our offices to combine forces as well. This year, Chicago and St. Louis combined for their ADCM as did our offices on the West Coast. Our All Day ...

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DMC Quote Board - December 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers
John King

DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers

To say that this was not what I expected when I signed on as a Systems Engineer at DMC is a correct statement. One month into my job, 50 of us were going to see Hamilton (yes...that Hamilton) on the company’s dime. Not only that, but everyone was at the show to welcome four other employees and myself to the company. The Hamilton Welcome Party was just the latest in a slew of company-sponsored welcome parties. Each new employee gets a welcome party. It's an excellent way to connect w...

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Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!
Alex Bernard

Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!

The DMC activity fund is a long-standing tradition DMC created to support employee planned events so that we can all hang out with each other while we aren't working and have some fun. We've done everything from skydiving in Reno to deep sea fishing in Houston. But, where were we on November 13, 2018? I’m sure you remember where you were. How can you forget? The St. Louis office knows. The St. Louis office will certainly never forget. Witnessing History That was the n...

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DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies
Eric Baggen

DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies

Each month, everyone at DMC meets in person or by video conference for a monthly company meeting. We share knowledge, introduce new employees to the company, celebrate anniversaries, and much more.  However, what we often most look forward to are office update videos! This DMC tradition started in our Boston office a few years ago and quickly spread to Houston. From there, it was only a matter of time before all the DMC offices were competing to see who can make the funniest office ...

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LUSH Welcome Party
Maddie Drake

LUSH Welcome Party

After training in Chicago and kicking off my career at DMC by helping out in Reno, I finally made my way back to my home office of Houston. Being back permitted me to have my very own welcome party which every employee at gets. Everyone chooses their own party location and it's a great chance to get to know more people at DMC. I thought, what better activity to do to bond with an office full of men than to make bath bombs at my favorite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly cosmetic...

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DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training
Heather Talbert

DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training

DMC uses our own internal suggestion box as one of the many avenues to answer these two "WWTBTSCD" questions: What would the best technical solutions company to work WITH do? What would the best technical solutions company to work FOR do? We receive a pretty large range of suggestions varying from requesting more gear in the gym to improving project staffing. DMC genuinely cares about what employees think, and we take every suggestion under consideration. We recently r...

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Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC
Erlis Kllogjri

Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC

One of the many perks of joining DMC is that whenever new employees come onboard, welcome parties are planned to celebrate the occasion. David Wylen and I chose to have our welcome party be a cocktail making class at the Chicago Distilling Company. The event proved to be more informative than expected, but as much fun as we hoped. It then dawned on me, with the help of a Russian mule, that the process of making a cocktail is an excellent analogy to the process I underwent when I joined DMC. P...

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