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Pool Vision Application
Devon Fritz

Pool Vision Application

Every DMC office has at least one table sport at its heart. For Denver, this game is pool. So on FedEx Day 2016 Otto, Tyler, and I set out to automate our office Spencer Marston pool table. What does this look like you may ask? Our goal was to automatically detect what pool balls remain on the table. So during our 3-way, 5-way, or even 7-way cut throat games we don't have to worry about what balls are sunk and what balls are not.   Preparation was key for this project. We sel...

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Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap
Darren Jones

Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap

DMC exhibited at NIDays Chicago last week for the third consecutive year. The one-day, multi-track conference explores the latest technologies for measurement, embedded, and test systems. We gathered at Navy Pier on a beautiful fall day, ready to enhance our technical knowledge, connect with other local NI users, and introduce visitors to DMC. Our tilt table demo proved to be a popular draw and DMC's team had a great time showing it off at the booth.  As always, meeting ...

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LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix

Every so often, a software package update/patch's readme notes become really important for a project. To save you from diving into the readme notes for the LabVIEW VAS package, I wanted to highlight a bug I fell prone to. Integrating vision into your application can include difficulties. NI MAX does a good job of addressing one of the challenges with vision systems by smoothly bringing in camera data to the LabVIEW environment. The bug I experienced was a timeout of a USB3 camera after st...

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DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015

NIWeek 2015 is right around the corner and DMC is excited to be attending and exhibiting this year. Over 3,200 innovators from a wide spectrum of industries will gather in Austin, TX on August 3 - 6 for NIWeek. National Instruments' 21st annual conference will present the latest technology for software-defined systems in test, measurement, and control. NIWeek is always an exciting  few days of learning, exposure to new technologies, and connecting with industry peers. This year,...

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DMC Congratulates LabVIEW Certified Architects and Developers
Darren Jones

DMC Congratulates LabVIEW Certified Architects and Developers

As a National Instruments Alliance Member, DMC takes pride in delivering top-notch solutions for all NI related projects. We take our education and the custom solutions we deliver our clients seriously. We have worked particularly hard to maintain a high level of competency in National Instruments LabVIEW programming. DMC is honored to demonstrate our expertise by having the most LabVIEW Certified Architects in the Midwest, as well as an all over strong team of LabVIEW Certifie...

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Nobel Committee Recognizes Inventors of Blue LED
Ken Brey

Nobel Committee Recognizes Inventors of Blue LED

I want to congratulate the Nobel Committee for recognizing the inventors of the Blue LED - a truly transformative technology. As an engineer working with machine vision systems I have been using LED lighting longer than most people. LEDs are great for their brightness, strobing capabilities, and consistent intensity over a long product life. The first time I saw a blue LED was in a trade show in 1998. One booth of lighting equipment has a light that was a brilliant deep blue. I asked the man ...

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High-Speed Vision Inspection Presentation at NIWeek 2014
Eric West

High-Speed Vision Inspection Presentation at NIWeek 2014

This year at National Instrument's annual conference, NIWeek, DMC was invited to present on "Real-world Techniques in High-Speed Vision Inspection." DMC is an NI Silver Alliance member with a specialization in vision. Ken Brey and I are Certified Vision Professionals and were excited for the chance to share some of the knowledge and experience we have gained through various vision inspection projects. We worked together with Dan McCarty, Sr. Software Manager at W.H. Leary Co. to cr...

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NI Week 2014 Recap
Jason Mayes

NI Week 2014 Recap

DMC had a great time at NI Week 2014, held in Austin, Texas. The convention was a chance for those working in the fields of engineering and science to come together and learn about new National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW technology, as well as plans for future developments. DMC sent engineers from our Chicago, Boston, and Denver offices to represent the work we do for our clients and to honor our affiliation with National Instruments.  This was my first NIWeek, and having heard gre...

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20th Annual NI Week Conference Vision Inspection Presentation
Darren Jones

20th Annual NI Week Conference Vision Inspection Presentation

The 2014 NI Week Conference in Austin, Texas hits day three of four today Wednesday, August 6. The 20th Annual National Instruments Conference is an opportunity for those working in the fields of engineering and science to come together in the spirit of sharing information, inspiring innovation and exploring new technologies. DMC has sent engineers from each of our Chicago, Boston, and Denver offices to present on topics ranging from automation, to battery management systems and vision i...

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Improved Straight Edge Fitting in LabVIEW Vision Applications
Bill Sowerwine

Improved Straight Edge Fitting in LabVIEW Vision Applications

When writing a vision application, it’s easy to imagine noise within an image as a sinister character hiding in the shadows and fingering the end of a grease-slick mustache. "That’s a nice straight line you have there," his voice nasally dripping with malice. "It would be a shame if anything happened to it." The problem is, he's right. LabVIEW has a suite of powerful vision tools, most of which work fantastically well out-of-the-box. IMAQ Find Straight E...

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Keyence Debuts XR Laser Series
Devon Fritz

Keyence Debuts XR Laser Series

Keyence has debuted their newest 3D vision system, the XR series. While this product is not yet available in America, DMC had the opportunity to preview the system in November. The most impressive features of the device were its depth resolution, the image repeatability, and the controller environment. The device has dual LED projectors, as well as a grayscale camera that scans the part simultaneously using structured light approach. The result is an image with extremely accurate de...

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Cognex Launches DS1100 for 3D Vision
Cesar Pena

Cognex Launches DS1100 for 3D Vision

Cognex has released the DS1100, their latest product entry into 3D vision space. The system is a structured light 3D scanner with a single laser line light source and single receiver. It’s a line scan technology so either the target must be moved across the camera’s scanning area or vice-versa. It comes as a single factory-calibrated unit with Z-resolution as small as 7 microns. The system is programmed using Cognex VisionPro, giving full access to Cognex’s tools on the topo...

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Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

Using LJ-V Keyence Lasers in LabVIEW

Using the LJV-7000 laser head is a no-brainer for any high speed imaging measurement system. This blog will discuss how to use LabVIEW to gain full control of the many useful settings and sampling speeds (up to 64 kHz) that the laser head boasts. To control this laser, Keyence supplies the LJV-7000 series laser controller with LabVIEW drivers and a DLL. These are at the core of editing controller parameters. Here is the download link (you must login to Keyence's website to complete the do...

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DMC's Certified Vision Professionals
Eric West

DMC's Certified Vision Professionals

In January, Ken Brey and I passed the AIA’s “Certified Vision Professional – Advanced” exam. Passing the exam proved that we have a high level of knowledge about developing and integrating machine vision systems, and added our names to the list of CVP-Advanced members. This certification is also one of the requirements to be listed as one National Instrument’s Alliance Partners, with a specialty in Vision. Prior to the exam, I attended the AIA’s week-l...

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DMC is recognized as a National Instruments Vision Specialty Partner
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC is recognized as a National Instruments Vision Specialty Partner

DMC is proud to be recognized as a National Instruments Vision Specialty Partner. Alliance Partners with the Vision Specialty understand system-level solutions for vision applications and can specify and integrate all of the necessary system components, including cameras, illumination, optics, image processing software and image acquisition hardware. NI Alliance Partners participating in the Vision Specialty program have proven expertise in imaging and vision systems and are identified as exp...

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DMC receives Patent for Dimensional Detection System
Cesar Pena

DMC receives Patent for Dimensional Detection System

One of the most interesting and fun projects I have worked at DMC was to develop a Dimensional Measurement system for our customer LTS Scale.   In a nutshell, the system calculates the volume of an object on a forklift pallet. This is achieved by scanning the object with a laser, taking multiple images and analyzing these images with computer vision algorithms. The project also involved motor control, Linux, C++ and a lot of number crunching to derive the...

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Line-scan the Moon
Ken Brey

Line-scan the Moon

Line-scanning is a digital photography technique that uses a special camera with only a single line of pixels instead of the usual rectangular area. Rather than taking an image all at once, the camera and object are typically moved relative to each other while many lines are acquired. These lines are assembled to make an image. This technique has some unique abilities such as the ability to image all the way around round objects without any gap, or to image very large areas more uniformly and wi...

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National Instruments Real-Time Target Asset Management
Patrick Corcoran

National Instruments Real-Time Target Asset Management

As the popularity of modular instruments grow in R&D development spaces, National Instruments technology, particularly Real-Time and FPGA hardware, is becoming more and more common in volume test, manufacturing, and control applications. As the number of hardware products grow in a given deployment, so too does the task of asset management. The aim of this discussion is to outline key questions that will be helpful in selecting and asset management solution for projects involving multiple Na...

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Danny Budzinski

DMC Kinect Demo News and Updates

As many of you may know, we used last week’s Oktoberfest party as an unofficial house warming party for our new office space. In addition to having a great turnout despite uncooperative weather, the Kinect Demo team from FedEx Day 2010 put in some extra hours to get our new display case setup to welcome guests. If you haven’t seen the display case, an early video is available here, and a detailed case study can be found in our case study section. In the new office, we were able to...

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Robots vs. Humans Soccer - Teaching Robots to Learn
Danny Budzinski

Robots vs. Humans Soccer - Teaching Robots to Learn

Anyone who has frequented my blog entries knows that I am one of the biggest robot-enthusiasts at DMC. That's why I was so excited to get a chance to attend a lecture at the Museum of Science and Industry given recently by Dr. Minoru Asada, a top researcher in modern robotics and one of the driving forces behind Robocup, and Mr. Ken Nagasaka, of Panasonic Factory Solutions of America. Aside from getting to see human vs. robot soccer, presented by Dr. Asada, both presentations were great a...

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