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DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 

DMC is proud to host Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Women in Technology (WIT) March meeting.   The IAMCP and WIT community members will gather at DMC on Tuesday, March 28 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft’s Azure Platform Services and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Microsoft Azure Platform Services is comprised of some lesser-known services that can be cost-saving alternatives to th...

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DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work

DMC has been named a finalist for Crain's Chicago Business' annual list of Chicago's Best Places to Work. The finalists were announced in an article by Crain's on February 10, 2017 and include 50 Chicago companies. According to Crain's, the list "honors companies that do the very best by their employees here in Chicago." The 2017 list has been expanded to recognize more companies, and the top 25 Best Places to Work will be announced at a live event on A...

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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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Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release

Version 1.4 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a V13 SP1 update and also contains a Portal V14 beta release. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V13 SP1 Update 9 contains the following updates: Added dynamic fonts to all HMI faceplates for variable size HMIs Updates to several Supplementary blocks Added official blocks for SIMOCODE and SIRIUS Soft Starter Resolved bug in fbIO_AnalogInput when using RTDs Fixed ...

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Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata
Anjali Bharadwa

Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata

Have you ever had a hard time searching for a document in a web of nested folders? So have I. What starts out as a few, organized folders can quickly turn into a messy and confusing file system. Fortunately, SharePoint offers a solution by tagging documents with metadata. Document Management in SharePoint allows you to find documents easily and determine information about the document before you open it. For example, using metadata allows you to tag documents with two different categorie...

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Geek Challenge: Infinipool
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: Infinipool

December’s Geek Challenge is about trying to make pool shots on an infinitely large pool table.  To describe the challenge, let’s look at a 3x5 grid of pool balls with the cue ball positioned in the center. We want to know what the odds are that we can hit a ball chosen at random with the cue ball (without jumping or curving around other balls). Looking at the possible cue ball paths, we see we can hit any ball except the 6 or the 9 because the 7 and 8 balls get in the way...

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Siemens Open Library Marks 1000th Download
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Marks 1000th Download

The Siemens Open Library marked its 1000th download this week. The free, open source function block library was launched in June 2016 through a partnership between DMC and Siemens. The library aims to be a resource for consistency, usability, and faster development for the Siemens community. The library has continued to evolve since its initial release. Updates have included the inclusion of all of DMC’s library, which included a large number of Function Blocks and Function calls. Addit...

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Here's How One Team at DMC Used $500 to Make People's Day in NYC
Frank May

Here's How One Team at DMC Used $500 to Make People's Day in NYC

DMC holds an All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) a few times a year for each office. These meetings are done offsite at a fun location. The day is usually split into two parts: a morning meeting where we discuss something business related, and an afternoon part where we do something fun. This ADCM, the fun activity was "The DMC Cares Challenge". The New York and Boston offices joined forces and then divided into teams of 5-6 people. Each team had the afternoon to use $500 to&nb...

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What’s Included in Microsoft Dynamics 365: Apps and Pricing
Jimmy Brady

What’s Included in Microsoft Dynamics 365: Apps and Pricing

On November 1, 2016, Microsoft released their new cloud-based business application platform, Dynamics 365. This new platform combines the capabilities of CRM and ERP systems in a new app-driven format. This updated format allows companies to choose software components based on their specific business needs. Organizations may choose from apps such as Finance, Sales, Customer Service, Field Services, and Operations, and license them a-la-carte or as a bundle. Enterprise vs Busine...

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DMC New York's Grand Opening Party
becca s

DMC New York's Grand Opening Party

Although we've been doing business in New York since last spring, we officially celebrated with a grand opening party this October. The event marked the first official DMC New York Party as well as the 20th anniversary of DMC. The night was filled with food, drinks, games, and fun.    We officially opened the New York office with a ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with giant scissors and a champagne toast! Although it took a few tries to actually cut the ribbon, the spirit of th...

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Creating an Augmented Reality (AR) Demo with the Vuforia Studio Pilot Program
Cecilia Brookshier

Creating an Augmented Reality (AR) Demo with the Vuforia Studio Pilot Program

Augmented Reality (AR) has been booming the past couple of months, especially with the deployment of Pokémon Go. If you're not familiar with it, Pokémon Go is a mobile app that encourages its users to walk around the real world in order to capture virtual Pokémon characters. Aside from making a very addicting mobile phone application, AR is now being considered in industrial settings. It can be used to diagnose and troubleshoot machinery, or provide visual instructions for assem...

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Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT
John Sullivan

Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT

The Siemens Open Library is a great resource that includes many commonly used Function Blocks and Faceplates. However, every project is different and customer requirements sometimes necessitate changes or the creation of new things. In the Dissecting the Siemens Open Library Series (this is the first post), I plan to break down some of the methods used by the Open Library to make configuration quick and easy. One thing that the Open Library does really well is al...

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DMC to Host National Instruments Certification Exams
Darren Jones

DMC to Host National Instruments Certification Exams

DMC will be hosting two National Instruments certification exam dates at our Chicago office on October 24. The testing can cover any of the practical exams in the NI lineup, including the Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified LabVIEW Architect exams. A representative from NI will be proctoring the exams.   Enrollment is open to anyone on the National Instruments website.  October 24, 2016 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Ste. 200 Chicago, IL 60622 Learn more about DM...

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Celebrate DMC New York's Grand Opening on Oct. 20
Jon Carson

Celebrate DMC New York's Grand Opening on Oct. 20

DMC has been doing business in our New York office since last spring, but now that our pool table is installed, we're excited to invite you inside. You're cordially invited to join us for DMC New York's Grand Opening party on October 20, 2016!   DMC New York's Grand Opening Party 4 - 10 p.m. 141 W 36th St;, Suite 20N New York, NY 10018 [Directions] About the Party Join us in celebrating our Grand Opening with some Big Apple-sized fun! We will also be com...

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Watch Our Siemens Open Library Webinar
John Sullivan

Watch Our Siemens Open Library Webinar

DMC and Siemens recently co-hosted a webinar on "Developing PLC and HMI Code Faster Through Use of the Siemens Open Library." I joined Carson Kennedy of Siemens in presenting a free, 45-minute educational webinar that was originally introduced at the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit.  The Siemens platforms have always encouraged the use of modular, reusable, and object oriented code. Until recently, this meant that everyone was responsible for creating and maintaining their own i...

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SharePoint Form Validation Using JavaScript + jQuery
Curtis Weir

SharePoint Form Validation Using JavaScript + jQuery

SharePoint forms are usually very simple in terms of validation. The only out-of-the-box feature is to make a field required. While this is useful, sometimes businesses want more control over what users should and should not enter into a form. Fortunately, it is easy to write our own code to extend the validation of a SharePoint form. SharePoint Form Background When the save button is pressed on a SharePoint form, the PreSaveItem function is called. That function is as follows: ```...

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Siemens Decentralized Motion Control with SINA_POS
Otto Gottlieb

Siemens Decentralized Motion Control with SINA_POS

In a previous blog I discussed programming motion control with a S7-1500 with Technology Objects in TIA Portal. This is a very popular method of doing the motion control on the PLC. We can also offload the motion control to the drive control unit using Siemens’ library motion blocks such as SINA_POS and allow the PLC to control more drives. The Siemens library motion blocks are also available for S7-300 PLCs, which do not support the same Technology Objects as S7-1500 PLC...

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Pokémon DMC - Gotta Solve 'Em All!
Peter King

Pokémon DMC - Gotta Solve 'Em All!

Each month, a different DMC office location gives the rest of the company an update. In the spirit of OneDMC, it helps keep us all connected and up-to-date on the latest employees, projects, and events. Though a PowerPoint is generally required, some offices kick things up a notch with a video finale. These videos are kept on top secret lockdown until they're unveiled at our monthly company meetings to much anticipation.   When the baton was last passed to Houston, we proudly presente...

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Chicago LabVIEW User Group on September 7 at DMC
Darren Jones

Chicago LabVIEW User Group on September 7 at DMC

DMC will host the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. We've had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for several years, and we're excited to open our space to the community. Agenda Channel wires are here! We'll begin the session by discussing this new way of communicating data amongst parallel loops. Whether you love them, hate them, or just don't understand them, come learn about channel wires and share your though...

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5 Reasons DMC Laps Michael Phelps in Technical Solutions
Kevin Service

5 Reasons DMC Laps Michael Phelps in Technical Solutions

Michael Phelps has clearly made a splash in the Rio Olympics. The 31 year-old swimmer has grabbed a hefty six medals in this Olympics alone. Retiring with a grand total of 28 medals, Phelps is most decorated Olympian of all time. If this didn't already make him an American hero, the record medal count that he crushed was last held by Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union with 18 medals. He also tops out the list of most individual gold medals with 13, breaking a record last set in 152 BCE...

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