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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
Rick Rietz

Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites

I recently fielded a question from a potential client who wanted to know if Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs with Google Sites was a better fit for their organization's document management and collaboration needs. Although this question is pretty straightforward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is a great tool if you do not have an enterprise collaboration platform at your disposal, and you need to to get a document sharing site up quick...

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017

Another school year is starting, and for DMC that means visiting campus career fairs! So far, 2017 has been a big year for DMC. We added a sixth office, hired a ton of new employees, and were once again voted one of the best places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. DMC continually makes strides to grow and improve as a company, and we are always looking for talented individuals that can help us achieve our goals.  Why work for DMC? DMC provides M...

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Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release

Version 1.6 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V14 SP1 contains the following updates: Added Tested Faceplates for WinCC Professional Updated PID to utilize Data Block Parametrization Fixed bug with fcSwapWords Updated Example Project Added User Submitted Modbus RTU/TCP Library Ported Modbus library t...

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Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY
Tim Jager

Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY

Introduction A majority of function generators are only capable of driving a couple hundred milliamps, which is fine for most applications. If you want more output current, you can shell out $400 dollars for a professional signal generator amplifier, or you can do what I did and hack one together for under $40. A signal generator is an indispensable tool for developing and testing electronic designs. You may find yourself wishing yours could output more current. You could test your po...

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DMC is Expanding to St. Louis
Patrick Corcoran

DMC is Expanding to St. Louis

DMC is proud to announce our next office expansion to St. Louis, Missouri. Further strengthening DMC’s Midwest presence, St. Louis offers the opportunity to reach many new market areas in the central part of the nation. We are excited to bring our diverse set of services offerings to meet new challenges and support more specialized market verticals.With a targeted official opening in Q4 of 2017, we have already begun supporting new clients and partners in the local metro area. ...

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DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work

DMC Has Been Named the #4 Best Place to Work in Chicago. For the fourth consecutive year, DMC was named one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” by Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's highlighted DMC's continued growth and emphasis on social relationships during an awards reception held on April 6. Companies Prioritizing Culture Melissa Harris of the University of Chicago's Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the event. "It's...

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DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017

NIWeek 2017 is coming up on May 22-25 at the Austin Convention Center. Thousands of engineers, educators, and NI developers will gather to learn from over 230 technical training sessions and 200 expo exhibits.  DMC is excited to be leading three presentations at NIWeek 2017. We hope to see you in Austin this spring! Real-World Case Study: For Connecting CompactRIO's to Microsoft Azure IoT - Darren Jones, Peter Rijks, and Jon Carson May 23, 2:15 ...

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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 Stussman

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 it...

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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 60614 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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