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Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights
John Sullivan

Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights

The 2018 Siemens Automation Summit was held last month at the JW Marriott Beach Resort on Marco Island, Florida. Twelve DMC representatives from around the country met to attend the annual conference from June 25-28. Fresh off of the excitement of ten more of our engineers passing the Siemens Technical Certification exam, we arrived in Florida with an extra spring in our step. The team enjoyed a week full of excellent presentations (including some from our own enginee...

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Employees Lead Company Improvements During FedEx Day 2018
Anna Jankovsky

Employees Lead Company Improvements During FedEx Day 2018

DMC recently took a break from day-to-day tasks to participate in one of our favorite company traditions, FedEx Day. Routine work on hold, our offices still brimmed with life and projects while everyone worked on whatever they wanted.  FedEx Day is always an opportunity for fun, learning, and collaboration, with only two catches: the project must in some way help to improve the company, and it must be deliverable by the end of the day. This year, our employees took on everything ...

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6 Things You Should Know When Commissioning a SIMATIC S7-400 PLC
Frank May

6 Things You Should Know When Commissioning a SIMATIC S7-400 PLC

Your code compiles, hardware config is all set, but you can't get rid of the red lights on the 400H system. Check the following before pulling out your soldering iron and green LEDs.    1. Are the rack switches correct? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, good news, this might be it! Take the second PLC off Rack 1 and look for an exposed switch on the back. Change it so it says "Rack 1" instead of "Rack 0". The default setting of the sw...

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10 More DMC Engineers Pass the Siemens Certification Exam
Nick Shea

10 More DMC Engineers Pass the Siemens Certification Exam

DMC has a lot of Siemens Certified Engineers. In fact, we have the most in the United States. As we continue to grow, so does our number of Siemens experts. After a recent Siemens Global Certification exam in the Chicago suburbs, we are proud to add ten more certified engineers to the list bringing our current total to 39! Even though our engineers are already smart, they spent four days training for this Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas of S7 PLCs, SIMATIC HMIs, a...

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5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support
Jesse Batsche

5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support

To ensure broad-based project success, DMC places a significant focus not only on the technical and engineering aspects of our projects, but also on following well-formulated project communication, management, and quality practices. Thus, as part of DMC’s standard project process, there are many critical supporting services that DMC performs for our clients. Here are five ways DMC ensures the success of projects:  Design Reviews Application Testing and Project Quali...

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How to Upload a Project from a MELSEC F-Series PLC
Becca Stussman

How to Upload a Project from a MELSEC F-Series PLC

Need to upload a project from a MELSEC F-series PLC? You're in luck! This tutorial explains how to upload the software on a MELSEC F-series PLC using GX Developer, the MELSOFT developing platform for this line of controllers.    1. Connect the PLC to your PC. MELSEC F-Series PLCs use a SC-09 RS232 to RS422 adapter cable, which can be purchased from many places, including on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MYZJQW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_...

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Using an S7-1500 PLC as a Modbus RTU Slave
Becca Stussman

Using an S7-1500 PLC as a Modbus RTU Slave

Need to make data available from your 1500 PLC to a Modbus RTU master? As long as you have a Modbus RTU capable serial communications adapter module, setting up a Modbus RTU server is pretty simple. Communications Adapter Since S7-1500 PLCs don't typically come with onboard serial communication ability, you'll need to use an adapter module that supports the Modbus RTU slave protocol, with a port interface that meets your system connection requirements. See below for two ...

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DMC to Lead 4 Sessions at 2018 Siemens Automation Summit
John Sullivan

DMC to Lead 4 Sessions at 2018 Siemens Automation Summit

As a Siemens Solution Partner, the annual Siemens Automation Summit is one of our most anticipated events each year. The conference brings together hundreds of manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies to share industry innovations and best practices. The 2018 Siemens Automation Summit will be held from June 25-28 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida.  The 2018 Automation Summit will feature over 50 user led presentations a...

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WinCC OA Object Oriented Programming with Ctrl++
Leon Grossman

WinCC OA Object Oriented Programming with Ctrl++

As demonstrated in the blog Siemens WinCC OA - The Open Architecture SCADA Package, I’m a huge fan of the WinCC OA (OA) package from Siemens and the platform continues to evolve with usability improvements. One of those improvements is the inclusion of Object Oriented programming constructs such as properties, enumerators, and classes into the CTRL language as of version 3.15. These new extensions are called CTRL++. When these extensions were first released, some DMC engineers and I ...

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Siemens Open Library Customization with HMI Styling
Otto Gottlieb

Siemens Open Library Customization with HMI Styling

Siemens TIA Portal Libraries have helped me develop PLC and HMI code faster and manage it better. Recently, I have been working with the HMI Styling section of the Portal Library, and I have found it very helpful. This blog shows some practical examples of using HMI Styling in projects. Specifically, it focuses on how styling can work with the Siemens Open Library. Siemens has released all the documentation you need to get started. Part 1: The Basics When you create a Comfort Panel...

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DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot
John Sullivan

DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot

Working together for over a year, a group of DMC engineers built our very own DrinkBot. We developed it during a FedEx Day and improved the DrinkBot over a second FedEx Day. DMC's DrinkBot finally made its debut at the Siemens Automation Summit 2017. As happens in the development process, we slowly improved the DrinkBot over time. We started displaying it at career fairs in Colorado to help grow the team. We also took it to events in New York, Houston, Seattle, and Manufacturing...

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3 Essential Steps Before Deploying a Siemens PLC Project
Becca Stussman

3 Essential Steps Before Deploying a Siemens PLC Project

DMC regularly implements successful project solutions using Siemens PLCs. Along the way, we've learned a few quick tips that can save hours or even days of time in post-project support. If you're working on a project using a Siemens 1200 or 1500 PLC or a WinCC HMI Panel, make sure to consider these three steps below. Each one takes less than five minutes, but can help you avoid undesired post-project consequences and can make testing much easier.  Switch Your S7 PLC to Run o...

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DMC Presented at Beckhoff IoT Seminar
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presented at Beckhoff IoT Seminar

DMC, a member of the Beckhoff Integrator Network, led two presentations at Beckhoff's recent IoT Seminar. The event was held at Beckhoff's Chicago Field Office on March 16, 2018. The educational seminar focused on the world of IoT and its opportunities for industrial automation.  Program The program began presentations from Beckhoff breaking down IoT into its basic components and services. Attendees learned how to connect real-world applications, machines a...

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Siemens How To: Starter Executable Scripts and Custom Data Lists
Andrew Crowley

Siemens How To: Starter Executable Scripts and Custom Data Lists

SINAMIC’s G and S Series Drives are a powerful and versatile platform capable of doing all sorts of motion applications. Also included are onboard IO, PID functionality, and even logic gates! Taking advantage of all the added features of the SINAMIC’s drive system can also make it difficult to keep all the parameters straight and commission your drive system efficiently. This post will walk you through how to create a Custom Data List and Executable scripts within Starter. Thes...

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FactoryTalk View: Parameter Linking Bug Fix
Emily Shanker

FactoryTalk View: Parameter Linking Bug Fix

Global Objects are a great way to cut down on development time, modularize, and add repeatability to your FactoryTalk HMI project. We previously explored this topic in our blog, Rockwell FactoryTalk Studio Basics: Global Objects and Tag Substitution.  This tutorial will first walk new and experienced users alike through how to create a Global Object and utilize many of the advanced features Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk offers. It will also demonstrate how to resolve potenti...

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Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal
Gina Brooks-Zak

Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal

With Siemens TIA Portal V14, a great new tool for PLC and HMI development called MultiUser Engineering was released. MultiUser Engineering allows multiple developers to access a server project through local sessions and quickly and seamlessly merge updates to PLC or HMI code such as function blocks, user-defined types (UDTs), WinCC Comfort or Advanced screens, and more. DMC has been using the MultiUser tools with great success, and I'd like to share a few insights with y...

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Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14
David Berno

Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14

With the recent release of TIA Portal V14 and V14 SP1, several new additions have been added to increase the efficiency and organization of code written in SCL (structured control language). Recently, I have been using many of these new features while writing code in SCL and wanted to share them with you. We will start by defining SCL and its uses in programming, then we will compare ladder to SCL, next we will discuss inline SCL networks, Regions and Region Synchronization, and will finish b...

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Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device
Eric Baggen

Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device

A situation arises where you have a system that includes a PLC, an HMI, and some peripheral devices. The HMI displays some information to a user and allows for some basic control and the PLC manages data collection and communication through an RS485 network using a Modbus RTU protocol. Easy, right? Many PLCs already support RS485 and Modbus communication and only require a few functions blocks. There is a twist, however. The devices with which the PLC is communicating a...

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How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start
Frank May

How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start

Short answer:  $SCR.$coldovrd Long answer: The robot's done. Testing went perfectly, operators know how to start, stop, and reset the system from the HMI without ever needing to touch the Teach Pendant. Then, someone powers off the robot to do some maintenance and notices the robot is now unusually slow on powerup. You get a phone call and want to tell them just to use the speed adjustment keys on the Teach Pendant after they power cycle the robot. However, you're a lit...

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Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release

Version 2.0 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.   V2 contains the following updates: Added SiVArc properties to all WinCC Comfort/Advanced faceplates Added SiVArc screen rules and master screen copies to the “Master Copies” Updated example project to have SiVarc functionality and added a ...

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