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Finite and (Almost-) Infinite State Machines

What is a state machine, and why should I use one? State machines are a way of organizing code into situations, or states, and transitions so that the code easier to follow and read. A state represents what the code and/or physical machine is current...


Siemens Multiuser: Tips and Tricks

Siemens Multiuser (MUS) is a powerful tool for allowing multiple engineers to edit a single program in tandem. Included here is a list of tips and tricks to make using MUS easier and more efficient. Below I’ll list out specific features of usin...


Getting Started with WinCC OA: Part 8 - Libraries

Welcome back to “Getting Started with WinCC OA”! If you aren’t familiar with the series’ previous topics, I recommend that you read the respective installments before proceeding: Part 1: Creating and Opening a Project ...


Getting Started with Siemens Multiuser Commissioning

Here at DMC, we love using the Multiuser server for offline projects with multiple developers. However, in the past, we’ve found that using multiuser for onsite projects leaves…something to be desired. To help alleviate this issue, Sieme...


How To Setup a WinCC OA Application to Push Data to MindSphere

MindSphere and WinCC OA are two powerful tools offered by Siemens that can allow for streamlined aggregation, processing, and visualization of massive volumes of data. Now thanks to some in-built functions within WinCC OA, you can, with a bit of setu...


Simple Motion Control With an S7-1200 PLC and a Pulse Train Output (PTO)

Some people might be very comfortable with setting up basic digital and analog IO on a PLC but then are a little hesitant about motion control. Often, setting up motion can require drive commissioning, proper topology connections, and a lot of other ...


Siemens WinCC OA Open Library

The Siemens WinCC OA Open Library Version 1.0 is now live, and the website is up to date with the latest version and release notes. History WinCC OA is provided to users as a clean sheet. It has incredibly powerful ways of creating reusable and...


Adding Siemens MindSphere Tracking to the DMC DrinkBot

One day every year, DMC comes together to work on various internal projects in an event we call FedEx Day. In previous years, one of our favorite projects creating our company’s robotic bartender lovingly called DrinkBot! For FedEx ...


Using XML Templates in TIA Openness

In my previous post, we looked at how Openness formats the XML files that it uses to create objects in TIA Portal. After reviewing some examples, we concluded that creating code in XML can be very complicated and that it is best to use existing block...


TIA Portal Autosave with Openness

Sometimes my computer crashes. Sometimes I forget to save for extended periods of time while I’m developing code in TIA Portal. When these events coincide, I don’t have a good time. However, with a little bit of C# .NET knowledge this pro...


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