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Basic LabVIEW UI Control Customization
Steven Dusing

Basic LabVIEW UI Control Customization

A common gripe about using LabVIEW is that the user-interface (UI) is not very attractive. Well, that is only true if you do not know how to customize LabVIEW controls to make them look truly modern and visually appealing. Fortunately, there is a way to change the default LabVIEW controls! While National Instruments and many other LabVIEW developers have documented this process before, for completeness, I will go through the basics with lots of screenshots before posting some of ...

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Programmatically Replace LabVIEW VIs Using VI Scripting
Eric West

Programmatically Replace LabVIEW VIs Using VI Scripting

VI scripting provides powerful tools for automating common development tasks. Scripting is the backbone of LabVIEW QuickDrop, allowing developers to create macros that can be invoked using keyboard shortcuts. This blog describes how to use LabVIEW VI scripting to automate the duplication of a VI and its references into a new VI. Motivation Over years of LabVIEW development, DMC has created a powerful and flexible state machine architecture that is well-suited for industrial applica...

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DMC to Attend Automate 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Attend Automate 2017

DMC will be attending Automate 2017 on April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. As a National Instruments Alliance Partner, we'll be representing NI in their booth #2456 at the show.  Automate is an automation solutions event that provides an overview of the entire industry. Thousands of visitors attend to survey the leading-edge technologies including robotics, motion control, and vision. Attendees will learn how to lower costs, improve their processes and product qua...

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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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DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 
Darren Jones

DMC Adds CLED to Its List of NI LabVIEW Certifications 

DMC demonstrated our LabVIEW expertise again by attaining a new certification! Congratulations to our Certified LabVIEW Embedded Systems Developer (CLED), Jeremy Green!    The CLED National Instruments recently added a new exam, the CLED, to their list of certifications. There are only 38 CLEDs in the U.S. right now, two (including Jeremy) in Illinois. A CLED must demonstrate proficiency and expertise in analyzing requirements for and designing, developing, debugging, and d...

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DMC LabVIEW UI Suite
Steven Dusing

DMC LabVIEW UI Suite

Our DMC Test and Measurement team recently created the DMC LabVIEW UI Suite! It’s the first official DMC LabVIEW user interface control and indicator set, and will save time developing LabVIEW user-interfaces while simultaneously providing our customers with modern and sleek applications. 21st Century UI On our projects, we usually spend a good amount of time manipulating the appearance of native LabVIEW controls and indicators to bring them into the 21st century. We know the st...

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Channel Wires and LabVIEW OO at the LabVIEW User Group Meeting
Darren Jones

Channel Wires and LabVIEW OO at the LabVIEW User Group Meeting

DMC hosted the Chicagoland LabVIEW User’s Group meeting again at our office this month. Over a dozen local LabVIEW users and National Instruments representatives met to network and share best practices. We started the meeting with a discussion of channel wires. Channel wires are a new feature in LabVIEW 2016 that allow communication between parallel loops. Channel wire types include streams and tags, which are somewhat analogous to queues and variables. These break the visual ...

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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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6 Tips for LabVIEW UI and UX Design
Steven Dusing

6 Tips for LabVIEW UI and UX Design

At NIWeek this year, there were a few sessions that I really enjoyed focusing on user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design in LabVIEW. I take a personal interest in designing intuitive and aesthetic interfaces for my applications. Here are a few tips I learned from NIWeek. #1: Classic, Flat Controls Modern user interfaces tend to use flat or semi-flat UI graphics. Flat design became popular around 2012.  By this time, users were more comfortable with digital mediums than sim...

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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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NIWeek 2016 Highlights
Devon Fritz

NIWeek 2016 Highlights

Last week, DMC returned to Austin for National Instruments' NIWeek. The annual conference hosted by NI that brings together NI, Alliance Partners (DMC and similar companies), and NI clients to share info on popular topics and technical details of the test, measurement & control industry. All five of our office locations were represented among the nine DMC employees who attended. In addition to the interesting technical sessions and networking, DMC had a big NIWeek giving t...

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DMC Receives National Instruments Outstanding Technical Resources Award
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Receives National Instruments Outstanding Technical Resources Award

DMC was honored to receive the Outstanding Technical Resources Award at Alliance Day on August 1, 2016. This award honors the NI Alliance Partner company that exhibits the highest level of excellence, regional leadership, and commitment to mutual success within their partnership tier. Alliance Day is reserved exclusively for Alliance Partners and NI regional sales teams as part of the 22nd annual NIWeek, where more than 3,200 innovators representing a wide spectrum of industries come t...

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DMC to Present at NIWeek 2016
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2016

The 22nd annual NIWeek will take place at the Austin Convention Center from August 1-4, 2016. More than 3,200 engineers and scientists from around the world will attend the conference for technical sessions, workshops, and networking. DMC is excited to be leading three presentations at NIWeek 2016.  If you're attending NIWeek, we'd love to see you there! Objects, Objects Everywhere: Managing LabVIEW OO Hierarchies Aug 3; 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (19A) Devon Fritz, Jaon Mayes, &...

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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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LabVIEW Debugging Tips: Conditional Probes
Tyler Brink

LabVIEW Debugging Tips: Conditional Probes

The LabVIEW probe tool is tremendously helpful for debugging applications, but when there are multiple probes scattered throughout multiple VIs it can be hard to keep track of all of the values while running your application. Or, even more difficult is trying to debug an infrequent error, without spending hours watching execution highlighting, or constantly hitting a breakpoint in the code when there is no error. This is where the conditional probe starts to shine. Using a conditional probe i...

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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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Comparing Ethernet and USB cDAQs for Control Applications
Eric West

Comparing Ethernet and USB cDAQs for Control Applications

DMC recently completed a project that involved controlling an applied load using a hydraulic cylinder. Ramping the load at a controlled rate required a fast control loop with analog feedback from a load cell. The speed of the hydraulic cylinder was determined by a proportional valve controlled by an analog output from DMC’s control system. Based on other requirements of the software, DMC chose a PC-based control system using National Instruments hardware. The customer wanted the control...

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Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting at DMC
Jeremy Green

Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting at DMC

DMC hosted the Chicagoland LabVIEW User’s Group meeting at our office last month. It was another great turnout with over 30 local LabVIEW users and National Instruments present as well, with Kalin Taskov and Al Rudnick joining to participate. After several years of being a part of a great user group, Chicago brought home the hardware for the best user group of the year at NIWeek 2015 for the second consecutive year!    This meeting's topic, LabVIEW User Interfac...

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NIWeek 2015 Recap
Darren Jones

NIWeek 2015 Recap

This month, DMC attended one of our favorite events of the year, NIWeek. A team of seven DMC employees gathered in Austin to represent each of our five office locations. As always, NIWeek proved to be a fun week of sharing expertise and shaking hands with other National Instruments specialists. When we weren't attending sessions or checking out the awesome demos on the convention floor, DMC was exhibiting in booth 533.   Visitors were amazed by our Tilt Table demo, which&nb...

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DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20

DMC will be hosting the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2015. We've had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for several years now. This year's topic is LabVIEW User Interface Design. We'll begin the session by discussing tips and tricks related to style, dialogs, and multi-screen applications. We will continue by examining common LabVIEW UI/UX design pitfalls and considerations. Finally, we'll explore taking a wireframe to real...

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