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NI Package Manager and SystemLink
Steven Dusing

NI Package Manager and SystemLink

I’ve recently been looking into some of NI’s latest and greatest products, specifically SystemLink and NI Package Manager. They’re both exciting new developments for the NI community, with great promise for the future of LabVIEW and test and measurement applications. They also are providing DMC with a great benefit in the near term. Before I dive into the detail of how we’re using these two products, I’ll provide a brief overview for any readers who may be unfami...

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Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?
Becca Stussman

Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?

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Although shutting down your PC is a very quick debugging step to address your PXI modules’ connection issues, many PXI users may not be aware of the PXI module to PC connection process, and thus will not know to try this troubleshooting step. Hopefully this blog saves you some time, and helps you along the way to a successful project using the NI PXI chassis!

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DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting

DMC recently welcomed the Chicagoland LabVIEW Users Group back to our office. We love sharing information and expertise with other technical professionals in the Chicago area, and we've enjoyed hosting the LabVIEW community at our office for several years. For this meeting, we built on our NIWeek Presentations and heard developers from the Chicago area discuss their projects and findings. Presenters at the event included DMC’s Steven Dusing and Christian Owen, along with J...

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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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Tools for Managing Your LabVIEW Source Code
Jesse Batsche

Tools for Managing Your LabVIEW Source Code

Using code management tools is essential, but choosing from LabVIEW's many options can be tricky. Here I will explore Project Libraries (.lvlib), Classes (.lvclass), Libraries (.llb), Packed Project Libraries (.lvlibp), Projects (.lvproj), and VI Packages (.vip) so that you can compare each tool's purpose and behaviors to make smart choices on which to use in YOUR codebase. With more than just a few VIs, proper use of code management tools is essential.  LabVIEW provides a variet...

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NIWeek 2018 Highlights
Darren Jones

NIWeek 2018 Highlights

Last month, DMC joined 3,200 engineers, educators, and NI developers from 60 countries at NIWeek. The conference in Austin, Texas offered over 200 technical training sessions and 125 expo exhibits. This is an annual event hosted by National Instruments that brings together engineers across the globe to share information on popular topics and technical details of the test, measurement & control industry. Jesse Batsche, Christian Owen, Steven Dusing, Peter Rijks, Da...

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DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group Meeting
Darren Jones

DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group Meeting

DMC will host the Chicagoland LabVIEW User’s Group meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. We have had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for many years, and we are excited to open our space to the community. The goal of our meetings is to discuss various LabVIEW programming techniques, technologies, application design patterns and much more. We use this opportunity to network with other programmers in the Chicagoland area.  Agenda  At this year's meeting, we w...

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DMC's Team of National Instruments LabVIEW Certified Engineers Grows
Darren Jones

DMC's Team of National Instruments LabVIEW Certified Engineers Grows

Custom solutions like those that DMC implements as a National Instruments Alliance Member require continued education and certifications like LabVIEW's Associate Developer, Developer, Embedded Systems Developer, Architect, and Professional Instructor certifications. DMC continues to demonstrate our expertise and commitment to excellence by regularly expanding our list of LabVIEW certified engineers, and we aren't slowing down. Recently, five more engineers achieved certifica...

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DMC to Present at NIWeek 2018
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2018

DMC is excited to lead three presentations at NIWeek 2018 which is coming up on May 21-24 at the Austin Convention Center. Over 3,200 engineers, educators, and NI developers from more than 60 countries will gather to learn from over 200 technical training sessions and 125 expo exhibits.  If you're heading to Austin this spring, don't miss these three presentations by DMC! IoT in the Real World: Practical Advice for Acquiring and Using Your Data - ...

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Tips and Tricks for Upgrading your NI Compact Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ
Becca Stussman

Tips and Tricks for Upgrading your NI Compact Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ

National Instruments’ CompactDAQ series offers rugged, reliable, and high-performing I/O modules for interfacing with hardware. Compared to NI’s outdated Fieldpoint modules, the CompactDAQ series outperforms in basic I/O functionality, speed, versatility, size, help resources available, robustness, and lead time for new hardware acquisition. Upgrading from Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ modules can be a rewarding and worthwhile process for the success and longevity of any system. Howeve...

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DMC Chicago to Host National Instruments Certification Exam
Darren Jones

DMC Chicago to Host National Instruments Certification Exam

DMC will be hosting a National Instruments certification exam at our Chicago office on February 23. 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.  February 23, 2018 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Ste. 200 Chicago, IL 60614 Learn more about DMC'...

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Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers
Christian Owen

Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers

DMC has been using the SAE J1939 CAN protocol in LabVIEW applications since 2010. A few years ago, DMC wrote a first generation set of J1939 drivers using the NI-CAN Channel API provided by National Instruments (NI) which was, at the time, a standard NI CAN API for use on the NI-CAN hardware family. Since then, NI released XNET. XNET is a modernized, unified, and easier to use API for CAN, LIN and Flex Ray interfaces and is to be used with NI’s XNET hardware family.  NI’s ...

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Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware
Erik Donarski

Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware

In order to synchronize DAQ timestamps or time-sensitive processes across devices, you need to establish a common time source to which all devices on a network can synchronize.  Network Time Protocol (NTP) services provide this functionality, through which multiple networked machines may reference a common time source. However, issues can arise when a project requires National Instrument's LabVIEW with NTP. There is not much online in terms of bridging the gap between ...

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Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Thursday, Noveber 16, 2017 at the Marriott Detroit Livonia from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims to he...

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NI LabVIEW Part 2: Synchronized Data Acquisition across Distributed FPGA Chassis
Jeremy Green

NI LabVIEW Part 2: Synchronized Data Acquisition across Distributed FPGA Chassis

In this section, we'll discuss data acquisition using the multiple FPGA chassis architecture outlined in the previous section, NI LabVIEW Part 1: Building Distributed and Synchronized FPGA Applications with Multiple C Series Chassis. If you haven’t already, refer to Part 1 of 3 for Distributed FPGA Chassis Time synchronization. We use LabVIEW DMA FIFOs for typical FPGA applications that acquire data to be sent to an RT target(Host). There are a lot of ways to use FIFOs for...

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Meet DMC at Seattle National Instruments IIoT Event on 10/24
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Seattle National Instruments IIoT Event on 10/24

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims to help att...

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NIWeek 2017 Highlights
Steven Dusing

NIWeek 2017 Highlights

Last month, DMC joined hundreds of other National Instruments professionals at the annual NIWeek conference. DMC’s Darren Jones, Jon Carson, Jason Mayes, Jesse Batsche, Peter Rijks, Bill Sowerwine, Nick Aroneseno, Mark Locascio, and Steven Dusing attended the event in Austin, Texas. The conference is an opportunity for DMC engineers to expand their NI knowledge base, talk to other NI professionals, and give presentations on relevant topics. What is NIWeek? Per National Inst...

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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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