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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 Compared to NI’s outdated Fieldpoint modules, the CompactDAQ series outperforms in basic I/O functionality, speed, versatility, size, help resources available, robustness, and lead time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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DMC to Host National Instruments Exams in 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Host National Instruments Exams in 2017

DMC will be hosting two National Instruments certification exam dates at our Chicago office this year. The exams will be held on Thursday, June 22 and Thursday, October 19. 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. Learn more an enroll on the National Instruments website.  June 22 and October 19 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave...

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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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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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NI LabVIEW Part 1: Building Distributed and Synchronized FPGA Applications with Multiple C Series Chassis
Jeremy Green

NI LabVIEW Part 1: Building Distributed and Synchronized FPGA Applications with Multiple C Series Chassis

This blog series will examine applications requiring multiple C Series FPGA chassis. You may need multiple chassis because of a high channel count requiring more modules than which can fit in a single chassis. Or, you may have a large amount of FPGA logic that can’t fit on a single FPGA chip. If needed, the generalized architecture presented here may provide ideas for how to achieve tight synchronization between FPGA code running on these different chassis.  As a quick overvie...

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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 60614 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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