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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 Controls Kit
Steven Dusing

DMC LabVIEW UI Controls Kit

Our DMC Test and Measurement team recently created the DMC LabVIEW UI palette! It’s the first official DMC LabVIEW user interface control and indicator set, and will save time on our LabVIEW user-interfaces while simultaneously providing our customers with modern and sleek user interfaces. 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 standa...

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

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

This blog series will take a look at applications requiring multiple C Series FPGA chassis. You might need multiple chassis because of a high-channel count requiring more modules than 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 your application also requires tight synchronization between FPGA code running on these different chassis, then the generalized architecture presented here could provide some ideas for how ...

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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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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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Quality and Customer Success: Caterpillar in the News
Darren Jones

Quality and Customer Success: Caterpillar in the News

DMC received some good news recently from one of our customers. Over the years, DMC has built a solid relationship with Caterpillar, working with different teams and facilities on projects involving LabVIEW, .NET, and various test systems. We were happy to learn that a project we were part of has been nominated for a corporate competition for best quality improvement project. The Caterpillar team received recognition for this in December. The recognition of our friends is great to hear abo...

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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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DMC to Exhibit at NIDays 2015 in Chicago and Boston
Darren Jones

DMC to Exhibit at NIDays 2015 in Chicago and Boston

This fall, DMC will once again be attending NIDays, the largest NI regional technology and innovation event ever held. Visit DMC's booth at NIDays Chicago on October 15 (booth 5) and at NIDays Boston on November 17. The one-day conference invites engineers and scientists to learn about the latest technologies, best practices, and application trends for measurement, embedded, and test systems. NIDays offers technical sessions, hands-on learning workshops, interactive te...

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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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LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix

Every so often, a software package update/patch's readme notes become really important for a project. To save you from diving into the readme notes for the LabVIEW VAS package, I wanted to highlight a bug I fell prone to. Integrating vision into your application can include difficulties. NI MAX does a good job of addressing one of the challenges with vision systems by smoothly bringing in camera data to the LabVIEW environment. The bug I experienced was a timeout of a USB3 camera after st...

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TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW
Devon Fritz

TestStand - The Lesser Known Sibling of LabVIEW

TestStand provides an extensible framework to integrate and execute equipment/hardware divers and algorithms from a variety of common programming languages. That definition is fairly complex and is loaded with vague terms, but understanding TestStand as such may help you choose when to use it and will add it to your knowledge of usable software toolkits. National Instruments, being primarily a test and measurement company, designed TestStand to be a PC based platform. They have a few differen...

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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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