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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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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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Use of BMS Validation Test Stand for Fuel Cell Management System Testing
Eric Nielsen

Use of BMS Validation Test Stand for Fuel Cell Management System Testing

Here at DMC, we do a considerable amount of work for manufacturers and test laboratories who specialize in lithium ion batteries, fuel cells, and other cutting edge energy generation and storage technologies. This work has fueled the development of many different test and measurement platforms, some more generic and others specifically designed to exacting client requirements. To read more about these systems, check out the following case studies: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Customizable Test Plat...

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New White Paper: Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing
Brent Hoerman

New White Paper: Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing

DMC has been involved in quite a few battery testing projects lately. We thought it would be helpful to assemble a compilation of some of the general things we have learned into a new white paper.... "Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Testing in a Manufacturing Environment" If you are interested in the automotive battery packs used in electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how they are tested, this article should cont...

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Using Norton Ghost for "Cloning" PC Based LabVIEW Test Stations and for Disaster Recovery
Jesse Batsche

Using Norton Ghost for "Cloning" PC Based LabVIEW Test Stations and for Disaster Recovery

While developing a Windows PC based long term test system running LabVIEW software, we found the use of Norton Ghost to be a very effective means of setting up multiple identical test stand units quickly and efficiently. Basically we took the approach used all the time by IT dept. system administrators and applied it to customized test system development. Having a stored hard drive image of the original state of each test station also proved to be a useful "restore" point to use to res...

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Check out our new Case Studies!
Kristie Simon Shea

Check out our new Case Studies!

We have added a few new Case Studies that showcase two of the business areas in which we recently have had a number of projects: Sharepoint Development and Battery Testing. Check out these Case Study entries to read more detail! Sharepoint Timesheet Entry Portal Battery Management System (BMS) Validation Test Stand Battery Pack Monitor System for Environmental Testing

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Battery Power 2009
Darren Jones

Battery Power 2009

I'm looking forward to attending the Battery Power 2009 conference next week in Denver, Colorado. "This seventh annual event will feature more than 30 presentations on portable, stationary and automotive battery technology, as well as battery manufacturing, materials and research & development. Topics will include new battery designs, emerging technologies, battery materials, power management, charging and testing systems, battery health, as well as the latest market trends affec...

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Software Automation Options for Aerovironment Battery Test and Fuel Cell Test Systems
Brent Hoerman

Software Automation Options for Aerovironment Battery Test and Fuel Cell Test Systems

Lately, DMC has been working on several "Green Engineering" and "Clean Energy" programs to develop test systems for clients developing or evaluating Battery and Fuel Cell Power Systems. Along the way, we have run into some fairly common battery and fuel cell testing equipment in these laboratories, which are produced and sold by Aerovironment (AV). These systems are basically a combination of a big, variable DC power supply and a big, variable DC load. Folks in the indu...

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