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How to Use MatrikonOPC Server with a Siemens PLC
Furqan Ayub

How to Use MatrikonOPC Server with a Siemens PLC

MatrikonOPC Server allows you to connect OPC clients like HMIs, SCADA systems, and other custom applications to a wide range of Siemens PLCs (S7-200, S7-300, S7-1500, etc.) via Ethernet.  This blog shows you how to configure a Siemens S7-300 PLC in MatrikonOPC Server to connect to an HMI or any other OPC client.   Configuring a Siemens PLC Channel One of the benefits of using MatrikonOPC Server is easy, step-by-step configuration through the Siemens PLCs Configuration Wizar...

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Houston's Fall Fun Indoors
Peter King

Houston's Fall Fun Indoors

Avoiding the oppressive Texas heat of August and September, the DMC Houston team has found their fun in the air-conditioned paradises of the great indoors. Here's what we've been up to lately.   Trivia One of these such paradises is Christian’s Tailgate, a Houston-area bar chain that hosts trivia every Tuesday night. Although it’s always been close, the DMC ‘Budgie Smugglers’ (look it up) are the two-time reigning champs and hold a 3-0 career record ...

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Recovering Missing Library Components in Altium Designer
Ryan Taylor

Recovering Missing Library Components in Altium Designer

Have you ever opened an Altium project only to discover that a Footprint or Schematic Library file is missing? Maybe your coworker forgot to commit the files to version control, or forgot to include them in the .zip file before leaving for vacation. If so, have no fear: you can recover the footprints easily and automatically. Schematic Library From the Schematic Editor, select Design -> Make Schematic Library. Altium will convert each component on your schematic into a library compon...

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What's It Like to Start Working at DMC Chicago?
Molly Graham

What's It Like to Start Working at DMC Chicago?

The Chicago office recently filmed and debuted its first update video. These videos are shared internally at our monthly company-wide meeting and sometimes also on our YouTube channel. After a huge brainstorm and much debate, the Chicago team decided to focus our video on all the new employees that had been training in our office throughout the summer.     Emily Shanker, David Berno, Christian Owen, and Caleb Stoll all joined DMC just as we were making this video ...

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Connecting to Legacy Telemecanique XBT Terminals
Ryan Taylor

Connecting to Legacy Telemecanique XBT Terminals

As legacy hardware begins to fail, support can be difficult for a variety of reasons - not the least of which is the deprecation of programming software and debugging tools. I recently helped a customer restore the program to an old Telemecanique (now owned by Schneider Electric) XBT-C terminal, and wanted to pass along some lessons I learned. This guide will be for the XBT-C series terminals, but should be similar to other legacy devices as well. Getting Started First and foremost, you wi...

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Creating an Augmented Reality (AR) Demo with the Vuforia Studio Pilot Program
Cecilia Brookshier

Creating an Augmented Reality (AR) Demo with the Vuforia Studio Pilot Program

Augmented Reality (AR) has been booming the past couple of months, especially with the deployment of Pokémon Go. If you're not familiar with it, Pokémon Go is a mobile app that encourages its users to walk around the real world in order to capture virtual Pokémon characters. Aside from making a very addicting mobile phone application, AR is now being considered in industrial settings. It can be used to diagnose and troubleshoot machinery, or provide visual instructions for assem...

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Welcome to DMC, Dinner Theater, and the 1920s
Becca Stussman

Welcome to DMC, Dinner Theater, and the 1920s

For the welcome party of John Michael Fruhlo, Brian Sabino, and me, DMC took us out in style to Tommy’s Gun Garage, a themed dinner theater set in gangster-ridden, speakeasy-filled, flapper-crazed 1920s Chicago. From the moment we received our first email with details of the event, we knew we were getting into something interesting. We were told that there was a password in order to get into the theater, and that the password was either: 1) DMC Company, or 2) Little Jake Sent Me. Of ...

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DMC on Tour: Modernization Made Easy on the E&M New Stuff Road Show
Ryan Taylor

DMC on Tour: Modernization Made Easy on the E&M New Stuff Road Show

Jimmy Condon and I joined E&M on the 2016 edition of their annual New Stuff Road Show to help Siemens showcase their new Modernization Made Easy initiative that was launched this year. The two-week tour, which stretched from Sacramento to San Diego, was a great opportunity to connect vendors, system integrators, and end-users and give hands-on access to the latest in automation technology. In addition to answering a wide variety of general automation questions, drinking lots of coffee,...

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Cheers to Our New Employees at a Chicago Distilling Welcome Party
Serena Shah-Simpson

Cheers to Our New Employees at a Chicago Distilling Welcome Party

DMC has several fun traditions for onboarding new team members, including a welcome party of the employee's choice. Cecilia, Jay, and I were treated to a cocktail class welcome party at the Chicago Distilling Company during our third and final jam-packed week of training in Chicago.  On arrival, everyone was greeted with an open bar and catered dinner from Warehouse Pizza. The pizza was amazing, featuring some unique toppings such as Bic Mac and the much admired Mac N Cheese. Our DMC...

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Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT
John Sullivan

Dissecting the Siemens Open Library: Configuring Multiple Items On a Faceplate Using a UDT

The Siemens Open Library is a great resource that includes many commonly used Function Blocks and Faceplates. However, every project is different and customer requirements sometimes necessitate changes or the creation of new things. In the Dissecting the Siemens Open Library Series (this is the first post), I plan to break down some of the methods used by the Open Library to make configuration quick and easy. One thing that the Open Library does really well is it...

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DMC Survivor: Voted From The New York Office
Jeff Fukushima

DMC Survivor: Voted From The New York Office

Each month, one of DMC's offices gives the rest of the company an update on the latest happenings. This month, DMC New York decided to make a Survivor-themed video (inspired by real-life events) to help showcase our new office space!   Season One, Episode One In this episode of Survivor, several office plants die under Jeff's care while Jon is out of the office. Will the bond between coworkers survive... or did Jeff lose his chance at being the Survivor? Tune in for an epis...

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Dynamic Printf in Atollic TrueSTUDIO v.6.0.0
Ji-hoon Kim

Dynamic Printf in Atollic TrueSTUDIO v.6.0.0

Atollic has recently released TrueStudio v6.0.0, their most recent major update to the TrueSTUDIO IDE. The update comes with new features such as support for CMSIS-pack, updates to the build analyzer, and an interesting debugging tool that Atollic calls “dynamic printf” which we’ll look at today. A dynamic printf is a hybrid between a traditional breakpoint and a printf() function. Essentially, it’s a printf() that you can insert into the code like a breakpoint, even d...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 2016

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the most infamous utterances of the moment.

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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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RSVP for Zaca Mesa Wine Tasting at DMC Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

RSVP for Zaca Mesa Wine Tasting at DMC Chicago

DMC invites you to attend a complimentary wine tasting hosted by our clients at Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards on Thursday, October 27. The event will be held at DMC's Chicago office from 6 to 8 p.m. Join Zaca Mesa General Manager, Paul Pease, to taste through a selection of new releases and favorite wines as we bring the vineyard experience to you. Enjoy an interactive wine tasting and video presentation that showcases the beauty and flavors of Zaca Mesa. We will be pouring sev...

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DMC Denver Celebrates Oktoberfest
Molly Graham

DMC Denver Celebrates Oktoberfest

DMC Denver held an Oktoberfest party on September 22, 2016. The Rocky Mountains offered a backdrop comparable to any mountain view in Munich, Germany where so many Oktoberfest revelers were recently participating in their own celebration.  Munich may have just finished their 183rd Oktoberfest, and we’ve had a few of our own, but this year DMC used the opportunity to continue celebrating our 20th Anniversary. It was a wonderful night with lots of beer, delicious food, and ...

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Industrial Security: 4 Ways to Keep Your Factory Safe from Cyber Attacks
Matt Puskala

Industrial Security: 4 Ways to Keep Your Factory Safe from Cyber Attacks

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to meet a high-ranking US Senator. One thing that stuck with me was how seriously he took Chinese cyber espionage. Was it really possible that our phones could spy on us, even when powered down, unless the battery is removed? I was skeptical, but since then, we’ve learned of the reality of incurable spyware that lives on your hard drive’s firmware, and seen countless high-profile cyber-attacks that can bring even the largest companies to their ...

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DMC Cares Guerrilla Giving Initiative
Stephanie Balavitch

DMC Cares Guerrilla Giving Initiative

A few times a year, DMC holds an All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) in each of our offices. These offsite meetings are an opportunity for all employees in that office to get together, discuss goals, and have some fun. Our past ADCMs have provided us unique experiences like ziplining in Wisconsin, ice skating, and even a Ferris Bueller-style day in Chicago. This ADCM focused on a few different topics. The day started with small group discussions on our core values and customer service fundame...

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Celebrate DMC New York's Grand Opening on Oct. 20
Jon Carson

Celebrate DMC New York's Grand Opening on Oct. 20

DMC has been doing business in our New York office since last spring, but now that our pool table is installed, we're excited to invite you inside. You're cordially invited to join us for DMC New York's Grand Opening party on October 20, 2016!   DMC New York's Grand Opening Party 4 - 10 p.m. 141 W 36th St;, Suite 20N New York, NY 10018 [Directions] About the Party Join us in celebrating our Grand Opening with some Big Apple-sized fun! We will also be com...

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