SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Kevin Ferrigno

SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness

DMC has recently been working closely with Siemens in expanding opportunities to utilize their Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management platform, SIMATIC IT. One area we've pursued is development of a Line Monitoring tool to help manufacturers implement a cost effective way to measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and perform downtime analysis.   This result is a low cost solution built on a Siemens S7-1200 PLC and SIMATIC IT Line Montioring Syst...

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Geek Challenge Results: Fractal Snowflake
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge Results: Fractal Snowflake

The winner of the Fractal Snowflake Geek Challenge is John Jacobsma of Dickson. Tim Jager of DMC also responded with a correct value of C, 10830. The Fractal Snowflake Challenge was a study in recursive programming. Recursive programming is a technique where a function calls itself, usually many times, until eventually instead of calling itself, it just does something. The program had two layers of recursive programming in it: The function MakeTriangle was what actually did something in th...

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DMC Comic: Animals Part 2
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Animals Part 2

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety.  This month we meet some animal engineers. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!          

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Quote Board - February 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

Quote Board - February 2015

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the most infamous utterances of the moment. This month even the Denver office joined in!  

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Trumped Up at DMC Chicago's 2015 Holiday Party
Jessica Mlinaric

Trumped Up at DMC Chicago's 2015 Holiday Party

Each January, DMC pauses after the New Year’s hustle to reflect on the past year and recognize a job well done at our annual holiday party. The tradition has evolved from an indoor racing event in Chicago, to cruising Lake Michigan, the heights of the Signature Room at the Hancock Building, and the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. With the addition of our Boston and Denver offices in recent years, DMC’s holiday parties now span three cities! This January, the Chicago team was treated...

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DMC Denver Holiday Party
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Denver Holiday Party

It doesn’t seem like it was six months ago that DMC Denver set up its roots in the great state of Colorado, but somehow half of a year has passed us by! We mirrored our Chicago and Boston counterparts in celebrating this past year of success by throwing a post-holiday Holiday Party with the whole Denver team. We hosted our first annual DMC Denver Holiday Party at Guard and Grace, a steakhouse in the heart of LoDo (Lower Downtown). The bartender’s old fashioned was the best I&rsquo...

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What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?
Brian Frett

What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?

Standard Cloud Support is pretty intuitive: you receive the standard support from Microsoft for issues you encounter with Office 365. What is Signature Cloud Support though, and why should you care about it? Signature Cloud Support offers more timely and thorough technical support to primary Cloud partners and those partners’ clients. Among the numerous benefits available, Signature Cloud Support members experience specialized support from exclusive technicians with a high level of know...

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DMC Denver Reads Literature
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Denver Reads Literature

DMC has had a business book club going for quite a while, and we’ve read some really influential books that have changed a lot of things around our three offices. But we were somehow unfulfilled in our reading endeavors here in Denver, so we decided to start a literature book club to balance out the very right-brained work and reading we normally do here.  Our first pick was A Clockwork Orange written by Anthony Burgess and made even more famous by Stanley Kubrick’s very grat...

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Employee Spotlight: Matt Goedke
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Matt Goedke

DMC engineer Matt Goedke works on the LabVIEW and embedded projects team in the Chicago office. In addition to programming in C, he also enjoys drinking craft beer and working with his hands.

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RESTful Logins
Jack Cosgrove

RESTful Logins

If you are constructing a web application, you will probably have to create a login page that generates a user session. If you are not aware, RESTful (representational state transfer) URLs are considered best practice for internet applications. As a general rule (only to be broken under duress), RESTful URLs should be nouns, while the HTTP method is the verb. For example, if you want to see a user profile page and the user ID is 8, then a RESTful URL would be https://host/users/8/. “users&...

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Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013

One problem we run across on a fairly regular basis is the process of creating a single document which differs only slightly. Often times, this is a contract for a business that has standardized services. They want to generate a contract with the contact information of a new client, but all of the rest of the content is identical between contracts. One fantastic way to accomplish this is by using list metadata to populate fields in a document with Microsoft Word's Quick Parts. Step one is...

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Datalogging From a Siemens PLC to LabVIEW: Easier Than You Think
Jason Mayes

Datalogging From a Siemens PLC to LabVIEW: Easier Than You Think

Have you ever been disappointed in the data logging options available on your Basic panel? Ever wished it were easier to set up logging directly to a database? Or perhaps you've wanted to set up some simple simulation or test sequences without modifying your PLC control code. If you have a little LabVIEW experience, you're in luck! Recently, I ran across an R&D scenario where we wanted to log some data from an S7-1500 PLC for analysis - a lot of data. We were using a TP1500 Comfor...

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Siemens WinCC OA - The Open Architecture SCADA Package
Leon Grossman

Siemens WinCC OA - The Open Architecture SCADA Package

When asked if we work with a particular technology here at DMC, my answer is always "yes". PLC, Embedded, Test and Measurement, Business Logic: we do it all and more. WinCC OA (OA) is the spiritual analogue to that philosophy in SCADA form. There are native drivers for Siemens and Allen Bradley PLCs as well as an OPC driver so it will work with nearly any modern controller. Supporting a wide range of hardware is expected of a product that is targeted to the same space as Wonderwa...

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DMC Comic: Office Animals Part 1
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Office Animals Part 1

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety. This month we meet some animal engineers. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!        

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Jessica Mlinaric

Quote Board - January 2015

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

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DMC Talks System Integration Trends With Control Engineering
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Talks System Integration Trends With Control Engineering

In CFE Media’s December 2014 issue of Control Engineering, DMC Project Director Matt Puskala talked with Bob Vavra about trends in system integration. DMC ranked in Control Engineering’s System Integration Giants of 2014 along with companies such as Matrix Technologies, Concept Systems, Inc. and Mustang Automation & Control who also nominated representatives to weigh in on the topic. As noted in “Trends in System Integration” not only is “manufacturing&hellip...

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Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013

When you have time-sensitive tasks or documents that require renewal or can expire, SharePoint can be the perfect tool to help you and your company remember to address these upcoming concerns. Using SharePoint Designer workflows, we can set automated reminders to send notifications to assigned parties in order to prevent critical information from becoming overdue. The first thing we have to do is create the key fields in the list for which we want to set reminders. I’m going to assume t...

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DMC Denver Network Installation and Set-Up: All In One Pile
Timothy Johnson

DMC Denver Network Installation and Set-Up: All In One Pile

Several months ago it was announced that DMC would open a new office in Denver, CO (which officially opened its doors Sept 1, 2014) and that I would need to order everything that it would take to get the IT infrastructure up and running. Most IT professionals come into and support an existing environment and, depending on the business, may never get a chance to build a network from scratch. I’ve only built one business network from the ground up, and there are certainly challenges along th...

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Fractal Snowflake Challenge:
Ken Brey

Fractal Snowflake Challenge:

The following snowflake is built using two recognizable fractal patterns: the Koch Snowflake and the Sierpinski Triangle. The final design is generated by a computer program and is comprised completely of small blue triangles. How many small blue triangles are in the image? You can download high-resolution versions of the snowflake in a variety of formats: .dwg, .wmf, and .pdf. Also, the source code of the program that generated the snowflake is given below. Which is the total number of blue ...

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!
Michael Dannemiller

Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!

Earlier this month, in a desperate, yet ultimately futile, attempt to take our minds off the increasingly frigid weather, DMCers from the Chicago office sought refuge in the warm embrace of National Public Radio. Not with tote bags or endless donation requests, but with the hit show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Don’t let the over-punctuated name fool you, WWDTM (as it’s known to insiders who love acronyms and write blogs), is full of laughs and sharp insights into the week&r...

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