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How to Use FANUC PC Developer's Kit (PCDK)
Frank May

How to Use FANUC PC Developer's Kit (PCDK)

FANUC offers an easy way to command and configure a robot from a PC using their PC Developer's Kit (PCDK).The kit allows a PC to access variables, registers, IO, programs, positions, and alarms on the robot. Most of the help documentation already covers Visual Basic, so I'll explain how to get started with C#. Installation First step is to install Visual Studio. Visual Studio Community is free and works perfectly for this application. After installing Visual Studio, go...

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DMC Hosts Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG)
Nick Shea

DMC Hosts Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG)

DMC proudly hosted the inaugural Chicagoland Siemens User Group (ChUG) meeting at our office on April 7, 2016. The event was the first in an ongoing initiative to grow the local Siemens User Community. The first ChUG meeting drew a fantastic turnout of around 30 attendees that came from as far as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Alabama. The group included end users, OEMs, and integrators interested in improving their automation engineering capabilities and sharing best practices. Siemens r...

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DMC Foosball World Cup 2016
Chris Vazquez

DMC Foosball World Cup 2016

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve already read one of our ping-pong blogs. I know, we talk about ping-pong a lot (we PLAY ping-pong a lot). But you may not have heard that DMC also recently acquired a foosball table.  It only made sense for us to do a Foosball World Cup. Following the exact format of the real Foosball World Cup, DMC’s tournament pitted 32 different employees against each other. Entrants were encouraged to represent a country ...

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Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary With DMC Chicago

DMC is turning 20 this year, proving that time really does fly when you're having fun. We'll be celebrating throughout the year, and wanted to cordially invite you to help mark this milestone with a party at our Chicago office! Join us on June 2, 2016 for food, drinks, and fun as we toast to 20 years of DMC and counting! DMC's 20th Anniversary Party - Chicago June 2, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 [Directions] Our 20th Anniversary Party wi...

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DMC Comic: Creativity
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Creativity

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's comic is the product of collaboration with Ken Brey, DMC's Technical Director.

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DMC Named Among Top 10 Places to Work in Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named Among Top 10 Places to Work in Chicago

DMC Has Been Named One Of Crain's Best Places To Work 2016 Ahead Of Its 20th Anniversary. DMC was named as one of Chicago’s Top 10 “Best Places to Work” by Crain's Chicago Business for the third consecutive year. Crain’s highlighted DMC’s emphasis on offering a variety of work, a collaboration-driven environment, and an internal career development improvement initiative. Crain's also noted DMC's low turnover rate, ...

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Attend DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party
Jason Mayes

Attend DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party

DMC has been doing business in our Houston office since last spring, but now that our Rodeo Room plaque is hung on the conference room door, we're excited to invite you inside. You're cordially invited to join us for DMC Houston's Grand Opening party on May 26, 2016! DMC Houston's Grand Opening Party May 26, 2016 4 - 10 p.m. 3311 Richmond Ave., Suite 209 Houston, TX 77098 [Directions] Join us in celebrating our Grand Opening with a Texas-sized amount of fun! We will al...

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DMC Quote Board - April 2016
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - April 2016

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

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Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event
Rick Rietz

Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event

DMC is hosting a Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT event that includes a hands-on BI workshop and IoT demonstration on Tuesday, May 10th (8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. CDT) at DMC Chicago (2222 N. Elston Ave., Ste. 200). Participants will learn how to take advantage of these offerings to improve business operations. Event Overview This event is ideal for business, engineering and IT leaders. You will walk away with a practical understanding of how these technologies work and...

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DMC to Present at CSIA's 2016 Executive Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at CSIA's 2016 Executive Conference

DMC is excited to attend the annual Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference for our ninth consecutive year. Each spring, we look forward to the conference's insightful programming and networking opportunities with peer integrators, and 2016's event held April 19 - 22 in Puerto Rico will be no exception. The conference provides a valuable opportunity for us to learn with and from other integrators who are committed to promoting industry best practic...

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DMC Denver's Poker Night
Devon Fritz

DMC Denver's Poker Night

Every DMC office loves poker. Around this time last year, I was still working in the Chicago office, where we held one of our infamous Friday night poker tournaments. Within the last year, I answered the call of the mountains and moved out to Colorado to join our Denver office. Now, the poker tradition lives on through DMC Denver. We held our very first poker tournament on a Friday night, starting the Texas Hold 'Em tournament just as the sun was setting over the city. With 10 people...

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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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DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program
Michael Dannemiller

DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program

DMC has joined Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Partner Program. DMC was selected by Microsoft to join the program based on our demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing Power BI solutions for our customers. This recognition of our expertise with Power BI comes right on the heels of our selection to join the Azure IoT Red Carpet Partner Program last month. By joining this network of Microsoft Partners, DMC will be identified as a specialized provider of Power BI solutions. ...

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Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN
Peter Rijks

Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN

Microsoft Azure VPN is a small but critical component of Microsoft’s Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. Using an Azure VPN Gateway, organizations can connect cloud resources in Azure to their network in the same way that they might connect another office to their network, using a secure site-to-site VPN that doesn’t expose internal resources to the internet at large. On the Azure side, a virtual network is created and Azure resources are connected to that network. ...

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The Product Development Process: How to Bring Your Product to Market
Tim Jager

The Product Development Process: How to Bring Your Product to Market

Have you ever had a product design idea? Our engineers created this overview of the product development process to demystify how to bring your product to market.  Learn more about DMC's Custom Software and Hardware Development services.

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DMClimbs Chicago
Andrew Griesemer

DMClimbs Chicago

DMC Chicago took a trip to First Ascent to learn the ropes for February's Activity Fund Event.

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"She Thinks My Code is Sexy"
Ryan Taylor

"She Thinks My Code is Sexy"

In order to showcase the talents and interests of each of our office founders in the most Texan way possible, DMC Houston wrote, sang, and recorded an engineering-themed cover and music video of the hit Kenny Chesney song “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”. While we may have aroused the attention of the building’s security team with cut-off T-shirts, a shotgun, and an overalls-clad hillbilly, the video was produced in good fun over a feast of Whataburger and Shiner Bock. ...

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DMC Hosting Inaugural Chicagoland Siemens User Group
Frank Riordan

DMC Hosting Inaugural Chicagoland Siemens User Group

DMC is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the kick-off Chicagoland Siemens User Group meeting at our Chicago office. Location: DMC Chicago (2222 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60614) Date: April 7, 2016 Time: 5:30 pm – 8pm Event Description As part of an initiative to grow the local Siemens User Community, this event is intended to help local Siemens users improve their automation engineering capabilities. The event will give users an opportunity to share best practices...

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DMC to Present at Siemens Oil & Gas Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at Siemens Oil & Gas Conference

Siemens will be hosting their Oil & Gas Conference in Houston on March 30 and 31. The two-day event brings together over 700 Siemens customers, executives, technology leaders, and industry experts to explore innovative technologies and new challenges facing the Oil and Gas Industry. If you're attending the Oil and Gas conference, stop by DMC's booth and don't miss the three presentations we'll be leading. Using TIA Portal and the S7-1200 for Simplified, Distributed Cont...

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DMC On Ice: Chicago's All-Day Company Meeting
Amy Cox

DMC On Ice: Chicago's All-Day Company Meeting

Several times per year, DMC turns on our away messages and leaves the office for an "All-Day Company Meeting, or ADCM. These meetings mix training topics with a fun activity for a full day of company growth and bonding. DMC Chicago's latest ADCM kicked off at McFetridge Sports Center, where we rented out several tennis courts for the meeting portion of the day. Project Management Training This particular All-Day Company Meeting focused on helping employees improve project manag...

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