BREAKING NEWS: Unexpected Events at DMC Boston Holiday Party
Erin Meyer

BREAKING NEWS: Unexpected Events at DMC Boston Holiday Party

Murder struck at DMC Boston’s second annual holiday party this year.   Held at Petit Robert Central Bistro in downtown Boston, the party was, at first glance, no different from any other holiday party; the night began with appetizers, cocktails, formal attire, and good spirits. But, around 19:30 EST, unforeseen events began to unfold. According to authorities, every party attendee had been assigned a secret agenda in the preceding days, reputedly as part of a murder mystery game...

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DMC Comic: Engineering Arms Race
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Engineering Arms Race

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 a group of engineers engage in an arms race. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go or what they should do next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!

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DMC Quote Board - March 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - March 2015

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

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DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center

Sam Weber and I recently participated in two meetings for the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center (MEAC). Sam and I spent two days discussing the future of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management (MES and MOM) with top experts from Siemens and other members of the SIMATIC IT ecosystem. DMC is excited to extend its partnership with Siemens SIMATIC IT by joining the Siemens MEAC.  By joining the CoE, DMC gains access to an outstanding partner network of ex...

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DMC Denver Dines at The Lobby for Restaurant Week
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Denver Dines at The Lobby for Restaurant Week

DMC Denver celebrated our first Denver Restaurant Week this past Thursday at The Lobby. Best known for being the site of the former Paris Hotel Building and for its bottomless mimosa Sundays, The Lobby ended up serving a delectable dinner as well. The Restaurant Week menu was a four course, build-it yourself meal that allowed for the vegetarians, carnivores and omnivores alike to be fully satisfied. And boy were we satisfied! In fact, we were probably a bit overly satisfied at the end of it a...

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Employee Spotlight: Kevin Ferrigno
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Ferrigno

Each month DMC's Employee Spotlight takes a closer look at a different employee to learn more about the people who make up Team DMC. Senior Project Engineer, Kevin Ferrigno enjoys and welcomes challenges of all kinds. In this video, Kevin talks about how he had to use three programing codes to complete a project: PLC, C++ and .NET.  Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal
Otto Gottlieb

Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal

This article goes through setting up and using the Siemens S120 drive inside TIA Portal after it has been configured in STARTER. While several other Siemens drives can be started with Siemens Startdrive (G120, G120C, G120D, and G120P), performing a hardware configuration of an S120 drive is not yet integrated into TIA Portal. I have heard that the next big release will have this feature! TIA Portal Setup In this example project I’m using an S7-1500 CPU and a CU320 control unit as seen ...

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Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows
Michael Dannemiller

Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows

Often times when implementing a workflow, we as designers run into a situation where we need a variable to persist between each workflow. Sometimes it’s to determine if a specific process has been completed previously or to count how many times the workflow has run. When we run into these situations, using a workflow variable won’t do since the workflow variables are instantiated anew each time the workflow executes. To solve this we have to serialize the variable in the only way ...

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Using LabVIEW Quick Drop Shortcuts to Maximize Productivity
Eric West

Using LabVIEW Quick Drop Shortcuts to Maximize Productivity

LabVIEW Quick Drop is one of my favorite tools for speedy LabVIEW development. For developers who aren’t familiar with Quick Drop, it is a development feature that has been standard since LabVIEW 2009.  Quick Drop is activated by pressing Ctrl + Space, then you can type the name of the VI or control you want to place instead of using your mouse to navigate through layers of the palette. However, the feature that really puts the “quick” in Quick Drop is creating custom s...

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Commissioning Siemens G120 Drives with Startdrive in TIA Portal
Nicklas Thystrup

Commissioning Siemens G120 Drives with Startdrive in TIA Portal

The built-in drive commissioning features in TIA Portal make it very simple to commission a Siemens G120 drive with a Siemens S7 PLC without the need for any stand-alone software. Drives can be commissioned quickly and easily, and afterwards all drive parameters will be stored in Portal for future reference. I have described the general process of setting up Profinet drives with safety in Portal step-by-step. Small details may vary with every situation, but the general process is as follows: ...

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DMSki 2015
Nicklas Thystrup

DMSki 2015

This year was my first opportunity to attend the popular activity fund subsidized event DMSki. A group of 25 of us, including three significant others, ventured to Vail, Colorado for the famed annual event. We rented an awesome house this year which comfortably slept all 25 of us. It came complete with an outdoor hot tub, a foosball table, and plenty of space to play Euchre and Blokus. It also had a big kitchen which allowed us to cook everything from spaghetti to beef brisket. We started ...

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DMC Denver Has Fun With Dry Ice
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Denver Has Fun With Dry Ice

One rather snowy day in Denver, Boris decided to bring in some dry ice. Sure he was using it for a project, but why not have some fun at the same time? The guys froze apples and string cheese; they created some massive fog out of a plastic water bottle and made a metal spoon vibrate rapidly. All in all it was a successful day of weird science experiments around the office. Watch the video below to see more. Learn more about company culture at DMC.

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Chicago Fly Fishing Excursion
Andrew Griesemer

Chicago Fly Fishing Excursion

As a new employee at DMC Chicago, I’m quickly learning just how easy it is to plan exciting outings with my fellow coworkers. At our first mentor lunch, Gareth and I were musing on how much we wanted to learn how to fly fish. With some planning from Gareth and a survey to gauge interest, two weeks later we were out on the North Pond in Lincoln Park with 21 DMCers and Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters learning the basics.  The class walked us through the general premise of fly fishing,...

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Attend DMC Denver’s Opening Day, Opening Day Party
Jessica Mlinaric

Attend DMC Denver’s Opening Day, Opening Day Party

DMC began doing business in our Denver office back in August 2014, but now that the art is on the walls and the pool table is set up, we're ready to party! What better day to celebrate our opening day than on the Denver Rockies Opening Day at Coors Field? And, what better way to celebrate than to attend the game and cheer on the Denver team while they face off our Chicago flagship office's home team The Cubs? Go Rockies! Step up to the plate: you're cordially invited to join us...

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Purchasing Office 365 via Web-Direct
Brian Frett

Purchasing Office 365 via Web-Direct

On June 28th, 2011 Office 365 was released. At this time Microsoft customers were presented with an entirely different way to purchase and use the productivity tools they had relied on for years. With great change comes questions and confusion. As an individual who has been a Microsoft partner since the first release I definitely have recognized a significant increase in familiarity with Microsoft’s cloud service offerings.  However, if there is a topic that I would still classify ...

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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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