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DMC Attends 2015 Offshore Technology Conference
Jason Mayes

DMC Attends 2015 Offshore Technology Conference

DMC recently attended the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held May 4 - 7 in Houston. Over 94,700 attendees in offshore energy from around the world gathered at NRG Park to exchange ideas and opinions advancing scientific and technical knowledge for the safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable development of offshore oil and gas resources. DMC opened a Houston office this year, making this conference especially valuable. Ryan Taylor and I spent a day at the ...

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All Day Company Meetings Spring 2015
Amy Cox

All Day Company Meetings Spring 2015

Each DMC office recently hosted an All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) in their respective cities of Chicago, Boston and Denver. A few times a year, DMC holds these offsite meetings to discuss goals and have some fun together. In the past we've had a trolley tour of Chicago, a cooking class, and improv lessons at Wrigley Field. This ADCM focused on customer service, factory safety initiatives and quality control for engineers while the Microsoft Consulting and Administrative teams conducted ...

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DMC Comic: And Then There Were Three
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: And Then There Were Three

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 "technical gravity" pulls in all passing engineers. 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 Presents at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presents at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference

This April, I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference. This was DMC's eighth consecutive year attending the conference, and the event took place just weeks after DMC passed its third CSIA audit. Held April 29 through May 2 in Washington, D.C., the conference provided a great setting for integrators to share best practices and connect with industry peers. I was excited to lead an educational session on A...

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DMC Presents at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC Presents at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference

DMC was recently invited to speak at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference in Houston, TX. The conference is an opportunity for industry partners to share knowledge on how Siemens delivers efficiency and reliability to the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of oil production and explore solutions that do more with less. Since DMC opened an office in Houston this year, the conference was a perfect opportunity to meet more people in the area. Jason Mayes and I attended and...

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Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio
Nikhil Holay

Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio

Connecting to a B&R device over Ethernet or over a network is extremely helpful for updating and troubleshooting programs. Without a connection, a CompactFlash would have to be re-created for any small change that was made. In addition, it would be impossible to monitor the state of the program. This article details how to connect to your B&R device over Ethernet and over a network. Connecting to a Device over Ethernet Purpose: Allows file downloads/transfers to the B&R devi...

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DMC Quote Board - May 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - May 2015

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

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Employee Spotlight: Peter Rijks
Amy Cox

Employee Spotlight: Peter Rijks

Application Developer Peter Rijks is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Microsoft Consulting Services Team. In addition to working on SharePoint-related projects and programming in .NET and C#, Peter enjoys skiing, biking, running, and board games.   Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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Mapping Physical Keys in B&R Automation Studio
Nikhil Holay

Mapping Physical Keys in B&R Automation Studio

The ability to map physical buttons is a crucial element of fully utilizing B&R's Power Panel platform. Physical keys are a great way of making an HMI more user-friendly and robust. This article details the procedure to map physical keys in B&R Automation Studio. High Level Overview Physical button pressed on the HMI Virtual key is triggered Triggered virtual key performs action or sets variable Variable can be used as a trigger for other actions within the program ...

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Attend DMC Boston's Mad Science Party
Jessica Mlinaric

Attend DMC Boston's Mad Science Party

At DMC, we often feel like mad scientists creating cutting-edge, technical solutions. It's only fitting that we're hosting a pair of Mad Science parties this spring at our Boston office on Thursday, June 18, 2015 and in Chicago on June 4. Featuring out of this world food and drinks along with hair-raising, hands-on experiments, it's sure to be an explosively fun time! Hypothesis: You'll have a blast celebrating with DMC! Facts: DMC Boston's Mad Science Party June 1...

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Attend DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party
Jessica Mlinaric

Attend DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party

At DMC, we often feel like mad scientists creating cutting-edge, technical solutions. It's only fitting that we're hosting a pair of Mad Science parties this spring at our Chicago office on Thursday, June 4, 2015 and in Boston on June 18. Featuring out of this world food and drinks along with hair-raising, hands-on experiments, it's sure to be an explosively fun time! Hypothesis: You'll have a blast celebrating with DMC! Facts: DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party June 4, 20...

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DMC Recognized as a SIMATIC WinCC Specialist
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC Recognized as a SIMATIC WinCC Specialist

As a Siemens Solution Partner, DMC is proud to have recently been recognized as a Siemens WinCC Specialist. WinCC Specialists are qualified experts who can implement complex SCADA projects using Siemens’ best practices. This prestigious acknowledgment means that “the quality and project management processes, as well as the technical WinCC-Know-How” at DMC has been approved by Siemens through a central audit process.  With this designation, DMC has a direct line of communic...

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DMC Passes CSIA Recertification
Frank Riordan

DMC Passes CSIA Recertification

DMC passed its third CSIA audit this month with flying colors. As a member of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), DMC is required to undergo a third party audit once every three years to maintain certification. The CSIA audit consists of 79 different criteria taken from the CSIA Best Practices & Benchmarks manual.  In the course of our audit preparation, DMC's leadership team and many senior engineers re-examined current processes and best practices, not only to pa...

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DMC to Present at Siemens Oil and Gas Innovations Conference
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC to Present at Siemens Oil and Gas Innovations Conference

Siemens is hosting the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Innovations Conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas from April 22-April 23. As a Siemens Solution Partner and with a new office opening in Houston, Texas later this year, I am honored to represent DMC at this year’s conference. My presentation, Improving and Scaling SCADA Systems: Is WinCC OA Right for Me? will be a part of the Solution Partner Breakouts taking place on Wednesday, April 22. WinCC OA is similar to a traditional S...

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DMC Denver Opening Day, Opening Day
John Sullivan

DMC Denver Opening Day, Opening Day

DMC Denver celebrated its grand opening in conjunction with the Rockies’ Opening Day at Coors Field for an Opening Day, Opening Day party that proved a huge success. We opened our DMC Denver office with a group of four engineers from Chicago back in August of 2014. Less than a year later, we’ve already doubled in size, finished decking out our new office with art, a pool table and new furniture, and have continued developing our client and customer relationships since moving to...

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DMC Recognized for Company Culture
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Recognized for Company Culture

After being named the Best Place to Work for Millennials and ranked among the top three places to work for Gen X employees by Crain’s Chicago Business, DMC was interviewed by Flirt Communications to learn more about the company culture that abounds in our offices. When asked what three words best describe the culture at DMC we decided on Smart, Innovative, and Fun. “Have Fun” is one of our Core Values after all, and it is a decidedly important factor in our day to day intera...

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DMC Comic: Friends Forever
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Friends Forever

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 is a throwback comic. 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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Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming
Otto Gottlieb

Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming

I have found little information for commissioning a Schneider Electric Lexium MDrive Stepper Motor and integrating it into a Siemens solution, so I decided to write about how I did it. Commissioning the MDrive Stepper Motor with the Schneider TCP Configuration Utility The software required for commissioning the drive is available for download on the Schneider Motion website. The software that I needed was the Lexium LMDxE TCP Configuration Utility Version 1.2.0.6 that includes the PROFINET...

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DMC to Present at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference

DMC will be attending the annual Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference held this year in Washington, D.C. from April 29 - May 2. It will be our eighth consecutive year attending the conference, and we look forward to all of the fantastic programming as well as the opportunity to network with peer integrators. Since first attaining CSIA certification in 2009, DMC has valued both the opportunity to continuously improve our business processes and to share ideas ...

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Automating Web Development - Part 1: Tools
August Karlstedt

Automating Web Development - Part 1: Tools

I’ve been working on a new DNN skin for a while now and much progress is being made. Along the way, I’ve learned about tools that can help speed up website development drastically. In this blog post, I’ll give an overview of these tools and how to use them by themselves and together to harness the power of automation and simplify development tasks. Tools Ruby Sass (or Less) Node.js npm Bower Grunt or gulp Ruby We won’t be using Ruby as a program...

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