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How To Make a Simple Time-lapse IP Web Camera Using a Raspberry Pi
Jirka Hladis

How To Make a Simple Time-lapse IP Web Camera Using a Raspberry Pi

When it comes to capturing time-lapse videos, there are numerous off-the-shelf solutions and libraries out there. For last year’s FedEx Day project, I decided to implement a minimalist solution on a Raspberry Pi using only the default image capture API that ships with Raspbian (raspistill), the built-in UNIX task-scheduler (cron), a video conversion utility (avconv), and a lightweight web server (lighttpd). Set up your Raspberry Pi with the latest version of Raspbian by burning ...

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Tips for Importing Allen-Bradley Tags into an InTouch HMI
Joe Kraemer

Tips for Importing Allen-Bradley Tags into an InTouch HMI

Creating tags in a Wonderware InTouch HMI project that connect to your Allen-Bradley PLC is quick and easy for small projects. However, on projects with hundreds or thousands of tags, it can become time consuming! To speed up this process, we use InTouch's DBDump and DBLoad features, which allows the use of Microsoft Excel to change the tagname dictionary. Method 1 - Manual Tag Creation (Small Projects) Start in InTouch WindowMaker by opening the T...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2019
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2019

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film
Jamie Handelman

DMC Office Update: Elf - A DMC Feature Film

At the beginning of each month, all DMC offices call in for an all-company meeting. During this meeting, we share knowledge and information on projects, introduce new employees, celebrate anniversaries and give office updates.  Everyone gets most excited about the office update video that comes at the end of the meeting. This tradition started a few years back with the Boston office, and we now switch offices every month for who will give the update. Over time, it became a competiti...

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DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" for a Second Time
Rick Rietz

DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" for a Second Time

After leading a Power BI "Dashboard in a Day" workshop last November, Microsoft has invited DMC back to lead a second workshop. On February 21, 2019, Senior Consultant Michael Dannemiller will lead the Power BI hands-on training workshop at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago from 9 am - 5 pm. Microsoft, in partnership with DMC, is pleased to offer this one-day workshop for a second time covering the capabilities of Power BI. The goal of this workshop is to ...

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DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy
Elisha Harris

DMC Time Travels to the Last Speakeasy

The year was 1933. The men sported their suspenders and fedoras, and the women dressed in their fancy flapper attire. It was also the official ending of the very unpopular Prohibition era, and everyone was celebrating and imbibing whatever they could get their hands on.   The Last Speakeasy Every year on the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, the Chicago History Museum hosts the Last Speakeasy where attendees partake in an evening filled with dancing, (fake) gambling...

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Siemens Open Library Version 3.0 Release
Jeff McCormick

Siemens Open Library Version 3.0 Release

Version 3.0 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This is by far the largest update since the initial release of the library and includes changes for TIA Portal V14 SP1. COMING SOON: A TIA Portal V15 version of the Siemens Open Library that includes full simulation for all devices! Major Updates Get the Siemens Open Library updates. Twenty-nine newly supported blocks! Including brand new blocks such as Digital Output, Siwarex Load Cell Modules, Hydraulic Valve...

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Northwestern vs Notre Dame Football Game Tailgate
Eric Lutzen

Northwestern vs Notre Dame Football Game Tailgate

DMC is always growing and has alumni from schools around the US and world including many alumni from both Notre Dame and Northwestern University. With so many supporters of both teams, it was exciting to find out that these two football teams would be playing each other in Evanston, Illinois near our flagship Chicago office. DMC employees from Chicago and even employees from various other offices came together and made use of DMC's activity fund to tailgate before watching their alma m...

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DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018
Jamie Handelman

DMC's All Day Company Meetings 2018

One of DMC's annual traditions is having an off-site All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) where everyone takes the day off project work to learn, share knowledge, team-build, and spend time together outside of the office. Our ADCMs have taken us everywhere from ice skating in Chicago to roaming historic Boston. These company meetings are a chance for our offices to combine forces as well. This year, Chicago and St. Louis combined for their ADCM as did our offices on the West Coast. Our All Day ...

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DMC Quote Board - December 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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5 Great Ways to Get Started with React Components
Jacob Bruce

5 Great Ways to Get Started with React Components

React has quickly become one of DMC’s favorite tools for web frontend development due to its component-based structure and growing adoption. However, between the JSX syntax, component lifecycle, and state management, learning to use React effectively sometimes feels like learning a language in and of itself.  If you're getting your feet wet in React, here are some of DMC’s top tips for making components. 1. Make Lots of Components React’s component-based st...

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DMC Recognized as an Industry Leader at Chicago's Tech Day
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Recognized as an Industry Leader at Chicago's Tech Day

DMC was proud to be recognized by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a leader in Chicago’s technology industry at Tech Day on November 28. DMC joined fellow tech leaders from 16 companies who have added or will be adding a combined 2,000 jobs in Chicago in 2018 and 2019. As DMC's Marketing Manager, I represented DMC at the event, which offered an opportunity to celebrate industry growth while fostering continued collaboration within the tech sector. The event was held at ActiveCampaign and hoste...

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User Interface Design Tips: Checkboxes vs Toggle Switches
Zach Haynberg

User Interface Design Tips: Checkboxes vs Toggle Switches

Interactivity, or input from a user, is expected in almost every type of mobile or desktop application, website, or interface. Users enter personal information, change application settings, and navigate various menus while using an interface. As designers, it is our job to provide users with the correct controls to make these inputs easier and quicker. Two of the most common controls, toggle switches and checkboxes, appear to accomplish the same task and often get their use cases confuse...

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DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers
John King

DMC Takes Hamilton: Lights, Camera, Engineers

To say that this was not what I expected when I signed on as a Systems Engineer at DMC is a correct statement. One month into my job, 50 of us were going to see Hamilton (yes...that Hamilton) on the company’s dime. Not only that, but everyone was at the show to welcome four other employees and myself to the company. The Hamilton Welcome Party was just the latest in a slew of company-sponsored welcome parties. Each new employee gets a welcome party. It's an excellent way to connect w...

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SQL Express Scripting from WinCC Advanced
John Williams

SQL Express Scripting from WinCC Advanced

The ability to access a SQL database in real time from WinCC runtime can be beneficial for manufacturing processes. It can be used to determine what should be run on a line, log parameters of a process, or provide tracking of products in real time. This tutorial will go through some of the steps necessary to access data from an SQL database with WinCC advanced. An important note is that SQL access is not allowed through scripting from a Siemens Comfort Panel. One way to work around this&...

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Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!
Alex Bernard

Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Mind Boggling Action at WWE SmackDown Live!

The DMC activity fund is a long-standing tradition DMC created to support employee planned events so that we can all hang out with each other while we aren't working and have some fun. We've done everything from skydiving in Reno to deep sea fishing in Houston. But, where were we on November 13, 2018? I’m sure you remember where you were. How can you forget? The St. Louis office knows. The St. Louis office will certainly never forget. Witnessing History That was the n...

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DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies
Eric Baggen

DMC Office Update: DMC Seattle Finds New Hobbies

Each month, everyone at DMC meets in person or by video conference for a monthly company meeting. We share knowledge, introduce new employees to the company, celebrate anniversaries, and much more.  However, what we often most look forward to are office update videos! This DMC tradition started in our Boston office a few years ago and quickly spread to Houston. From there, it was only a matter of time before all the DMC offices were competing to see who can make the funniest office ...

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LUSH Welcome Party
Maddie Drake

LUSH Welcome Party

After training in Chicago and kicking off my career at DMC by helping out in Reno, I finally made my way back to my home office of Houston. Being back permitted me to have my very own welcome party which every employee at gets. Everyone chooses their own party location and it's a great chance to get to know more people at DMC. I thought, what better activity to do to bond with an office full of men than to make bath bombs at my favorite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly cosmetic...

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DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training
Heather Talbert

DMC Gets CPR & First Aid Training

DMC uses our own internal suggestion box as one of the many avenues to answer these two "WWTBTSCD" questions: What would the best technical solutions company to work WITH do? What would the best technical solutions company to work FOR do? We receive a pretty large range of suggestions varying from requesting more gear in the gym to improving project staffing. DMC genuinely cares about what employees think, and we take every suggestion under consideration. We recently r...

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DMC Leads "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft
Rick Rietz

DMC Leads "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft

DMC Senior Consultant Michael Dannemiller led a Power BI “Dashboard in a Day” workshop at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago earlier this month. The goal of the workshop was to help participants understand how to analyze their data in a rich and compelling way. We started the day off with coffee, breakfast and an introduction to Power BI and the benefits of the platform. Michael gave a high-level overview of the uses of Power BI and the different dashboards participan...

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