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Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC
Erlis Kllogjri

Cocktail Making & Starting at DMC

One of the many perks of joining DMC is that whenever new employees come onboard, welcome parties are planned to celebrate the occasion. David Wylen and I chose to have our welcome party be a cocktail making class at the Chicago Distilling Company. The event proved to be more informative than expected, but as much fun as we hoped. It then dawned on me, with the help of a Russian mule, that the process of making a cocktail is an excellent analogy to the process I underwent when I joined DMC. P...

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DMC is Expanding to Dallas
Ryan Landwehr

DMC is Expanding to Dallas

DMC is proud to announce that we're expanding to Dallas! Just a four-hour drive from our Houston office, the new Dallas location will help strengthen DMC's presence in the booming economic regions of North Texas and Oklahoma. While we are targeting Summer 2019 for the official opening, we're actively supporting current customers from our Houston office and building new relationships in the area. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the new DMC Dallas tea...

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Beckhoff's New TwinCAT HMI
Jacob Bruce

Beckhoff's New TwinCAT HMI

Last February, DMC visited Beckhoff’s U.S. headquarters in Savage, MN for a training course on their new TwinCAT HMI platform. We were very impressed by the platform and have since had some successful implementation on projects. Here are a couple of the features integrated into Beckhoff’s new HMI worth taking note of: Web-based Control and Monitoring WYSIWYG Web Page Design Development in Visual Studio Easy Extention and Customization Read on for more details...

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DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity
Edmund Sales

DMCares: DMC Helped Build a House with Habitat For Humanity

In October, DMC Chicago said goodbye our desks and hello to a build site as we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to assist in building more affordable housing for people in need. Decent, affordable housing opportunities matter for our Chicago neighbors and Habitat for Humanity not only aids in building the homes, but they contribute to the purchase of the house and help with education on home maintenance and financial management. This is why nine of our employees bundled up on a bliste...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 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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Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks

When using Telerik to graph in .NET, there are some tips and tricks to remember. Refer to Using Telerik to Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET for the basis of this blog. Populate Your Chart with Data – Series Provider In Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots in .NET, you saw an example of how to add data to a chart using a series. This was easy to do, but included a lot of repetition if you needed multiple items to be plotted. To make this easier and more extensible, we c...

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DMC Office Update: Boston Brainstorms Meeting Room Names
Adam Wójcik

DMC Office Update: Boston Brainstorms Meeting Room Names

Each month, everyone at DMC gets together in person or via video conference for an all-company meeting. We take time to share knowledge, celebrate our coworker's promotions and anniversaries, and discuss any goals we have as a company.  One part of the meeting that we have come to really look forward to are the premiers of monthly office update videos that each DMC office produces. This DMC tradition started in our Boston office (since the summer of 2013!), and now everyone...

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Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018
Robert Viramontes

Escape to the Hudson Valley: NYC YOE 2018

In October, DMC New York took celebrated the fall weather by heading up to the Hudson Valley. DMCers near and far traveled to New York to enjoy autumnal activities and taking a break from city life. We headed out of NYC on Friday afternoon for a weekend of fun fall activities. What is a YOE anyway? The YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is when each office hosts a weekend of fun annually. In Denver, we usually go skiing. In Boston, we typically hit the Cape. The YOE is a wonderful way for employ...

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Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET
Katherine Czaplicki

Using Telerik To Create Multi-Series Plots In .NET

Telerik is a tool built for creating UI frameworks in a variety of platforms. I recently developed a .NET application at DMC which used Telerik’s WPF tools for graphing live data to the user interface. This blog will walk you through the creation of the graph below. Refer to Using Telerik Graphing in .NET: Tips and Tricks for more best practices.  Recommendations Start populating your graph with dummy data that you have hard coded! It will make debug...

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DMC to Speak at Siemens Food & Beverage Digitalization Day
Ryan Landwehr

DMC to Speak at Siemens Food & Beverage Digitalization Day

DMC will be attending Siemens Food & Beverage Digitalization Day on November 28, 2018. This event will take place at the Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas.  Food and Beverage Digitalization Day aims to share industry best practices that spur innovation through digitalization. A series of panels and presentations will address ways to increase productivity and efficiency, increase performance, improve safety and quality, and increase sales and customer focus. D...

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Beachin', Bikin', & Floatin': Boston YOE 2018
Jamie Handelman

Beachin', Bikin', & Floatin': Boston YOE 2018

The DMC Boston office hosted their third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) in Cape Cod this year. The YOE is an awesome opportunity for DMC employees from every office to come together for a fun weekend full of a variety of activities. Each office hosts one YOE event per year, and it is partially sponsored by DMC. Last year, the Boston crew headed to the mountains of New Hampshire. This year, the Boston crew returned to Cape Cod. We decided to hit the beach and rented out a series of hous...

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ABB Vision-Guided Movement – These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For
Keith Janson

ABB Vision-Guided Movement – These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For

Of all the unanswered questions of the universe, the one that consistently keeps me up at night is this: In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, if recovering the Death Star plans were so vital to the security of the Galactic Empire, why would you send Storm Troopers to do a job that a machine could do just as well, especially if the machine would be immune to Jedi mind tricks?  To prove to myself that it could not have been an issue of technological limitations (and have an excuse to pla...

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Announcing the Chicago Women in Technology (WIT) Network and Event
Anjali Bharadwa

Announcing the Chicago Women in Technology (WIT) Network and Event

I am excited to announce the launch of the Chicago WIT Network! WIT (Women in Technology) is a community of professionals across the world that believe in making it easier for women to imagine, begin, and develop a career in IT. There are over 80 chapters in over 40 countries that provide a vast and varied network of events, contacts, and opportunities. As co-chair of the Chicago WIT chapter, I am especially excited to further WIT’s mission: Build a global community of l...

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DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft
Rick Rietz

DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft

DMC Senior Consultant Michael Dannemiller will lead a Power BI "Dashboard in a Day" hands-on training workshop at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Microsoft in partnership with DMC, Inc. are pleased to offer this one-day workshop covering the capabilities of Power BI. The goal of this workshop is to help you understand how to analyze your data in a rich and compelling way.  You are enc...

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WinCC Comfort/Advanced HMI Heartbeat
Furqan Ayub

WinCC Comfort/Advanced HMI Heartbeat

WinCC Advanced provides a way to monitor the heartbeat of the HMI through an area pointer called coordination word. PLC can monitor this life bit and find out when the HMI gets disconnected. This blog shows you how to monitor the HMI life bit on a Siemens PLC. Create a data block variable of type Word called wCoordinationWord and open HMI connections in Portal. After you select the HMI connection that is linked to your PLC, select the area pointer tab. Enable the Coordination area point...

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DMC Is Ignition 7.9 CORE Certified
Nick Shea

DMC Is Ignition 7.9 CORE Certified

DMC is excited to announce that we are now Ignition 7.9 CORE certified. Project Engineer Elizabeth Hill passed the Ignition Core Certification exam designed to test understanding and knowledge of Ignition. The test covers Ignition architecture, real-time status and control, historical data logging, UDTs and templates, and alarming. Testing & Certification The test itself consists of two parts and takes an average of eight hours to complete. Part one, Troubleshooting Prompt...

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An Introduction to Power BI's Query Editor
Jason W

An Introduction to Power BI's Query Editor

Power BI is a fantastic tool for creating visually appealing reports to analyze numerous sources of data. Report creation is often as simple as dragging and dropping if the data available is appropriately formatted. However, this is not always the case. Fortunately, Power BI contains a powerful Query Editor that allows you to transform your data into exactly the form you need. Below is a list of features that can make life easier! To access the query editor, navigate to the home tab, and clic...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 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 Tips For Getting Started In PLCSIM Advanced
Nikhil Holay

5 Tips For Getting Started In PLCSIM Advanced

Siemens' S7-PLCSIM Advanced allows simulation of functions while configuring and engineering without a physical connection. Overall, PLCSIM Advanced implements many improvements over PLCSIM including simulation for the web server, OPC UA, distributed IO, and many more. Below are a couple tips and tricks I’ve used to get started with PLCSIM Advanced. Tip One: Downloading To PLCSIM Advanced Downloading to PLCSIM Advanced is a little different for a developer accustomed...

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STEM Outreach During a Train Delay
Alex Bernard

STEM Outreach During a Train Delay

As a recent new hire, I spent my first three weeks in the Chicago office for training before heading to my home office in St. Louis. Because I was taking the Amtrak train from Chicago to St. Louis, I was asked to transport one of our "ball demos" for a career fair in the coming week. The ball demo is a tilt-table which uses feedback control to roll a ping pong ball to any arbitrary point on the surface of an iPad. We typically use the ball demos as a talking point during coll...

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