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DMC St. Louis Celebrates Grand Opening
Patrick Corcoran

DMC St. Louis Celebrates Grand Opening

On August 16th, DMC's St. Louis office celebrated our Grand Opening. The party started with technologically advanced cocktails and Siemens-powered ice cream and ended with a Cardinals Game that evening. Although we've been doing business in St. Louis since last spring, the event marked the first official DMC St. Louis party in our newly renovated Richmond Heights office space. We were thrilled to host several of our partners and customers for a night filled with food, drinks...

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NI Package Manager and SystemLink
Steven Dusing

NI Package Manager and SystemLink

I’ve recently been looking into some of NI’s latest and greatest products, specifically SystemLink and NI Package Manager. They’re both exciting new developments for the NI community, with great promise for the future of LabVIEW and test and measurement applications. They also are providing DMC with a great benefit in the near term. Before I dive into the detail of how we’re using these two products, I’ll provide a brief overview for any readers who may be unfami...

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DMC Quote Board - September 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - September 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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DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE: Fun By Land, By Air, & By Water

This year, the DMC Chicago office decided to keep things local and hosted our third annual Yearly Office Event (YOE) right here in the Windy City. Since most of us have already experienced most of the typical Chicago experiences, we decided to branch out a little and try some not-so-typical Chi-town activities. What is a YOE? First off, a YOE, or Yearly Office Event, is a fun weekend for employees from every office to gather at a specific DMC location. The event is partially sponsored...

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Geek Challenge: A Place in the Sun
Nicholas Hensel

Geek Challenge: A Place in the Sun

You are an engineer on site in Lebanon, Kansas. At sunrise on the vernal equinox, you hop in your hovercar and start driving directly toward the rising sun along the ground at a constant 60 mph. You continue driving in this way until the sun sets. What are your coordinates when you stop driving? Parameters •    Coordinates of Lebanon, Kansas: 39°48′38″N 98°33′22″W •    Vernal Equinox: September 22, 2018 • ...

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Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint
Dan Mitchell

Employee Onboarding and Offboarding in SharePoint

In our work with various organizations, DMC’s Digital Workplace Solutions team has found that many organizations have no formal onboarding process in place. Without an organized system, it is easy for key onboarding tasks to fall through the cracks resulting in employees arriving on their first day unable to begin working. Beyond the lost productivity of the new employee, a mismanaged onboarding process can cause frustration across departments, damage the employer’s brand, and hav...

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Bringing Back Waffles for Business at DMC Boston
Lillian Walker

Bringing Back Waffles for Business at DMC Boston

For Throwback Thursday this week, I made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the back of DMC Boston's pantry was our rather dusty waffle iron! Not too long ago, Friday mornings were consistently celebrated with waffles for breakfast as a way to ring in the weekend. Realizing that none of the newer engineers even knew we had a waffle maker, Adam and I decided to bring back Waffles for Business! Bright and early, we started whipping up some waffle batter, including gluten-free batter for our...

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DMC Chicago to Host CSIA Event for Midwest System Integrators
Frank Riordan

DMC Chicago to Host CSIA Event for Midwest System Integrators

DMC is excited to partner with CSIA in hosting an SI Regional Event at our Chicago office on September 5. The half-day event will include a lunch, tour of the DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute), SI Discussion Roundtable, and networking event on DMC's rooftop deck. For the SI Discussion Roundtable, we aim to replicate a "roundtable" discussion format commonly used at peer group meetings. We ask the participants to submit questions in advance related to ...

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Custom Data Logging using a Siemens Comfort Panel and VB Script
Caleb Stoll

Custom Data Logging using a Siemens Comfort Panel and VB Script

I recently worked on a project that required the use of data logging. However, the formatting of Siemen's data logging was not ideal for this implementation. So, I made my own version of data logging using Visual Basic scripts on my Comfort Panel that create and append to a CSV file. One of the first things to think about is where you want to store these logs. For Comfort Panels, you can access the onboard USB drive and the SD card slot via VBScript. You can also access a networ...

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Siemens HMI Toolbox: HTML Browser
Emily Shanker

Siemens HMI Toolbox: HTML Browser

Each post in the Siemens HMI Toolbox series highlights a native HMI object in the Siemens WinCC Comfort, Advanced, or Professional environments. It is our goal to help users become more familiar with HMI development by sharing some of our best practices and useful tools we have learned. This post focuses on the HTML Browser object. Overview: The HTML Browser object allows you to view simple HTML pages in your HMI runtime application. DMC has used this HMI element to serve many different...

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Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno
Kevin Service

Defying Gravity and Going Skydiving in Reno

Like every child growing up, I admired airplanes soaring through the sky. They seemed not only majestic but proof of man’s infallible ingenuity and perseverance. The Wright Brothers showed the world we simply had to push the limits with an incredible feat of engineering and determination. I had the same gut reaction anyone else would have: “Man, it’d be fun to jump out of one of those and hurtle towards the ground at 125 miles per hour!”  From Slack to the Skies ...

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Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View
Emily Shanker

Siemens HMI Toolbox: PDF View

Each post in the Siemens HMI Toolbox series highlights a native HMI object in the Siemens WinCC Comfort, Advanced, or Professional environments. It is our goal to help users become more familiar with HMI development by sharing some of our best practices and the useful tools we have learned. This post focuses on the PDF view control object. Overview: The PDF view object allows you to display PDF documents in your HMI runtime application. This can be an incredibly powerful tool in applica...

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Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues
Amy Costello

Bowlin' to Dodgeballin': DMC Chicago 2018 Sports Leagues

Who doesn't love a little friendly competition with coworkers? DMCers have participated in a variety of sports leagues over the years, from beach volleyball in Chicago to kickball in NYC. There's no shortage of opportunities for us to bond outside of the office, but nothing compares to that feeling of teaming up for something other than that engineering project you're making things happen on.  Chicago Competition DMC Chicago's colleagues have kept busy teaming up ...

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DMC Golf Outing 2018
Timothy Johnson

DMC Golf Outing 2018

Before starting at DMC, I had a tradition of participating an annual golf outing at Sydney Marovitz golf course which is the closest course to the DMC Chicago office. I decided to bring this tradition to DMC. There is a second tradition that seems to come with our golf outing - our outing is always condemned with overcast skies and the chance of thunderstorms. We thankfully lucked out once again with only light rain on the first tee box. We changed up the format this year fr...

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An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer
Anna Jankovsky

An Intern's Guide to Surviving a DMC Summer

Three months ago, I got a call while walking home from class in the last few weeks of the Spring semester. Immediately upon seeing the Chicago area code, I knew that this was the moment I had been waiting for—the decision from DMC for a marketing internship that coming summer! I was so excited to hear Jessica, my new boss, on the other end of the line congratulating me for getting the job. I called my parents to tell them the good news, "I’m moving to Chicago! I got the posit...

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Siemens S7 Graph Tips and Tricks
Nikhil Holay

Siemens S7 Graph Tips and Tricks

SIMATIC S7 Graph is used for programming sequence logic in a graphical, flow chart representation. For those of us who have been programming sequences in ladder logic or SCL, Graph presents an alternative method that includes some built-in functionality. For those that haven’t used Graph (and maybe those who have!), I’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you develop quickly and efficiently. Pre/Post Instructions Pre and post-instructions run cyclically, before and after...

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Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?
Becca Stussman

Why Can’t I Connect to my NI PXI Chassis Modules?

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Although shutting down your PC is a very quick debugging step to address your PXI modules’ connection issues, many PXI users may not be aware of the PXI module to PC connection process, and thus will not know to try this troubleshooting step. Hopefully this blog saves you some time, and helps you along the way to a successful project using the NI PXI chassis!

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5 Great Uses of the Spread Operator in a React App
Jacob Bruce

5 Great Uses of the Spread Operator in a React App

React has quickly become one of DMC’s favorite tools for web front-end 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. JavaScript’s spread operator sees a lot of use in DMC’s React applications due to its concision and versatility. Here are 5 of our favorite uses of the spread operator ...

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DMC is Headed to a School Near You!
Elisha Harris

DMC is Headed to a School Near You!

Summer is ending and that means school will soon be back in session! The season of college football and all-night study sessions is fast approaching for students. Along with all the friends, fun, and school activities is one of the most exciting parts of DMC’s year - fall career fairs! DMC will be recruiting on-campus at 28 schools across the U.S. this year, and we want to meet YOU! Some major milestones we reached as a company in 2018 include adding our seventh office...

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How to Fix a PLC 5 Red Fault Light
Frank May

How to Fix a PLC 5 Red Fault Light

So, you either had a system that was working and then a red light showed up, or you bought a used PLC and the fault light showed up. Here's how to fix the fault light.  If the "BATT" Light is Red You should replace the battery within a few days. You should keep the PLC running since the PLC will lose the program if it loses power for more than a few minutes without a battery (check your PLC manual for how to do this). If it's been red for more than ten&nbs...

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