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Tips and Tricks for Upgrading your NI Compact Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ
Becca Stussman

Tips and Tricks for Upgrading your NI Compact Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ

National Instruments’ CompactDAQ series offers rugged, reliable, and high-performing I/O modules for interfacing with hardware. Compared to NI’s outdated Fieldpoint modules, the CompactDAQ series outperforms in basic I/O functionality, speed, versatility, size, help resources available, robustness, and lead time for new hardware acquisition. Upgrading from Fieldpoint to CompactDAQ modules can be a rewarding and worthwhile process for the success and longevity of any system. Howeve...

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DMC Holiday Parties: Celebrating Across the USA
Molly Graham

DMC Holiday Parties: Celebrating Across the USA

Annual holiday parties are one of DMC's favorite traditions. At DMC holiday parties, everyone available gets together in January to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year. Past parties have taken us everywhere from a glassblowing studio to a former prison! Since DMC has continued to grow, and grow, and grow, we had holiday parties at more offices than ever this year! New York Holiday Party The New York holiday party took place on one VERY cold and windy night a...

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Take Me to Your Leader: A Planetarium Welcome Party
Whitney Wright

Take Me to Your Leader: A Planetarium Welcome Party

It was a cold January night when I donned a silver, Pringle-shaped skirt, a black unitard, swiped on some purple lipstick, and stashed a plastic gun in my waistband. It was all for a work event. Where in this galaxy could I possibly be going that required a toy gun and purple lipstick? Well, it was for my first outing since starting at DMC, of course. It was time for my Welcome Party at Chicago's Adler Planetarium! Each new employee at DMC is welcomed with a party of their...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 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 to Host National Instruments Certification Exam
Darren Jones

DMC Chicago to Host National Instruments Certification Exam

DMC will be hosting a National Instruments certification exam at our Chicago office on February 23. The testing can cover any of the practical exams in the NI lineup, including the Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified LabVIEW Architect exams. A representative from NI will be proctoring the exams.   Enrollment is open to anyone on the National Instruments website.  February 23, 2018 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave, Ste. 200 Chicago, IL 60614 Learn more about DMC'...

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Arduino Programming with VSCode
Tyler Brink

Arduino Programming with VSCode

Get started programming Arduinos through Visual Studio Code (VSCode).

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FactoryTalk View: Parameter Linking Bug Fix
Emily Shanker

FactoryTalk View: Parameter Linking Bug Fix

Global Objects are a great way to cut down on development time, modularize, and add repeatability to your FactoryTalk HMI project. We previously explored this topic in our blog, Rockwell FactoryTalk Studio Basics: Global Objects and Tag Substitution.  This tutorial will first walk new and experienced users alike through how to create a Global Object and utilize many of the advanced features Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk offers. It will also demonstrate how to resolve potenti...

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DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche
Otto Gottlieb

DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche

Don’t worry. When I say Avalanche, I mean the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, not a snow slide. Our hockey team took on the Winnipeg Jets, and the game was spectacular. A group of us attended together using DMC Denver's activity fund, a monthly fund that employees can access to plan fun events to hang out and bond.  After a slow start to the game, Colorado scored two goals in the 2nd period only to have Winnipeg tie up the game in the 3rd period and send the game to overtime. ...

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Deciding If Your Project Needs an Acceptance Test Plan
Jesse Batsche

Deciding If Your Project Needs an Acceptance Test Plan

As engineers and programmers, it’s fun to design, build, and program things! To justify the time invested in these activities, the results need to be high quality and satisfy a real-world need. Testing is essential to verify the system satisfies the real-world goals and requirements. This article describes why developing a comprehensive Acceptance Test Plan (and then rigorously applying it) is important to overall project success. Primary Benefits  An Acceptance Test Pla...

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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
Michael Dannemiller

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Click here to see our latest onboarding workflow solution. Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new hires feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new emplo...

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DMC New York and the Mysterious Ticking Noise
Serena Shah-Simpson

DMC New York and the Mysterious Ticking Noise

Every month, a DMC office makes their own video to share updates with everyone at DMC. In January, DMC New York took our turn.  We filled everyone in on all of the fun we've been having at events like our Yearly Office Event, DMC New York YOE - Eating Our Way Through NYC, and we told everyone all about how we are bursting at the seams with new hires.  Meet our roster of New York office engineers in this fun video, and see if we can find out the source of the mysterious t...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 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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How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App
Curtis Weir

How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App

Provider-hosted apps allow us to run powerful processes and access data externally from SharePoint. This guide is intended to provide a clear, and easy-to-follow process for configuring an application that can utilize data from both SharePoint Online and Microsoft Azure. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between SharePoint-hosted and Provider-hosted add-ins, please read Microsoft's guide on how to choose a development pattern for your add-in. Requirements Microsoft Az...

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Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal
Gina Brooks-Zak

Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal

With Siemens TIA Portal V14, a great new tool for PLC and HMI development called MultiUser Engineering was released. MultiUser Engineering allows multiple developers to access a server project through local sessions and quickly and seamlessly merge updates to PLC or HMI code such as function blocks, user-defined types (UDTs), WinCC Comfort or Advanced screens, and more. DMC has been using the MultiUser tools with great success, and I'd like to share a few insights with y...

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DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy
Molly Graham

DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy

DMCers in Chicago recently celebrated the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in style at the Chicago History Museum's annual Last Speakeasy. In what has become a DMC tradition, we donned our flapper dresses and fedoras and bundled up as best we could to take a step back in time for a few hours.  The museum pulls out all the stops, filling up every available space with entertainment, food, and intriguing exhibits. There was a visit from John Russick, CHM'...

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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption
Rick Rietz

6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption

You've invested valuable time and resources into your organization's SharePoint / Office 365 solution but have you thought about user adoption? User adoption planning is critical to SharePoint implementation success. Even the most powerful and well-designed SharePoint portal will flounder if employees aren't properly introduced to this business productivity tool. Upfront planning, communication, and leadership alignment can simplify your SharePoint deployment and adoptio...

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Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre
Peter Rijks

Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre

If you run any virtual machines in Azure, you should recently have received an email with the subject Accelerated maintenance to address CPU vulnerability in your subscription. This is part of Microsoft’s response to the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. Other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Platform, are affected as well and are rolling out similar responses to the vulnerabilities. What's the Plan: Cascading Reboots Microsof...

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Hawaiian Shirt Fridays
Peter Rijks

Hawaiian Shirt Fridays

I bought my first Hawaiian shirt (which is still in my rotation) in Orange Beach, Alabama during spring break of 2001. Since then, Hawaiian Shirt Friday has become a personal tradition of mine lasting the last dozen or so years. At my two previous jobs, it remained a personal tradition, and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would continue my tradition at DMC. However, while it took a while to start catching on, here at DMC it’s become more than just a personal tradition, and t...

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Nucleo UART Tutorial Mbed-Style
Ji-hoon Kim

Nucleo UART Tutorial Mbed-Style

Introduction ARM touts its mbed platform as an all-in-one solution to the Internet of Things. Today, we’re going to focus on one of its great benefits: “vendor-layer” abstraction. In other words, with mbed, you don’t have to write code for a specific target. Mbed will compile it for the target you want, whether it’s an EFM32 or an STM32. At DMC, we work with all kinds of different platforms for all kinds of different projects. Being able to borrow and port ...

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Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14
David Berno

Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14

With the recent release of TIA Portal V14 and V14 SP1, several new additions have been added to increase the efficiency and organization of code written in SCL (structured control language). Recently, I have been using many of these new features while writing code in SCL and wanted to share them with you. We will start by defining SCL and its uses in programming, then we will compare ladder to SCL, next we will discuss inline SCL networks, Regions and Region Synchronization, and will finish b...

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