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Sharpening Our Skills at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing
Roman Didyk

Sharpening Our Skills at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing

DMC loves a good company kickball or volleyball game, but sometimes we like a change of pace. If you're also looking for an out of the ordinary activity in Chicago, it might be try something a little edgier. For though we're in the the height of summer, we all know Winter is Coming, and there's only one reasonable course of action - it's time to learn to throw axes.  Razor Sharp Fun A group of DMCers recently visited Thunderbolt ...

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DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable

DMC's Director of Consulting Services, Rick Rietz, will lead a presentation at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable. The session will be held on September 19 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at The Westin Denver International Airport in Denver, CO. Rick's presentation will provide guidance on planning and implementing Microsoft’s cloud solutions, including Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure. Attendees will learn how to evaluate...

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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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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017

Another school year is starting, and for DMC that means visiting campus career fairs! So far, 2017 has been a big year for DMC. We added a sixth office, hired a ton of new employees, and were once again voted one of the best places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. DMC continually makes strides to grow and improve as a company, and we are always looking for talented individuals that can help us achieve our goals.  Why work for DMC? DMC provides M...

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DMC to Participate in Manufacturing Connectivity Webinar
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Participate in Manufacturing Connectivity Webinar

DMC will participate in a free webinar panel discussing how to get started with connectivity in your manufacturing operations on August 16 at 1 p.m. CST. DMC Project Director Nick Shea will join Matteo Dariol and Tobias Conz of Bosch Software Innovations in examining what to consider when implementing connectivity. The webinar is the third in Bosch's Connected Manufacturing Webinar Series. Webinar Agenda When dealing with IIoT implementations, most companies have to choose be...

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DMC Explores California Wine Country
Elizabeth Hill

DMC Explores California Wine Country

In case you didn't know, we like to have fun here at DMC. That can range from rooftop happy hours to weekend getaways we call YOEs (yearly office events). Recently, a bunch of DMC employees from different offices were scattered across the West Coast, so we decided to meet up. We did something fun and new for everyone - visit Sonoma, CA! Travel In Tandem We met up on Friday, ready for a bright and early Saturday outing. Our first stop was Spoke Folk Cyclery to pick up our transp...

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How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal

One of the great, and underused, features in TIA Portal is the Network Topology tab of "Devices and Networks." It can enable you to accomplish a number of advanced tasks while simultaneously providing more in-depth network diagnostics. Today, I want to quickly show you how you can use Network Topology to configure a MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal. Why Ring Topology? There are many reasons why one might consider using a ring topology for your network. The most common one is ...

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DMC Cares at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Roman Didyk

DMC Cares at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Last summer, we kicked off a charitable initiative called DMC Cares. Since then, we've been ramping up opportunities for volunteering and philanthropy across our offices. Team members from DMC Chicago recently helped package foods at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). GCFD is a Chicago food bank that works with over 700 agencies and programs to serve the entirety of Cook County in the fight against hunger. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes about 160,0...

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DMC Hits the Trails: Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe
Andrew Crowley

DMC Hits the Trails: Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe

After heading west for a client project, Leigh Matthews and I recently decided to hit the trails for some mountain biking around the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The incredible topography of the area was a big change for us, coming from the Houston and Chicago offices respectively. We chose to bike the Flume Trail, a one-way, 14-mile ride at 7000’ to 8000’ feet in elevation. For perspective, the elevation of DMC's Chicago office is at an ...

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Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release

Version 1.6 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V14 SP1 contains the following updates: Added Tested Faceplates for WinCC Professional Updated PID to utilize Data Block Parametrization Fixed bug with fcSwapWords Updated Example Project Added User Submitted Modbus RTU/TCP Library Ported Modbus library t...

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Siemens Automation Summit 2017 Highlights
Boris Cherkasskiy

Siemens Automation Summit 2017 Highlights

The 2017 Siemens Automation Summit took place June 26-29th at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Per Siemens, the Siemens Automation Summit is, "a user conference for manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies, including DCS, PLC, HMI, industrial networks, factory automation, motion controllers, process instrumentation, motors and drives, and are interested in cyber security and safety." Automation professionals from all over to...

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DMC Quote Board - July 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - July 2017

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 Siemens S7-1500 PLC with High-Speed I/O: Siemens TM Timer DIDQ Modules
Emily Shanker

Using Siemens S7-1500 PLC with High-Speed I/O: Siemens TM Timer DIDQ Modules

With the release of Siemens TIA Portal V14, and even more recently V14 SP1, DMC has been able to develop larger, more complex applications within one development environment which used to require two or more development environments (ex. TIA Portal with SIMOTION SCOUT for motion control applications). While many improvements have been made recently to allow for more technically sophisticated controls systems to be developed exclusively within TIA Portal, DMC has run into some limitations. ...

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DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic

With such harsh winters, Chicagoans make the most of their summers. Between attending free movies in Millennium Park every Tuesday night or food truck festivals on the weekends, there's never a boring day during Summertime-Chi. So, there were high expectations for DMC Chicago to host its second annual Yearly Office Event (YOE). Each DMC office hosts a YOE every year for visitors from our other offices. It's a great chance to enjoy fun activities together and relax with co-wo...

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Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP
Peter Rijks

Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP

A Shared Access Signature (SAS) is the primary means of authenticating a client when connecting to many Azure services. It is a (relatively) newer authentication scheme, replacing Access Control Service (ACS). Even though SAS has been around for several years, the Azure SDK for PHP only supports ACS. There is an open issue to add SAS support to the SDK, but until that support is added, you will not be able to use the SDK if your Azure service does not have ACS enabled, and in the past few yea...

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4 Tips for Ignition Designer
Elizabeth Hill

4 Tips for Ignition Designer

Ignition is an expandable and scalable Java-based SCADA platform from Inductive Automation. As a developer, the two main components that you interact with are the Designer and the Gateway. The Designer is where you edit the lower level components, like screens, tags, and scripts. The Gateway is where all of the higher level configuration lives – OPC connections, database connections, user management, etc. Here are some basic tips and tricks that I have found useful when devel...

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Access Denied to Azure SaaS Applications
Timothy Johnson

Access Denied to Azure SaaS Applications

Somewhere over the course of the last 6 weeks, Microsoft has been making changes to where Office 365/Azure AD SaaS applications are managed. Just about everything that was once accessed in the Azure Classic Portal has been moved to the new Azure Portal (portal.azure.com). This includes the management of Azure Active Directory, which was something that could only be accessed via the classic Azure Portal. As of the publication date of this blog, both portals continue to be ava...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier

Per Microsoft, "Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of data centers." There are tons of services and features to consider when making a decision about what might be right for your needs. We have already explored the importance of SQL Database DTUs and how you should not Forget About Bandwidth when selecting your pricing tier for Azu...

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Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY
Tim Jager

Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY

Introduction A majority of function generators are only capable of driving a couple hundred milliamps, which is fine for most applications. If you want more output current, you can shell out $400 dollars for a professional signal generator amplifier, or you can do what I did and hack one together for under $40. A signal generator is an indispensable tool for developing and testing electronic designs. You may find yourself wishing yours could output more current. You could test your po...

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How To Batch Update Text on a SharePoint Wiki
Jason W

How To Batch Update Text on a SharePoint Wiki

SharePoint wiki pages are a great way to collaborate with coworkers and team members. You can add and edit information, links, and pictures to a wiki page through an easy process. SharePoint wikis have a wide range of uses. Here at DMC, we use wiki pages to host our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  Our SOPs often contain links to other SharePoint pages. Recently, we reorganized our SharePoint taxonomy, otherwise known as a scheme of classification. During thi...

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