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DMC Quote Board - August 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - August 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's Internal Operations Team Sets Sail
Mary Doctor

DMC's Internal Operations Team Sets Sail

"If this boat sinks, the company would be *in real trouble." This was the starting remark as DMC's Internal Operations team left Belmont Harbor on President & CEO Frank Riordan's boat. Every summer, employees are invited to take part in one of Frank's favorite hobbies. Boating on Lake Michigan is a wonderful time for us to enjoy each other's company and recognize the work we do throughout the year. On Wednesday, July 18, DMC's Chicago-based ...

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8 Readability Tips to Try on Your Next HMI Project
Ashley Sherwood

8 Readability Tips to Try on Your Next HMI Project

Why do we code PLCs, design HMIs, create complex SCADA networks? The short answer is - so that somebody can use them to get a job done. For an HMI to be useable, it must be readable. Readability isn't just a matter of word choice. Technical choices like text alignment, line width, or font size can make or break readability. Here are eight tips for ensuring readability in your HMIs:  1. Left-align Text Likewise, justifying text creates awkward g...

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DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting

DMC recently welcomed the Chicagoland LabVIEW Users Group back to our office. We love sharing information and expertise with other technical professionals in the Chicago area, and we've enjoyed hosting the LabVIEW community at our office for several years. For this meeting, we built on our NIWeek Presentations and heard developers from the Chicago area discuss their projects and findings. Presenters at the event included DMC’s Steven Dusing and Christian Owen, along with J...

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Inside the New Microsoft 365 Bundle
Jimmy Brady

Inside the New Microsoft 365 Bundle

In previous posts I wrote about different Office 365 bundles as well as ways to purchase Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions directly from a Microsoft partner like DMC. Today, I want to go over Microsoft's newest bundled offering, Microsoft 365. Microsoft Office 365 gives companies the ability to purchase a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite, with one per user/per month license. These bundles are geared towards IT departments and business ow...

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Stranger Things are Going Down at DMC St. Louis
Chase Hollingsead

Stranger Things are Going Down at DMC St. Louis

Every month at the DMC’s all-company meeting, a different regional branch debuts a new video informing the rest of the company of what’s new in their office. St. Louis took up the reigns recently with a spoof on the popular show Stranger Things. The video, featuring Patrick Corcoran (script), Chase Hollingsead (editing and script), and Caleb Stoll pokes fun at fishing and scam emails. Filming was a fun way to bring together the, then small, St. Louis office with its new employe...

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DMC Quote Board - July 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - July 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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Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights
John Sullivan

Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights

The 2018 Siemens Automation Summit was held last month at the JW Marriott Beach Resort on Marco Island, Florida. Twelve DMC representatives from around the country met to attend the annual conference from June 25-28. Fresh off of the excitement of ten more of our engineers passing the Siemens Technical Certification exam, we arrived in Florida with an extra spring in our step. The team enjoyed a week full of excellent presentations (including some from our own enginee...

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DMC Houston Hosts Third Annual YOE-DEO
Ryan Landwehr

DMC Houston Hosts Third Annual YOE-DEO

Last month, DMC Houston went back to our roots and took the third Houston YOE to the rodeo. This year’s YOE-DEO featured a crew of DMCers from across the country and included stops at one-of-a-kind places you can only find in the Lone Star State.   What is a YOE Anyway? DMC’s YOEs, or Yearly Office Events, are a partially sponsored gathering of DMC employees and their friends that each of our offices hosts near their location. In Denver, we hit the ski slopes, in Chica...

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Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional
Jimmy Brady

Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional

In my last post I discussed Microsoft's Dynamics 365 for Sales offering. That app was geared towards enterprise-level CRM customers, and while it is significantly cheaper than its main competitor, Salesforce, it is still too expensive for many sales teams in the SMB (Small and Midsized Business) market. Almost two years after the original Sales app was released, Microsoft rolled out the SMB version of their sales app, Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional. The Sales Professional app is...

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DMC Engineers Share Their Dreams and Eat Some Noodles
Alexander Yared

DMC Engineers Share Their Dreams and Eat Some Noodles

The DMC Boston team recently took a break from their busy lives for an adventure at Yume Wo Katare—an unique lunch location in Somerville, MA. Seated in rows on wooden benches, all facing the kitchen, we were served heaping (and rather intimidating) bowls of ramen. Our server explained that Yume Wo Katare is not a ramen shop, but a dream shop. The massive portions are symbolic of the challenges that we each face in accomplishing our dreams—if we can conquer these bowls than we can...

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DMC Sees Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Perform Improv Show at Carnegie Hall
Becca Stussman

DMC Sees Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Perform Improv Show at Carnegie Hall

Last week, DMC saw an absolutely star-studded rendition of ASSSSCAT, the world’s longest-running improv show. The performance, which took place at the iconic Carnegie Hall, involved Tina Fey as the monologist and Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Horatio Sanz, and Rachel Dratch as improvisers. The format of the show started with a suggestion from the audience. Then Tina Fey would ad-lib a monologue based off of that suggestion. After her monologue, the rest of the cast ...

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Employees Lead Company Improvements During FedEx Day 2018
Anna Jankovsky

Employees Lead Company Improvements During FedEx Day 2018

DMC recently took a break from day-to-day tasks to participate in one of our favorite company traditions, FedEx Day. Routine work on hold, our offices still brimmed with life and projects while everyone worked on whatever they wanted.  FedEx Day is always an opportunity for fun, learning, and collaboration, with only two catches: the project must in some way help to improve the company, and it must be deliverable by the end of the day. This year, our employees took on everything ...

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DMC Joins the Things Network
Alex Krejcie

DMC Joins the Things Network

With IoT solutions becoming more and more important in product design, DMC has been very interested in the viability of wireless devices as tools to solve new problems. LoRa, is one of the new solutions that provide viable results for use cases that weren’t possible before. The Things Network is one of the prominent public examples of this technology that promises to enable a variety of new use cases. Naturally, we wanted to get more experience with this up-and-coming LoRa tech, by esta...

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6 Things You Should Know When Commissioning a SIMATIC S7-400 PLC
Frank May

6 Things You Should Know When Commissioning a SIMATIC S7-400 PLC

Your code compiles, hardware config is all set, but you can't get rid of the red lights on the 400H system. Check the following before pulling out your soldering iron and green LEDs.    1. Are the rack switches correct? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, good news, this might be it! Take the second PLC off Rack 1 and look for an exposed switch on the back. Change it so it says "Rack 1" instead of "Rack 0". The default setting of the sw...

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A Balloon's Journey: Testing Distance Capabilities of a LoRa Gateway and Tranceiver
Alex Krejcie

A Balloon's Journey: Testing Distance Capabilities of a LoRa Gateway and Tranceiver

Recently, some of us at DMC have been interested in the capabilities of the LoRa protocol. We were curious about how far it could actually transmit. The theoretical range of a device is very long—upwards of 500 miles, but without knowing for sure that long range transmissions are possible, it’s true potential for clients was nothing more than an uncertainty for DMC. With the freedom to work on an internal project during this past FedEx day, a group of engineers in our Chicago...

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10 More DMC Engineers Pass the Siemens Certification Exam
Nick Shea

10 More DMC Engineers Pass the Siemens Certification Exam

DMC has a lot of Siemens Certified Engineers. In fact, we have the most in the United States. As we continue to grow, so does our number of Siemens experts. After a recent Siemens Global Certification exam in the Chicago suburbs, we are proud to add ten more certified engineers to the list bringing our current total to 39! Even though our engineers are already smart, they spent four days training for this Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas of S7 PLCs, SIMATIC HMIs, a...

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Tools for Managing Your LabVIEW Source Code
Jesse Batsche

Tools for Managing Your LabVIEW Source Code

Using code management tools is essential, but choosing from LabVIEW's many options can be tricky. Here I will explore Project Libraries (.lvlib), Classes (.lvclass), Libraries (.llb), Packed Project Libraries (.lvlibp), Projects (.lvproj), and VI Packages (.vip) so that you can compare each tool's purpose and behaviors to make smart choices on which to use in YOUR codebase. With more than just a few VIs, proper use of code management tools is essential.  LabVIEW provides a variet...

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DMC Does Goat Yoga
Jamie Handelman

DMC Does Goat Yoga

This month, several DMC Chicago team members were lucky enough to participate in Goat Yoga as a team building activity at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Goat yoga is the latest yoga trend where baby goats run around the participants, climb on their backs, and make everyone smile during the class. We had three new employees attend this event, Justine (Accounting), Anna (Marketing), and myself (Marketing). This was an excellent way to introduce ourselves to some of our...

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5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support
Jesse Batsche

5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support

To ensure broad-based project success, DMC places a significant focus not only on the technical and engineering aspects of our projects, but also on following well-formulated project communication, management, and quality practices. Thus, as part of DMC’s standard project process, there are many critical supporting services that DMC performs for our clients. Here are five ways DMC ensures the success of projects:  Design Reviews Application Testing and Project Quali...

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