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Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device
Eric Baggen

Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device

A situation arises where you have a system that includes a PLC, an HMI, and some peripheral devices. The HMI displays some information to a user and allows for some basic control and the PLC manages data collection and communication through an RS485 network using a Modbus RTU protocol. Easy, right? Many PLCs already support RS485 and Modbus communication and only require a few functions blocks. There is a twist, however. The devices with which the PLC is communicating a...

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Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers
Christian Owen

Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers

DMC has been using the SAE J1939 CAN protocol in LabVIEW applications since 2010. A few years ago, DMC wrote a first generation set of J1939 drivers using the NI-CAN Channel API provided by National Instruments (NI) which was, at the time, a standard NI CAN API for use on the NI-CAN hardware family. Since then, NI released XNET. XNET is a modernized, unified, and easier to use API for CAN, LIN and Flex Ray interfaces and is to be used with NI’s XNET hardware family.  NI’s ...

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Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady

Account Manager Jimmy Brady is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Microsoft Consulting Services team. In addition to being DMC's Microsoft licensing guru, Jimmy enjoys biking Chicago's Lakefront Trail. Learn more about Jimmy in the video below!  

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DMC Quote Board - December 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's recently rebranded CRM Online platform. Microsoft combined many of the features of their CRM and ERP offerings and changed the licensing model by breaking down their functions into category-specific apps for purchase individually or as part of a bundle. I will explore all of the different applications in a series of blog posts, but today I will focus on the Dynamics 365 for Sales app.  Pipeline Management The Dynamics 365 for Sales app is a...

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DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston
Cat Dymond

DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston

DMC's New York and Boston offices recently met up for a combined All Day Company Meeting (or ADCM). DMC's ADCMs are a chance for entire offices to get together a few times a year for team-building, sharing knowledge, and having lots of fun through a constantly changing agenda. We've tried out WhirlyBall, gone ice skating, and even taken a day off like Ferris Bueller to explore Chicago. We wanted to extend this Ferris Bueller experience to our other offices, starting...

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Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims...

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DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever
John Williams

DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever

Back in April, we announced that the Houston office was undergoing a renovation and posted some in-progress construction pictures. I started at DMC's Houston office in early September, so I arrived at the right time to enjoy the finished product.  DMC Houston's Expansion We have been thoroughly enjoying each of the new areas. Kitchen - Board and card games are a daily staple in the expanded kitchen during lunch. Conference Room - All Houston...

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DMC Lives it Up at Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball
Grant Anderson

DMC Lives it Up at Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball

On November 4, 2017, employees of DMC and their guests attended the annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) masquerade ball the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood. This year's theme was "Love Never Dies." The Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead focuses on bringing family and friends together to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.  The ball, which is the culminatio...

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Setting Up Docker for WordPress Development
August Karlstedt

Setting Up Docker for WordPress Development

Way back when in 2014, I wrote a blog about setting up WordPress on IIS. At that time, Docker was only a year old and I hadn't even heard of it. It's now 2017 and things are different. Docker has matured and has gained enormous popularity for making developers' lives easier. One of Docker's uses we'll examine today is using Docker for development, particularly web development in WordPress. First, let's have a little Q&A session and then we'll jump r...

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How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start
Frank May

How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start

Short answer:  $SCR.$coldovrd Long answer: The robot's done. Testing went perfectly, operators know how to start, stop, and reset the system from the HMI without ever needing to touch the Teach Pendant. Then, someone powers off the robot to do some maintenance and notices the robot is now unusually slow on powerup. You get a phone call and want to tell them just to use the speed adjustment keys on the Teach Pendant after they power cycle the robot. However, you're a lit...

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Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint
Timothy Johnson

Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint

Host-named site collection (HNSC) allows you to assign a site collection with a unique DNS name behind it.  HNSC differs from a path-based site collection, which requires you to use the same DNS name assigned to the web application as to all site collections beneath it.  Deciding when to use host-named vs. path-based site collections is a matter of your specific needs. Microsoft has a recommended a maximum of 20 web applications per farm, so host-named site collections ca...

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CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce
Jimmy Brady

CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce

Do you need a CRM? Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) have a place in almost every organization that works with customers and partners. A fully featured CRM system provides benefit to just about everyone in an organization, especially those in Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing roles. Successful organizations will reach a point where they outgrow spreadsheets and simple contact management systems. They then require a fully-featured CRM that provides critical capabilities: ...

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Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware
Erik Donarski

Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware

In order to synchronize DAQ timestamps or time-sensitive processes across devices, you need to establish a common time source to which all devices on a network can synchronize.  Network Time Protocol (NTP) services provide this functionality, through which multiple networked machines may reference a common time source. However, issues can arise when a project requires National Instrument's LabVIEW with NTP. There is not much online in terms of bridging the gap between ...

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Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Thursday, Noveber 16, 2017 at the Marriott Detroit Livonia from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims to he...

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Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release

Version 2.0 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.   V2 contains the following updates: Added SiVArc properties to all WinCC Comfort/Advanced faceplates Added SiVArc screen rules and master screen copies to the “Master Copies” Updated example project to have SiVarc functionality and added a ...

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Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing
Molly Graham

Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing

Systems Engineer Steven Dusing is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Test and Measurement Automation team. In addition to working on UI design in LabVIEW, Steven enjoys playing volleyball and skiing. He's an active contributor to our DMC Cares initiative. Currently, Steven is heading up another DMC Thanksgiving Food Drive. Learn more about Steven in the video below! Read blogs by Steven. Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI
Michael Dannemiller

Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI

One of the most common complaints regarding the capabilities of Power BI and other reporting platforms at large is the ability, or lack thereof, to easily roll up data by month. Power BI, by default, has some capability to do this in the form of date hierarchies.  When you select a DateTime field as a dimension in a Power BI visualization, Power BI utilizes date hierarchies by default. This rolls up the measures to the year level and then enables drill downs into each quarter, month,...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 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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Oktoberfest Fun Returns To DMC Chicago
Elisha Harris

Oktoberfest Fun Returns To DMC Chicago

DMC recently rang in fall with an Oktoberfest party at our Chicago office. Oktoberfest parties are somewhat of a tradition at DMC Chicago. DMC Boston took over a few years ago, and last year DMC Denver hosted with lots of brats and mountain views.  Oktoberfest is a great event for visiting with our clients, partners, and their friends in a casual setting at our office. At this year's event, we treated around 200 guests to delicious German-style food and beer and live polka ...

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