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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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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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DMC News: The 1993 Isla Numblar Incident
John Michael Frullo

DMC News: The 1993 Isla Numblar Incident

Once a month, a DMC office shares an update video with the rest of the company at our monthly meeting. They are a combination of news, events, and fun. This month was the Houston office's turn. Inspired by the recent release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we wanted to look back at how automation affected Jurassic Park.  Today DMC Houston brings you a look back at the tragic 1993 Isla Nublar Incident. This event resulted in the dramatic loss of human life, nearly bankrupte...

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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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