Categories

2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations
John Sullivan

2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations

Every year, we look forward to sharing industry innovations and best practices at the Siemens Automation Summit. The 2017 Siemens Automation Summit will be held from June 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Hundreds of automation professionals will take advantage of networking and training sessions focused on interacting with the latest Siemens solutions and products. We're proud to be among the many presenters at this year's summit. If ...

Continue reading →


How to Convert from ProTool to WinCC Flex
Nikhil Holay

How to Convert from ProTool to WinCC Flex

ProTool is an HMI software package from Siemens. Most people (myself included) are most familiar with WinCC Flexible and Portal as the two primary Siemens HMI software packages. ProTool is the predecessor to WinCC Flex, and was phased out in 2004. So, what do you do if you have an HMI stuck in ProTool? Luckily, the conversion to WinCC Flex is very straightforward. Why Convert? There are several good reasons to convert your project from ProTool to WinCC Flex.  1. Many current Siemen...

Continue reading →


DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway
John Michael Frullo

DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway

After first expanding to Houston in August 2015, DMC settled into a cozy office space on Richmond Ave. in the Upper Kirby district. Since then, we've had more engineers (and an extra-large dog) join in the fun at DMC Houston. We needed more space… Intro: Houston Office Expansion! Ch-ch-changes We’re expanding our kitchen to take over the old, small conference room and open up the space. Our new conference room will be a massive 14’x18’ beauty at ...

Continue reading →


DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive
Heather Talbert

DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive

Like most people after the New Year, DMC wanted to find some ways to start 2017 off right. So, when our Director of Finance and HR Deborah Nunaley suggested we hold an onsite blood drive, I thought, “Yeah! That’s a great idea!" Why Give Blood? Having not donated blood before, I learned some very cool and exciting facts about being a donor: Of those people entering the hospital, 1 in 7 will need blood. Every time you donate whole blood, you can save the li...

Continue reading →


11 More DMC Engineers Attain Siemens Global Certifications
Nick Shea

11 More DMC Engineers Attain Siemens Global Certifications

Back in 2011, DMC attained the most Siemens Certified Engineers in the United States when eight of our employees passed the Siemens Global Certification or Recertification exams. We have grown as a company since then, and so have the number of Siemens experts at DMC!  DMC is proud to continue to have the most Siemens Certified engineers in the United States. Thirty-one DMC engineers have met all of the requirements for the Global Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas...

Continue reading →


Relative Gearing to an External Encoder with a Siemens 1500 PLC
Patrick Smith

Relative Gearing to an External Encoder with a Siemens 1500 PLC

DMC has often encountered a scenario where a customer wants to have a motor drive follow the position of an external encoder. However, a regular 1500 PLC does not allow you to directly gear to an external encoder; this functionality requires a 1500T PLC. The T-series processors allow much more complex motion control, but are also more overhead for simpler projects. As it turns out, with a little creativity, it is possible to gear to an external encoder using a regular 1500 PLC. While you can&...

Continue reading →


DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work

DMC Has Been Named the #4 Best Place to Work in Chicago. For the fourth consecutive year, DMC was named one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” by Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's highlighted DMC's continued growth and emphasis on social relationships during an awards reception held on April 6. Companies Prioritizing Culture Melissa Harris of the University of Chicago's Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the event. "It's...

Continue reading →


Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket

With March Madness wrapping up and everyone’s brackets broken once again, this month’s Geek Challenge is about what it might take to build the perfect bracket. It's time for all the mathletes out there to show off their skills. Imagine that for every game in the NCAA tournament you know the probability p for the favored team to win the game. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume p is the same for all the games in the tournament. You fill out your bracket to reflec...

Continue reading →


DMC Quote Board - April 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - April 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

Continue reading →


How to Update a Siemens PLC without TIA Portal using the SIMATIC Automation Tool
Jay LaFave

How to Update a Siemens PLC without TIA Portal using the SIMATIC Automation Tool

DMC recently provided remote support for one of our customers. We made critical updates to their PLC code as they were commissioning their machine internationally. Unfortunately, our client didn’t have TIA Portal software available at the time. They were afraid that this made it impossible to download the new version of the code to the PLC in the field. Fortunately, Siemens offers the SIMATIC Automation Tool as a free download (just sign up for an account first) on the...

Continue reading →


DMC to Attend Automate 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Attend Automate 2017

DMC will be attending Automate 2017 on April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. As a National Instruments Alliance Partner, we'll be representing NI in their booth #2456 at the show.  Automate is an automation solutions event that provides an overview of the entire industry. Thousands of visitors attend to survey the leading-edge technologies including robotics, motion control, and vision. Attendees will learn how to lower costs, improve their processes and product qua...

Continue reading →


5 Tips for Getting Started in RSLogix 5000
Nicklas Thystrup

5 Tips for Getting Started in RSLogix 5000

RSLogix 5000 is very intuitive and easy to use PLC programming software used for Allen-Bradley PLCs. There are a few tips and tricks that are very useful to know starting out, especially if coming from a different PLC programming language. These will help increase efficiency, improve code structure, and avoid time-consuming downloads when commissioning. Set up Quick Keys for the Ladder Editor  Clicking around to build the Ladder code for PLCs can be time consuming. Rockwell has k...

Continue reading →


CMSIS-Pack Integration with TrueSTUDIO & Atmel Studio 7
Ji-hoon Kim

CMSIS-Pack Integration with TrueSTUDIO & Atmel Studio 7

In this blog, we'll take a look at how CMSIS-Pack is being integrated with TrueSTUDIO and Atmel Studio 7, two IDEs (integrated development environments) that are commonly used among embedded folks here at DMC. But first... What Is CMSIS-Pack? The Hardware's capabilities and specs dominated device selection in the past. As 32-bit microcontrollers became cheaper, the number of viable hardware choices increased and other considerations, such as the software ecos...

Continue reading →


DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017

NIWeek 2017 is coming up on May 22-25 at the Austin Convention Center. Thousands of engineers, educators, and NI developers will gather to learn from over 230 technical training sessions and 200 expo exhibits.  DMC is excited to be leading three presentations at NIWeek 2017. We hope to see you in Austin this spring! Real-World Case Study: For Connecting CompactRIO's to Microsoft Azure IoT - Darren Jones, Peter Rijks, and Jon Carson May 23, 2:15 ...

Continue reading →


Creating a Linux image for the Siemens IoT2000 series
Andrew Griesemer

Creating a Linux image for the Siemens IoT2000 series

This blog was last updated on 4/13/2017. The process for generating the Siemens IOT2000 Yocto image may have changed. The newly released Siemens IOT2000 series of controllers offer the flexibility of hobbyist Linux or Arduino platforms with the ruggedization necessary for industrial environments. The Siemens boards make use of the Yocto build tool for image creation. A sample image can be downloaded from the Siemens website (after logging in). However, for more involved projects it can be use...

Continue reading →


Creating a Slackbot Personal Assistant with .NET and an Office Fish
Eric Baggen

Creating a Slackbot Personal Assistant with .NET and an Office Fish

It wasn't too long ago that DMC Boston added a Particle Internet Button to remind us to feed our fish, Stevie. With Stevie doing so well, and DMC's FedEx Day coming up, we started brainstorming of what else could we do. We landed on turning Stevie the fish into an alternate online personality in the form of a personal assistant bot! Automated personal assistants are everywhere these days. Siri and Google Now keep us talking to our phones. Amazon Echo and Google Homes ar...

Continue reading →


How to Create an Automated Weather Display with Weather2 and BeagleBone
Cameron Fyfe

How to Create an Automated Weather Display with Weather2 and BeagleBone

DMC Denver has been enjoying another great ski season. Every year, we find ourselves frequently checking weather forecasts and snow reports to track how much snow our favorite mountains are getting. So during a recent FedEx Day, I decided to automate a system for acquiring and displaying this data on a desktop LCD! On FedEx Day, everyone works on a project that interests them that they think will improve DMC which must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day...

Continue reading →


Siemens S7-1500 PLC Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks
Andrew Crowley

Siemens S7-1500 PLC Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

Look at you! You’re enterprising and a real go-getter! You’ve been working on an S7-1500 and can’t get your project to connect and download, but it’s not a problem. You know that all you need is a quick factory reset and you should be good to go.  Only this time, the factory reset doesn’t work.  Updating Firmware No fear. You notice that there is some new firmware available on the Siemens Industry Support Website. Way to go! No need to freak ...

Continue reading →


Geek Challenge Results: Eccentric Traveler
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: Eccentric Traveler

The results are in! February's Geek Challenge winner is Grant Anderson of DMC. Grant's clever breakdown of the problem is shown below. Grant's Solution There are five classifications of locations that satisfy this riddle (at least on the surface): As mentioned in the riddle itself, the North Pole. All locations one-mile north of the one-mile long parallel of latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. All locations one-mile north of the one-mile long parallel of latitude in the Southern He...

Continue reading →


DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 

DMC is proud to host Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Women in Technology (WIT) March meeting.   The IAMCP and WIT community members will gather at DMC on Tuesday, March 28 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft’s Azure Platform Services and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Microsoft Azure Platform Services is comprised of some lesser-known services that can be cost-saving alternatives to th...

Continue reading →


Page 6 of 62First   Previous   1  2  3  4  5  [6]  7  8  9  10  Next   Last   

Categories