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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider
Rick Rietz

DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider

Following our acceptance into the Power BI Red Carpet Program in 2016, DMC has now earned membership as a Microsoft Showcase Partner, a premium partner group for Power BI. By participating in this program, DMC receives access to training opportunities that are reserved exclusively for Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partners. Program Requirements To be eligible for the Partner program, companies must be a Microsoft Partner with the Data Analytics competency, which requires that multiple indivi...

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DMC New York YOE - Eating Our Way Through NYC
Elizabeth Rapoport

DMC New York YOE - Eating Our Way Through NYC

DMC New York recently gathered DMC employees from around the country for a weekend of fun in the Big Apple. We hosted our first Yearly Office Event (YOE), which is an annual event where each DMC office hosts from visitors from our other branches. It's a great opportunity to have fun together and hang out with co-workers who live in other cities. As we expand, it's also a great chance to get to know cities that we may not have been to before. Thursday - Relaxi Taxi The fun began ...

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NI LabVIEW Part 2: Synchronized Data Acquisition across Distributed FPGA Chassis
Jeremy Green

NI LabVIEW Part 2: Synchronized Data Acquisition across Distributed FPGA Chassis

In this section, we'll discuss data acquisition using the multiple FPGA chassis architecture outlined in the previous section, NI LabVIEW Part 1: Building Distributed and Synchronized FPGA Applications with Multiple C Series Chassis. If you haven’t already, refer to Part 1 of 3 for Distributed FPGA Chassis Time synchronization. We use LabVIEW DMA FIFOs for typical FPGA applications that acquire data to be sent to an RT target(Host). There are a lot of ways to use FIFOs for...

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Cooking with Chicago Kids at Healthy Start
Courtney Mitchell

Cooking with Chicago Kids at Healthy Start

DMC Cares is an initiative that started at one of our All Day Company Meetings, or ADCMs. For this ADCM, we split into teams and given an envelope, contents unknown. I’ll never forget opening it to find $500 and instructions to make an impact in Chicago by "paying it forward." My team thought a lot about causes that were important to us and went all over the city to distribute the money to each cause. Hello Healthy Start In my personal life, I’ve volunteered w...

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DMC Joins Beckhoff Integrator Network
Matt Puskala

DMC Joins Beckhoff Integrator Network

DMC is proud to be recognized as an inaugural member of the Beckhoff Integrator Network. This designation recognizes our proficiency in implementing Beckhoff automation solutions and our close relationship with Beckhoff. In October, DMC joined Beckhoff and a select group of integrators at Pack Expo in Las Vegas to kick off Beckhoff’s new official integrator network program. About Beckhoff Beckhoff Automation is a global provider of open automation systems based on adva...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are a powerful Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that offers a quick path to the cloud and a flexible solution to a number of scenarios. One nice thing about Azure VMs is that you can easily scale them up or down as needed. So, as your needs change, you can ensure you have sufficient resources without paying for computing power you’re not using. There is one important thing, however, to be aware of when choosing a VM size. Scaling a VM to another size within...

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Siemens RFID Card Reader Setup, User Administration, and Auto-Login
Nikhil Holay

Siemens RFID Card Reader Setup, User Administration, and Auto-Login

This blog is an instruction guide to installing the necessary Comfort Panel HMI software for interfacing with a Siemens RFID card reader. Additionally, the guide will demonstrate the necessary setup elements in the PLC project, as well as instructions for getting started with user administration and auto-login. Definitions UID - Unique Identifier, tied to an individual card SOAP - Simple Object Access Protocol, Protocol specification for exchanging structured information in...

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How to Connect to an Allen-Bradley SLC 500 PLC
Jirka Hladis

How to Connect to an Allen-Bradley SLC 500 PLC

With most modern PLCs, all you need to start programming or troubleshooting is to plug in your laptop with a plain old ethernet cable. Older PLCs, however, tend to use a myriad of different cables and protocols. With a large number of legacy systems, the original programming cables and software are often long lost by the time you want to make updates or need to troubleshoot an issue. One of the most popular series of PLCs from the 1990s to mid-2000s is the Allen-Bradly SLC 500 series: SLC 5/0...

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Meet DMC at Seattle National Instruments IIoT Event on 10/24
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Seattle National Instruments IIoT Event on 10/24

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle 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 help att...

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Summer Fun at DMC Boston
Tom Nilsson

Summer Fun at DMC Boston

It's been a busy summer at DMC Boston. With a slew of fantastic new hires to bolster our forces, we've tried to live up to our reputation as DMC's most ridiculous office. From the exciting Yearly Office Event (YOE) where Boston hosted 30 DMCers in the White Mountains to the screening of the highly rated “Sharknado,” our office has had quite an adventurous summer. Camping (Indoor and Out) We headed to New Hampshire on an adventure in the great outdoors. We were ex...

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DMC Chicago's Ferris Bueller-Style Day Off
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago's Ferris Bueller-Style Day Off

One of DMC's favorite traditions involves taking a "day off" from our regular tasks. DMC Chicago recently held another ADCM, or All Day Company Meeting. This event allows us to spend time team building, having fun, and sharing knowledge through an ever-changing agenda of fun, learning, or volunteering. We've tried out everything from WhirlyBall to ice skating to boating in Lake Michigan. A few years ago, our ADCM was Ferris Bueller-themed for DMC's Day Off. We decid...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 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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Welcoming New Employees with a Chicago Boat Tour
Chase Hollingsead

Welcoming New Employees with a Chicago Boat Tour

DMC has many traditions, and one is that every new employee gets their own welcome party. With eight people in my new hire group, we decided to combine some of our parties into a mega welcome party. John, Kirsten, and I thought the best way to see Chicago was on the Wendella Lake & River Tour, an architectural adventure which wraps around the Chicago River and then takes you through the lock onto Lake Michigan near Navy Pier for views of every part of downtown.  Delicious Eats ...

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DMC Under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
Molly Graham

DMC Under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil - Luzia

When you work for an ever-growing company, it can be hard to find time to get to know everyone you work with. In an effort to bring employees closer together (and to have fun), DMC supports employee-planned activities with a monthly activity fund for each of our six offices. Chicago is a great city for planning these events. After DMC saw Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities several years ago, we decided to go back to the cirque. Each show is unique a...

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DMC Cares About Houston
Jason Mayes

DMC Cares About Houston

Houston was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last month. Thousands of homes were flooded and families are struggling to clean up before they can even begin to think about rebuilding. From headline stories about Mattress Mack, JJ Watt, and the Cajun Navy, to the smaller news stories that may go unnoticed, it's been amazing to see the city band together and come to each other's aid. In my neighborhood, we received 41.25" of rain in just over three days. While I was fortu...

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DMC Quote Board - September 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - September 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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Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21
Heather Talbert

Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21

Do you remember counting down to your 21st birthday? On Friday, August 4, we headed up to DMC Chicago's rooftop to celebrate our 21st anniversary party!  I have to admit, DMC has been drinking "underage" for some time now, but that didn’t make this monumental birthday any less special. Not surprisingly, food was our top priority. We hired a grill master to help us prepare the main course, while several employees brought delicious sides. It will be a while...

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Creating a Password Protected SDF File from an Existing SQL Database
Brian Sabino

Creating a Password Protected SDF File from an Existing SQL Database

SQL Server Compact Edition is a compact relational database produced by Microsoft for applications that run on mobile devices and desktops. Embedding these databases into a Windows application in a portable file-oriented format can be very useful.  While working on a recent Windows application, DMC wanted to add an extra layer of security to our application by protecting our SQL CE database files with a password. Although the process of creati...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency

DMC has earned the Microsoft Silver competency for Cloud Platform (Azure). This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise in helping customers modernize their infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The Cloud Platform competency is awarded to an elite tier of Microsoft Partners who demonstrate technical certification, market influence, and customer satisfaction in the delivery of Azure solutions. This certification enables DMC to receive e...

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DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI
Matt Goedke

DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI

DMC routinely completes projects involving a variety of technologies including Bluetooth connected devices and web-based API’s. During a recent FedEx Day, where everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC, we decided to combine a few of those technologies and create a system for tracking the locations of our many office dogs! Getting Started FedEx Day requires that a project is completed in the span of FedEx day. Depending on th...

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