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B&R Automation Studio: Troubleshoot Hardware Using Network Command Trace
Otto Gottlieb

B&R Automation Studio: Troubleshoot Hardware Using Network Command Trace

I recently had to troubleshoot an issue in which my servo drive was not responding to my PLC commands - as expected. In order to see the interaction between the PLC and the servo drive, I used the Network Command Trace.   Learn more about DMC's B&R Automation Studio Programming Services.

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DMC Comic: New Technologies Initiative
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: New Technologies Initiative

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety. This month engineers experiment with a new Technologies Initiative. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!  

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Informational Webinar 11/12: Changing Machinery, Changing Software
Tim Jager

Informational Webinar 11/12: Changing Machinery, Changing Software

Join John Sullivan in conjunction with Siemens for a complimentary 45-minute educational webinar focused on converting industrial equipment from one vendor's tools to another. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 12 (1 p.m. CDT) and will be targeted toward those interested in software conversions for machinery. A variety of business demands can require a company to convert their industrial equipment from one vendor’s gear to another supplier’s tools. The m...

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Geek Challenge Results: Crossing of the Chords
Ken Brey

Geek Challenge Results: Crossing of the Chords

Thirteen people correctly answered the Crossing of the Chords Geek Challenge by selecting C: 70 intersections. In their explanations, two very distinct methods were demonstrated to arrive at the general equation for intersections as a function of perimeter points. This month’s winners are John Jacobsma of Dickson, Devon Fritz of DMC, Sudeep Gowrishankar of DMC, and Adnaan Velji of DMC. They used a Combinations method to arrive at the method very efficiently.   To give proper contex...

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How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2
Brian Frett

How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, I frequently attend partner events, both online and in-person. One thing I can guarantee prior to attending, is that at some point Windows Server 2003 going End of Life will be discussed. While it is old news to me and many others, somehow there are still eight million instances of the Operating System running in North America. While July 14, 2015 feels like a long way away, especially for a Chicagoan standing on the precipice of winter, Microsoft customers need to d...

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Watch Webinar on Choosing a Systems Integrator
Jaclyn Bauer

Watch Webinar on Choosing a Systems Integrator

Tim Jager of DMC gave a 45-minute educational webinar hosted by Siemens on best practices for choosing a systems integrator. If you missed the webinar on October 15, you can now watch it here. Systems Integrators can be key to the success of your company, especially when a project calls for expertise you might not have. By watching this webinar, you will learn when using a systems integrator is thr right choice, as well as tips and tricks on how to select the perfect SI for your needs. Tim al...

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DMC Denver's First All Day Company Meeting
Otto Gottlieb

DMC Denver's First All Day Company Meeting

For our first ever All Day Company Meeting in Denver, the four of us Denver employees had a packed day of team building activities and Colorado acculturation.  We started the day by packing up the temporary office and transporting everything we had to our new permanent Blake Street office. After this first “team building” exercise and a quick lunch, we moved on to greater more adventurous undertakings. Heading to Golden, Colorado, we engaged in some high wall climbing at E...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2014
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 2014

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the most infamous utterances of the moment.  

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DMC Boston Celebrates Its Inaugural Oktoberfest
Adam Wójcik

DMC Boston Celebrates Its Inaugural Oktoberfest

This month, DMC Boston held its inaugural Oktoberfest party. The night went on in true DMC tradition, as we entertained our guests for this fall celebration. Our visitors, both friends and contacts of DMC, came from throughout the Northeast to enjoy the night with us. In order to properly prepare for the occasion, two of our resident brewers, Bill Sowerine and Ryan Landwehr, prepared a beer and a cider, respectively. The beer, which we dubbed Rorschach and labeled appropriately, was strong an...

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DMC Congratulates LabVIEW Certified Architects and Developers
Darren Jones

DMC Congratulates LabVIEW Certified Architects and Developers

As a National Instruments Alliance Member, DMC takes pride in delivering top-notch solutions for all NI related projects. We take our education and the custom solutions we deliver our clients seriously. We have worked particularly hard to maintain a high level of competency in National Instruments LabVIEW programming. DMC is honored to demonstrate our expertise by having the most LabVIEW Certified Architects in the Midwest, as well as an all over strong team of LabVIEW Certifie...

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Nobel Committee Recognizes Inventors of Blue LED
Ken Brey

Nobel Committee Recognizes Inventors of Blue LED

I want to congratulate the Nobel Committee for recognizing the inventors of the Blue LED - a truly transformative technology. As an engineer working with machine vision systems I have been using LED lighting longer than most people. LEDs are great for their brightness, strobing capabilities, and consistent intensity over a long product life. The first time I saw a blue LED was in a trade show in 1998. One booth of lighting equipment has a light that was a brilliant deep blue. I asked the man ...

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Siemens PLC Communication with I-Device
Jimmy Condon

Siemens PLC Communication with I-Device

For a couple of recent projects I needed to transfer a few bytes between Siemens PLCs. I had used PUTs and GETs in the past, which I find very useful for sending large amounts of data. But if I only need to send a few bytes or speed is critical, setting up one of the PLCs as slave to the other PLC can be more efficient. Siemens makes this quick to do with I-Device, and I’ll show a couple of examples below. S7-300 PLCs and Profibus, Both PLCs In The Same TIA Portal Project When u...

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B&R Automation Studio: Create Popup Windows on HMI Pages
Otto Gottlieb

B&R Automation Studio: Create Popup Windows on HMI Pages

Creating popup windows on HMI pages enhances the interaction between the operator and the machine. The creation of popup windows in Automation Studio involves many other important aspects of making an HMI more dynamic such as formatting layers on pages, controlling and using the HMI display in program code, and manipulating the statuses of HMI elements. If you are new to creating HMI pages with Automation Studio, then you can learn a lot from this video. Learn more about DMC's B&R Aut...

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Employee Spotlight: Jeff Winegar
Jaclyn Bauer

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Winegar

DMC Systems Engineer Jeff Winegar talks about his passion for Ladder Logic, cooking and all things PLC related.

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Webinar October 15: Choosing a Systems Integrator
Jaclyn Bauer

Webinar October 15: Choosing a Systems Integrator

Join Tim Jager of DMC in collaboration with Carson Kennedy of Siemens for a 45-minute educational webinar on choosing a systems integrator. Tim Jager will present on Best Practices for Selecting and Working with a Systems Integrator tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15 at 1pm (CDT). Systems Integrators can be key to the success of your company, especially when a project calls for expertise you might not have. Learn when using a systems integrator is most optimal, as well as how to select the pe...

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Highlighting Required Nintex Fields Dynamically
Jack Cosgrove

Highlighting Required Nintex Fields Dynamically

Nintex offers a great platform with which to customize SharePoint forms. Although the capabilities of Nintex are great, not everything can be done out of the box. I needed to highlight Nintex Forms 2013 controls that were required but had not yet been assigned a value. I was able to accomplish this with some custom JavaScript that used the Nintex version of jQuery. The HTML input types supported by the following JavaScript are text, radio, and checkbox. When a text input is empty, a red bound...

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Swashbuckling on Chicago's Lake Michigan
Amy Cox

Swashbuckling on Chicago's Lake Michigan

Five new employees started all around the same time last month, so we decided to combine our welcome parties into one big hurrah. Travelling to the eastern seas of the Midwest (i.e. Lake Michigan) we sallied forth into the unknown waters of pirating. Below, a few of my fellow welcome party recipients share their favorite parts of the adventure. “DMC now has one more area of expertise to add to its repertoire; sailing tall ships! We were trained by what we are sure was a real-life pirate...

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October Comic
Ashley Enderlin

October Comic

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety.  When a quadcopter appears at an engineer's desk...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2014
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 2014

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the most infamous utterances of the moment.

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DMC Boston Camping Trip to Acadia National Park
Frank May

DMC Boston Camping Trip to Acadia National Park

DMC traveled to Acadia National Park for a weekend full of nature, sunrises and fire. The trip there took about five hours, but we passed the time with podcasts, Pandora and checking out the fantastic foliage. Fall was just around the corner for Boston, and that corner was already at the Maine-New Hampshire border. All the deciduous trees were showing off their carotenoid (yellow and orange) and anthocyanin (red and purple) pigments.  Once we arrived, we set up on our three adjacent campsit...

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