One DMC Raps
Frank Riordan

One DMC Raps

Since opening in 1996, many clever people have heard our company name and asked whether we're anything like Run-DMC. We're not, but we are One DMC. Every so often, DMC selects a theme song to highlight current goals or accomplishments. Themes have ranged from tough economic times ("Riding the Storm Out") to a focus on expansion ("Right Now"). Along with our recent expansion to five cities, we've experienced ongoing growth and development as a company. These ...

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Madness in the Lab: DMC Boston's 2015 Spring Party
Adam Wójcik

Madness in the Lab: DMC Boston's 2015 Spring Party

Madness in the Lab: Empirical Confirmation of Engineering Credo Work Hard, Play Hard. The motto is oft-repeated at DMC, but is it proven in practice? We recently ran an experiment at the DMC Boston office to confirm or disprove this saying. Our thesis held that the phrase had arisen with good cause, and reflected the realities of the professional and social habits of the individuals found in and around DMC environments. Further, we predicted these behaviors to be directly related to our ...

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Upgrading DMC's Video Conferencing Systems
Edmund Sales

Upgrading DMC's Video Conferencing Systems

My FedEx Day 2015 project consisted of upgrading the Conference PC in Kingsbury, which is the largest meeting room in our Chicago office. Sharing information is one of our Core Values here at DMC, so we use the space several times per week to host meetings, trainings, and events that frequently involve group discussions and video conferencing with our other offices. The main PC was running slowly and experiencing many driver and software issues, so I decided to do an upgrade and a clean insta...

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Automating an Etch-A-Sketch
Nicklas Thystrup

Automating an Etch-A-Sketch

For FedEx Day 2015, a team of four DMC engineers hacked an Etch-A-Sketch to automatically draw pictures. We did this by attaching stepper motors to both of the front knobs on the Etch-A-Sketch, and controlling them with an Arduino Due microcontroller. The Due then communicated with a .NET app running on our computer via serial messaging. The .NET app provided a user interface to control the drawing and converted an image file into a path for the Due to sketch. The whole team spent the day debugg...

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DMC Ping Pong App Upgrade 2.0
Jesse Batsche

DMC Ping Pong App Upgrade 2.0

Anyone who has visited DMC's Chicago office knows that we love a good game of ping pong. We have an internally-developed DMC Ping Pong App to keep track of final scores from each game and generate rankings to show just how awesome (or not awesome) each employee is. During FedEx Day 2014, Jordan and Sudeep set up a .NET library for interfacing to a GoPro camera via Wi-Fi that allowed control of primary camera functions. The GoPro .NET library was then used to implement a .NET console app that...

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Building a Miniature Maglev Train
Katherine Czaplicki

Building a Miniature Maglev Train

For FedEx Day 2015, Elizabeth, Mark, Jeremy and I designed a self-propelled Maglev train. Maglev trains are currently in use in Shanghai, Japan, and South Korea, and are essentially trains suspended in the air using magnetic levitation. The trains travel along a guideway of magnets and can reach extremely high speeds due to the lack of friction. We made a miniature Maglev train by creating ‘rails’ of magnets on a long wooden board and gluing magnets to the bottom of a ti...

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FedEx Day 2015
Devon Fritz

FedEx Day 2015

DMC held its fifth annual FedEx Day this Spring, spanning three different cities as our Boston and Denver offices joined Chicago's creative efforts! The idea for FedEx Day originally came from Drive, a book by Daniel Pink that we read for the DMC Book Club, and from software development company Atlassian. The event has grown alongside DMC since our first FedEx Day in 2011 to encompass an increasingly diverse group of projects across a wide range of technologies. At its core, FedEx Day all...

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DMC QuickTip #1: Uploading Files to OneDrive for Business
Brian Frett

DMC QuickTip #1: Uploading Files to OneDrive for Business

The DMC QuickTips series offers short video tutorials for common Office 365 and SharePoint tasks to accompany our written training material. DMC QuickTip videos cut right to the chase and are always less than two minutes long, so feel free to come back for a refresher at any time! DMC QuickTip #1 demonstrates how to upload files to the browser version of OneDrive for Business. I also walk you through the process of previewing a document once it's uploaded, saving you the ha...

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DMC Quote Board - June 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - June 2015

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

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DMC Comic: Eye of the Engineer
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Eye of the Engineer

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's comic dives into the camera roll of a typical engineer. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go or what they should do next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!

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DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party
Amy Cox

DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party

DMC proved just how cool science can be at our Chicago office's Mad Science Party on June 4th, 2015. We've held several fun themed open houses previously including a carnival, Boston Bash, and Oktoberfest, and this party was no exception. More than 140 guests joined us for a night of out-of-this-world food and drinks, zany decorations, and electrifying attractions. The rooftop deck filled up quickly due to the beautiful weather, and we think a mad scientist would have felt right at home ...

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DMC to Present at the Siemens 2015 Automation Summit
Frank Riordan

DMC to Present at the Siemens 2015 Automation Summit

Every year, DMC looks forward to sharing best practices and industry innovations at the Siemens Automation Summit. The 2015 Siemens Automation Summit will be held June 22 - 25, 2015, at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The four day event offers educational programming and networking opportunities with a focus on Siemens automation product end users. DMC is proud to again be among the presenters at this year's summit. If you're attending, we'd love to see you at our sessions. L...

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DMC Chicago Runs the 2015 Corporate Challenge
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Chicago Runs the 2015 Corporate Challenge

DMC joined 648 other Chicago companies to run the Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile race on May 21, 2015. The weather cooperated to provide us perfect conditions for running in and around Grant Park as well as for a post-race picnic at Buckingham Fountain. A total of 25,474 people participated in the race, making it the largest in the history of the series. DMC has participated in a few past Corporate Challenges. We've found it to be a fun way to get engaged with Chicago's business co...

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How to Find and Replace items in WinCC 7.2
Frank May

How to Find and Replace items in WinCC 7.2

There is no global CTRL+F and Replace in  WinCC v7.2 that catches everything at once, but there are a few tools that can help you accomplish the same thing.  Let’s say we have a picture for Robot Defense. This picture has tags, text, script, and dropdown options for Robots. We want to make an identical screen, but for Alien Defense. Below is what we start with: Highlight everything on the screen and right click to bring up "Linking Options" Select "...

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DMC Attends 2015 Offshore Technology Conference
Jason Mayes

DMC Attends 2015 Offshore Technology Conference

DMC recently attended the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held May 4 - 7 in Houston. Over 94,700 attendees in offshore energy from around the world gathered at NRG Park to exchange ideas and opinions advancing scientific and technical knowledge for the safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable development of offshore oil and gas resources. DMC opened a Houston office this year, making this conference especially valuable. Ryan Taylor and I spent a day at the ...

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All Day Company Meetings Spring 2015
Amy Cox

All Day Company Meetings Spring 2015

Each DMC office recently hosted an All Day Company Meeting (ADCM) in their respective cities of Chicago, Boston and Denver. A few times a year, DMC holds these offsite meetings to discuss goals and have some fun together. In the past we've had a trolley tour of Chicago, a cooking class, and improv lessons at Wrigley Field. This ADCM focused on customer service, factory safety initiatives and quality control for engineers while the Microsoft Consulting and Administrative teams conducted ...

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DMC Comic: And Then There Were Three
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: And Then There Were Three

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 "technical gravity" pulls in all passing engineers. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go or what they should do next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic!

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DMC Presents at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presents at CSIA's 2015 Executive Conference

This April, I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference. This was DMC's eighth consecutive year attending the conference, and the event took place just weeks after DMC passed its third CSIA audit. Held April 29 through May 2 in Washington, D.C., the conference provided a great setting for integrators to share best practices and connect with industry peers. I was excited to lead an educational session on A...

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DMC Presents at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC Presents at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference

DMC was recently invited to speak at the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Conference in Houston, TX. The conference is an opportunity for industry partners to share knowledge on how Siemens delivers efficiency and reliability to the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of oil production and explore solutions that do more with less. Since DMC opened an office in Houston this year, the conference was a perfect opportunity to meet more people in the area. Jason Mayes and I attended and...

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Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio
Nikhil Holay

Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio

Connecting to a B&R device over Ethernet or over a network is extremely helpful for updating and troubleshooting programs. Without a connection, a CompactFlash would have to be re-created for any small change that was made. In addition, it would be impossible to monitor the state of the program. This article details how to connect to your B&R device over Ethernet and over a network. Connecting to a Device over Ethernet Purpose: Allows file downloads/transfers to the B&R devi...

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