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Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre
Peter Rijks

Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre

If you run any virtual machines in Azure, you should recently have received an email with the subject Accelerated maintenance to address CPU vulnerability in your subscription. This is part of Microsoft’s response to the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. Other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Platform, are affected as well and are rolling out similar responses to the vulnerabilities. What's the Plan: Cascading Reboots Microsof...

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Hawaiian Shirt Fridays
Peter Rijks

Hawaiian Shirt Fridays

I bought my first Hawaiian shirt (which is still in my rotation) in Orange Beach, Alabama during spring break of 2001. Since then, Hawaiian Shirt Friday has become a personal tradition of mine lasting the last dozen or so years. At my two previous jobs, it remained a personal tradition, and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would continue my tradition at DMC. However, while it took a while to start catching on, here at DMC it’s become more than just a personal tradition, and t...

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Nucleo UART Tutorial Mbed-Style
Ji-hoon Kim

Nucleo UART Tutorial Mbed-Style

Introduction ARM touts its mbed platform as an all-in-one solution to the Internet of Things. Today, we’re going to focus on one of its great benefits: “vendor-layer” abstraction. In other words, with mbed, you don’t have to write code for a specific target. Mbed will compile it for the target you want, whether it’s an EFM32 or an STM32. At DMC, we work with all kinds of different platforms for all kinds of different projects. Being able to borrow and port ...

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Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14
David Berno

Efficient SCL Development in TIA Portal V14

With the recent release of TIA Portal V14 and V14 SP1, several new additions have been added to increase the efficiency and organization of code written in SCL (structured control language). Recently, I have been using many of these new features while writing code in SCL and wanted to share them with you. We will start by defining SCL and its uses in programming, then we will compare ladder to SCL, next we will discuss inline SCL networks, Regions and Region Synchronization, and will finish b...

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Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device
Eric Baggen

Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device

A situation arises where you have a system that includes a PLC, an HMI, and some peripheral devices. The HMI displays some information to a user and allows for some basic control and the PLC manages data collection and communication through an RS485 network using a Modbus RTU protocol. Easy, right? Many PLCs already support RS485 and Modbus communication and only require a few functions blocks. There is a twist, however. The devices with which the PLC is communicating a...

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Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers
Christian Owen

Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers

DMC has been using the SAE J1939 CAN protocol in LabVIEW applications since 2010. A few years ago, DMC wrote a first generation set of J1939 drivers using the NI-CAN Channel API provided by National Instruments (NI) which was, at the time, a standard NI CAN API for use on the NI-CAN hardware family. Since then, NI released XNET. XNET is a modernized, unified, and easier to use API for CAN, LIN and Flex Ray interfaces and is to be used with NI’s XNET hardware family.  NI’s ...

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Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady

Account Manager Jimmy Brady is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Microsoft Consulting Services team. In addition to being DMC's Microsoft licensing guru, Jimmy enjoys biking Chicago's Lakefront Trail. Learn more about Jimmy in the video below!  

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DMC Quote Board - December 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 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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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's recently rebranded CRM Online platform. Microsoft combined many of the features of their CRM and ERP offerings and changed the licensing model by breaking down their functions into category-specific apps for purchase individually or as part of a bundle. I will explore all of the different applications in a series of blog posts, but today I will focus on the Dynamics 365 for Sales app.  Pipeline Management The Dynamics 365 for Sales app is a...

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DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston
Cat Dymond

DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston

DMC's New York and Boston offices recently met up for a combined All Day Company Meeting (or ADCM). DMC's ADCMs are a chance for entire offices to get together a few times a year for team-building, sharing knowledge, and having lots of fun through a constantly changing agenda. We've tried out WhirlyBall, gone ice skating, and even taken a day off like Ferris Bueller to explore Chicago. We wanted to extend this Ferris Bueller experience to our other offices, starting...

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Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek 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...

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DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever
John Williams

DMC Houston Is Bigger Than Ever

Back in April, we announced that the Houston office was undergoing a renovation and posted some in-progress construction pictures. I started at DMC's Houston office in early September, so I arrived at the right time to enjoy the finished product.  DMC Houston's Expansion We have been thoroughly enjoying each of the new areas. Kitchen - Board and card games are a daily staple in the expanded kitchen during lunch. Conference Room - All Houston...

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DMC Lives it Up at Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball
Grant Anderson

DMC Lives it Up at Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball

On November 4, 2017, employees of DMC and their guests attended the annual Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) masquerade ball the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood. This year's theme was "Love Never Dies." The Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead focuses on bringing family and friends together to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.  The ball, which is the culminatio...

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Setting Up Docker for WordPress Development
August Karlstedt

Setting Up Docker for WordPress Development

Way back when in 2014, I wrote a blog about setting up WordPress on IIS. At that time, Docker was only a year old and I hadn't even heard of it. It's now 2017 and things are different. Docker has matured and has gained enormous popularity for making developers' lives easier. One of Docker's uses we'll examine today is using Docker for development, particularly web development in WordPress. First, let's have a little Q&A session and then we'll jump r...

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How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start
Frank May

How to Change a Fanuc Robot's Default Speed on Cold Start

Short answer:  $SCR.$coldovrd Long answer: The robot's done. Testing went perfectly, operators know how to start, stop, and reset the system from the HMI without ever needing to touch the Teach Pendant. Then, someone powers off the robot to do some maintenance and notices the robot is now unusually slow on powerup. You get a phone call and want to tell them just to use the speed adjustment keys on the Teach Pendant after they power cycle the robot. However, you're a lit...

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Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint
Timothy Johnson

Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint

Host-named site collection (HNSC) allows you to assign a site collection with a unique DNS name behind it.  HNSC differs from a path-based site collection, which requires you to use the same DNS name assigned to the web application as to all site collections beneath it.  Deciding when to use host-named vs. path-based site collections is a matter of your specific needs. Microsoft has a recommended a maximum of 20 web applications per farm, so host-named site collections ca...

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CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce
Jimmy Brady

CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce

Do you need a CRM? Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) have a place in almost every organization that works with customers and partners. A fully featured CRM system provides benefit to just about everyone in an organization, especially those in Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing roles. Successful organizations will reach a point where they outgrow spreadsheets and simple contact management systems. They then require a fully-featured CRM that provides critical capabilities: ...

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Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware
Erik Donarski

Troubleshooting NTP with NI Hardware

In order to synchronize DAQ timestamps or time-sensitive processes across devices, you need to establish a common time source to which all devices on a network can synchronize.  Network Time Protocol (NTP) services provide this functionality, through which multiple networked machines may reference a common time source. However, issues can arise when a project requires National Instrument's LabVIEW with NTP. There is not much online in terms of bridging the gap between ...

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Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Detroit National Instruments IIoT Event on 11/16

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Thursday, Noveber 16, 2017 at the Marriott Detroit Livonia 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 he...

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Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release

Version 2.0 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com.   V2 contains the following updates: Added SiVArc properties to all WinCC Comfort/Advanced faceplates Added SiVArc screen rules and master screen copies to the “Master Copies” Updated example project to have SiVarc functionality and added a ...

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