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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint
Peter Rijks

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint

The benefits of combining OCR and SharePoint are pretty clear. Image-only PDFs are not picked up by SharePoint search, meaning that many documents that might match a search request are missed. DMC's OCR solution solves this problem by checking PDFs uploaded to SharePoint and running them through OCR if needed. Once a PDF has been processed by OCR, it will contain a text layer that will be picked up by search. We recently added a number of features to our OCR solution and I’d li...

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How to Create Fanuc HMI Panels Using the Panel Wizard
Frank May

How to Create Fanuc HMI Panels Using the Panel Wizard

Even though you want Fanuc robots to be as autonomous as possible, you sometimes need operators to interact with your robots and need a simple interface for that. Using third party HMIs to communicate with Fanuc Robots is certainly an option, but there is a bunch of setup needed, and accessing all the variables on the robot is difficult. Instead, you can create the interface using the built-in "Panel Wizard" to create up to four different operator screens. This blog will show you ho...

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DMC Bubble Soccer Activity Fund Event
Nicklas Thystrup

DMC Bubble Soccer Activity Fund Event

Just before the leaves began to turn this year, DMC's Chicago office decided to take advantage of the end of our good weather and head to Lincoln Park for some fun in big, bumpable bubbles. If you've never heard of bubble soccer, it entails climbing into massive, inflated plastic bubbles that make sports infinitely more fun (and challenging!) The bubble soccer company had a slight misunderstanding and ended up going to the wrong place in Lincoln Park, which resulted in 12 people from DMC...

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Read the Serial Number or MAC Address of your Siemens PLC
Ryan Landwehr

Read the Serial Number or MAC Address of your Siemens PLC

A recent DMC project for an OEM machine builder involved automatically generating log files for each machine. The twist? Each log file needed to be unique and easily traceable to the machine that generated it. This can be achieved using the PLC serial number and/or MAC address, and Siemens has a built-in System Function Block (SFB52 - RDREC) that can be used to extract this data. First let's take a look at the block and its inputs. REQ: Boolean input to request a Read. ...

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UDP Communication on Beckhoff’s TwinCAT 3
Sudeep Gowrishankar

UDP Communication on Beckhoff’s TwinCAT 3

Have you ever received a tweet from a machine on the factory floor? These days, modern PLCs interact with the typical PC and Information Technology world (Ethernet, SMTP/emails, SMS/text messaging, cloud technologies), but there often are caveats. You might need an OPC server to talk to the PLC and then a separate web service to interface with the your intranet. You might need to send messages out from the PLC to a PC-based server, specially configured to listen and interpret. You might need ...

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DMC Comic: Unhandled Halloween Costume Exception
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Unhandled Halloween Costume Exception

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. 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 Welcome Party at Adler After Dark
Ji-hoon Kim

DMC Welcome Party at Adler After Dark

For my welcome party to DMC, we went to the Halloween edition of Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium. We hung out at the office for pizza, beer, and general hanging out before heading over to the museum. I had never been to the Planetarium before, so I was really excited to see what they had to offer. Once we arrived, we made our way to Café Galileo's glass pavilion where we enjoyed various beverages in front of a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline. The "Dark Matter" ...

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DMC Denver Takes On Clear Creek Canyon
Jimmy Condon

DMC Denver Takes On Clear Creek Canyon

Whether we're on hiking trails, snowshoeing through giant drifts of powder, or racing down mountain slopes on skis, having an active lifestyle at the Denver office is easy. Since DMC opened up the Denver office a little over a year ago, we've been having a lot of fun with rock climbing indoors, building up our climbing skills at local places throughout the Winter and Spring. We had actually hoped to do some outdoor climbing for our Spring 2015 All Day Company Meeting, but ended up doing ...

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Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC
Rick Rietz

Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC

DMC recently hosted a special IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) event at our Chicago office where we hosted approximately 40 Microsoft Partners. The keynote was presented by Microsoft Windows 10 executives from Redmond, including Nic Fillingham (Worldwide Windows Team – Sr. Partner Marketing Manager), Jenn Pettit (US SMB Windows Team - Sr. Audience Marketing Manager) and Annie Jonas (US Windows Team - Product Marketing Manager). We&nbs...

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DMC Quote Board - November 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - November 2015

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

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Data Logging with Siemens S7-1200 PLCs
Otto Gottlieb

Data Logging with Siemens S7-1200 PLCs

The creation and maintenance of data records for machines is a very important part of keeping machines running efficiently. For example, tracking downtime and uptime is crucial to provide proper maintenance on the machine, while logging stoppages and other events can help provide insight into troubleshooting any system. Maintaining these data logs sometimes requires purchasing additional software and hardware, as well as some programming to integrate everything together. Siemens has been prov...

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Hello Fall! Happy Hour at DMC
Lauren DeLong

Hello Fall! Happy Hour at DMC

To welcome fall this year, DMC Chicago held a pie-and-cider party that was a great success. There were babies! And dogs! And cats! And most importantly, a wide variety of pies. We ordered in pizza, and enjoyed apple and pumpkin pies homemade by application developer Jordan, who is well-known by now for his excellent pie-making. Unlike DMC's Denver team, which is arguably the most athletic of the bunch, we didn't do any exercise to earn it. While our apple cider warmed in the C...

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IAMCP Features Interview with DMC's Rick Rietz
Jessica Mlinaric

IAMCP Features Interview with DMC's Rick Rietz

DMC is a proud member of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) whose mission is to connect Microsoft partners and leverage their joint strengths in delivering world class client solutions while enhancing their ties to Microsoft.The IAMCP recently featured an interview with Rick Rietz, DMC’s Director of Consulting Services, about developing relationships within the association. Rietz detailed the dividends of investing in the IAMCP partnership in a...

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Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap
Darren Jones

Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap

DMC exhibited at NIDays Chicago last week for the third consecutive year. The one-day, multi-track conference explores the latest technologies for measurement, embedded, and test systems. We gathered at Navy Pier on a beautiful fall day, ready to enhance our technical knowledge, connect with other local NI users, and introduce visitors to DMC. Our tilt table demo proved to be a popular draw and DMC's team had a great time showing it off at the booth.  As always, meeting ...

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Comparing Ethernet and USB cDAQs for Control Applications
Eric West

Comparing Ethernet and USB cDAQs for Control Applications

DMC recently completed a project that involved controlling an applied load using a hydraulic cylinder. Ramping the load at a controlled rate required a fast control loop with analog feedback from a load cell. The speed of the hydraulic cylinder was determined by a proportional valve controlled by an analog output from DMC’s control system. Based on other requirements of the software, DMC chose a PC-based control system using National Instruments hardware. The customer wanted the control...

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DMC Comic: I.T. Power
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: I.T. Power

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. 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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Houston Office Update
Ryan Taylor

Houston Office Update

Howdy, partners! We are very excited to announce that DMC Houston is officially up-and-running! In addition to opening an NYC location, DMC expanded to the Lone Star state this year to better serve our clients across the United States and throughout the world!   Our team arrived in late summer, and we've hit the ground running! Our office space is shaping up nicely, and we had our first Houston status update lunch on our brand-new lunch table.   We've attended career fairs ...

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DMC Quote Board - October 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - October 2015

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

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1-Up with DMC Denver
Otto Gottlieb

1-Up with DMC Denver

The Denver office finally tried out the 1-Up Arcade Bar in downtown Denver. I say finally because 1-Up is located exactly 354 feet from the entrance of our building (according to Google Maps). Despite the fact that DMC Denver officially opened in April 2015 (and has been occupied by DMC engineers for even longer), our group had yet to meander over to 1-UP for some brews and old-school gaming. The DMC Chicago office has hit up a beercade on more than one occasion, even th...

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Using a Script to "Multiplex" Boolean Tags in Siemens Portal
Nikhil Holay

Using a Script to "Multiplex" Boolean Tags in Siemens Portal

After spending some time working with multiplexed tags in Siemens Portal, I found that I was unable to set boolean values through a multiplexed tag. Instead of using a multiplexed tag, a simple script can help achieve the same function. The function of the script is to take the input parameters and set the proper boolean tag based on those parameters. Example: Controlling Multiple Motors with One Pop-up In this example, multiple motors need to be controlled from an HMI. Without a script, e...

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