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10 Things Non-Engineers Learn While Working at DMC
Natalie Meeker

10 Things Non-Engineers Learn While Working at DMC

Every company needs a great team of support staff to keep things going, and DMC is no exception. Our recruiting strategy and core value of Hiring Smart People applies not only to our engineers, but to everyone at DMC. This includes our Administrative, Sales, Recruiting, and Marketing teams.       Once hired, our support staff gets to work immediately on bolstering an entire office of brilliant (and eccentric) employees. From connecting potential clients with the correct eng...

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CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update
Timothy Johnson

CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update

I recently installed KB3072333, which is labeled as “Update 1.1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015”. Afterwards, a specific change to the Outgoing Email Router profile issued a 401 Unauthorized error in the event viewer. I found a fix and am posting it in the hope that it will help someone else! Specifically, the error prevents emails from actually being sent until this change has been fixed. The error looks like this: “System.Net.WebException: The request failed with...

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DMC's Holiday Cheer Extravaganza 2015
Amy Cox

DMC's Holiday Cheer Extravaganza 2015

For the past few years, as another holiday season passes, I have observed that each holiday felt less and less like I remember. This year, the source of my waning holiday spirit finally dawned on me: I'm an adult now. I was determined to restore the festive spirit. On November 31st, I stayed at work until 8pm adorning my space with ornaments, lights and shiny silver garlands. I sprinted headfirst into December with a dazzling display of wintery cheer. Within a week or so, string lights, t...

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Comfort Panel HMI Faceplate Programming with a Siemens PLC
Otto Gottlieb

Comfort Panel HMI Faceplate Programming with a Siemens PLC

Recently I was working on an S7-300 PLC project that required a fairly advanced HMI, so we chose the Comfort Panel to use Faceplates for the many pop-ups and identical controls required. Creating these Faceplates was a great way to increase our productivity in development, and I would like to share one very important lesson that we learned in the process. The test project I created uses an S7-300 PLC and a Comfort Panel HMI. The HMI control that I created is a Start-Stop HMI pushbutton...

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Connecting Custom Applications to the Factory Floor
Jon Carson

Connecting Custom Applications to the Factory Floor

DMC has expertise in both industrial and PC-based software development. In other words, we do a great deal of projects involving PLCs; but we also write plenty of complex PC-based apps. But my personal favorites are projects that combine the two. We’re seeing them more and more. Don’t get me wrong, off the shelf solutions are great, and should be used wherever they make sense. But sometimes they don’t fit all of the requirements our customers need. Here are some examples I&r...

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Lunch for Business: A Better Way to Lunch
Lyndon Sapozhnik

Lunch for Business: A Better Way to Lunch

DMC had a lunch problem. When noon rolled around, someone would inevitably decide they wanted to go to Chipotle. They’d get up from their desk and circle around the office, asking everyone they saw if they wanted to jump on the Chipotle train. But “everyone” wasn’t actually everyone, since everyone isn’t necessarily at their desk at 11:58 AM. Some people would be on the phone, others in collaboration rooms. Perhaps they’d even be on the other side of the offic...

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DMCFilms Denver Update
Nick Aroneseno

DMCFilms Denver Update

With the release of the new Star Wars film right around the corner, Denver decided to film a themed video for our December update. I wanted it to be a parody video: Lucasfilm™ logo, scrolling text, the works (and, of course, to feature Blue, the horse from Denver International Airport). Everyone in the office was involved in the film in some capacity, so it really helped advance the OneDMC initiative. Enjoy! Credits Otto: Filming/script Jimmy: Jimmy Boris: Boris/script Nick: Yoda/sc...

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DMC Comic: Deparroting
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Deparroting

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! Learn more about the origin of the term "debugging" here!

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Courier Day 2015: Creativity, Office Improvement, and Fish-Robots
Amy Cox

Courier Day 2015: Creativity, Office Improvement, and Fish-Robots

Once per year, DMC holds a "FedEx Day" where all employees pause other work to dedicate an entire day to a project of their choosing. In the same vein, DMC also holds a "Courier Day" once per year, which is a shorter version of FedEx Day. Beginning with a kickoff lunch at noon and continuing until the end of the day, Courier Days are optional and no project presentation is required. With less focus on a deliverable product, Courier Day projects are usually smaller and simpler...

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DMC Quote Board - December 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2015

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

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New York Office Update
Jon Carson

New York Office Update

Live from New York, it's DMC! We expanded to the Empire State this year, along with opening an office in Houston, to create growth opportunities and to better serve our customers. Although I actually moved from the Chicago office in April, the office really started to feel up-and-running when the rest of the team joined me over the summer. We’ve had two office locations so far – the first at 5th Ave and 27th St, and our new space at 8th Ave and 36th St...

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The Robot Operating System: What is ROS?
Ji-hoon Kim

The Robot Operating System: What is ROS?

It’s a tool for robotics research collaboration. It’s a communication protocol, an open source library of interesting robotics software, and a useful prototyping tool. Depending on who you ask, ROS can be a lot of things. Literally, it stands for Robot Operating System. It’s one the hottest topics in the field of robotics, and if you ask, “What is ROS?” to five different people, you may get five different answers! Robots are complex systems with a lot of differen...

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Fantasy Football with DMC
Natalie Meeker

Fantasy Football with DMC

As football season comes back around each year like clockwork, DMC rouses up the masses for a bit of competitive fantasy football. With over 20 people interested in playing this year, we had to make some adjustments. We learned in the past that not everyone will set a line up each week. In fact, some will not set a lineup on any week. Still, seasoned players and newbies alike are both welcome to play, so this time around we made a serious league for those who know what a bye week is and how to s...

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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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