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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs

What is a DTU? Microsoft describes the Database Transaction Unit (DTU) as, “a blended measure of CPU, memory, and data I/O and transaction log I/O in a ratio determined by an OLTP benchmark workload designed to be typical of real-world OLTP workloads.”  This statement may seem deliberately opaque, but what it reflects is that Microsoft is giving you the benefit of not needing to worry about the hardware configuration of your cloud service, but instead is giving you a ...

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Optional Hardware Configuration Control in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

Optional Hardware Configuration Control in TIA Portal

Ever wish you could create a project with optional hardware modules? Or add hardware in the field with any programming? Configuration Control within TIA Portal allows you to configure hardware modules and even I/O network objects to be optional so that a user can, at run-time, choose what hardware should be used.

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Nucleo UART Tutorial
Ji-hoon Kim

Nucleo UART Tutorial

Introduction This tutorial covers the creation of a simple embedded project from the ground up that allows an ST Nucleo development board to talk to your PC using UART serial communication. It is used at DMC to introduce new engineers or engineers who primarily work in other service areas to embedded project work and covers a range of topics, skills, and tools commonly used in DMC Embedded projects including: An Eclipse-based IDE (TrueSTUDIO) Wiring hardware Configuring MCU peripher...

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DMC Quote Board - March 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - March 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.

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Automatic HMI Connection Fail-over in TIA Portal with the S7-400H
Jason Mayes

Automatic HMI Connection Fail-over in TIA Portal with the S7-400H

For anyone who has spent much time working with the SIMATIC S7-400H, it becomes quickly apparent that the devil is often in the details. You find that there are many small settings and 'tricks' that you uncover while setting up redundancy, redundant Modbus communication, redundant communication interfaces for I/O, configuring hardware, etc., that you need to get things running. Sometimes those small details are hard to catch. In the words of my wise colleague Lillian Walker, "The re...

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How to Upload a File to SharePoint On-Premises Using Python
Curtis Weir

How to Upload a File to SharePoint On-Premises Using Python

There are several tools out there for interacting with SharePoint through a Python script, but today, I am going to demonstrate a very simple way to upload a file to your SharePoint environment with minimal overhead. This can be useful for users running on Linux environments, such as a Raspberry PI, who want to script some functionality. Using Octoprint to Monitor 3D Printing I recently set up a tool called Octoprint on a Raspberry Pi, and am using it to control and monitor ...

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DMC Renews Certifications in the Wonderware SI Partner Program
Nick Shea

DMC Renews Certifications in the Wonderware SI Partner Program

DMC is now a Wonderware Certified Systems Integrator in InTouch and System Platform! Certified Systems Integrators are able to integrate enterprise manufacturing systems in intricate, multi-level projects. What is the Wonderware SI Partner Program? Per Schneider Electric, “The Wonderware SI Partner Program is a multi-tier support system that recognizes participants by their level of experience and certification with Schneider Electric brands, market focus, and industry-related expert...

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Tips for Selecting a System Integrator Featured by Control Engineering
Jessica Mlinaric

Tips for Selecting a System Integrator Featured by Control Engineering

DMC Project Director Tim Jager was featured in a recent issue of Control Engineering. Tim was interviewed for an article titled, "How to Select A System Integrator" (SI) along with representatives from Burrow Global Automation, Malisko Engineering, and ESE Inc. The article advocates, "Following a well-thought-out plan to find a system integrator is essential to ensure a successful outcome when hiring an expert." It then goes on to detail four steps to consider du...

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DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes
Serena Shah-Simpson

DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes

DMSki, an annual ski trip that DMCers have been making to Colorado since 2011, was Denver’s Yearly Office Event (YOE) again this year. The YOE is an opportunity for DMC employees to meet near one of DMC's five locations for a fun trip planned by employees in that office. What started as an awesome time has grown into an even more awesome time with more and more DMC employees joining each year! If you want to check out the fun we had in years past, you can read about past...

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Using IoT, a Particle Internet Button, and Slack to Feed a Fish
Eric Baggen

Using IoT, a Particle Internet Button, and Slack to Feed a Fish

"Stevie is a fish. Stevie has no motors. Stevie prefers that you don’t tap on the tank. Stevie doesn’t know what Wi-Fi is. This is a picture of a computer. It’s not a fish. Stevie is a fish! I bet Stevie wishes he had hands so he could play with tablets." This description is printed on a sign that sits next to Stevie’s tank. Who is Stevie, you might ask? Stevie is DMC Boston’s office fish, and he is a valued member of the team. Like us, he ...

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DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work

DMC has been named a finalist for Crain's Chicago Business' annual list of Chicago's Best Places to Work. The finalists were announced in an article by Crain's on February 10, 2017 and include 50 Chicago companies. According to Crain's, the list "honors companies that do the very best by their employees here in Chicago." The 2017 list has been expanded to recognize more companies, and the top 25 Best Places to Work will be announced at a live event on A...

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BlueGecko BGScript Development with VScode
Tyler Brink

BlueGecko BGScript Development with VScode

This tutorial will outline the process to configure Visual Studio Code for developing Blue Gecko script code. It assumes you have some familiarity with the BlueGecko scripting language. If not, check out the developer guide. Blue Gecko scripting is a high level programming language designed for the Silicon Labs line of Blue Gecko Bluetooth modules. Installation Download and install the BLE SDK and the BLE Update Tool using the default location and agree to licenses.&...

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FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation
Molly Graham

FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation

DMC recently held our 7th FedEx Day across all offices. On FedEx Day, everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC. It’s one of our favorite company traditions! It's called a FedEx Day because part of the project must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day. You can read about past FedEx Days on our blog: here, here, here, here, here, and here. Also, check out this classic FedEx Day video! How Does FedEx Day...

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Geek Challenge: Eccentric Traveler
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: Eccentric Traveler

This month's geek challenge focuses on some strange sightseeing aspirations of an eccentric traveler. Our eccentric traveler's odd expedition begins by considering the following riddle: You walk one mile South, then one mile East, then one mile North. When you finish walking you are at your original location. Where are you? After initially deducing the solution to be the North Pole, our eccentric traveler realized there were other starting locations in ...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.  

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Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.4 and Portal V14 Beta Release

Version 1.4 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a V13 SP1 update and also contains a Portal V14 beta release. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V13 SP1 Update 9 contains the following updates: Added dynamic fonts to all HMI faceplates for variable size HMIs Updates to several Supplementary blocks Added official blocks for SIMOCODE and SIRIUS Soft Starter Resolved bug in fbIO_AnalogInput when using RTDs Fixed ...

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Inside Whirlyball: Chicago's Weirdest Sport
Ross Bunker

Inside Whirlyball: Chicago's Weirdest Sport

Before I visited Chicago for my DMC training as a new employee, I had never played Whirlyball. In fact, I had never heard of Whirlyball until the week prior. I was excited to have the chance to play last week during a DMC activity fund event. It’s a fun tradition for the Chicago office. After trying it myself, I decided to spend some time researching this unique “sport”. Whirlyball Origins Despite its conception in Salt Lake City in the 1960's, there is a complete lac...

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DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party
Amy Costello

DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party

Last month, DMC employees and guests gathered to celebrate our accomplishments of 2016 and all we have to look forward to in the coming year. The annual Holiday Party is one of the most exciting events of the year. It's a great opportunity to chat with those you rarely get a chance to see and meet the new faces coming to DMC! Here's how we celebrated in each office. Denver DMC Denver started their evening with drinks and a social hour at Guard and Grace, a steak house in do...

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Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata
Anjali Bharadwa

Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata

Have you ever had a hard time searching for a document in a web of nested folders? So have I. What starts out as a few, organized folders can quickly turn into a messy and confusing file system. Fortunately, SharePoint offers a solution by tagging documents with metadata. Document Management in SharePoint allows you to find documents easily and determine information about the document before you open it. For example, using metadata allows you to tag documents with two different categorie...

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A Properly Pleasing Primer Tutorial for WPF Prism - Part 3:  Modules
Grant Anderson

A Properly Pleasing Primer Tutorial for WPF Prism - Part 3: Modules

In Part 2 of this series, I introduced the Shell and the Bootstrapper components of a Prism application. The stage is set. The crew's in place. It's time for Lights! Camera! Action! But first, we need to hire some actors. Modules To quote the Prism documentation itself: A module is a logical collection of functionality and resources that is packaged in a way that can be separately developed, tested, deployed, and integrated into an application. All modules contain a central c...

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