DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20

DMC will be hosting the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2015. We've had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for several years now. This year's topic is LabVIEW User Interface Design. We'll begin the session by discussing tips and tricks related to style, dialogs, and multi-screen applications. We will continue by examining common LabVIEW UI/UX design pitfalls and considerations. Finally, we'll explore taking a wireframe to real...

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DMC Comic: Blue Screen
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Blue Screen

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.  Thanks to Mike Anderson of Magnetrol for this month's comic idea. 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 Quote Board - August 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - August 2015

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

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2015
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2015

The new school year is just around the corner which means it's time for campus career fairs! With two new offices, repeat workplace awards, and plenty of great SWAG to give away, DMC is ready for our biggest career fair tour ever! DMC is recruiting on-campus for entry level Automation Engineers for our office locations in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston, and New York. We're also hiring .NET Application Developers for our Chicago office. We want to meet all Mechanical, Elect...

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DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party
Natalie Meeker

DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party

For my DMC welcome party, I joined in with two other employees, Molly and Kevin, to hold a shared celebration at a local bar's trivia competition. It should come as no surprise that a lot of us are trivia fiends given DMC's Core Values of hiring smart people and having fun! While some DMC employees had attended the bar's Monday trivia nights in the past as activity fund events, this was the first time we had the entire back room to ourselves. With a ton of beer...

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DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in OneDrive for Business
Brian Frett

DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in 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 #2 demonstrates how to share files in OneDrive for Business. I walk you through three easy methods of file sharing, including generating an email, obtaining a link that can be shared...

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DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

DMC to Present at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

Update: View my presentatation here.  Siemens' mobile showcase will be stopping by Denver on July 28 for the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference. This free event offers a day of discovery and dialogue on the latest emerging trends around automation, instrumentation, and controls for the Oil and Gas industry. Register here.  If you're planning to attend the conference stop by DMC's booth and don't miss my presentation: Powerful SCADA solutions: Is ...

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DMC Beach Volleyball
Andrew Griesemer

DMC Beach Volleyball

This summer we've been heading out to North Ave beach for Chicago Social's beach volleyball league. After a record setting season, some notable contributions from DMCers include:

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Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4
Andrew Griesemer

Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4

This tutorial is for SiMotion Scout V4.4 HF6 with TIA Portal. Features may change in different versions. The Device Trace in SiMotion has built-in functionality that makes it easy to track down a pesky condition that might only happen once or twice per day. Rather than sit at the machine waiting all day for the fault to happen, you can set up a triggered recording and let Simotion do the work while you go get a cup of coffee. The following steps will walk you through setting up the trace conf...

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DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Exhibit at NIWeek 2015

NIWeek 2015 is right around the corner and DMC is excited to be attending and exhibiting this year. Over 3,200 innovators from a wide spectrum of industries will gather in Austin, TX on August 3 - 6 for NIWeek. National Instruments' 21st annual conference will present the latest technology for software-defined systems in test, measurement, and control. NIWeek is always an exciting  few days of learning, exposure to new technologies, and connecting with industry peers. This year,...

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DMC's Mad Science Drinxperiment with Siemens PLCs
Ryan Landwehr

DMC's Mad Science Drinxperiment with Siemens PLCs

Last month, DMC Boston hosted our Mad Science Party.The event featured the Drinxperiment, an automatic bartender that uses 15 ingredients to mix up a variety of cocktails that guests can order using their smartphones. The Drinxperiment started as a last second idea for a Courier Day (half work day dedicated to DMC internal projects). With the help of nearly every DMC engineer in the Boston office, we were able to put the finishing touches on the machine just in time for the party. The Drinxpe...

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DMC Comic: Debugging
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Debugging

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 may or may not be based on real life events from the field. 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 to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
Rick Rietz

DMC to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

DMC is excited to present at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). The annual event for the Microsoft partner community will be held in Orlando this year on July 12-16. Last year, there were over 16,000 attendees from more than 140 countries. The WPC is a wonderful opportunity to connect with peer Microsoft partners across the U.S. and the rest of the globe to share industry innovations. The extensive programming schedule offers a great deal of technical and business insight,...

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DMC Quote Board - July 2015
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - July 2015

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

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Using WebDAV to Transfer Files from a Linux cRIO
Mark Locascio

Using WebDAV to Transfer Files from a Linux cRIO

When using a realtime system for data acquisition or control, there is often a need to transfer files between the real time device and a PC. There are many ways to do this, but newer Linux-based NI CompactRIOs come with WebDAV and SSL support enabled by default. This makes WebDAV an easy option to use right out of the box. The first time I used it, I noticed a couple pitfalls that are worth documenting. This will be a brief post to point out those details. For this post, I used an NI cRIO-9068. ...

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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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