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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 st...


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 e...


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 checki...


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 the...


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 c...


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 seria...


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....


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 &#...


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 b...


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...


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