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DMC Quote Board - April 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - April 2017

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

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How to Update a Siemens PLC without TIA Portal using the SIMATIC Automation Tool
Jay LaFave

How to Update a Siemens PLC without TIA Portal using the SIMATIC Automation Tool

DMC recently provided remote support for one of our customers. We made critical updates to their PLC code as they were commissioning their machine internationally. Unfortunately, our client didn’t have TIA Portal software available at the time. They were afraid that this made it impossible to download the new version of the code to the PLC in the field. Fortunately, Siemens offers the SIMATIC Automation Tool as a free download (just sign up for an account first) on the...

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DMC to Attend Automate 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Attend Automate 2017

DMC will be attending Automate 2017 on April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. As a National Instruments Alliance Partner, we'll be representing NI in their booth #2456 at the show.  Automate is an automation solutions event that provides an overview of the entire industry. Thousands of visitors attend to survey the leading-edge technologies including robotics, motion control, and vision. Attendees will learn how to lower costs, improve their processes and product qua...

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5 Tips for Getting Started in RSLogix 5000
Nicklas Thystrup

5 Tips for Getting Started in RSLogix 5000

RSLogix 5000 is very intuitive and easy to use PLC programming software used for Allen-Bradley PLCs. There are a few tips and tricks that are very useful to know starting out, especially if coming from a different PLC programming language. These will help increase efficiency, improve code structure, and avoid time-consuming downloads when commissioning. Set up Quick Keys for the Ladder Editor  Clicking around to build the Ladder code for PLCs can be time consuming. Rockwell has k...

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CMSIS-Pack Integration with TrueSTUDIO & Atmel Studio 7
Ji-hoon Kim

CMSIS-Pack Integration with TrueSTUDIO & Atmel Studio 7

In this blog, we'll take a look at how CMSIS-Pack is being integrated with TrueSTUDIO and Atmel Studio 7, two IDEs (integrated development environments) that are commonly used among embedded folks here at DMC. But first... What Is CMSIS-Pack? The Hardware's capabilities and specs dominated device selection in the past. As 32-bit microcontrollers became cheaper, the number of viable hardware choices increased and other considerations, such as the software ecos...

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DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Present at NIWeek 2017

NIWeek 2017 is coming up on May 22-25 at the Austin Convention Center. Thousands of engineers, educators, and NI developers will gather to learn from over 230 technical training sessions and 200 expo exhibits.  DMC is excited to be leading three presentations at NIWeek 2017. We hope to see you in Austin this spring! Real-World Case Study: For Connecting CompactRIO's to Microsoft Azure IoT - Darren Jones, Peter Rijks, and Jon Carson May 23, 2:15 ...

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Creating a Linux image for the Siemens IoT2000 series
Andrew Griesemer

Creating a Linux image for the Siemens IoT2000 series

This blog was last updated on 4/13/2017. The process for generating the Siemens IOT2000 Yocto image may have changed. The newly released Siemens IOT2000 series of controllers offer the flexibility of hobbyist Linux or Arduino platforms with the ruggedization necessary for industrial environments. The Siemens boards make use of the Yocto build tool for image creation. A sample image can be downloaded from the Siemens website (after logging in). However, for more involved projects it can be use...

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Creating a Slackbot Personal Assistant with .NET and an Office Fish
Eric Baggen

Creating a Slackbot Personal Assistant with .NET and an Office Fish

It wasn't too long ago that DMC Boston added a Particle Internet Button to remind us to feed our fish, Stevie. With Stevie doing so well, and DMC's FedEx Day coming up, we started brainstorming of what else could we do. We landed on turning Stevie the fish into an alternate online personality in the form of a personal assistant bot! Automated personal assistants are everywhere these days. Siri and Google Now keep us talking to our phones. Amazon Echo and Google Homes ar...

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How to Create an Automated Weather Display with Weather2 and BeagleBone
Cameron Fyfe

How to Create an Automated Weather Display with Weather2 and BeagleBone

DMC Denver has been enjoying another great ski season. Every year, we find ourselves frequently checking weather forecasts and snow reports to track how much snow our favorite mountains are getting. So during a recent FedEx Day, I decided to automate a system for acquiring and displaying this data on a desktop LCD! On FedEx Day, everyone works on a project that interests them that they think will improve DMC which must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day...

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Siemens S7-1500 PLC Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks
Andrew Crowley

Siemens S7-1500 PLC Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

Look at you! You’re enterprising and a real go-getter! You’ve been working on an S7-1500 and can’t get your project to connect and download, but it’s not a problem. You know that all you need is a quick factory reset and you should be good to go.  Only this time, the factory reset doesn’t work.  Updating Firmware No fear. You notice that there is some new firmware available on the Siemens Industry Support Website. Way to go! No need to freak ...

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Geek Challenge Results: Eccentric Traveler
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: Eccentric Traveler

The results are in! February's Geek Challenge winner is Grant Anderson of DMC. Grant's clever breakdown of the problem is shown below. Grant's Solution There are five classifications of locations that satisfy this riddle (at least on the surface): As mentioned in the riddle itself, the North Pole. All locations one-mile north of the one-mile long parallel of latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. All locations one-mile north of the one-mile long parallel of latitude in the Southern He...

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DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 

DMC is proud to host Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Women in Technology (WIT) March meeting.   The IAMCP and WIT community members will gather at DMC on Tuesday, March 28 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft’s Azure Platform Services and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Microsoft Azure Platform Services is comprised of some lesser-known services that can be cost-saving alternatives to th...

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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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