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DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic
Elisha Harris

DMC Chicago YOE was Boat-tastic

With such harsh winters, Chicagoans make the most of their summers. Between attending free movies in Millennium Park every Tuesday night or food truck festivals on the weekends, there's never a boring day during Summertime-Chi. So, there were high expectations for DMC Chicago to host its second annual Yearly Office Event (YOE). Each DMC office hosts a YOE every year for visitors from our other offices. It's a great chance to enjoy fun activities together and relax with co-wo...

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Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP
Peter Rijks

Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP

A Shared Access Signature (SAS) is the primary means of authenticating a client when connecting to many Azure services. It is a (relatively) newer authentication scheme, replacing Access Control Service (ACS). Even though SAS has been around for several years, the Azure SDK for PHP only supports ACS. There is an open issue to add SAS support to the SDK, but until that support is added, you will not be able to use the SDK if your Azure service does not have ACS enabled, and in the past few yea...

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4 Tips for Ignition Designer
Elizabeth Hill

4 Tips for Ignition Designer

Ignition is an expandable and scalable Java-based SCADA platform from Inductive Automation. As a developer, the two main components that you interact with are the Designer and the Gateway. The Designer is where you edit the lower level components, like screens, tags, and scripts. The Gateway is where all of the higher level configuration lives – OPC connections, database connections, user management, etc. Here are some basic tips and tricks that I have found useful when devel...

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Access Denied to Azure SaaS Applications
Timothy Johnson

Access Denied to Azure SaaS Applications

Somewhere over the course of the last 6 weeks, Microsoft has been making changes to where Office 365/Azure AD SaaS applications are managed. Just about everything that was once accessed in the Azure Classic Portal has been moved to the new Azure Portal (portal.azure.com). This includes the management of Azure Active Directory, which was something that could only be accessed via the classic Azure Portal. As of the publication date of this blog, both portals continue to be ava...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier

Per Microsoft, "Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of data centers." There are tons of services and features to consider when making a decision about what might be right for your needs. We have already explored the importance of SQL Database DTUs and how you should not Forget About Bandwidth when selecting your pricing tier for Azu...

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Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY
Tim Jager

Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY

Introduction A majority of function generators are only capable of driving a couple hundred milliamps, which is fine for most applications. If you want more output current, you can shell out $400 dollars for a professional signal generator amplifier, or you can do what I did and hack one together for under $40. A signal generator is an indispensable tool for developing and testing electronic designs. You may find yourself wishing yours could output more current. You could test your po...

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How To Batch Update Text on a SharePoint Wiki
Jason W

How To Batch Update Text on a SharePoint Wiki

SharePoint wiki pages are a great way to collaborate with coworkers and team members. You can add and edit information, links, and pictures to a wiki page through an easy process. SharePoint wikis have a wide range of uses. Here at DMC, we use wiki pages to host our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  Our SOPs often contain links to other SharePoint pages. Recently, we reorganized our SharePoint taxonomy, otherwise known as a scheme of classification. During thi...

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Beginner's Guide to OMAC PackML
David Sestrich

Beginner's Guide to OMAC PackML

PackML, or Packaging Machine Language is a programming standard defined by the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) and by the International Society of Automation's Technical Report 88. It is meant to be a convenient project template that can be used in the discrete manufacturing of many products, from bottled drinks to wrapped candy. I thought it would be helpful to assemble this guide of PackML basics for anyone who is getting started with this standard. PackML has ...

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DMC Quote Board - June 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - June 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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DMC Takes a Stroll for PAWS 17th Annual 5K Walk/Run
Molly Graham

DMC Takes a Stroll for PAWS 17th Annual 5K Walk/Run

On Sunday, June 4th, a group of DMCers and friends got together for the 17th Annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run along Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach. We were joined by tons of other local pet lovers. The dog to human ratio was very close to 50/50, and the air was filled with the sounds of lots of happy yips, barks, and panting. What is PAWS? Nearly 9,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in Chicago each year because they don’t have a home, but PAWS Chicago finds homes for h...

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DMC to Host National Instruments Exams in 2017
Darren Jones

DMC to Host National Instruments Exams in 2017

DMC will be hosting two National Instruments certification exam dates at our Chicago office this year. The exams will be held on Thursday, June 22 and Thursday, October 19. The testing can cover any of the practical exams in the NI lineup, including the Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified LabVIEW Architect exams. A representative from NI will be proctoring the exams. Learn more an enroll on the National Instruments website.  June 22 and October 19 1 - 5 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave...

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NIWeek 2017 Highlights
Steven Dusing

NIWeek 2017 Highlights

Last month, DMC joined hundreds of other National Instruments professionals at the annual NIWeek conference. DMC’s Darren Jones, Jon Carson, Jason Mayes, Jesse Batsche, Peter Rijks, Bill Sowerwine, Nick Aroneseno, Mark Locascio, and Steven Dusing attended the event in Austin, Texas. The conference is an opportunity for DMC engineers to expand their NI knowledge base, talk to other NI professionals, and give presentations on relevant topics. What is NIWeek? Per National Inst...

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SITEC 2017 Siemens Open Library Presentation
Jeff McCormick

SITEC 2017 Siemens Open Library Presentation

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2017 SITEC National Conference. I shared my experience as the lead developer on the Siemens Open Library and demonstrated how to utilize and contribute to the Open Library. Per Siemens, the SITEC Conference aims to keep engineers and specialists up-to-date on the latest products and technologies from Siemens by providing, "specific, effective and customized training along with a certification path to ensu...

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New Office 365 Reporting Options
Timothy Johnson

New Office 365 Reporting Options

Microsoft recently introduced the new Office 365 administrative interface, which provides Administrators with the ability to setup an Office 365 tenant, manage users and subscriptions, and get useful insights into how the Office 365 tenant is used. The new admin interface is designed to more closely resemble the look and feel of Azure. Enhanced reporting makes it a lot easier for our team to monitor the Office 365 environments of our clients to detect abnormalities and prepare month...

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DMC Houston Hosts Another Texas-Sized YOE 
Molly Graham

DMC Houston Hosts Another Texas-Sized YOE 

Remember last year when DMC employees went down to Texas to check out our Houston office for the first ever Houston YOE? Well, we did it again!  What is a YOE anyway? DMC’s YOEs, or Yearly Office Events, are a partially sponsored gathering of DMC employees and their friends that each of our six offices hosts near their location. In Denver, we go skiing, in Chicago, we go to the lake, Boston likes to head to the shore, and our newest offices (New York and St. Louis) ...

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Basic LabVIEW UI Control Customization
Steven Dusing

Basic LabVIEW UI Control Customization

A common gripe about using LabVIEW is that the user-interface (UI) is not very attractive. Well, that is only true if you do not know how to customize LabVIEW controls to make them look truly modern and visually appealing. Fortunately, there is a way to change the default LabVIEW controls! While National Instruments and many other LabVIEW developers have documented this process before, for completeness, I will go through the basics with lots of screenshots before posting some of ...

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DMC is Expanding to St. Louis
Patrick Corcoran

DMC is Expanding to St. Louis

DMC is proud to announce our next office expansion to St. Louis, Missouri. Further strengthening DMC’s Midwest presence, St. Louis offers the opportunity to reach many new market areas in the central part of the nation. We are excited to bring our diverse set of services offerings to meet new challenges and support more specialized market verticals.With a targeted official opening in Q4 of 2017, we have already begun supporting new clients and partners in the local metro area. ...

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Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day
Molly Graham

Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day

DMC recently held another one of our favorite company-wide traditions... FedEx Day! On FedEx Day, everyone in the company takes a break from their day-to-day tasks and works on a project that they think will improve DMC. It's a great opportunity to collaborate with people we don't normally work with, develop new skills, and have fun. It's called a FedEx Day because the planned project must be delivered by the end of the day. With five offices and more employees than ever, the...

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Geek Challenge Results: The Perfect Bracket
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: The Perfect Bracket

Congratulations to Grant Anderson of DMC, Michael Deck of Avant, and John Jacobsma! All correctly answered last month’s Geek Challenge with C: 93.424%! Michael Deck is this challenge’s winner for his extensive solution that not only solves the proposed problem but handles more involved aspects not considered by the OP.  Michael’s solution is below. 1 Introduction The problem is stated here. 2 Solution 2.1 Main solution First, we set forth the probability ...

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DMC Quote Board - May 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - May 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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