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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency

DMC recently upgraded our Silver Cloud Productivity competency to Microsoft Gold for Cloud Productivity! This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise and experience helping clients deploy Microsoft cloud and hybrid solutions. Hybrid solutions rely on a combination of cloud and existing investments in on-premises resources.  This Microsoft Gold level certification makes DMC eligible for exclusive training opportunities that further the implementat...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Don't Forget About Bandwidth
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Don't Forget About Bandwidth

Microsoft Azure is an enterprise-grade cloud service platform: a complete set of secure application services for computing, storage, data, networking, and app development. When considering your specific needs, the Azure Pricing Calculator is a great tool to estimate in advance how much you might expect to spend on an Azure solution. Not immediately obvious is that the calculator doesn’t automatically include pricing for bandwidth.  In many cases, bandwidth pricing won’t have ...

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Boston FedEx Day Produces Smart Bike Lights
Frank May

Boston FedEx Day Produces Smart Bike Lights

It's not fair.  Your car shows brake lights when it brakes. Some cool cars turn their lights on when you approach your car at night. Some really cool cars change the intensity of brake lights when they brake hard.  My bike has a red light that turns on when you press a button.  NOT FAIR.  For my FedEx Day project (a day where our company lets us make anything for 'next day delivery'), I brought my bike into the future with the help of a coworker and a ...

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DMC to Assist with PackML Workshops on May 22
Molly Graham

DMC to Assist with PackML Workshops on May 22

OMAC is hosting its annual PackML workshop on May 22 at the Chicago Marriot O’Hare. The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations.  Siemens will be offering a hands-on PackML Programming and Installation workshop, led by experts in PackML implementation on the Siemens platform. DMC’s David Sestrich will be there al...

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Displaying Slack Channels in SharePoint
Jordan Harris

Displaying Slack Channels in SharePoint

DMC recently updated our SharePoint intranet site to SharePoint 2016, and with that upgrade, we decided to do a refresh of the UI.  We concentrated on adding interesting and useful items to the homepage. One of those pieces of content was a display of our office-specific Slack channels.  This blog explores what I had to learn and do in order to implement a Slack display inside a SharePoint web part page. Getting Ready in Slack My first step was to learn how to communica...

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Programmatically Replace LabVIEW VIs Using VI Scripting
Eric West

Programmatically Replace LabVIEW VIs Using VI Scripting

VI scripting provides powerful tools for automating common development tasks. Scripting is the backbone of LabVIEW QuickDrop, allowing developers to create macros that can be invoked using keyboard shortcuts. This blog describes how to use LabVIEW VI scripting to automate the duplication of a VI and its references into a new VI. Motivation Over years of LabVIEW development, DMC has created a powerful and flexible state machine architecture that is well-suited for industrial applica...

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7 Tips for Programming Beckhoff TwinSAFE Safety Logic
Nikhil Holay

7 Tips for Programming Beckhoff TwinSAFE Safety Logic

TwinSAFE is a module of Beckhoff’s TwinCAT programming software that allows a programmer to set up safety logic for Beckhoff Safety PLC’s. I've picked up a few tips and tricks in my time working with TwinSAFE, and I hope you will find them useful. 1. SafeAND – Use A Standard Bool As you develop your safety program, you’ll notice that most of your inputs will be required to safety bool input. However, when using a SafeAND block, your first input (and only your fi...

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2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations
John Sullivan

2017 Siemens Automation Summit to Feature 5 DMC Presentations

Every year, we look forward to sharing industry innovations and best practices at the Siemens Automation Summit. The 2017 Siemens Automation Summit will be held from June 26-29 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Hundreds of automation professionals will take advantage of networking and training sessions focused on interacting with the latest Siemens solutions and products. We're proud to be among the many presenters at this year's summit. If ...

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How to Convert from ProTool to WinCC Flex
Nikhil Holay

How to Convert from ProTool to WinCC Flex

ProTool is an HMI software package from Siemens. Most people (myself included) are most familiar with WinCC Flexible and Portal as the two primary Siemens HMI software packages. ProTool is the predecessor to WinCC Flex, and was phased out in 2004. So, what do you do if you have an HMI stuck in ProTool? Luckily, the conversion to WinCC Flex is very straightforward. Why Convert? There are several good reasons to convert your project from ProTool to WinCC Flex.  Many current Siemen...

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DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway
John Michael Frullo

DMC Houston Office Expansion Is Underway

After first expanding to Houston in August 2015, DMC settled into a cozy office space on Richmond Ave. in the Upper Kirby district. Since then, we've had more engineers (and an extra-large dog) join in the fun at DMC Houston. We needed more space… Intro: Houston Office Expansion! Ch-ch-changes We’re expanding our kitchen to take over the old, small conference room and open up the space. Our new conference room will be a massive 14’x18’ beauty at ...

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DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive
Heather Talbert

DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive

Like most people after the New Year, DMC wanted to find some ways to start 2017 off right. So, when our Director of Finance and HR Deborah Nunaley suggested we hold an onsite blood drive, I thought, “Yeah! That’s a great idea!" Why Give Blood? Having not donated blood before, I learned some very cool and exciting facts about being a donor: Of those people entering the hospital, 1 in 7 will need blood. Every time you donate whole blood, you can save the li...

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11 More DMC Engineers Attain Siemens Global Certifications
Nick Shea

11 More DMC Engineers Attain Siemens Global Certifications

Back in 2011, DMC attained the most Siemens Certified Engineers in the United States when eight of our employees passed the Siemens Global Certification or Recertification exams. We have grown as a company since then, and so have the number of Siemens experts at DMC!  DMC is proud to continue to have the most Siemens Certified engineers in the United States. Thirty-one DMC engineers have met all of the requirements for the Global Technical Certification in the SIMATIC Technology areas...

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Relative Gearing to an External Encoder with a Siemens 1500 PLC
Patrick Smith

Relative Gearing to an External Encoder with a Siemens 1500 PLC

DMC has often encountered a scenario where a customer wants to have a motor drive follow the position of an external encoder. However, a regular 1500 PLC does not allow you to directly gear to an external encoder; this functionality requires a 1500T PLC. The T-series processors allow much more complex motion control, but are also more overhead for simpler projects. As it turns out, with a little creativity, it is possible to gear to an external encoder using a regular 1500 PLC. While you can&...

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DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work

DMC Has Been Named the #4 Best Place to Work in Chicago. For the fourth consecutive year, DMC was named one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” by Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's highlighted DMC's continued growth and emphasis on social relationships during an awards reception held on April 6. Companies Prioritizing Culture Melissa Harris of the University of Chicago's Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the event. "It's...

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Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket

With March Madness wrapping up and everyone’s brackets broken once again, this month’s Geek Challenge is about what it might take to build the perfect bracket. It's time for all the mathletes out there to show off their skills. Imagine that for every game in the NCAA tournament you know the probability p for the favored team to win the game. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume p is the same for all the games in the tournament. You fill out your bracket to reflec...

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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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