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Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21
Heather Talbert

Happy Birthday: DMC Turns 21

Do you remember counting down to your 21st birthday? On Friday, August 4, we headed up to DMC Chicago's rooftop to celebrate our 21st anniversary party!  I have to admit, DMC has been drinking "underage" for some time now, but that didn’t make this monumental birthday any less special. Not surprisingly, food was our top priority. We hired a grill master to help us prepare the main course, while several employees brought delicious sides. It will be a while...

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Creating a Password Protected SDF File from an Existing SQL Database
Brian Sabino

Creating a Password Protected SDF File from an Existing SQL Database

SQL Server Compact Edition is a compact relational database produced by Microsoft for applications that run on mobile devices and desktops. Embedding these databases into a Windows application in a portable file-oriented format can be very useful.  While working on a recent Windows application, DMC wanted to add an extra layer of security to our application by protecting our SQL CE database files with a password. Although the process of creati...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency

DMC has earned the Microsoft Silver competency for Cloud Platform (Azure). This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise in helping customers modernize their infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The Cloud Platform competency is awarded to an elite tier of Microsoft Partners who demonstrate technical certification, market influence, and customer satisfaction in the delivery of Azure solutions. This certification enables DMC to receive e...

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DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI
Matt Goedke

DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI

DMC routinely completes projects involving a variety of technologies including Bluetooth connected devices and web-based API’s. During a recent FedEx Day, where everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC, we decided to combine a few of those technologies and create a system for tracking the locations of our many office dogs! Getting Started FedEx Day requires that a project is completed in the span of FedEx day. Depending on th...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at DMC Chicago on 10/19
Jessica Mlinaric

Celebrate Oktoberfest at DMC Chicago on 10/19

DMC invites you to join us for an Oktoberfest celebration in Chicago on Thursday, October 19, 2017! Expect an evening of food, beer, and fun on our rooftop deck. We will be enjoying live German polka music and cheering on the Chicago Cubs! DMC Chicago's Oktoberfest October 19, 2017 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 [Driving Directions] Event Details You're welcome to stop by anytime throughout the evening along with significant or i...

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3 Tools for Debugging Scripts in Ignition
Elizabeth Hill

3 Tools for Debugging Scripts in Ignition

If you use Inductive Automation's Ignition server software designed for total system integration, you might encounter instances when your script doesn’t run correctly the first time. Here are a few tools to help you find the bug. Tool One - Gateway Script If you're running a gateway script, the first place you should navigate to is the Status Page of the gateway. Then, locate the Gateway Scripts page. There, you will be able to see a...

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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
Rick Rietz

Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites

I recently fielded a question from a potential client who wanted to know if Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs with Google Sites was a better fit for their organization's document management and collaboration needs. Although this question is pretty straightforward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is a great tool if you do not have an enterprise collaboration platform at your disposal, and you need to to get a document sharing site up quick...

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3 Steps for Configuring Yaskawa VFD's over PROIFBUS
Brian Sabino

3 Steps for Configuring Yaskawa VFD's over PROIFBUS

Recently, I worked on a project that used a Siemens S7-300 PLC to control several Yaskawa VFD's over PROFIBUS. Although Yaskawa provides documentation to accomplish this, reading through manuals can be time-consuming. For someone only seeking basic speed control of the drives, I've prepared a step-by-step process on how to quickly setup and control any Yaskawa VFD over PROFIBUS using the Basic Data message package. Step 1: Setup Your Hardware Configuration Download the Y...

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Using Custom Properties on Templates in Ignition
Elizabeth Hill

Using Custom Properties on Templates in Ignition

Ignition is a modern HMI/SCADA based software platform from Inductive Automation that closes the gap between production and IT with unlimited, web-based monitoring and central control of an entire facility via a single central server. There are tons of features to use Ignition's independent modules for including Real-Time Status Control, Alarming, Reporting, Data Acquisition, Scripting, Scheduling, MES, and Mobile support. Sometimes, there are tweaks you might want to make th...

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Linq.js - JavaScript Library Spotlight
Christopher Olsen

Linq.js - JavaScript Library Spotlight

Working with and manipulating arrays has always been one of my least favorite aspects of JavaScript development. Ever since I became a professional .NET developer and C# became my language of choice, my distaste for working with arrays in JavaScript only grew stronger due to the lack of access to one of my favorite parts of the .NET Framework: LINQ. For those unfamiliar with LINQ, it's a library in the .NET Framework that allows a programmer to perform a large variety of complex oper...

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DMC Quote Board - August 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - August 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 Boston YOE: Choose Your Own Adventure
Molly Graham

DMC Boston YOE: Choose Your Own Adventure

DMC's Boston office recently hosted their annual Yearly Office Event, or YOE, in the mountains of New Hampshire. After last year's trip at the Cape, attendees changed it up this year with hiking, swimming, stargazing, and bonding time. The experience was a choose-your-own-adventure of sorts that started in Boston Harbor and ended at the top of Mount Washington.   Hello Boston Harbor For our first night in Boston, we made plans to explore Boston Harbor on a ...

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Sharpening Our Skills at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing
Roman Didyk

Sharpening Our Skills at Thunderbolt Axe Throwing

DMC loves a good company kickball or volleyball game, but sometimes we like a change of pace. If you're also looking for an out of the ordinary activity in Chicago, it might be try something a little edgier. For though we're in the the height of summer, we all know Winter is Coming, and there's only one reasonable course of action - it's time to learn to throw axes.  Razor Sharp Fun A group of DMCers recently visited Thunderbolt ...

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DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable

DMC's Director of Consulting Services, Rick Rietz, will lead a presentation at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable. The session will be held on September 19 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at The Westin Denver International Airport in Denver, CO. Rick's presentation will provide guidance on planning and implementing Microsoft’s cloud solutions, including Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure. Attendees will learn how to evaluate...

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017

Another school year is starting, and for DMC that means visiting campus career fairs! So far, 2017 has been a big year for DMC. We added a sixth office, hired a ton of new employees, and were once again voted one of the best places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. DMC continually makes strides to grow and improve as a company, and we are always looking for talented individuals that can help us achieve our goals.  Why work for DMC? DMC provides M...

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DMC to Participate in Manufacturing Connectivity Webinar
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Participate in Manufacturing Connectivity Webinar

DMC will participate in a free webinar panel discussing how to get started with connectivity in your manufacturing operations on August 16 at 1 p.m. CST. DMC Project Director Nick Shea will join Matteo Dariol and Tobias Conz of Bosch Software Innovations in examining what to consider when implementing connectivity. The webinar is the third in Bosch's Connected Manufacturing Webinar Series. Webinar Agenda When dealing with IIoT implementations, most companies have to choose be...

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DMC Explores California Wine Country
Elizabeth Hill

DMC Explores California Wine Country

In case you didn't know, we like to have fun here at DMC. That can range from rooftop happy hours to weekend getaways we call YOEs (yearly office events). Recently, a bunch of DMC employees from different offices were scattered across the West Coast, so we decided to meet up. We did something fun and new for everyone - visit Sonoma, CA! Travel In Tandem We met up on Friday, ready for a bright and early Saturday outing. Our first stop was Spoke Folk Cyclery to pick up our transp...

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How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal
Jason Mayes

How to Set Up an MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal

One of the great, and underused, features in TIA Portal is the Network Topology tab of "Devices and Networks." It can enable you to accomplish a number of advanced tasks while simultaneously providing more in-depth network diagnostics. Today, I want to quickly show you how you can use Network Topology to configure a MRP-based Ring Network in TIA Portal. Why Ring Topology? There are many reasons why one might consider using a ring topology for your network. The most common one is ...

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DMC Cares at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Roman Didyk

DMC Cares at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Last summer, we kicked off a charitable initiative called DMC Cares. Since then, we've been ramping up opportunities for volunteering and philanthropy across our offices. Team members from DMC Chicago recently helped package foods at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). GCFD is a Chicago food bank that works with over 700 agencies and programs to serve the entirety of Cook County in the fight against hunger. The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes about 160,0...

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DMC Hits the Trails: Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe
Andrew Crowley

DMC Hits the Trails: Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe

After heading west for a client project, Leigh Matthews and I recently decided to hit the trails for some mountain biking around the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The incredible topography of the area was a big change for us, coming from the Houston and Chicago offices respectively. We chose to bike the Flume Trail, a one-way, 14-mile ride at 7000’ to 8000’ feet in elevation. For perspective, the elevation of DMC's Chicago office is at an ...

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