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PackML CPG Template State Machine Implementation for High-Speed Packaging Machine

Posted in Food and Beverage, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens SiMotion Programming

DMC used the PackML State Machine architecture to program a packaging machine for a food and beverage company. The machine coordinates the motion of several servo motors that together package a variable number of products at high speeds. This project was part of the customer’s larger initiative to revamp their packaging machines.

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Solar-powered Embedded IoT Solution for Measuring Liquid During Transport

Posted in Embedded Development and Embedded Programming, Energy and Utilities, Internet of Things (IoT)

DMC designed a solar-powered embedded IoT solution with Bluetooth low energy for measuring and tracking liquid in tanker trucks. 

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Legacy Machine Retrofit with Siemens S7-1200 PLC

Posted in Inventory and Warehouse Control, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens WinCC and WinCC Flexible Programming

DMC worked with a Houston-based plastics processing company to perform a controls retrofit on a bagging machine which was outfitted with legacy control hardware that was no longer supported by the original manufacturer. The retrofit utilized Siemens S7-1200 PLCs and Comfort HMI.

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Intelligent Automotive Overhead Conveyor

Posted in Allen Bradley PLC Programming, Automotive, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming

DMC programmed a highly intelligent overhead conveyor solution for a leading automotive supplier. 

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Quickly Developing Prototypes with Siemens S7-1200 PLC

Posted in Consumer Goods, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, PLC Programming, Product Development, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC utilized a Siemens S7-1200 to program the controls for a prototype household appliance with two stepper drives. Typically, the application is geared toward embedded hardware. However, DMC utilized the low-cost PLC to implement a flexible solution to fit the client’s budget and schedule constraints. This made it possible for the client to invest less money to build a functional prototype which can be used to judge market demand.

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Automated Vision Inspection of Chemical Droplets

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC developed a machine vision inspection system to measure the size and position of chemical reagent droplets on a medical device. The customer added fluorescein to the chemical reagent so that the drop would fluoresce under certain lighting conditions. DMC’s software compared the drops’ sizes and positions to acceptable criteria and generated a pass/fail result. Data and images for each inspection was logged for later traceability.

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Cartesian Robot Control Using Siemens Function Block Library

Posted in Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC created and tested a library of Siemens function blocks for S7-300 PLCs using Simatic Manager that can be used to communicate with a  manufacturer's 6 axis Cartesian robot. The function blocks are now provided by the manufacturer so that end users can easily communicate with the robot and execute standard commands.

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Centralized System Control with a Schneider Electric Modicon PLC

Posted in Oil and Gas, Other PLC Platforms, PLC Programming

DMC worked with a Colorado company in the oil and gas industry to simplify their PLC system architecture. DMC helped the customer circumvent defunct control hardware, implement expanded functionality, and add facility-wide safety shutoff capabilities. This modification gives the customer flexibility to pursue further upgrades and reconfigurations to their existing equipment while also improving their current operational capabilities.

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High-Speed Bottling Machine with Siemens Servos and S7-1500 PLC

Posted in Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens SiMotion Programming

DMC programmed a machine to fill small bottles of liquid at rates up to 1,000 bottles per minute, using several coordinated axes to transfer bottles between sections of the machine. Our role was to program and commission the motion aspects of the project, as well as to update existing code to use best practices with Siemens PLCs.

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12-Axis Honing Machine Using Siemens SIMOTION in Scout TIA

Posted in HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Siemens SiMotion Programming

DMC created a standard architecture in Siemens' SIMOTION Scout that has been used on a dozen large and small honing machines. This project involved building a new machine based on that architecture and was used to control a three-station honing machine with a complete part handling system and an automatic gage system.

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Recipe Management and Execution with a Unitronics Samba PLC/HMI for Dual Kettle Brewing System

Posted in Food and Beverage, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Specialty Machinery

DMC created a Samba PLC/HMI program to create, edit, and perform brewing recipes for a Colorado-based manufacturer of small scale brewing equipment.

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Existing Plant Upgrade to Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 Using Standardized Reusable Code

Posted in Beckhoff and TwinCAT 3 Programming, Civil Infrastructure, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, PLC Programming, Specialty Machinery

DMC worked with an established metal working company to modernize an existing automated custom metal-forming plant. DMC programmed new TwinCAT 3 PLCs with consistent code structure following best practices, which allows for easy feature additions to the system.

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Home Automation Mobile App Development with Xamarin and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)

Posted in Circuit Design, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Embedded Development and Embedded Programming, Product Development, Software and Web Development, User Interface Design

DMC worked with Summit Automation, a leading provider of door and window automation systems, to enable their customers to control their doors with their smartphones using Bluetooth.

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