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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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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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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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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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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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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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FactoryTalk Data Historian Implementation with PLC and SCADA Programming

Posted in Allen Bradley PLC Programming, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Rockwell FactoryTalk

DMC developed a PLC program and corresponding SCADA system for the processing of krill oil. The system also utilized a historian to allow for long-term data storage and trending.

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Automated Oil Facility Data Collection with FactoryTalk Historian SE and VantagePoint

Posted in HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Oil and Gas, Rockwell FactoryTalk

DMC successfully installed and commissioned FactoryTalk Historian SE (Site Edition) and FactoryTalk VantagePoint at a crude oil facility that needed months of data collected. This upgrade also replaced the facility’s manual report entry with an automated system that could e-mail the reports to the supervisors.

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PLC Programming and SCADA System for Pilot-Scale Coal Burning Power Plant

Posted in Energy and Utilities, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens WinCC and WinCC Flexible Programming

DMC developed the PLC program for a pilot scale coal burning power plant, as well as a SCADA system using Siemens WinCC 7.2. The SCADA system included an HMI designed with the end user in mind, as well as custom logging scripting.

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Safety-Rated Wireless Control for High-Tech Retail Using Siemens IWLAN and SCALANCE W Hardware

Posted in Building Technology, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC programmed and commissioned a Siemens Wireless Safety system to safely operate and monitor two-story tall glass doors for a Silicon Valley, CA-based technology company's flagship retail electronics store.

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Hose and Cable Reel Management Control System for Offshore Drilling

Posted in HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Oil and Gas, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC programmed a Siemens-based cable and hose reel management control system for use in offshore drilling for a Houston, TX based Oil and Gas OEM.

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Oil & Gas Tank Filling System for Hazardous Locations

Posted in Allen Bradley PLC Programming, Chemical, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Oil and Gas, PLC Programming

DMC was approached by a client of ours in the Oil & Gas industry to automate an Acetylene tank filling process. DMC developed the control system and performed the installation, debugging, and testing at their facility. DMC also designed the electrical panel to meet Class I, Division 2 Hazardous Location specifications.

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B&R High Speed Label Application

Posted in B&R Automation Studio Programming, Consumer Goods, Custom Software and Hardware Development, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Specialty Machinery

DMC programmed a machine that would apply labels to products at a rate of 80 products per minute. Our role was to design the controls configuration, design the HMI, and program the automation logic to apply labels reliably at the target speed. The project was accomplished using B&R controls with implementation of their new mapp technology for automation.

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