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Brewing Template and Founders Brewing Implementation

Posted in Food and Beverage, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens PROFINET, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens WinCC and WinCC Flexible Programming

DMC worked with Siemens to develop a robust and modular brewing template project geared towards craft brewers. To decrease future development time, DMC developed tools using Openness and SiVarc to quickly create and link control modules on a PLC and HMI. DMC implemented this solution, including custom additions, for Founders Brewing, one of the most prominent craft breweries in Michigan, in their new Detroit brewpub. 

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Legacy System Upgrade with Siemens TIA Portal and WinCC Advanced

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

DMC worked with a biological research firm to upgrade a highly customized legacy SCADA application and a Think & Do PC-based controller to WinCC Advanced combined with a space-saving ET 200SP PLC. DMC replicated existing functionality while expanding operator usability and data manipulation options through customized WinCC Advanced interaction.

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Serial Communication with a Siemens S7-1200 PLC

Posted in Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Printing, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC programmed a Siemens S7-1200 PLC to communicate with servo controllers, using a serial interface. The serial communication was used to allow the operators to change the servo setpoints from a remote HMI.

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Keyence Camera Integration with a Siemens S7-300 PLC

Posted in Food and Beverage, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Vision Inspection

DMC worked with a confectionery company to retrofit a high-speed packaging machine with a Keyence camera vision system. The camera detects bad, incomplete, or missing product and triggers an S7-300 PLC system to reject the product prior to packaging.  

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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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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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Simatic S5 Revival and Conversion to S7

Posted in Civil Infrastructure, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

DMC was hired by a transportation company to revive six malfunctioning S5-100U PLCs that are used to control HVAC systems. 

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Cognex and Siemens S7 Inspection System

Posted in Food and Beverage, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming

An existing packaging line had no inspection for glue quality. Bad glue lines were occurring every several days, resulting in machine downtime since an unnoticed issue would usually cause a jam. DMC utilized a Cognex Checker Vision Sensor to interface with a Siemens PLC in order to provide an inspection system. This solution utilized previous reject methods and decreased line downtime.

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Siemens SIMBA Profibus Simulation Engine

Posted in C# .NET Application Development, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PC Application Development, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Software and Web Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

Using the Siemens SIMBA Profibus hardware interface, DMC created a software simulation engine for a client in order to support quick and efficient development of control software for high-tech materials manufacturing equipment. DMC’s low-impact solution reduced labor and test-time as well as increased up-time on the machines.

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PLC-LabVIEW Industrial Communication

Posted in Allen Bradley PLC Programming, Consumer Goods, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, Food and Beverage, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC has extensive experience connecting PLCs to LabVIEW on Windows and Real-Time targets. PLC-controlled assembly lines often require testing for quality. Many applications have the need to incorporate high-speed DAQ and complicated processing into end-of-line (EOL) testers. Because PLCs are ill-equipped to handle large arrays of data or run complex algorithms, it is common to augment a PLC-controlled operation with a more powerful and intelligent DAQ controller. This is also a great opportunity...

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AB RSLogix to Siemens S7 Conversion

Posted in Food and Beverage, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Siemens WinCC and WinCC Flexible Programming, Vision Inspection

DMC developed the PLC and HMI program for a high-throughput automated valve application machine. The machine stamped one-way air valves onto the packaging material in order to ensure coffee placed in the bag would remain fresh as long as possible. The system included interfaces to multiple outside systems including several smart camera vision check stations, a precision servo stamping mechanism, and another manufacturer’s downstream production lines

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Redundant DNP3 Communication Using a Siemens S7 PLC

Posted in Energy and Utilities

DMC provided software to be loaded onto a network of S7-300 PLCs to send and recieve data to and from train system substations. This data was transmitted using DNP3, a robust and redundant TCP/IP communication protocol.

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