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Sales Process Automation with Microsoft CRM and SharePoint

Posted in Business Intelligence, CRM Online, Custom Applications, Dashboards, Document Management, Microsoft Consulting Services, Office 365, SharePoint, Team Collaboration, Workflow

Stone Technologies, Inc. is a national Systems Integrator based in St. Louis, MO with offices in 16 states. Stone focuses on project delivery and provides manufacturing consulting and industrial automation services, including process control and manufacturing execution system (MES/MOM) design, software development, and commissioning. DMC’s Consulting Services team was asked to create a cloud / on-premises hybrid solution to automate the integration of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online sales opportunity...

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Integrating Kollmorgen AKD Drives with an Allen-Bradley PLC

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

DMC was hired by a machine builder who specializes in the frozen food industry to integrate six Kollmorgen AKD drives and servos with an existing PLC program. The Kollmorgen drives were chosen as a replacement for Allen-Bradley Ultra 3000 drives, which were no longer in production. The end result was an updated, robust program that can be easily modified for use on similar machines with any number of axes.

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Consumer Product Turnkey Appliance Test System with Power Measurements using LabVIEW

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Consumer Goods, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC developed a complete turnkey appliance test lab for a major manufacturer. The lab consisted of several custom-designed test-stands for conducting a variety of tests on ovens, cooktops, microwaves, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Several transducers were attached to the appliances and data was collected using custom software written by DMC. Both the hardware and software were designed to the customer’s specifications in order to facilitate comparisons to other...

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Simulator for Custom Gas Compression Equipment

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

DMC completed an enhanced oil recovery project for a client in the oil and gas industry. Their machine, a large CO2 compressor, is used in the process of raising the level of oil in tertiary wells. DMC has enjoyed working with this client before on a number of projects aiding in code development, Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) test support, and commissioning in the field. DMC worked with the client to develop an Allen Bradley PLC-based compressor tester that simulates the numerous signals and different...

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NASA Battery Simulation System

Posted in Aerospace, Automated Test Stand Design, Battery Pack and BMS Test Systems, Green Technology, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC leveraged our established Battery Management System (BMS) Testing Platform to deliver an automated Battery Simulator System to a NASA research group. NASA needed this system to facilitate development of highly specialized battery devices. These battery systems were designed to provide mobile power for advanced electromechanical systems such as Robonaut 2, a dexterous humanoid robot created to perform a wide range of tasks to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. The Battery Simulator...

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Allen-Bradley to Mitsubishi Motion Control Conversion

Posted in Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Mitsubishi PLC and Automation Services, Specialty Machinery

DMC programmed a high precision six-axis honing machine for a Mitsubishi Q series PLC and QD77MS motion controller. The program was converted from an existing machine that used an Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLC and Kinetix 6500 drives.

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Bread Factory Automation Using Beckhoff TwinCAT 3

Posted in Beckhoff and TwinCAT 3 Programming, Consumer Goods, Food and Beverage, HMI and SCADA Systems, Iconics Programming, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence

DMC worked with an established bread company to commission a modernized, automated bread making system. The client had all OEM machines and controls equipment installed and ready for production but still required programming support to automate the system. The system contained numerous conveyors, cylinders, pan loading sections, and heaters. The end result was that the client could control and monitor the entire bread making system from a single HMI.

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EV/HEV Battery Pack Environmental Exerciser/Monitor System

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Automotive, Battery Pack and BMS Test Systems, Green Technology, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC designed, built, and programmed a set of automated test stands for charging and discharging electric vehicle battery packs. The test stands also monitor the performance of these battery packs while exposed to harsh environmental conditions for extended timeframes. To provide the necessary testing bandwidth and flexibility required by the customer, DMC's solution included five test stands designed to test a single battery pack, and two test stands designed to test up to six battery packs at...

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Automotive Smart Sensor Testing in LabVIEW

Posted in Automotive, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC was approached by a large automotive corporation to aid in development of their NOx sensor test stand. The client’s staff developed the initial instrument drivers internally, but DMC was able to build a more formal architecture design and component integration. DMC worked closely alongside the client staff to produce a complete Real-Time and PC based test application.

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Turnkey Solution for Food and Beverage Product Testing

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Business Intelligence, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, Food and Beverage, LabVIEW Programming, Microsoft Consulting Services, SQL Server BI, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC designed and developed a custom test station and software for a beverage carbonator line to check for pressure leaks. The client needed a pressure decay test for a sub-assembly valve manifold in a restaurant-grade consumer appliance. DMC worked with the client to replicate and improve upon the manual test procedure, including interactive control and retesting ability. The product delivered was a complete, custom turn-key solution, involving mechanical, electrical and software engineering. Pressure...

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Red Lion HMI Web Server to Read/Write PLC Tags

Posted in HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Mitsubishi PLC and Automation Services, PLC Programming, Specialty Machinery

DMC retrofitted a client’s existing PLC production system with a modern HMI. The Red Lion HMI provides a better user interface (UI) and is connected to the client mainframe, allowing recipe and job data to be easily loaded into the PLC from the server network. In streamlining their work-order process, DMC was able to increase the efficiency and competency of the client’s system.

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Structural Connector Loading System

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC modernized the client’s existing test & measurement software to allow for additional lifespan, flexibility, and improved datalogging. This also included a complete interface remodel, giving the software a clean, professional, and functional look. The most important information is displayed prominently for the user, and previously inaccessible test history is now visible. The new DMC application builds on the older software’s architecture in order to preserve the familiar program...

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B&R Automation Tax Stamp Application

Posted in B&R Automation Studio Programming, HMI and SCADA Systems, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Printing

DMC's customer designs and manufactures machines that apply thermal transfer wax stamps to taxed products. In production, the machine opens, applies as many as 30 stamps, closes, and seals up to 90 products per minute. DMC troubleshot and modified the B&R programming so that the machines would run more reliably and require fewer stops.

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Basic Custom DAQ and Analyzer in LabVIEW

Posted in Custom Software and Hardware Development, Food and Beverage, LabVIEW Programming, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

In the process of designing a comprehensive End of Line (EOL) tester for a rapidly approaching product launch, DMC was asked to quickly design a very basic lab tester for the same UUT (Unit Under Test). DMC was ready to implement their custom software and ordered hardware within two days of the initial proposal. 

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LabVIEW Consulting and Training for Internal Development Team

Posted in Automotive, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC often provides consulting and training services to clients with internal development teams looking to enhance their design architecture. In this particular case, DMC was approached by an internal software team at a large automotive corporation to aid in the development of their smart CAN sensor test stand. The client’s staff developed the initial instrument drivers and brought in DMC for architecture design and component integration. DMC worked closely alongside the client staff to produce...

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