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Low Power Consumption Product Design with the Texas Instruments MSP430

Posted in Circuit Design, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Embedded Development and Embedded Programming, Embedded Systems, Product Development, Texas Instruments Design

DMC worked with Chicago Dial Indicator (CDI), a leader in precision measurement devices to redesign their flagship electronic dial indicator. The previous platform was centered on an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) slated for obsolescence, necessitating a new part selection and design. The resulting low-powered system can handle high-speed data and includes connectivity to external devices over several interfaces, including USB Client, UART, Raw Signal Output, Mitutoyo Digimatic, and...

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High Speed Pharmaceutical Vision Inspection with NI Vision

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC developed a vision system to inspect a proprietary pharmaceutical product and the text printed on its packaging.  Due to the sensitive nature of distributing pharmaceuticals, DMC's client needed to ensure that 100% of their products were the proper size, had enough marking to identify the product, and that the product was accurately located in its package.  The client also needed to ensure that the text on the packaging was legible and accurate. DMC's solution needed to ensure...

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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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Automated Vibration Testing with LabVIEW

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

DMC created a mobile vibration test apparatus to allow the customer to analyze their high speed manufacturing machines. By providing a flexible, easy to use system this solution allowed the customer to successfully benchmark the vibration, noise, and power consumption of their equipment.

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Visual and Audible Alarm Synchronization Tester

Posted in Building Technology, Civil Infrastructure, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC designed and implemented a system for performing automated testing of visual (strobe) and audible (alarm) signal appliances to ensure that these devices comply with UL and ANSI standards. The strobe light testing involved monitoring strobe flashes over an extended period of time to verify that the flashes of multiple strobe appliances remain synchronized within a certain timing tolerance.  The audible alarm testing involved monitoring the sound output from multiple appliances to verify that...

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Upgrading to SharePoint 2013

Posted in Chemical, Microsoft Consulting Services, SharePoint

DMC’s Consulting Services team upgraded Daubert Industries SharePoint 2010 Portal to SharePoint 2013. The project was completed in three phases: a fresh installation of the SharePoint 2013 platform, migration of content, and user training.

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3D Coplanarity Multi-Inspection with LabVIEW

Posted in Custom Software and Hardware Development, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC developed a custom LabVIEW application for conducting coplanarity analysis inspections on the pins of electrical connectors. A Keyence LJ-V7000 laser sensor was controlled through the LabVIEW program to acquire a 3D image for analysis. The application was configurable for an arbitrary number of coplanarity-based inspections as well as being easily programmable for analyzing different part types with varying feature sets.

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SharePoint Timer Job to Automatically Refresh External Data Column Values

Posted in Custom Applications, Microsoft Consulting Services, SharePoint

DMC created a SharePoint 2010 list and timer job to periodically refresh the values stored in external data columns from the source external content type. The SharePoint timer job allowed the Client to keep external data columns up-to-date as information in the data source changed and configure the frequency of such updates through SharePoint 2010 Central Administration, while the list allowed the Client to add or remove external data columns to be refreshed.

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Motor Endurance Test

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC programmed a multi-station motor endurance test system. The system utilized National Instruments hardware and software to control motors, monitor performance, and collect data throughout 500 hour endurance tests. Magtrol dynamometers apply a load to each motor and a PID control loop maintains the appropriate motor current, as specified by the test sequence. An autotuning algorithm allows the user to easily configure the system for any size motor and brake.

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Battery Control Unit Tester for Remanufacturing and Warranty Servicing Process

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

DMC utilized the DMC Battery Test Platform to develop a Test Control Panel software application to perform automated testing of the Battery Control Unit (BCU) for a Client's automotive lithium ion battery pack. This test system allowed the Client to instate an efficient process for evaluating the operating state of the Battery Control Units in battery packs returned under warranty claims, and thereby greatly reduced the cost of servicing these warranty claims.

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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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Battery Test System for Pack Remanufacturing and Warranty Servicing Process

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Automotive, Battery Pack and BMS Test Systems, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, Energy and Utilities, Green Technology, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC utilized the DMC Battery Test Platform to develop a Test Control Panel software application to perform automated testing of a Client's automotive lithium ion battery packs. This test system allowed the Client to instate an efficient process for evaluating the operating state of battery packs returned under warranty claims, and thereby greatly reduced the cost of servicing these warranty claims.

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LabVIEW System Support for an Internal Engineering Team

Posted in Automotive, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC's client, the engineering testing facility of an automotive suspension manufacturer, was in emergency need of an additional LabVIEW developer on staff to continue developing a work-in-progress product testing application on an aggressive timeline. DMC provided flexible support for the client by making frequent onsite visits, learning the client’s product and internal processes, and becoming an extension of their engineering team. After launching the new testing application, DMC remained...

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SharePoint Electronic Lab Notebook

Posted in Document Management, Microsoft Consulting Services, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Project Process and Project Management, SharePoint, Team Collaboration

DMC's consulting services team developed a custom SharePoint solution for Celsis, a scientific research firm, to streamline their document and project management processes. The solution included digitizing of project documents, creating an organizational structure for project data storage, and initiating a workflow to manage the review of time-sensitive and secure experiment documentation.

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Mitsubishi PLC Standard Library

Posted in C# .NET Application Development, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Energy and Utilities, Food and Beverage, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Mitsubishi PLC and Automation Services, PC Application Development, PLC Programming, SDK, API, and Driver Development

DMC has long been a promoter of reusable code. With several of our PLC platforms, we generally have blocks for VFDs, valves, analog inputs, and many other common items that are regularly used in industrial situations. The benefit of these function blocks, is that once they are written and tested, a great deal of functionality can be achieved on future projects with very little effort. DMC's customer wanted a library of common blocks for Mitsubishi Q series PLCs. The solution...

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