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Oven Temperature Monitoring with National Instruments Compact RIO and Microsoft SQL

Posted in Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC developed a temperature monitoring system designed to monitor and record approximately twenty industrial oven systems for the purpose of curing automotive sealant materials. Due to the nature of product development for these materials, it is critical that the curing process be precisely monitored for temperature fluctuation. The client found, experientially, that the most common failure mode of product samples was rooted in temperature fluctuations during the curing process. DMC was tasked with...

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DXF Import Application for 2D Wire Bending Machines

Posted in Custom Applications, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Product Development, Software and Web Development

DMC worked with AIM, Inc. to develop custom software for wire bending machines. AIM, Inc. developed the Smart Editor computer tool to simplify interfacing with the machinery. Their technology makes the transition from design to manufacturing quick and easy. DMC created a custom .NET application to import a DXF file with many parts into Smart Editor. This DXF Batch Importer modifies part geometry and automatically orients all the parts onto the XY-plane so that they can be manufactured with...

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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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Document Control in SharePoint 2013

Posted in Company Policy and Standard Operating Procedure Repository, Defense Contracting, Document Management, Enterprise Search, Microsoft Consulting Services, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Project Process and Project Management, SharePoint, Team Collaboration, Workflow

Essex Industries is a leading supplier to the Aerospace and Defense, First Response, Safety and Medical markets. DMC’s Consulting Services team implemented a Document Control Management System for Essex Industries using advanced features of the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Edition platform. The SharePoint Document Control Management System provides the Essex engineering teams with project collaboration sites that include a repository for new documents, document control with workflows...

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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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