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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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SharePoint Hybrid Solution: Extranet Synchronizes Content Between On Premise and Office 365 Cloud

Posted in C# .NET Application Development, Custom Applications, Custom Software and Hardware Development, Document Management, Microsoft Consulting Services, OCR Solution, Office 365, Office 365 Migration, PC Application Development, SharePoint, SharePoint / Office 365 Packaged Solutions, Team Collaboration

Daley Mohan Groble is an established law firm based in Chicago, Illinois that provides a broad range of legal services for public and private clients in the transportation, energy, telecommunication, technology, real estate, construction and manufacturing industries. DMC's consulting services team implemented a hybrid extranet solution to synchronize content between their on premise SharePoint site and their new Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint Online) Extranet to provide their...

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SharePoint Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution for Image Only PDFs

Posted in Custom Applications, Document Management, Enterprise Search, Microsoft Consulting Services, OCR Solution, SharePoint, SharePoint / Office 365 Packaged Solutions

DMC's consulting services team implemented our SharePoint OCR Solution to convert Image Only PDF documents to searchable text for an established law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The solution automatically scanned each and every document stored in the SharePoint Document Management System, identified Image Only PDF files, added a text layer to those PDF files via optical character recognition, and automatically re-saved the documents to the SharePoint Document Management System where they...

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End of Line Test Station for Beverage Dispensing Valves

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Business Intelligence, Consumer Goods, 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 supplied a fully automated end-of-line tester for high-end beverage dispensing valves. The system tests and calibrates each valve to ensure that it meets the client's stringent manufacturing standards. The test stand supplies varying pressure water to the valve throughout the test to simulate different real-world conditions. During each phase of the test, extremely accurate coriolis flowmeters within the test stand continuously monitor the flowrate through each section of the valve to...

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3D Simulation Virtual Environment for Product Development

Posted in C# .NET Application Development, Consumer Goods, Custom Software and Hardware Development, PC Application Development, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Product Development

DMC worked with a medical device company to develop a virtual simulation environment for testing a surgical product under development.  The end system allows the development team to quickly test and optimize different product control algorithms without compromising development timeline and budget.

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