Automation 101: AC motors

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 28, 2017 9:01:22 AM

This is the first post in a series of upcoming posts on Industrial Automation 101 topics.

These posts are geared towards people new to the industry who are looking for basic information on how some of the gear in the industrial automation field works, when to use it, and maybe even how to troubleshoot it here and there.

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Electronics

Are you protecting your SCADA system from ransomware?

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a previous blog post we covered what ransomware is and how it’s being used to target industrial users like water and wastewater SCADA systems.

Ransomware is basically when a hacker obtains control of your data, or even your control network and automation systems, and won’t relinquish control back to you until a ransom is paid.

It's a major potential threat against IIoT applications.

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Topics: PACs, Security, IIoT

Social Engineering: Your automation network's largest security vulnerability

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM


When most people think about cyber security, they probably conjure up thoughts of someone locked away in a dark room, wearing the same grey hoodie for months. Staring at a screen for days at a time looking for just the right network packet to tell them where and how to attack. But that's not always how hacking is done.

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Topics: Process control, PACs, Networking, Security

Will Blockchain Secure Your Industrial IoT Network?

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most people relate the term blockchain to an Internet currency or peer-to-peer payment system called Bitcoin.

But there’s way more value to blockchain technology than just a payment system.

And it just might help us solve a lot of problems related to industrial cyber security, particularly in Industrial Internet of Things applications.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Security, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews: Opto 22 partners with IBM Watson IoT

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:35:22 PM

What could cognitive computing do for you?

Cognitive computing involves analyzing huge quantities of data and spotting correlations and patterns that are valuable—similar to what a human brain can do. But computers can analyze lots more data, much faster. 

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Topics: Process control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-03-15

OptoNews: New white paper - 2017 State of the IIoT

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:34:56 PM

The next industrial revolution, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is happening now.

In March 2016, a Gartner survey reported that 43% of organizations were already using or planned to implement IIoT applications during the year.

But it's not necessarily easy. There are still challenges to be met and a lot of decisions to be made as you move ahead. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-03-15

OptoNews: PAC Project R9.6002 released

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:32:31 PM

We've just released PAC Project R9.6002, and you can get the updates here:

PAC Project Basic is free automation software for control programming and HMI, and is used with our SNAP PAC controllers.

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Topics: Updates, optonews, PAC Project, PAC Control, OptoNews 2017-03-15

OptoNews Tip: Essential network cables & adapters

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:31:37 PM

When you're working on your network, what's in your toolkit? 

For automation networks or IT computer networks, a few essential cables and adapters should be in your kit.

That way you've got them handy, whether you're troubleshooting network problems or just keeping your equipment and line up and running.

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Topics: Tips, optonews, Integrators, Networking, OptoNews 2017-03-15

Building the IIoT With DevOps

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Sure, the industrial Internet of Things sounds cool. Real cool, in fact. But how do you do it and where do you get started?

For a self-proclaimed technology geek like myself, the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) is a pretty exciting topic. I wasn’t exactly born digital (individuals who have grown up with the current state of ubiquitous computing and communications).

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Topics: IoT, PACs, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

Adding Cognitive Computing To Industrial Automation

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence, the cloud, and cognitive computing.

But what the heck do those things have to do with industrial automation, and why should automation professionals be getting up to speed on these technologies?

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Topics: Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, I/O, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

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