2018: How Do Engineers Choose Automation Today?

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jan 8, 2018 2:41:50 PM

The web has transformed the way engineers, technicians, and plant managers find, select, and buy industrial automation, instrumentation, and controls.

I recently binge-watched the series "Halt and Catch Fire" on Netflix. It’s a fictional but historically based drama about the rise of the personal computing industry starting in the mid 1970s and running through to the internet age.

It was really interesting, especially for those of us who lived through it, or some of it (I started college in 1985). Not to mention the great soundtrack, if you like 1980’s punk, new wave, and alternative music!

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Topics: Videos, Internet of Things, IoT

Did you miss these? Top OptoBlog posts for 2017!

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 28, 2017 11:59:10 AM

You've shown a lot of interest in our blog posts this last year—thank you. We hope they answer some of your questions and help make your automation projects easier.

So to round out the year, take a look and see if you missed any of these popular posts. 

Predictive maintenance on a compressor. We'd all like to get a better handle on equipment maintenance, to reduce unnecessary expense, maximize efficiency, and avoid outages.

See how a simple internet of things project could provide real value for your company.

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Topics: Case studies, Food & beverage, groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Ignition Edge

New videos: Introducing Ignition Edge on the groov Box

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge

2017 Holiday Schedule at Opto 22

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Wow, it's already the end of the year. The evenings are dark and the Christmas tree glistens in our lobby, as we look forward to the holidays with friends and family. 

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New IoT Webinar: Live technologies demo

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 7, 2017 11:18:56 AM

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) just a lot of hype, or can the IoT technologies we keep hearing about provide real value?

RESTful APIs, Node-RED, and MQTT are just some of the new technical terms we're all starting to learn.

If you'd like to see these technologies in action to understand how they might be useful for your applications, then join us for a new webinar on December 12.  

Opto 22's Senior Applications Engineer Kyle Orman will demo these technologies and more. He'll show you how to exchange live data between real-world I/O and IoT platforms. 

You'll see: 

- IoT hardware that's proven in industrial locations
- RESTful APIs to get data from PAC controllers
- Examples of simple logic flows created with Node-RED 
- Ignition Edge® OPC-UA drivers built into the  groov Box

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, OEM, Integrators, API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, MQTT, Ignition Edge

IoT Certified OptoPartner integrates MES/ERP systems with automation

Posted by Jean Femia on Nov 20, 2017 11:09:24 AM

If you're a manufacturer interested in improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), you may find it difficult to integrate OEE with your manufacturing execution system (MES) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Why? Because the IT (information technology) software systems traditionally used for MES and ERP don't interface with the PLCs and I/O systems used in production and manufacturing.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Internet of Things, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition

Justifying an Automation Project

Posted by Arun Sinha on Nov 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Over the years, one of the most difficult things I’ve had to help clients with is justifying an automation project. Whether it’s a new system or an upgrade, the challenge is often in quantifying the benefits financially.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

Improve your operations: New webinar offers IoT concepts & examples

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 18, 2017 9:25:22 AM

Why is there so much talk about the Internet of Things (IoT)? Because companies are increasingly looking for data-based information to improve their operations. 

    • Data from industrial systems in factories and processes
    • Data from sensors and devices in remote locations
    • Data from company databases and spreadsheets
    • Data available from online services and cloud platforms

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Topics: Webinars, Internet of Things, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews: Latest groov code samples available now

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 3, 2017 3:07:22 PM

What if your operators could enter machine data on their phones and that data automatically appeared in a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet? 

What if production or usage data from your spreadsheet was automatically updated in your supervisor's groov mobile operator interface?

Could be pretty handy, right?

Well, we've got a couple of code samples to show you how to make it happen. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, API, REST API, REST, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

Adventures of an Applications Engineer - Part 3

Posted by Mary St. John on Sep 28, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Wine + IoT = yum + engineering fun

In my last post, I talked about beer and some hard deadlines at the end of a season. This time, let’s talk about wine and a different kind of season: harvest season!

During that Big Game, and since then, you might’ve seen some ads showing farmers in fields with iPads.

Well, I’ve met them.

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Topics: Food & beverage, groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition

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