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

OptoNews: Fall 2017 Technology Showcase in Ontario

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 22, 2017 9:28:52 AM

Join us at the SORT Fall Technology Showcase in Ontario, Canada next Thursday, September 28.

  • See advanced solutions for automotive, metal and steel, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and other industries.
  • Learn about the latest technologies to address your manufacturing challenges.
  • Attend live demonstrations and seminars.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Events & conferences, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

New case study: ARi improves efficiency in industrial separation processes

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 5, 2017 9:36:09 AM

Start with sugar, and you could end up with a sweet business.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, PACs, I/O, PAC Control

Automation 101: New videos show you how to wire, configure, & move data

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 22, 2017 10:00:00 PM

  • How do you get machine data without interfering with the process? 
  • What's an easy way to monitor temperature in a server room?
  • How can you control the flow of heating and cooling water in your HVAC system?

These are the kinds of fundamental questions that come up over and over in automation applications, and our new Automation 101 video series aims to answer them. 

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Topics: Energy management, Videos, Process control, Discrete control, Remote monitoring, Training, I/O, Building management, PAC Control, Data acquisition

Adventures of an Applications Engineer - Part 2

Posted by Mary St. John on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:32 PM

Beer and post season

In my last post, a green submarine traveled through space and time to the bottom of the ocean, and an Opto 22 SNAP PAC (programmable automation controller) interfaced with a lot of Modbus equipment to coordinate systems.

These next two adventures are also examples of how well Opto 22 PACs play with others.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Integrators, PAC Control, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

Predictive Maintenance on a Compressor

Posted by Arun Sinha on Aug 16, 2017 2:46:09 PM

You may have been thinking about doing an IoT application that could help your company, but embarking on your first industrial IoT application may seem daunting.

I’ve heard Opto 22 Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy Benson Hougland tell people to "start small," or "just get started." 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition

OptoNews: New releases for PAC Project, PAC firmware, & Node-RED for groov Box

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 15, 2017 11:13:41 AM

We've recently released new versions for key products:

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Topics: groov, Updates, PACs, PAC Project, Firmware, PAC Control, Node-RED

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