Jean Femia

Jean Femia writes about technical subjects and has focused on automation and control systems for more than 15 years. She likes learning about technology and taking corners in her Honda S2000.
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OptoNews Tip: Choosing the right SNAP I/O module

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 12, 2017 8:50:54 AM

Maybe you're monitoring temperature, or controlling a production line, or getting data from a load cell. Whatever your goal, you want to get the I/O that works best for your application. 

Or maybe you happen to notice we have more than one SNAP-AIV voltage input module and wonder how they're different. 

Here are a couple of ways to find a SNAP module with the features you need and compare similar modules.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Discrete control, Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators, I/O, Data acquisition

OptoNews: New groov R3.4b release

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 6, 2017 9:10:58 AM

We've just released groov R3.4b, available now at manage.groov.com. The new release improves security for groov Build and groov View, so you won't want to miss it. 

It's a free update for any groov Box or groov Server that's activated and has a current license.

If you're not sure about your license, here's how to check. 

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews

OptoNews Tip: Compare SNAP PAC controllers and brains

Posted by Jean Femia on May 23, 2017 4:06:48 PM

It's easy to get confused between Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers and SNAP PAC brains. 

They're both intelligent processors for automation, some of them look alike, and there's even overlap in what some of them do.

Let's take a look at how SNAP PAC controllers and brains are similar and how they're different.  

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Topics: Tips, PACs, I/O, API, REST API

OptoNews Tip: Choosing an SSR for your application

Posted by Jean Femia on May 15, 2017 12:27:13 PM

Over 40 years ago, Opto 22 started manufacturing solid state relays (SSRs). With the wide variety we've built over the years, we probably have the SSR you need in stock right now. 

We also have some advice on choosing and running SSRs in specific applications.

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Topics: Tips, SSRs

OptoNews: Join us at The Automation Conference and save $100

Posted by Jean Femia on May 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's the big event for automation professionals in the U.S., coming up May 23-24 in Chicago.

At The Automation Conference you'll network with experts in our field, check out the latest trends and new products, and get practical insights from other experienced practitioners on key subjects like:

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Events & conferences, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

New groov R3.4a offers long trends (up to 5 years!), page export/import

Posted by Jean Femia on May 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Just released: groov Build and View version R3.4a

This new update adds new features and enhancements, and fixes issues. For many of you, the most important new feature is in the Trend gadget.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, mobile

OptoNews Tip: Find warranty and agency approval info for Opto 22 products

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Suppose you're spec'ing a system and you know that one location will require Factory Mutual-approved I/O. Which Opto 22 SNAP I/O modules have FM approval?

Or suppose the products you purchase must be UL approved, or meet certain European Union (CE) standards. 

What if you just want to know what the warranty period is for a specific Opto 22 part?

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators

OptoNews: New webinar from Dell and Opto 22 - Improved OEE through predictive maintenance

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Join us for a webinar on 27 April, and learn how you can improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by bridging the gap between your existing industrial assets and the digital world. 

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Topics: Webinars, Process control, Food & beverage, Internet of Things, IoT, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition

OptoNews: Connect serial devices to your groov Box with Admin 46

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:15:24 PM

We've just released groov Admin 1.570.46, with a new feature some of you have been asking for: the ability to use data from serial devices with your GROOV AR1 Box.

Using a USB-to-serial converter and Node-RED software (included in the GROOV AR1), you can connect RS‑232, RS‑485, or RS‑422 serial devices (2‑wire or 4‑wire) to the groov Box.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, Node-RED, OptoNews 2017-04-12

OptoNews: New pipes and fittings in the SVG library

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:14:08 PM

More new graphics for you in the groov SVG Library...

If you use pipes in your groov operator interface, you'll appreciate these new images: pipes, elbows, junctions, simple tanks, pumps, valves, meters, and more.

The images are designed so their parts will line up even when scaled.

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Topics: Process control, groov, optonews, mobile, OptoNews 2017-04-12

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