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: Opto 22 helps CAT provide power for the "Big Game"

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 6:01:16 PM

Did you watch the Big Game on Sunday, February 5?

Not only was it a great game, with the outcome in doubt till a first-ever overtime settled it, but also... power for the Fox Sports television broadcast never failed.

Pretty important, right?

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews: CLI, transparent windows, and more now in PAC Project R9.6

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:59:35 PM

Announcing the release of PAC Project R9.6000, with new features, enhancements, and bug fixes—available now. 

PAC Control

Here's good news for system integrators, OEMs, and others who build PAC Control strategies for users who don't have PAC Control on their systems. PAC Control now provides a command-line interface (CLI) 

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Topics: Updates, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, PAC Project, PAC Control, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews: You're invited to the Open IoT Summit

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:57:11 PM

Join us next week at the Open IoT Summit in Portland, Oregon. 

As the Internet of Things (IoT) gains momentum, this conference brings together system architects, firmware developers, software developers, and application developers.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Events & conferences, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews Tip: New groov API section for developers

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:56:53 PM

Our developer.opto22.com site gets a lot of traffic from developers working with SNAP PACs, groov, Node-RED, and industrial I/O for Raspberry Pi. 

Since all Opto 22 products are designed on open standards, you have a variety of ways to interact with them and integrate with other systems. The developer site helps you do that.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews: New case study - University's power comes from the sun

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:51:19 PM

Although we may think of Middle Eastern countries as being oil-rich, that description doesn't always apply. The country of Jordan, for example, has typically imported 96% of its energy from neighboring countries.

But Jordan has plenty of sun, and the government is committed to investing heavily in renewable energy. 

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, groov, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-01

OptoNews: Where's your drone?

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:50:05 PM

We're all hearing about drones these days, from hobby use to military use to delivering things you buy on Amazon. Getting a bird's eye view of the world has long been a human fantasy, and now it's a reality.

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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2017-02-01

OptoNews: You're invited to Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:49:14 PM

Presented by ATX West and Design News in Anaheim, California, the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit is coming up next week, February 7-9, 2017. 

The conference offers three days of Industrial IoT strategy, automation solutions, and smart technology training.

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Topics: optonews, Events & conferences, OptoNews 2017-02-01

OptoNews Tip: New tech note details protocol & tool support

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:48:49 PM

So you know .NET—or Modbusor Pythonor HART. Can you use those development tools and protocols (or many others) with Opto 22 products?

You'll find the answer in our new technical note, Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products

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Topics: Process control, Internet of Things, Tips, IoT, optonews, PACs, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-01

OptoNews: New blog posts on security in automation

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 18, 2017 3:21:12 PM

You never feel like you know enough about security.

And security issues and recommendations are constantly changing, as the bad guys try to hack in and the good guys try to keep them out. 

Here are a couple of new blog posts on this important subject, both by Opto 22's Matt Newton, who has years of experience in both automation and IT (information technology). 

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Topics: Internet of Things, PLCs, IoT, optonews, PACs, Security, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-01-18

OptoNews: PAC Project R9.5003 released

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 18, 2017 3:20:08 PM

We've recently released PAC Project version R9.5003, with enhancements for PAC Display and SoftPAC, plus bug fixes.

In PAC Display Pro, we've improved response time for URL windows and URL controls by reducing the number of web page reloads they use.

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Topics: Updates, optonews, PACs, PAC Project, OptoNews 2017-01-18

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