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

The IIoT Starts With Microservices

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 27, 2017 9:15:59 AM

There’s an African proverb that says if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.

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

EdgeX: An Open-source IIoT Platform from The Linux Foundation

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 25, 2017 8:09:03 AM

One of the biggest questions companies face when surveying IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technology is where to invest. The IIoT can be a pretty foggy and technologically diverse topic for anyone to understand. And there are so many competing standards out there today that it’s tough to identify which path to take.

But a new platform built upon an open source, extensible framework for IIoT technology called EdgeX was recently announced, and it may be just what the industry needs to part the clouds of confusion and shine some clarity on the IIoT.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, EdgeX

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

Predictive Analytics Starts with a Digital Twin

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 20, 2017 10:02:26 AM

For your industrial systems to join the IIoT, they’re going to need a digital twin.

Maintenance technology and standards have come a long way over the past several decades.

They started with reactive maintenance, where operators would wait for a component in a system to fail and then perform maintenance, replacing the broken part with a new one.

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

Useful Node-RED Nodes for Your IIoT Application

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 18, 2017 1:59:59 PM


In several previous posts we talked about some of the software technologies automation professionals should put on their radar in preparation for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

JavaScript, node.js and Node-RED offer a ton of benefits to those looking to build their IIoT application. Learn more about the Industrial Internet of Things in the 2017 State of the IIoT

Whitepaper.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, REST API, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED

Node.js: The Engine of IIoT

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 13, 2017 8:08:34 AM

In a previous post, we discussed server-side JavaScript and its use case in IIoT applications. Before server-side JavaScript, applications were written in one language for server-side software and a completely different language for client-side software.

This split complicated application development, because it required having two sets of software developer talents—or even two separate software developers or teamsone for client-side and one for server-side application development.

Server-side JavaScript and the node.js runtime environment have solved this problem.

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

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

OptoNews: SCADA system for smaller water/wastewater districts

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:13:08 PM

When you're a smaller water/wastewater treatment district, it can be difficult to fund the SCADA systems you need.

All water/wastewater operations have to be strictly monitored and their data stored for reference, no matter the size of the district. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Water & wastewater, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-04-12

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