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

EdgeX Support Services Provide the Foundation for IIoT

Posted by Matt Newton on May 4, 2017 8:33:04 AM

In our last post we covered how Core Services in the new EdgeX project from the Linux Foundation help engineers quickly build edge computing and IIoT applications. Core Services are the microservices EdgeX provides to convert physical electrical signals from industrial devices into digital information.

In this post, we’ll focus on how EdgeX makes digital data from industrial assets available to higher-level computing systems like predictive analytics and machine learning.

But before the data is made available to those systems, EdgeX uses what it calls Supporting Microservices to do some pretty high-tech stuff to package the data and make it easily accessible.

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

EdgeX Core Services Bridge OT and IT for IIoT Applications

Posted by Matt Newton on May 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a previous post we covered EdgeX and its important role in building a standard platform for connecting edge computing systems, like Opto 22 SNAP PAC automation controllers, to the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

EdgeX connects OT and IT assets together, bridging between the physical world and the digital world through a loosely coupled microservice platform architecture. These microservices provide OT and IT devices, software, and services with a platform that provides connectivity and communications methods.

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

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

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