An IIoT Standard To Rule Them All!

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Who doesn't love a good Internet standard? I remember when I first got started in the technology world, reading RFCs was a great way to put myself to sleep at night.

But during the day, they did help considerably when trying to solve tech problems with hardware or software that wasn’t quite conforming to a defined technical specification. And that’s a problem we’re seeing with the Industrial Internet of Things today.

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

Your IoT middleware checklist

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

In a recent developer survey conducted by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, IEEE IoT, and Agile IoT, 40.8% of respondents indicated that the IoT solutions they were either currently building or planning to build are IoT platforms or IoT middleware.

Almost every large IT or OT company today has some form of IoT platform or middleware.

In fact, right now there are over 150 self-described IoT platforms in the market today. Not neccessarily created equally.

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Topics: Energy management, PLCs, IoT, PACs, REST, IIoT, Node-RED

OptoNews: New version of Node-RED for groov Box

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 1, 2017 4:02:04 PM

We've just released version 3 of Node-RED for the GROOV-AR1 groov Box. 

Node-RED is an open-source software tool for digitally wiring together hardware devices (like the groov Box), APIs (application program interfaces), and online services.

If you have a GROOV-AR1, Node-RED is included starting with groov Admin 44.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Updates, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, OptoNews 2017-03-01

OptoNews: Industrial I/O for Raspberry Pi - new code examples

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 1, 2017 4:01:52 PM

Are you using G4 or SNAP digital I/O with your Raspberry Pi®?

A lot of engineers are finding a Pi surprisingly useful in real industrial applications, as well as for prototyping and experimenting. Used with Opto 22's reliable industrial I/O, your Pi can safely switch 5-60 VDC, 120 VAC, and 240 VAC loads. 

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Topics: optonews, I/O, GPIO, G4 I/O, OptoNews 2017-03-01, Raspberry Pi, Digital I/O for Raspberry Pi

OptoNews: Learn about KPIs for automation

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 1, 2017 3:59:05 PM

You've probably heard about KPIs (key performance indicators). You may be responsible for meeting these goals or even determining what they should be.

But what are KPIs and how are they used in process control and automation?

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Topics: Process control, optonews, OptoNews 2017-03-01

OptoNews Tip: Direct I/O & PAMUX SDKs now support Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 1, 2017 3:58:37 PM

Two of our software development kits (SDKs) have just been updated to provide support for Microsoft® Windows® 10 Professional, 8.1 Professional, and 7 Professional, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

PC-DIRECT-SDK

The PC-Based Direct I/O SDK for PCI Adapter Cards is for direct, high-speed control of digital I/O points.

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Topics: Discrete control, Updates, Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, I/O, OptoNews 2017-03-01, Pamux

Debugging your industrial network with Wireshark

Posted by Matt Newton on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Note that the information below applies not only to PCs, PACs, and PLCs, but to pretty much any industry-standard compliant network device.

There are a ton of great network analysis tools out there today that you can pay huge sums of money for. But a go-to industry standard, and my tool of choice for everyday network troubleshooting, is a free piece of software called Wireshark.

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Topics: PLCs, IoT, PACs, Networking, IIoT

From IoT to IIoT: an industry pivot

Posted by Matt Newton on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This week Opto 22 is exhibiting at the Open IoT Summit in Portland, Oregon. The IoT Summit is a Linux Foundation event, packed with a ton of technology workshops and product demos.

We also exhibited at the IoT Summit last year. It’s a great chance to connect with the Linux developer community and get their perspective on things, since it’s so much different from what a typical industrial automation professional is exposed to.

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

The rise of the IoT middleware platform

Posted by Matt Newton on Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a recent developer survey conducted by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, IEEE IoT, and Agile IoT, 40.8% of respondents indicated the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions they were either currently building or planning to build were IoT platforms or IoT middleware.

Almost every large IT or OT company today has some form of IoT platform or middleware, with the current number of self-described IoT platforms exceeding 150.

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Topics: groov, Remote monitoring, Tips, IoT, Networking, IIoT, Node-RED, Data acquisition

Must-have cables and adapters to maximize OEE & connect OT to IT

Posted by Matt Newton on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Almost everyone in the industrial automation, process control, and factory automation industries is concerned with keeping their equipment up and running.

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a key metric for understanding how the factory is performing.  And part of keeping things running is keeping things communicating. 

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

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