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ARC Advisory Group interviews Opto 22's Benson Hougland on IIoT products

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 28, 2018 12:01:00 PM

The 22nd Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando this February focused on digitizing and securing industry and infrastructure. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, PACs, New products, Events & conferences, API, REST API, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, Ignition Edge, EPIC

New IoT Webinar: Live technologies demo

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 7, 2017 11:18:56 AM

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) just a lot of hype, or can the IoT technologies we keep hearing about provide real value?

RESTful APIs, Node-RED, and MQTT are just some of the new technical terms we're all starting to learn.

If you'd like to see these technologies in action to understand how they might be useful for your applications, then join us for a new webinar on December 12.  

Opto 22's Senior Applications Engineer Kyle Orman will demo these technologies and more. He'll show you how to exchange live data between real-world I/O and IoT platforms. 

You'll see: 

- IoT hardware that's proven in industrial locations
- RESTful APIs to get data from PAC controllers
- Examples of simple logic flows created with Node-RED 
- Ignition Edge® OPC-UA drivers built into the  groov Box
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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, OEM, Integrators, API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, MQTT, Ignition Edge

Justifying an Automation Project

Posted by Arun Sinha on Nov 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Over the years, one of the most difficult things I’ve had to help clients with is justifying an automation project. Whether it’s a new system or an upgrade, the challenge is often in quantifying the benefits financially.

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

OptoNews: Latest groov code samples available now

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 3, 2017 3:07:22 PM

What if your operators could enter machine data on their phones and that data automatically appeared in a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet? 

What if production or usage data from your spreadsheet was automatically updated in your supervisor's groov mobile operator interface?

Could be pretty handy, right?

Well, we've got a couple of code samples to show you how to make it happen. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Integrators, API, REST API, REST, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

2017 Automation Conference: IoT doesn't always mean Internet

Posted by Matt Newton on Jun 1, 2017 2:57:59 PM

Last week Opto 22 exhibited at the Automation Conference in Chicago. It was a great event, with a lot of interesting material presented and some really cool new technology demonstrated.

I conducted two workshops for attendees while I was there, both on Rapid IIoT Application Development with Node-RED, RESTful APIs, and MQTT.

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

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

Predictive Analytics from Process Control Data

Posted by Matt Newton on May 11, 2017 9:05:28 AM

The holy grail of IIoT applications is the ability to basically predict the future.

We want to know when something, either a system or a component in our process is going to fail—before it actually does.

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

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

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 State of the IIoT white paper.

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

Software Technologies Industrial Automation Professionals Need For Industrial IoT Applications

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is coming at us fast. Big players like Dell, IBM, and Amazon are entering industrial markets and creating disruption among the typical market vendors. And with these new players comes a variety of technologies that are being applied in new and interesting ways to build the IIoT.

Over the next several blog posts, we’ll be discussing the top 5 software technologies and languages that systems integrators and automation engineers should begin learning about to be ready to build Industrial Internet of Things applications. Sign up for the blog to get access to followup blog posts as they’re released.

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Topics: IoT, API, REST API, IIoT

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