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: Custom desalination system for Bahamas resort

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:40:07 PM

Once a haven for pirates, today Nassau and nearby islands host thousands of tourists.

One essential to keep tourists happy and healthy is fresh water, and most resorts rely on desalination to provide it.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Water & wastewater, optonews, PACs, Integrators, OptoNews 2017-01-04

OptoNews: Data center retrofit after 30 years

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:58:11 PM

  • Think about how much computers have changed in the last 30 years.
  • Think about the quantity of data that enterprise data centers (EDCs) process today.
  • And think about how facility management priorities have changed to meet rising energy costs.

Now imagine what needs to be done to update a 30-year-old EDC.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Videos, optonews, PACs, Building management, Security, REST API, RESTful server, REST, OptoNews 2016-12-14

OptoNews: Manufacturer wants distributed intelligence for industrial process

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 26, 2016 3:09:07 PM

Graphite isn't just for lubrication and No. 2 pencils anymore.

Today it's a key ingredient in many industries, and the finest graphite is essential for nuclear power and semiconductors.

Toyo Tanso Japan was the first company to achieve mass production of this fine-grade isotropic graphite. Their subsidiary, Toyo Tanso USA, manufactures isotropic graphite and also provides graphite-related silicon carbide surface treatments to customers.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, groov, optonews, PACs, mobile, PID loop control, OptoNews 2016-10-26

OptoNews: New video case study - Vista delivers water through technology

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 28, 2016 4:27:19 PM

Vista Irrigation District, near San Diego in Southern California, is no stranger to change. 

For nearly 100 years the district has provided reliable water to farm and residential customers—through population growth, drought years, and changes in land use.

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Topics: Case studies, Videos, Water & wastewater, optonews, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-09-28

OptoNews: Operators monitor refrigeration remotely

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 31, 2016 4:28:14 PM

Tasty and wholesome, the frozen fruit bars made by Natural Fruit Corporation must be stored at precise temperatures.

Although their cold storage rooms were automated, on weekends operators used to have to stop by the company's factory to verify that systems were running and temperatures were within range.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Food & beverage, groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, optonews, Building management, OptoNews 2016-08-31

OptoNews: New industrial refrigeration video case study

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 3, 2016 3:54:09 PM

How do you get fresh apples in March?

California Controlled Atmosphere (CalCA) knows the secret: strictly controlled storage.

CalCA builds produce storage systems for growers in California and all over the world. Each system must be flexible to accommodate fluctuating harvests and individual produce varieties.

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Topics: Case studies, Videos, Food & beverage, optonews, PACs, OptoNews 2016-08-03

OptoNews: Case study - Keeping supercomputers cool

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 6, 2016 4:31:58 PM

Getting Useful Data from Big Data

At the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), researchers analyze mountains of data from widely differing fields, including:

  • Supersonic aircraft
  • The human brain
  • Distant stars

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, optonews, PACs, Integrators, Building management, Modbus, OptoNews 2016-07-06

OptoNews: AMST controls coatings on tiny MEMS

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 22, 2016 4:57:06 PM

How do you control coatings on a device the width of a human hair?

In today's world, ultra-tiny micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) provide key capabilities in phones, cars, drones, and medical sensors, just to name a few places.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Electronics, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-06-22

OptoNews: Reliability, security, & energy challenges in enterprise data center

Posted by Jean Femia on May 25, 2016 3:28:42 PM

Say you own a 30-year-old enterprise data center in the Arizona desert, and you're starting to have some problems:

  • Aging HVAC and mechanical systems are increasingly inefficient in the hot climate.
  • Security systems are no longer adequate.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, optonews, PACs, Integrators, I/O, Building management, Security, OptoNews 2016-05-25

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