OptoNews: We'll see you at Hannover Messe

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 29, 2017 3:57:34 PM

Hannover Messe, the world's leading industrial conference with over 6500 international exhibitors, will be held 24-28 April 2017 in Hannover, Germany. 

Join us there for a look at the present and the future of automation:

  • Industry trends
  • New technologies

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Remote monitoring, optonews, Events & conferences, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-03-29

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 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: 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: New IIoT real-world case study and presentation video

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 12, 2016 3:12:10 PM

If you're into technology, you may already have a smart thermostat or refrigerator or lights in your home. That's fun and sometimes even useful.

But what's the real value of the Internet of Things?

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Topics: Energy management, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, optonews, Events & conferences, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-10-12, IIoT

OptoNews Tip: PID loop with a long dead loop time

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 28, 2016 4:24:57 PM

OptoForum member tohox recently posted a question about using PID control loops on a SNAP-PAC-R1 rack-mounted controller.

The issue? A really long dead loop time. 

"The time delta between the moment the strategy opens a given loop's valve [and] starts the pump+furnace and the moment a temperature increase is measured can sometimes be on the order of an hour," tohox notes.

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Topics: Energy management, Tips, optonews, PACs, I/O, Building management, Modbus, PID loop control, OptoNews 2016-09-28

OptoNews: New IoT resources page answers your questions

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 14, 2016 4:08:08 PM

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what is it good for?

Is anybody actually using it yet for real applications?

Here's a page of resources to answer some of your questions: The Internet of Things.

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Topics: Energy management, Videos, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, optonews, OptoNews 2016-09-14

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: Join us in Chicago for automation and manufacturing tech

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 17, 2016 4:29:04 PM

One of the world's largest automation events is headed to Chicago!

It's the international trade fair for industrial automation: Industrial Automation North America (IANA).

And here's an even bigger reason to attend: IANA is co-located with IMTS 2016, North America’s leading manufacturing technology trade show.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Food & beverage, Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, PACs, Events & conferences, REST API, OptoNews 2016-08-17

OptoNews: Sneak peek - SNAP-AIRTD-8U multifunction input

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 6, 2016 4:34:26 PM

Actually you can buy this flexible analog input module right now. You'll just need a SNAP PAC brain or R-series controller with firmware R9.5a in order to use it—coming soon!

Designed for 3-wire RTD temperature inputs or high-resolution resistance measurement, the new SNAP-AIRTD-8U analog input module has, yes, 8 points, each individually software configurable.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, optonews, New products, I/O, OptoNews 2016-07-06

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