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

Adding Cognitive Computing To Industrial Automation

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence, the cloud, and cognitive computing.

But what the heck do those things have to do with industrial automation, and why should automation professionals be getting up to speed on these technologies?

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Topics: Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, I/O, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

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 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

Basic Industrial Ethernet Network Troubleshooting

Posted by Matt Newton on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Ethernet networks have taken over as the prominent bus architecture for industrial automation networks. And for good reason.

Ethernet simplifies and homogenizes connectivity between industrial devices. We don’t have to worry about male or female DB9 and DB25 serial connectors, no concern for DTE or DCE devices, and forget about straight-through vs. null-modem cables. In general, the world is a much happier place.

However, even with the added simplicity Ethernet offers, troubleshooting Ethernet networks can be a bit more involved than serial networks.

Let’s assume you’re trying to establish communication with an industrial Ethernet device that for whatever reason has dropped off the network. Here are a few tips I always use when starting to troubleshoot an industrial Ethernet network.

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Topics: Networking, I/O

OptoNews: Thanks for choosing Opto 22 as your First Team Supplier

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 18, 2017 3:19:20 PM

We're honored to be chosen by Automation World readers as a preferred supplier!

Every year as part of their Leadership in Automation Program, Automation World asks their readers—that's youto choose their go-to suppliers. These are the automation equipment manufacturers that automation engineers most trust. 

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Topics: groov, optonews, PACs, I/O, mobile, IIoT, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-01-18

Tools every panel shop, electrician, and maker should have

Posted by Matt Newton on Jan 10, 2017 10:18:34 AM

What technician, engineer, or maker doesn’t like tools? Having the right tools for the job is essential in getting things done.

Few things are more satisfying than applying just the right tool to a specific problem to easily rectify the situation. Having a shop outfitted with the right tools and a good place to work makes fixing things and resolving problems that much easier.

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Topics: Tips, I/O, Raspberry Pi

OptoNews: Happy New Starter Kit for your Raspberry Pi

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:42:12 PM

Celebrate the New Year with a blast!

And then keep on using your Raspberry Pi for industrial I/O prototyping and projects. All you need is your Pi and power supply, plus our Digital Industrial I/O Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi. Just $99 (shipping included in the U.S.A.)—a $215 value. 

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Topics: optonews, New products, I/O, OptoNews 2017-01-04, Raspberry Pi

OptoNews Tip: Top 4 tech tips from 2016

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:39:10 PM

Did you miss any of these technical tips?

Now's a good time to review some automation basics—and look ahead to new technologies in our field.

Accuracy and resolution. Specifications for both of these are included for our analog modules. What's the difference?

Sinking and sourcing. What do these terms mean when you're wiring digital DC outputs, and which is the better way to wire? Lots of questions and answers on this one.

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Topics: Discrete control, Tips, optonews, I/O, SSRs, Node-RED, OptoNews 2017-01-04, Raspberry Pi, Digital I/O for Raspberry Pi

OptoNews Tip: Using Node-RED with Raspberry Pi

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:56:38 PM

It's true: you can use your Raspberry Pi to monitor and control real-world industrial devices.

Reliable Opto 22 G4 digital I/O and SNAP digital I/O now work with your Pi. 

One of the simplest ways to program your Pi may be Node-RED, designed by IBM Emerging Technologies.

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Topics: Discrete control, optonews, I/O, Node-RED, G4 I/O, OptoNews 2016-12-14, Raspberry Pi, Digital I/O for Raspberry Pi

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