OptoNews Tip: Choosing the right SNAP I/O module

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 12, 2017 8:50:54 AM

Maybe you're monitoring temperature, or controlling a production line, or getting data from a load cell. Whatever your goal, you want to get the I/O that works best for your application. 

Or maybe you happen to notice we have more than one SNAP-AIV voltage input module and wonder how they're different. 

Here are a couple of ways to find a SNAP module with the features you need and compare similar modules.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Discrete control, Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators, I/O, Data acquisition

OptoNews: New groov R3.4b release

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 6, 2017 9:10:58 AM

We've just released groov R3.4b, available now at manage.groov.com. The new release improves security for groov Build and groov View, so you won't want to miss it. 

It's a free update for any groov Box or groov Server that's activated and has a current license.

If you're not sure about your license, here's how to check. 

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews

OptoNews: Join us at The Automation Conference and save $100

Posted by Jean Femia on May 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's the big event for automation professionals in the U.S., coming up May 23-24 in Chicago.

At The Automation Conference you'll network with experts in our field, check out the latest trends and new products, and get practical insights from other experienced practitioners on key subjects like:

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, Events & conferences, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

New groov R3.4a offers long trends (up to 5 years!), page export/import

Posted by Jean Femia on May 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Just released: groov Build and View version R3.4a

This new update adds new features and enhancements, and fixes issues. For many of you, the most important new feature is in the Trend gadget.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, mobile

OptoNews Tip: Find warranty and agency approval info for Opto 22 products

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Suppose you're spec'ing a system and you know that one location will require Factory Mutual-approved I/O. Which Opto 22 SNAP I/O modules have FM approval?

Or suppose the products you purchase must be UL approved, or meet certain European Union (CE) standards. 

What if you just want to know what the warranty period is for a specific Opto 22 part?

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Topics: Process control, Discrete control, Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators

OptoNews: Connect serial devices to your groov Box with Admin 46

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:15:24 PM

We've just released groov Admin 1.570.46, with a new feature some of you have been asking for: the ability to use data from serial devices with your GROOV AR1 Box.

Using a USB-to-serial converter and Node-RED software (included in the GROOV AR1), you can connect RS‑232, RS‑485, or RS‑422 serial devices (2‑wire or 4‑wire) to the groov Box.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, Node-RED, OptoNews 2017-04-12

OptoNews: New pipes and fittings in the SVG library

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:14:08 PM

More new graphics for you in the groov SVG Library...

If you use pipes in your groov operator interface, you'll appreciate these new images: pipes, elbows, junctions, simple tanks, pumps, valves, meters, and more.

The images are designed so their parts will line up even when scaled.

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Topics: Process control, groov, optonews, mobile, OptoNews 2017-04-12

OptoNews: SCADA system for smaller water/wastewater districts

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:13:08 PM

When you're a smaller water/wastewater treatment district, it can be difficult to fund the SCADA systems you need.

All water/wastewater operations have to be strictly monitored and their data stored for reference, no matter the size of the district. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Water & wastewater, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-04-12

OptoNews Tip: Two Ethernet interfaces - different on PACs & brains

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:12:50 PM

Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers and brains both have two Ethernet network interfaces—pretty handy. But do you use them the same way? That's the question we'll answer in this tech tip.

Most devices used on an Ethernet network have one network interface with an RJ-45 connector. But SNAP PAC controllers and EB brains each have two interfaces—two RJ-45 connectors.

However, the two interfaces on controllers and brains are designed for different uses.

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Topics: Tips, optonews, PACs, Networking, OptoNews 2017-04-12

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

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