OptoNews: Choosing I/O modules for temperature monitoring

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 17, 2015 4:31:00 PM

Do you monitor temperatures?

A lot of control engineers do, especially in fields like water treatment, refrigeration, thermoforming, refining, food processing, and energy or building management.

There are a variety of temperature sensors on the market—ICTDs, thermocouples, RTDs, thermistors, infrared sensors. Accuracy, cost, wiring complexity, and environmental conditions are some of the factors that determine which one is best for your application.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Food & beverage, Water & wastewater, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators, OptoNews 2015-06-17

OptoNews: Pioneer Energy turns flare gas into resources

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 17, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Seen from space, light from waste flare gas in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota is nearly as bright as all the lights from the city of Chicago. 

That's a lot of energy going up in smoke.

That's a waste of resources, says Pioneer Energy President Dr. Robert Zubrin. 

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Topics: Case studies, Videos, Process control, Remote monitoring, optonews, PACs, OptoNews 2015-06-17

OptoNews: New webinar - Put your system on your mobile

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 17, 2015 4:29:26 PM

Watch the new groov webinarYou've heard us talk about groov. Now see how you can get your automation system on your mobile device—without programming—in this new pre-recorded webinar.

Opto 22's Ben Orchard and Benson Hougland walk you through it.

They're really enthusiastic! And you'll see why.

Watch the recorded webinar at your own time and your own pace. See how you can:

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Topics: Webinars, groov, Machine builder, optonews, OptoNews 2015-06-17

OptoNews Tech Tip: Get sunrise/sunset times

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 17, 2015 4:28:24 PM

Our tech tip this week comes from Philip in the OptoForum, who shared his PAC Control subroutine code for determining the time the sun rises and sets at a specific latitude. 

You could use HTTP requests over the Internet to get this data (discussed earlier in the same thread). But with this OptoScript code you don't need an Internet connection.

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Topics: Tips, optonews, PACs, OptoNews 2015-06-17

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