OptoNews: Integrate CAN devices with your SNAP PAC System

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 15, 2015 4:57:04 PM

Do you have devices on a Controller Area Network? Now you can communicate with them using the SNAP-SCM-CAN2B serial communication module and a new CAN RX/TX Integration Kit

New R2.0b firmware on the SNAP-SCM-CAN2B makes it possible to both transmit and receive data. 

When you enable transmit functionality, all data communications between the module and the SNAP PAC brain or controller are ASCII encoded and frame delimited for robust communications.

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Topics: Updates, optonews, New products, Integrators, OptoNews 2015-07-15, I/O

OptoNews: Does your system send event notifications to your phone?

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 15, 2015 4:56:04 PM

We rely on our smartphones so much now. It's hard to remember when I couldn't instantly:

  • find out the traffic between here and where I'm headed
  • message my friend to say I'll be late
  • take a photo of anything and send it or upload it
  • see how many steps I've taken today
  • check stocks and the news and the weather
  • listen to music/make music/watch a video/play a game
  • summon a car or order lunch or...

So seriously, why would I want that convenience to stop with my personal life? 

What I'd like is to also see status and data from equipment and systems I'm responsible for, and especially to be notified if something's out of line. 

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Discrete control, groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, optonews, OptoNews 2015-07-15

OptoNews: Fall training class in New England

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 15, 2015 4:55:09 PM

Plan ahead to enjoy the fall color and learn about Opto 22's versatile SNAP PAC System at the same time this September.

Whether you're monitoring remote pumps and valves, tracking energy data, controlling processes in a large factory, or doing a wide variety of other automation tasks, you'll find the SNAP PAC System reliable and scalable. 

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Topics: Case studies, groov, optonews, PACs, Training, OptoNews 2015-07-15, I/O

OptoNews tech tip: Save time by auto-configuring I/O

Posted by Jean Femia on Jul 15, 2015 4:54:18 PM

Suppose you need to monitor temperatures from several thermocouples wired to a SNAP-AITM-8 analog input module.

Or maybe you have a bunch of switches that are all wired to a high-density digital output module like the SNAP-ODC-32-SNK.

Here's a tip for anyone who needs to add several similar I/O points to a PAC Control strategy: you can save a lot of time by adding them automatically. 

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Topics: Tips, Machine builder, optonews, OptoNews 2015-07-15, I/O

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