OptoNews: New compact breakout board saves cabinet space

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 20, 2016 4:12:04 PM

If you use high-density 32-point SNAP digital I/O modules, you'll be interested in our latest breakout board: the SNAP-UDC-HDB.

The small footprint of this new board makes it ideal for use in cramped areas. Just 3.32 x 3.95 x 2.27 inches high (8.43 x 10.03 x 5.77 cm), the SNAP-UDC-UDB fits in tight places but still gives you room to wire all 32 points to field devices.

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Topics: Discrete control, Machine builder, optonews, New products, Integrators, I/O, OptoNews 2016-01-20

OptoNews: groov 3.0e update released

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 20, 2016 4:11:14 PM

We've just released a new version of groov Build and View, version 3.0e.

This update fixes some issues you may have seen in groov when used with browsers Chrome 48 and Windows 10 Edge 25.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, Windows 10, OptoNews 2016-01-20

OptoNews: Thank you for honoring us as your First Team

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 20, 2016 4:10:33 PM


The Automation World Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees are chosen solely by write-ins from readers, rather than prompted answers from a list of companies.

That's why we feel especially honored that Opto 22 received First Team awards in two categories for 2015: Data Acquisition Hardware and Mobility.

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Topics: groov, optonews, I/O, Awards and recognition, OptoNews 2016-01-20

OptoNews tip: How to test an AC SSR

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 20, 2016 4:09:49 PM

Solid state relays (SSRs) are simple, reliable devices. If one stops working, typically it just refuses to turn on or off.

How do you test it to see if it has failed?

If you're used to testing mechanical relays, you'll find an SSR requires a different testing method: it requires a load.

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Topics: Tips, optonews, SSRs, OptoNews 2016-01-20

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