OptoNews: PAC Project R9.6002 released

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 15, 2017 4:32:31 PM

We've just released PAC Project R9.6002, and you can get the updates here:

PAC Project Basic is free automation software for control programming and HMI, and is used with our SNAP PAC controllers.

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Topics: Updates, optonews, PAC Project, PAC Control, OptoNews 2017-03-15

OptoNews: CLI, transparent windows, and more now in PAC Project R9.6

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:59:35 PM

Announcing the release of PAC Project R9.6000, with new features, enhancements, and bug fixes—available now. 

PAC Control

Here's good news for system integrators, OEMs, and others who build PAC Control strategies for users who don't have PAC Control on their systems. PAC Control now provides a command-line interface (CLI) 

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Topics: Updates, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, PAC Project, PAC Control, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews: New PAC REST API video - exchange data with Access database

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:57:22 PM

In the last OptoNews, we showed you how an Excel® spreadsheet can exchange data with an Opto 22 SNAP PAC using the SNAP PAC controllers' RESTful API (application programming interface).

This time we'll show you how you can use the REST API with a Microsoft® Access® database. 

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Topics: Videos, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, PACs, Integrators, PAC Control, API, REST API, RESTful server, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2016-12-14

OptoNews: New PAC REST API video - exchange data with Excel

Posted by Jean Femia on Nov 30, 2016 4:06:07 PM

What does the new built-in RESTful API in Opto 22 SNAP PAC S-series and R-series programmable automation controllers mean to you?

It means you can use a variety of programming languages to easily access data in the PAC.

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Topics: Videos, Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, PACs, PAC Control, API, REST API, RESTful server, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2016-11-30

OptoNews Tip: Find missing connections in PAC Control flowcharts

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 26, 2016 3:08:33 PM

A recent hint shared in the OptoForum reminded us of a super-useful tool in PAC Control that you might not know about: find missing connections.

Say you're moving blocks around or copying and pasting them. Of course you're in a hurry to get it done, and you forget to make new connections with existing blocks.

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Topics: Tips, optonews, PAC Control, OptoNews 2016-10-26

OptoNews: Updates for PAC Project, groov, E1/E2

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 12, 2016 3:13:08 PM

Three new updates have recently been released:

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, I/O, PAC Project, Optomux, Firmware, PAC Control, PAC Manager, OptoNews 2016-10-12

OptoNews Tip: The useful Send Communication Handle Command

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 12, 2016 3:09:19 PM

The PAC Control command "Send Communication Handle Command" is a flexible and useful command to know.  

It sends a command that accomplishes a specific purpose for the type of communication handle you're using. For example, you might use it with a File or FTP comm handle to work with files on a SNAP PAC controller. 

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Topics: Tips, optonews, PAC Control, OptoNews 2016-10-12

OptoNews Tip: Peer-to-peer with REST

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 31, 2016 4:25:57 PM

Here's the latest Code Samples and Tips contribution in our new OptoForum: an example of easier peer-to-peer communication between PAC controllers.

This example takes advantage of the new RESTful API in SNAP PAC hardware controllers (both the standalone S-series and the rack-mounted R-series). 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Tips, IoT, optonews, PACs, PAC Control, API, REST API, RESTful server, OptoNews 2016-08-31, REST

OptoNews Tip: New OptoTagPreserve eases PAC updates

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 3, 2016 3:52:31 PM

Last OptoNews you heard about all the new features in PAC Project 9.5 and SNAP PAC firmware 9.5, both just released.

The most exciting new features are the HTTP/HTTPS server and RESTful API, giving you secure access to I/O point and variable data in your PAC controller. 

These developer- and IoT-ready features are free—all you need to do is update your firmware.

But updating PAC controller firmware on a running system can pose a problem.

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Topics: Updates, Tips, optonews, PACs, PAC Project, Firmware, PAC Control, OptoTagPreserve, OptoNews 2016-08-03

How I upgraded my SNAP PAC controllers to version 9.5 and the RESTful interface

Posted by Benson Hougland on Aug 3, 2016 12:00:16 PM

I'm extremely excited about the new capabilities of the 9.5 firmware and, in particular, the new RESTful interface (REST API and HTTP/S server) for SNAP PAC controllers. I have several PACs throughout my home for various tasks like lighting, A/C, irrigation, energy management, monitoring, and surveillance. The new RESTful interface allows me to take my home automation system to completely new levels, including interacting with my other home automation/IoT products, like my Nest thermostats, smoke alarms, and NestCams; my Philips Hue lighting; my Wemo switches; and much more.

This post isn’t about home automation, however. It’s about getting the firmware upgrade done and configuring the HTTP/S RESTful server. And in doing so, it was important to me (and my application) that I preserved the persistent control system variables used in my control strategies. So...the following are the steps I took to upgrade my firmware while preserving important data and getting started with REST.

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Topics: PACs, Firmware, PAC Control, API, REST API, RESTful server, PAC Manager, OptoTagPreserve, REST

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