OptoNews Tip: Compare SNAP PAC controllers and brains

Posted by Jean Femia on May 23, 2017 4:06:48 PM

It's easy to get confused between Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers and SNAP PAC brains. 

They're both intelligent processors for automation, some of them look alike, and there's even overlap in what some of them do.

Let's take a look at how SNAP PAC controllers and brains are similar and how they're different.  

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Topics: Tips, PACs, I/O, API, REST API

Predictive Analytics from Process Control Data

Posted by Matt Newton on May 11, 2017 9:05:28 AM

The holy grail of IIoT applications is the ability to basically predict the future.

We want to know when something, either a system or a component in our process is going to fail—before it actually does.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

EdgeX Support Services Provide the Foundation for IIoT

Posted by Matt Newton on May 4, 2017 8:33:04 AM

In our last post we covered how Core Services in the new EdgeX project from the Linux Foundation help engineers quickly build edge computing and IIoT applications. Core Services are the microservices EdgeX provides to convert physical electrical signals from industrial devices into digital information.

In this post, we’ll focus on how EdgeX makes digital data from industrial assets available to higher-level computing systems like predictive analytics and machine learning.

But before the data is made available to those systems, EdgeX uses what it calls Supporting Microservices to do some pretty high-tech stuff to package the data and make it easily accessible.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EdgeX

Useful Node-RED Nodes for Your IIoT Application

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 18, 2017 1:59:59 PM


In several previous posts we talked about some of the software technologies automation professionals should put on their radar in preparation for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

JavaScript, node.js and Node-RED offer a ton of benefits to those looking to build their IIoT application. Learn more about the Industrial Internet of Things in the 2017 State of the IIoT

Whitepaper.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, REST API, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED

Software Technologies Industrial Automation Professionals Need For Industrial IoT Applications

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is coming at us fast. Big players like Dell, IBM, and Amazon are entering industrial markets and creating disruption among the typical market vendors. And with these new players comes a variety of technologies that are being applied in new and interesting ways to build the IIoT.

Over the next several blog posts, we’ll be discussing the top 5 software technologies and languages that systems integrators and automation engineers should begin learning about to be ready to build Industrial Internet of Things applications. Sign up for the blog to get access to followup blog posts as they’re released.

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Topics: IoT, API, REST API, IIoT

Adding Cognitive Computing To Industrial Automation

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence, the cloud, and cognitive computing.

But what the heck do those things have to do with industrial automation, and why should automation professionals be getting up to speed on these technologies?

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Topics: Discrete control, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, I/O, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews Tip: New groov API section for developers

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:56:53 PM

Our developer.opto22.com site gets a lot of traffic from developers working with SNAP PACs, groov, Node-RED, and industrial I/O for Raspberry Pi. 

Since all Opto 22 products are designed on open standards, you have a variety of ways to interact with them and integrate with other systems. The developer site helps you do that.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-02-15

OptoNews: Data from databases, online services in your groov mobile interface

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:41:07 PM


New release adds Data Store device

With the new Data Store device in groov R3.3, you can put data into groov from anywhere—like a database, another device or systemand monitor or change it in your mobile operator interface. 

  • For example, your company’s SQL database could place production or maintenance data into a groov Data Store for managers or technicians to see in their interface. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Updates, IoT, optonews, API, REST API, REST, mobile, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, OptoNews 2017-01-04

OptoNews: Data center retrofit after 30 years

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:58:11 PM

  • Think about how much computers have changed in the last 30 years.
  • Think about the quantity of data that enterprise data centers (EDCs) process today.
  • And think about how facility management priorities have changed to meet rising energy costs.

Now imagine what needs to be done to update a 30-year-old EDC.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Videos, optonews, PACs, Building management, Security, REST API, RESTful server, REST, OptoNews 2016-12-14

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

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