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Your OT cybersecurity questions answered

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 2, 2021 9:34:08 AM

Get help designing a secure industrial automation system with Opto 22's cybersecurity resources.

When you use groov EPIC or groov RIO products, you can rest assured you're getting cybersecurity ready products, right out of the box. There is even a groov EPIC Cybersecurity Technical Guide to help you design a secure system with step-by-step instructions.

With cybersecurity being one of the top concerns in today's industry, we decided it was important to address all your questions on security. We've put together several resources in a single location on the Opto 22 website to help you better understand your options when it comes to building the most secure control system possible.

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Topics: Security, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO

New OptoPartner Video: Blockchain Enabled PLC

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jul 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

BDATA Solutions addresses the issue of Cybersecurity in IoT and Edge devices through blockchain technology.

With the recent well-publicized internet hacks, cybersecurity is unfortunately at the forefront of many people's minds. Our latest OptoPartner Video is timely, as BDATA Solutions uses Blockchain technology to address this issue in Industrial Internet of Things architecture.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, Security, EPIC, OptoPartner video

TPO on groov RIO

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jul 28, 2021 9:38:49 AM

Learn more about Time Proportional Output (TPO) and how you can use it on the groov RIO edge I/O module.

Do you need to control a digital output from an analog input?

If so, perhaps TPO is the solution you seek. Did you know that a groov RIO has 8 built-in TPO controllers and each can be configured for a different time period? We just need a little setup assistance in the form of a Node-RED flow. Before we get into that, let's talk more about just what TPO is.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoForum, time proportional output

CODESYS integration on groov EPIC

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jul 26, 2021 10:51:03 AM

How good is CODESYS on groov EPIC? Really, really good...

If you’re a long-time CODESYS user, Opto 22 may not have come across your radar before. Here are a few big reasons why you might want to take a look at Opto 22’s groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller and consider making it your go-to IEC 61131-3 development platform.

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Topics: Training, Codesys, groov EPIC

How to add cybersecurity features to your legacy systems

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Opto 22's latest webinar covers how to get important data from legacy PLC systems quickly and securely.

Another great resource on cybersecurity is now available as an on-demand webinar. This latest webcast set out to show how your company's digital transformation and IIoT goals can be met. Presented by Opto 22's Benson Hougland, the webinar topics include:

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO, digital transformation

See MQTT on groov EPIC and RIO live at ENTELEC expo

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 19, 2021 12:00:07 PM

Opto 22 is partnering with Cirrus Link Solutions to exhibit and present at the 2021 ENTELEC Conference & Expo.

Another live, in-person event is happening next month in Houston, Texas and we hope you can join us! If you are in the energy or oil and gas industries, you'll want to take note.  The ENTELEC Association is the world-leading energy operator member association and is hosting the annual ENTELEC Conference and Expo, August 10 - 12th.

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Topics: Energy management, Events & conferences, Oil & gas, groov EPIC, groov RIO, Cirrus Link Solutions, Technology Partners

Celebrating 30 years of Opto 22 commitment & dedication

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 13, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Eleven employees celebrated their 30-year work anniversary at a recent company event.

When we say Opto 22 feels like a family, it's true. The annual OptoPicnic took place last week and there were several reasons to celebrate. Being able to safely gather and see employees from all departments was just one of them.

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Topics: Careers, product philosophy

New podcast discussion: What brings OT and IT together

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 13, 2021 9:01:27 AM

Listen and watch episode 18 of The Manufacturing Hub Podcast for more insight on what challenges OT engineers are facing today.

Opto 22's leader in product strategy, Benson Hougland, is back in the OptoDemo Studio to discuss new Industry 4.0 tools and what it means for engineers in the industrial automation space and beyond.

As a guest on The Manufacturing Hub Podcast, Benson is part of an hour-long conversation with hosts Vlad Romanov and Dave Griffith. (You might remember Vlad as being an OptoPartner, and we've mentioned his SolisPLC training platform and groov product reviews in previous OptoBlog posts.) We were thrilled to be working together again and hope you enjoy the discussion.

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, industrial automation, podcast, groov RIO

MQTT is the key: how to securely access your OT network data

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 7, 2021 10:00:46 AM

Our recent webinar with Cirrus Link Solutions is now available on-demand with an in-depth overview of edge device security using the MQTT with Sparkplug B protocol.

We hope you were able to join us last week for another webinar that took a deep dive into the world of cybersecurity in industrial automation. The webinar recording is now available for those who might have missed those impressive product demos and discussions of how to solve your data security concerns.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO

Precision Energy: RDI Controls

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jul 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Turbine control experts execute fast, cost-effective retrofit of a failing control system

RDI Controls provides fully engineered retrofit packages for industrial and aeroderivative turbine control systems. It has carried out over 160 retrofit and design projects on a variety of turbines from brands like GE, Westinghouse, Pratt-Whitney, and Rolls Royce using control systems from Allen-Bradley, ABB/Bailey, and Westinghouse/Emerson. But Opto 22 is RDI's supplier of choice, and this new case study explains why.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, OptoPartner

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