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Visit Opto 22 virtually

Posted by Benson Hougland on Jul 8, 2020 1:38:17 PM

Opto 22 is making the best of the new normal. 

Like most of you, it seems I’m doing all of my communicating through my computer or mobile device, whether at home or at work. I find myself longing for face-to-face meetings and wanting to visit you and your facility, plant, or remote site to learn more about how you apply Opto products in your applications.

Another thing I regret is that we’re unable to host you here at Opto 22 headquarters. Maybe you were planning to attend our interactive groov EPIC factory training, visit with our sales and application engineers, or just take a tour of our USA-based manufacturing facility here in Temecula, CA, where we proudly make everything we design, sell, and support. All those activities are currently on hold for now.

But technology gives us ways to meet virtually.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Factory Training, Opto 22 product support, Virtual Tour, Made in USA

Enter the RIO world

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 23, 2020 9:54:21 AM

Take advantage of a new section of Opto 22's website devoted to groov RIO resources and tools.

As an OptoBlog subscriber, you've heard us talking about our latest edge I/O offering, groov RIO (GRV-R7-MM1001-10). It's I/O for the IIoT™. We've previously shared a press release, video, webinar, and a white paper resource for this exciting new product. And now there is one place to go for all your groov RIO questions...

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, groov Manage, groov RIO, Edge I/O

Opto 22 Product Philosophy: What it means to you

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Learn how Opto 22's product timeline, design decisions, and legacy support can give you a competitive edge.

As an industrial automation professional, what's important to you in a supplier? Whether you're specifying parts for a new project, upgrading a current design, or considering a complete rebuild, how do you decide who to buy from?

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Topics: industrial automation, Opto 22 product support, product philosophy

MQTT: Mission-critical fault tolerance

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jun 16, 2020 9:01:50 AM

Our MQTT series continues with a deep dive into groov EPIC’s (and now groov RIO’s) features for high-reliability MQTT networks.

At its heart, MQTT was designed for unreliable networks. Back in the ’90s, ConocoPhillips (now Phillips 66) was looking for a way to improve telemetry reporting over its low-bandwidth dial-up and costly VSAT (small satellite dish) SCADA network. IBM partnered with system integrator Arcom Control Systems (now Cirrus Link Solutions) to develop a minimalist communication protocol that could gracefully handle intermittent network outages and high latency among many distributed devices over TCP/IP. 

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Sparkplug, MQTT implementation, groov RIO

Welcome new OptoPartners, new IoT solutions

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 15, 2020 11:06:08 AM

The OptoPartner system integrator network is expanding as four companies join the partner program to offer unique and customized product solutions.

2020 has been an exciting year for growing our OptoPartner program. We are continuing to expand our geographical reach as well as provide new edge technology support from our integrator partners.

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Topics: Integrators, IIoT, system integrator, OptoPartner

New technology for our trusty toolboxes

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 8, 2020 9:31:22 AM

Opto 22 will be participating in a Smart Industry webinar, part of the Base Camp digital online series that introduces you to the latest edge technology.

Before COVID-19 changed the way the world does business, Opto 22 was scheduled to exhibit and sponsor the 2020 Smart Industry Base Camp conference. Although the event was cancelled, our Smart Industry hosts remain committed to sharing the important IIoT and Industry 4.0 related content that was part of the conference agenda. Therefore, the show must go on (line)!

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, edge computing, digital transformation

OptoChannel grows with Swedish distributor Modern Elteknik

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 19, 2020 11:21:09 AM

Welcome Modern Elteknik to the Opto 22 distribution channel as they increase the Opto 22 market presence in Gothenburg, Sweden.

With the expansion of the groov EPIC and groov RIO product lines, Opto 22 is increasing its worldwide reach through its growing list of OptoChannel distributors. The latest partner, Modern Elteknik, is a Swedish logistics distributor in automation and electronics, with over 50 years of experience. The company's customers include machine builders, panel builders, industrial companies, subcontractors and end users.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, Sweden, Modern Elteknik

Watch groov RIO in action with new on-demand webinar

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 15, 2020 3:34:52 PM

Follow along with Opto 22's Benson Hougland as he presents a live demonstration of the recently released groov RIO.

groov RIO (GRV-R7-MM1001-10) is available now with all of the features and capabilities you’ve heard about. But it’s one thing to read about it and another thing to see it for yourself.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, Node-RED, Ignition, groov RIO

Get in on the Ignition Community action

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 7, 2020 5:15:59 PM

Attend an online Ignition Community Live workshop to see the power of MQTT technology.

Looking to learn more about IIoT connectivity and edge computing? Join Opto 22 as we participate in the next Ignition Community Live event.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, Ignition, edge computing, Ignition Community Live

Go further with groov EPIC 2.0

Posted by Josh Eastburn on May 5, 2020 4:03:17 PM

With the latest firmware update, groov EPIC gets I/O for the IIoT and more

Out this week, groov EPIC firmware version 2.0 is a milestone for the platform, and there are more than a few reasons to consider updating. Here’s an overview of what’s included.

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Topics: Updates, PAC Control, IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, Codesys, groov EPIC, groov RIO

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