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New videos help you start programming with groov RIO and Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 14, 2020 2:00:26 PM

Opto 22's Node-RED expert Terry Orchard shares a new series of videos for developers to help get the most out of your groov RIO.

Our Node-RED videos continue to be one of the most watched series on our website and YouTube channel. Included in both groov EPIC and groov RIO, Node-RED is an open-source software program used to wire together devices, databases, cloud applications, and APIs (application program interfaces) with simple logic flows. It's growing in popularity, and engineers, programmers, and developers are hungry to learn more. 

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov RIO

New guide to using MQTT/Sparkplug B

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 13, 2020 1:56:42 PM

Waiting to dip your toe into the MQTT pool? Jump into this new user guide, and get started with MQTT and Sparkplug B on your Opto 22 groov products.

If you're already an OptoBlog subscriber, chances are you've become familiar with the MQTT protocol. We understand it can be a little daunting to take the leap into a new approach, though, so we expanded and revised our popular four-part MQTT blog series to create a complete guidebook for lightning fast MQTT publication on Opto 22's groov EPIC and RIO.

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

groov RIO is in the running for the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 8, 2020 9:35:08 AM

groov RIO has been announced as a finalist for Control Engineering magazine's annual awards program.

It's that time of year again! Control Engineering just revealed their line up of new products that represent some of this year's best innovations in control, instrumentation and automation.  Products fall under 29 different categories ranging from hardware, IIoT, machine control, and motion control, to network integration, power, process control, safety and software.

We're pleased to announce that Opto 22's groov RIO has been named a finalist in the I/O Systems category. Now it's up to engineering and automation professionals like yourself to cast your votes to determine the 2021 winners.

VOTE NOW

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Topics: Awards and recognition, groov RIO

COVID-19 Update on Product Availability, Support, and Services

Posted by Mark Engman on Oct 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Latest update: Manufacturing at full capacity, fewer shipping delays, phones and live chat, expanded online training, new tools for engineering assistance, and more

As we continue to respond to changes resulting from the pandemic—changes mandated by government and changes we feel necessary to keep our employees safe—we have also retooled and streamlined customer service for you.

I’m happy to report that manufacturing is now at full capacity, and the shipping delays we experienced earlier are reduced. We are fortunate that our facility provides plenty of space for social distancing among our staff with excellent ventilation. Your orders can be safely filled and processed without delay.

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Topics: Opto 22 product support, COVID-19 Update

A RIO review for beginners

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 30, 2020 1:52:17 PM

OptoPartner SolisPLC shares an out-of-the-box experience and tutorial using their first groov RIO module.

You might remember SolisPLC's Vlad Romanov from an earlier OptoBlog post this year. He was looking for an industrially hardened platform for running Ignition Edge and became interested in learning more about the groov EPIC system. Opto 22 sent him a groov EPIC Learning Center (GRV-EPIC-LC) so he could take it for a test drive.

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Topics: Training, Ignition Edge, groov RIO, Edge I/O

What we experienced at the 2020 Ignition Community Conference

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 23, 2020 11:02:00 AM

Hear about Opto 22's top takeaways from this year's virtual Ignition Community Conference.

Last week our engineering team attended ICC 2020—the annual Ignition Community Conference hosted by Inductive Automation. This event has been growing in size ever since 2013, but became a virtual event as is the norm in 2020. If you missed it, read on for some of the highlights.

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Topics: Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

Get your groov RIO update here!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 21, 2020 1:18:28 PM

Improve the performance of your edge I/O with the latest groov RIO firmware update 2.0.2.

If you're a groov RIO edge I/O user, you'll want to take advantage of this new firmware update. Firmware version 2.0.2 is available for download now.

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Topics: Firmware, IIoT, groov RIO, Edge I/O

New Opto 22 Visio Stencils Now Available

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 15, 2020 3:51:01 PM

New Microsoft® Visio Stencil libraries representing products like groov EPIC and groov RIO are now available on the Opto 22 website.

Are you drawing or creating graphics for your control system diagrams or HMIs? We'd like to help you with that. Our engineering and graphics teams have worked together to create some detailed Microsoft Visio Stencils of Opto 22 products, including new templates for groov EPIC and groov RIO.

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Topics: groov EPIC, HMI, groov RIO, visio stencils

Talking industrial automation with CSIA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 14, 2020 2:19:59 PM

Listen in as Opto 22's Josh Eastburn and CSIA's Lisa Richter dig into the past, present, and future of Opto 22 and our industry outlook for 2020 in this new podcast.

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) continues its popular podcast series, "Talking Industrial Automation", and host Lisa Richter asked our own Josh Eastburn to share his insights in a recent episode.

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Topics: IIoT, groov EPIC, system integrator, OptoPartner, podcast, groov RIO

Get to know Galco - now an Opto 22 distributor

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 9, 2020 10:19:23 AM

Please welcome Galco Industrial Electronics Inc. as a new stocking distributor of all Opto 22 product lines.

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Opto 22 distribution channel: Galco. Based in Madison Heights, Michigan, Galco serves all of North America and is committed to providing exceptional support for all Opto 22 product sales and services.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoChannel

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