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Your MQTT questions answered

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 23, 2020 8:31:41 AM

New resource page gives you one place to find everything you need to know about getting started with MQTT.

You might have heard MQTT mentioned in a previous OptoBlog series, or have seen it included in our groov EPIC and groov RIO product features, and perhaps you've watched a few videos about it in the Opto Video Library. But, do you still have questions? You're not alone. Engineers and automation professionals want to be educated on this popular IoT protocol, and we're here to help.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Mini case study: Dignified Motors makes driving accessible with groov EPIC

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Nov 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Innovative engineer turns to Opto 22 to power an EPIC Chevy Silverado lift system

What do you do if you own a beautiful truck but one day find yourself a wheelchair user? Chances are you’ve never considered that possibility, but answering that kind of question is what Dave Aitchison of Dignified Motors does every day.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Veteran's Day

Your guide to networking groov products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 9, 2020 11:12:41 AM

Updated technical guide provides instructions for setting up communications between your Opto 22 groov products and your systems and equipment.

Are you using one or more of Opto 22's groov products? Our documentation team has just updated the "Guide to Networking groov Products" to help you securely monitor, control, and move data between your automation equipment and computer networks, including the internet. 

Networking can be a complex subject, and connecting both operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) can bring up some security concerns. We're here to simplify that process.

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Topics: groov, Networking, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov server for windows, groov EPIC, groov RIO

groov EPIC firmware 3.0 is ready

Posted by Ben Orchard on Nov 4, 2020 8:46:14 AM

Get an overview of exciting new features just added to groov EPIC and see why you'll want to update. (Hint: LDAP)

Everyone here at Opto 22 is very excited to announce the groov EPIC firmware 3.0 release. In fact, there is so much cool stuff in this release, I am a little lost knowing in what order to list them, so let's just jump right in and see what's in store…

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Ignition, LDAP

Create your groov EPIC and RIO drawings with Lucidchart

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 22, 2020 1:50:10 PM

New website resources include libraries of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) of groov EPIC and groov RIO products for use in Lucidchart.

A recent blog post sharing our Microsoft® Visio Stencil libraries proved to be very a popular and useful tool for our Opto 22 followers. So, we've added more website resources and options for helping you with your Opto 22 drawings and diagrams. 

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Topics: groov EPIC, HMI, groov RIO, Lucidchart

OptoPartner program going strong

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 22, 2020 1:48:30 PM

Welcome two more integration companies with groov EPIC and RIO expertise to the OptoPartner program.

It's always exciting to see how Opto 22 products are used in field applications and our growing list of OptoPartners gives customers even more options for finding their ideal product solution. OptoPartners are experienced and skilled in using our industrial control products and are qualified to help with integrating, installing, and maintaining Opto 22 systems.

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Topics: Integrators, groov EPIC, groov Manage, system integrator, OptoPartner, groov RIO

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

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