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How to configure SSL/TLS server certificates on groov devices

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Oct 20, 2021 10:43:02 AM

Security certificates are critical tools for designing cybersecure automation systems, and they're easier to set up on your groov devices than you might think.

Have you ever seen a warning message from your browser telling you a connection is untrusted and asking if you want to proceed anyway? If you're connecting to groov Manage, then the connection this message refers to is actually your groov EPIC or RIO!

But what if I told you that in a few simple steps you can prove to browsers and other connected systems that network communications to your groov devices are secure, encrypted, and protecting your automation assets?

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Topics: groov EPIC, cybersecurity, EPIC Security

New video: Cybersecurity out of the box

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 18, 2021 9:19:34 AM

Watch and learn what it means to have a secure industrial controls system.

Industrial automation has long been known to carry cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the levels of both technology and practice. Legacy PLCs weren’t designed for connections to untrusted LANs or the internet, and the old password-on-a-sticky-note security policy just doesn’t cut it anymore. So, what's the solution?

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Topics: groov EPIC, cybersecurity, EPIC Security

Modern Wastewater: Perceptive Controls

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Oct 13, 2021 9:42:07 AM

ICC 2021 Discover Gallery finalist, Perceptive Controls, talks about their continued success with the Waterford, MI Department of Public Works

In February of this year, we looked at a pioneering MQTT Sparkplug project at the Department of Public Works in Waterford Township, Michigan. Thanks to the work of system integrator Perceptive Controls, Waterford’s project went on to become a finalist in the 2021 Ignition Community Conference Discover Gallery and was showcased in the latest Sparkplug Working Group virtual meetup. Recently, I followed up with Kevin Finkler, software engineer at Perceptive, to talk about using MQTT in the real world.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

2 million views and counting

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 11, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Opto 22's YouTube channel is growing with more videos and subscribers.

What started several years ago as a platform to host a few Opto 22 product videos has now reached a new milestone. The Opto 22 YouTube channel recently reached 2 million views and is closing in on 20,000 subscribers.

Whether you're new to the industrial automation industry, or are looking for specific developer tips on using MQTT or Node-RED, the OptoVideo channel is your one stop for all things automation and digital transformation. 

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Topics: Case studies, Webinars, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, automation 101, Ignition, groov RIO, YouTube

Get quick and affordable OEE data

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

A recent webinar with Opto 22 technology partner Sepasoft demonstrates flexible MES solutions with groov RIO.

In case you missed it, recorded sessions from last month's Sepasoft virtual conference are now available. Opto 22 participated in one session that explored new possibilities for evolving your MES architecture quickly and more robustly than ever before with the help of Sepasoft's OEE Cloud platform and groov RIO.

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Topics: Webinars, groov RIO, OEE, Technology Partners, Sepasoft

Cómo elevar su estrategia de seguridad para los sistemas de automatización

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Oct 4, 2021 11:51:35 AM

Las mejores prácticas para el groov EPIC y la ciberseguridad

Habrá oído de ataques informáticos y cómo han afectado a empresas grandes y chicas. Sus sistemas o los de sus clientes trabajan bien, pero habrá más que se puede hacer para proteger esos sistemas? Hay estratégias de seguridad que puede incorporar a sus sistemas existentes.

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Topics: cybersecurity, EPIC Security

Join us at the Fall 2021 CODESYS Tech Talk

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 29, 2021 8:26:06 AM

The upcoming 5-day virtual event is your chance to learn, engage and discuss CODESYS tech innovations and engineering in real-time.

CODESYS is a free, platform-independent IEC 61131-3 programming tool for industrial automation systems. And if you use groov EPIC controllers, you already know EPIC supports CODESYS as a control programming option and runtime engine. CODESYS GmbH is one of Opto 22's valued Technology Partners, and we are once again participating in their semi-annual user conference.

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Topics: Webinars, Events & conferences, CODESYS, groov EPIC, Technology Partners

Unlocking data from your PLC live at ICC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 27, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The recording of Opto 22's live product demo from the 2021 Ignition Community Conference is now available.

Were you able to attend Inductive Automation's annual Ignition Community Conference (ICC) last week? This two-day virtual event featured developer panel discussions, case studies of real-world Ignition projects, the annual build-a-thon, as well as several exhibitor demo sessions. 

Opto 22's presentation demonstrated the power of Ignition on our groov EPIC and RIO platforms, and the recorded webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.

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Topics: groov EPIC, EPIC Security, Ignition Community Conference, webinar

Podcast en Español: Industria 4.0 por NV Tech y Opto 22

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Sep 22, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Cómo facilitar y modernizar lo que tienes que entregar usando los equipos legados y existentes -- ¡no hay magia! 

Ya sea si eres integrador o cliente final, llega el día que tienes que modernizar aplicaciones existentes y necesitas hacer conexiones remotas de forma segura. Imagina poder hacer proyectos escalables y el departamento de TI te da aprobación sin problema?

Esteban Nuñez de NV Tech invitó a René Gamero, Gerente para Latinoamérica @Opto22 y platican acerca varios temas en este podcast, incluso:

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Topics: instrumentacion, automatizacion, analisisydatos, inteligenciaindustrial

Take your projects to the next level with Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 21, 2021 8:18:14 AM

Join us for another webinar this week with the Eclipse Foundation and members of the Sparkplug Working Group.

Earlier this year, Opto 22 joined the Eclipse Foundation's Sparkplug Working Group. The group's focus is to foster further collaboration and innovation around the MQTT and Sparkplug standards, an important piece of technology in our groov EPIC and groov RIO product lines.

The Eclipse Foundation has been the home for open-source implementations of the MQTT IoT protocol since 2011. It introduced the SWG in 2020 to continue the development of Sparkplug and broaden its adoption for IIoT. As part of this week's Inductive Community Conference, the group is hosting a webinar demonstrating the difference that Sparkplug makes in the real world.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Sparkplug, Eclipse Foundation

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