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Measure live power and energy consumption

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jan 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Take a closer look at the new EPIC I/O  module (GRV-IVAPM-3) and get up to speed on how to install and configure it for your power monitoring applications.

Hopefully, you caught the recent blog post that announced our new 3-phase groov Power Monitoring module (GRV-IVAPM-3). In this next blog post, we’ll take a closer look at this module to help you get up to speed on how to install and configure it for your power monitoring applications.

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Topics: Energy management, I/O, groov EPIC, power monitoring

OptoForums Top 5 for 2021

Posted by Ben Orchard on Dec 7, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Get a recap of the most searched topics and popular OptoForum posts of the year.

Let’s take a look back at 2021 through the eyes of the OptoForums. You remember last year's top 5, right?

For starters, we had almost 200 more people sign up this year over last. (Y-Axis below is the number of daily sign-ups).

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, OPC UA, OptoForum

New groov EPIC firmware 3.3.1 is here

Posted by Ben Orchard on Nov 3, 2021 1:11:19 PM

Several highly requested features have been added to the latest firmware update for groov EPIC PR1 and PR2.

Even with the Covid pandemic lingering on, our mostly remote team of software engineers at Opto 22 have been hard at work. As a result, we have a groov EPIC firmware update that addresses a bunch of requested features, and like any software update, some bug fixes as well.

Simply known as version 3.3.1, you can freely download and take advantage of these improvements right away.

Let's take a look at what's new...

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, CODESYS, groov EPIC, Ignition

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

From Raspberry Pi to Factory Floor

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jun 9, 2021 8:44:20 AM

Some developer tips for successfully moving your project from home to the plant floor.

We know a lot of developers love to tinker and prototype projects on Raspberry Pi hardware. I do the same at my house with over 12 Raspberry Pi computers doing different things. It's such an affordable and fun platform with a huge community behind it... what's not to love? The challenge comes when it’s time to move your project from the house/office to the factory floor.

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Topics: Node-RED, Raspberry Pi, groov EPIC, developer, groov RIO

What's new in EPIC 3.2?

Posted by Ben Orchard on Apr 26, 2021 9:29:17 AM

There's a mix of totally new features and improvements to existing software in this new groov EPIC 3.2 firmware release

It just gets better and better. Every new release is just a blast to write about, and I'm here to tell you about all the cool stuff in the latest EPIC 3.2 firmware update.

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Topics: Firmware, PAC Control, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

OptoForums Top 5 for 2020

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jan 20, 2021 2:30:33 PM

See what Opto users were talking about as we look back at last year's Top 5 posts on the OptoForums.

There is no question that the Opto 22 forums are very much alive and kicking. The past 9 months of COVID lockdown did not even make the slightest dent in the activity level.

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Topics: Firmware, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoForum

Get ready for groov RIO 3.0

Posted by Ben Orchard on Dec 1, 2020 8:03:11 AM

Hot on the heels of our recent groov EPIC 3.0 firmware release comes our groov RIO 3.0.1 firmware update.

There are at least 5 exciting additions in this RIO 3.0.1 package, but who's counting?

TL;DR: If you can't wait to get started, here’s the groov RIO Firmware download page to get your firmware update:
https://www.opto22.com/support/resources-tools/downloads/groov-rio-firmware

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Topics: Firmware, PID loop control, Node-RED, MQTT, secure shell, groov RIO, LDAP

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

SNAP PAC Firmware 10.3b available now

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jul 23, 2020 9:20:50 AM

The latest firmware release for all SNAP PAC controllers and brains addresses important security fixes.

For all you SNAP PAC users, an important update is available now! SNAP PAC firmware 10.3b is ready for download.

This latest maintenance release has some noteworthy updates you'll want to review. You can check out the README for a complete list of bug fixes and exact details. It lists revision changes made to the firmware used in SNAP PAC S-series, R-series, and SoftPAC controllers; SNAP PAC EB-series and SB-series brains; and G4EB2 and G4D32EB2 brains.

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Topics: Firmware, cybersecurity, snap pac

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