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Dan White

Dan has worked at Opto 22 for more than a decade. His Tufts Engineering background, MBA in International Business, and prior industrial controls experience give him a unique edge in automation. Dan enjoys staying active through biking, basketball, skiing – and keeping up with his three young kids!
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Long-term support for SNAP PAC systems

Posted by Dan White on Feb 27, 2024 10:53:39 AM

Opto 22's Dan White explains why you should feel secure in your SNAP PAC product designs.

In the ever-evolving industrial automation industry, it's crucial to have a solid foundation you can rely on. For many of you, that foundation has been built on our SNAP PAC systems, and you’ve grown accustomed to the reliability these systems provide your automation projects. We understand the importance of SNAP PAC in your operations, and we're here to reassure you: your trust in Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers and I/O modules is well-placed, now and into the future.

At Opto 22, we know that designs and projects that incorporate SNAP PAC are more than just configurations of hardware and software; they are the lifeblood of your operations, which is why we are committed to ensuring that you can feel secure in your designs for the long haul. 

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Topics: snap pac, Opto 22 product support, product design

Accelerating the Industry: 28th Annual ARC Industry Forum

Posted by Dan White on Feb 12, 2024 3:18:25 PM

Opto 22's Director of Technical Marketing, Dan White, shares his experience from this year's annual ARC event.

In its 28th year, the ARC’s Industry Forum did not disappoint. I just returned from this cutting-edge event where tech enthusiasts and industry professionals gathered to explore the latest in smart manufacturing, digital transformation, and industrial automation, and I’m eager to share the highlights and heartbeats of this remarkable gathering. 

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, ARC Forum, industrial automation, digital transformation, smart manufacturing

Build and preview your automation system with groov System Configurators

Posted by Dan White on Jan 17, 2024 9:00:00 AM

These website tools make it easy to design your automation systems and choose the parts you need.

Hey Opto crew! Today, I want to walk you through something pretty cool and super useful – our System Configurators at Opto 22. These tools are all about making your life easier when it comes to picking the right automation gear. No fluff, just the good stuff, including all the specs for the parts you'll need, and you can access them all from the Products section of our website.

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Topics: groov EPIC, snap pac, groov RIO

Sparkplug is now an International Standard ISO/IEC 20237:2023

Posted by Dan White on Dec 5, 2023 8:07:59 AM

The Eclipse Foundation recently announced the Sparkplug international standard achievement.

Sparkplug, the MQTT specification that enhances the way your Opto 22 groov systems communicate and operate, has achieved the ISO/IEC 20237:2023 International Standard Status. It’s a significant milestone in the IIoT world, particularly for Opto 22 and our users. As you know, Opto 22 adopted Sparkplug years ago because of its reliability, efficiency, and plug-and-play functionality in modern IIoT architectures. It’s nice to see the rest of the industry accepting and adopting this groundbreaking tech.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, groov RIO, Eclipse Foundation

Free Tech Support: Opto 22's Commitment to Your Success

Posted by Dan White on Nov 8, 2023 7:00:48 AM

Learn the different options available to you for free product support from Opto 22.

You deserve support that's as reliable and efficient as the automation solutions you implement. At Opto 22, we stand by this principle by offering you free, unlimited technical support, a token of our gratitude for your business and trust. Unlike other automation companies that charge a fee for support, we ensure that you have access to expert help in any form you need it, at no extra cost—because your success is our success. Here's how we make good on that promise.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, Opto 22 product support

CODESYS Tech Talk Fall 2023 Recap

Posted by Dan White on Oct 25, 2023 8:39:34 AM

Opto 22's Fall 2023 CODESYS Tech Talk featured an innovative solution from Costa Farms using groov RIO and the CODESYS runtime engine.

Opto faithful! Did you catch CODESYS Tech Talk Fall 2023, a unique event dedicated exclusively to CODESYS users in North America? This five-day virtual extravaganza was jam-packed with discussions on the latest innovations in control systems engineering from a number of CODESYS partners. 

The Tech Talk provided a golden opportunity for engineers like myself to dive deep into new and emerging technologies to share with CODESYS users. We highlighted a recent use case from longtime Opto 22 customer Costa Farms—a leading global horticulture company, renowned for its diverse range of high-quality plants and innovative gardening solutions.

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Topics: Events & conferences, CODESYS, groov RIO

Unveiling Synergies: Opto 22 and Snowflake Illuminate the Path to Industry 4.0

Posted by Dan White on Oct 18, 2023 2:00:00 PM

Hey, Opto squad! Buckle up because we’re about to embark on another exhilarating tech ride, this time alongside our innovative partners at Snowflake. Remember the electrifying vibes from the Ignition Community Conference (ICC) 2023? Well, the sparks haven’t stopped flying.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Technology Partners, manufacturing, Snowflake

Elevating Insights: My ICC 2023 Odyssey

Posted by Dan White on Oct 5, 2023 9:24:37 AM

Hey Opto fam! Just dropping in to share that I had an absolute blast at the Ignition Community Conference ICC 2023 in Folsom, CA. "Elevate" wasn't just a theme, it was a whole mood. The energy? Electric. The sessions? Mind-blowing. And us? Opto 22 was right in the thick of it, showcasing our game-changing products and turning heads with our Ignition-ready tech.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, Inductive Automation

So much more than I/O: groov devices are also IIoT gateways

Posted by Dan White on Sep 20, 2023 8:50:08 AM

Everyone knows it’s all about the cloud—and the IIoT gateway is the critical component to getting all your real-world data to that cloud. And it matters. Without it, there’s no: big data, cloud computing, advanced analytics, AI, machine learning, and the list goes on… 

At Opto 22, we have a 50 year history of helping you collect and store real-world data. We know the cloud is where you want that data. So when we designed our sleek, rugged, industrial-grade I/O that lasts a lifetime, we also made them IIoT gateways.

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Topics: IIoT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO, cloud computing

Opto 22's groov RIO levels up in a major way with CODESYS

Posted by Dan White on Sep 5, 2023 12:33:42 PM

Here at Opto 22, we keep our ear to the ground on all things automation. When we heard the industry’s demand for a versatile I/O package, we responded—thus, groov RIO was born. Since then, we’ve upped the ante with tools for onboard control (enter: Node-Red and Python) and more communication methodologies (hey there, MQTT, OPC UA, and Ignition).

And with our latest advancement, we’ve really done it: added a sophisticated real-time engine.

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Topics: CODESYS, groov RIO

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