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Janice Colmer

Janice has worked at Opto 22 for more than 16 years and is part of the marketing team that strives to share new and relevant content with the automation industry. She enjoys books, camping, country music, and spending time with family and friends.
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groov EPIC Premium Factory Training returns

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 31, 2023 2:20:42 PM

In-person, instructor-led training classes resume at Opto 22 factory headquarters in Temecula, CA.

Many of you have been asking for groov EPIC Premium Factory Training, and 2023 is the year! After a hiatus from in-person training due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Opto 22 training staff is ready with an updated and more detailed groov EPIC curriculum. 

Here's your chance to get hands-on instruction and some great tips and guidance from Opto engineers, all in a matter of 4 days in (usually sunny) Temecula, California. With each student at their own training station, everyone can program their own groov EPIC Learning Center.

Since it's been a few years, here's a refresher on topics the groov EPIC training covers and what's included in your 4-day agenda.

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Topics: Training, groov EPIC, Factory Training

IntegrateLive! delivers on multi-vendor MQTT Sparkplug build, in live demo

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 25, 2023 6:45:00 AM

Catch up with a successful Plugfest in episode 10 of IntegrateLive!

What happens when you take hardware from Opto 22, SignalFire, Wireless Telemetry, and Phoenix Contact, along with software from Software Toolbox 's DataHub using both legacy PLC data and new greenfield data, and then bring MQTT Sparkplug into the mix to publish the data?

See for yourself as the IntegrateLive team, along with representatives from all these companies, make magic happen in this special edition Plugfest, made possible by the Eclipse Foundation and its Sparkplug Working Group.

Watch the recording to see how Cirrus Link Solutions, Inductive Automation, HiveMQ, Canary, and Flow Software also all had important roles in this ambitious MQTT Sparkplug build-out.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, Cirrus Link Solutions, IntegrateLive!

Where to see groov EPIC and RIO in 2023

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 24, 2023 3:01:00 PM

Plan now for the events and conferences you want to attend in 2023.

Our conference schedule for the year is shaping up to be a busy year of in-person as well as virtual events. Take a look at what's available online or in your area and plan to join us at one or more of these industry events. You'll have several opportunities to see live demos of groov EPIC and groov RIO.

Here's what's on the schedule so far.

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, groov RIO

See MQTT on groov EPIC and RIO live at Onshore Wellsite Automation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 18, 2023 9:20:20 AM

Join Cirrus Link Solutions and Opto 22 in Houston for a joint exhibit showcasing solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Looking at automation to meet your challenges with wellsite applications? Come to the upcoming Onshore Wellsite Automation event. We'll be there with Opto Technology Partner, Cirrus Link Solutions

Join us in Houston January 31 - February 1, where you'll see live product demos using MQTT on groov EPIC and groov RIO. You'll also learn best practices to achieve data mobility and the security required for today’s industrial cyber environment. 

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Topics: Events & conferences, Oil & gas, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, Cirrus Link Solutions, wellsite automation

Meet Convergence Controls

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2023 10:45:48 AM

This Colorado-based system integrator can help with your automation projects.

If you're looking to get real-time data from production equipment for dashboarding and enterprise-wide reporting, the engineering team at Convergence Controls and Engineering can help. They're the newest member of our OptoPartner system integrator program. 

Based in Littleton, Colorado, but serving all of the United States and Canada, Convergence Controls brings their expertise to major industries including energy, food and beverage, water treatment, manufacturing and more.

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

Top 10 Videos of 2022

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 11, 2023 8:00:00 AM

See what people were watching in 2022 on the OptoVideo YouTube channel.

The start of a new year is a good time for reflecting on what worked well the previous year. So we took a look at our OptoVideo channel on YouTube to see what videos received the most views and proved to be the most popular in 2022.

Review the new Top 10 Videos of 2022 playlist to see what you might have missed, or re-watch some valuable content. Topics range from programming with Node-RED, to unlocking the power of the edge with Ignition, to using the new OPC UA server on groov RIO.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, YouTube

Control Engineering article highlights 3 IIoT case studies

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 10, 2023 1:16:01 PM

See how system integrators in water/wastewater, natural gas production, and manufacturing leveraged MQTT and industrial edge devices to securely access and use key data.

If your goal is to get useful data from field devices and legacy systems, you’ve probably found that putting together an IIoT system is complicated, requiring many OT and IT devices, software, and protocols.

But these 3 real-world case studies show how two tools—the MQTT communications protocol and industrial edge devices—can simplify your IIoT project. 

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, cybersecurity, MQTT implementation, edge computing, control engineering

MQTT Sparkplug Special Edition

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Join us for another episode of IntegrateLive! dedicated to the MQTT Sparkplug specification.

Kick off the new year with a discussion led by the Sparkplug Working Group in the first IntegrateLive! event of 2023. With the recent release of Sparkplug 3.0, this special edition of IntegrateLive! will offer more insight and in-depth conversation on the new spec and how to choose your next Sparkplug-compliant solution.

Opto 22 is a proud member of this Eclipse Foundation group, which is dedicated to educating others on the benefits of MQTT and Sparkplug. The Sparkplug Working Group directly impacts the future success of hundreds of thousands of automation projects by enabling "plug and play" IIoT! 

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Sparkplug, Eclipse Foundation, IntegrateLive!

The Atlas Podcast talks tech trends

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 3, 2023 1:13:44 PM

Hear from Opto 22's Arun Sinha in the latest technology discussion on the Atlas Podcast.

What technologies are emerging in automation, and how can they help you with your projects? The Atlas Podcast focuses on answering these questions for the new year and beyond. 

The Atlas Podcast explores technology topics with hosts Martin Kelman and Alex Matheson. Released weekly, each episode interviews a special guest with expert insight into key areas of technology and industry.

Their latest episode features Opto 22's Director of Business Development, Arun Sinha, who shares his insights on the future of technology in our industry.

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Topics: IIoT, data visualization, podcast, edge computing, OT data

Holiday Greetings from Opto 22

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 14, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Sending Season's Greetings and keeping you informed of our year-end holiday schedule.

How quickly another year is coming to a close, and we'd once again like to take the time to extend our warmest holiday wishes. We sincerely appreciate another year of working with the best customers and dedicated OptoPartners and distributors. We thank you for your continued business and support. 

From the Opto headquarters in Temecula, California, USA, to all our customers and partners worldwide, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Topics: groov EPIC, holiday hours, holiday schedule, groov RIO

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