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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Apex Energy Replaces End-of-life System for Improved Data

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 27, 2023 9:10:16 AM

New case study shows how StrataVu and groov EPIC secure a flexible future for Oil & Gas production.

When the hardware for the automation system you’ve deployed throughout your entire installed base is suddenly declared end-of-life, you’re faced with a problem. That’s what happened to Apex Energy LLC, a natural gas exploration and production company, headquartered just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As a longtime customer of systems integrator and Opto technology partner Strata Innovative Solutions, Apex had used Strata’s field-proven PadPro automation solution starting with their second drilling site, or well pad. They were happy with the solution. But in 2019-2020, manufacturers of the hardware components began to end-of-life their products. For their planned growth, Apex needed a new solution that would offer as seamless a transition as possible.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, Technology Partners, oil and gas

Inductive Automation names Opto 22 as a Solution Partner

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 26, 2023 12:53:45 PM

Partnership gives you simple solutions for remote equipment, cloud connections, brownfield applications, and more.

This week has been a busy one for the Opto 22 team at the annual Ignition Community Conference, hosted by Inductive Automation. It was also the perfect time to share some exciting news with our customers and media partners about our IA partnership status. Opto 22 has now been named a Solution Partner.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, Inductive Automation, Technology Partners

Three must-sees at ICC 2023

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 13, 2023 8:30:00 AM

Don't miss the Opto 22 live demonstrations and sessions taking place at the 2023 Ignition Community Conference.

Do you have your ticket to the Ignition Community Conference? This three-day event takes place September 26 - 28, 2023, in Folsom, CA, and it just sold out! But don't worry, you can still be part of the action by purchasing a Livestream pass.

This annual event, hosted by our technology partner Inductive Automation, grows in popularity each year as the number of Ignition software applications grows worldwide. The conference promises:

  • Global networking with the IA team as well as Ignition Community members
  • Learning opportunities through keynote speakers, expert panels, table talks, and breakout sessions
  • Interactive demos and use case presentations from exhibitors

This year, the Opto 22 team returns as a sponsor and exhibitor and will be conducting live demonstrations and sessions you won't want to miss. Whether attending in person or with a livestream pass, don't forget to add the following presentations to your schedule (note that the Exhibitor Demo will not be live-streamed):

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Topics: Events & conferences, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO

Sparkplug 3 compatibility brings standardized interoperability

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 30, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The latest 3.5 firmware updates for groov EPIC and RIO include new Sparkplug 3 compatible certification.

groov products have always supported the MQTT and Sparkplug communication protocols, so what's important about this latest Sparkplug update?

groov EPIC and RIO are some of the few hardware devices to pass a series of tests for the Sparkplug Compatibility Program, managed by the Eclipse Foundation.

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

Case Study: Nucor subsidiary POK brings foundry to industry 4.0

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 8, 2023 12:27:15 PM

New factory saves initial and recurring costs, improves products with groov EPIC and Ignition.

Moving to Industry 4.0 takes time and determination, especially for an established company in a heavy industry. Castings Foundry POK in Guadalajara, Mexico, a Nucor subsidiary, uses equipment from manufacturers all over the world, which may include PLCs from a variety of automation suppliers. But data from all this equipment needed to be shared with corporate SCADA and ERP systems.  

In this new Opto 22 case study, see how POK's new factory solved this problem, saving an estimated 60% in initial costs, making operators' jobs easier with comprehensive HMIs, and improving product quality. 

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Topics: Case studies, groov View, groov EPIC, Ignition

Meet more groov EPIC graduates

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 31, 2023 2:01:40 PM

Another full class of students learned about groov EPIC in the July 2023 Premium Factory Training class.

Another full class means word is getting out, and classroom PLC training is in demand. Are you considering a system upgrade or just curious how groov EPIC compares to other systems you've used?  Do you need help configuring and programming hardware and software for your industrial automation or IIoT application? 

Then consider spending a week with us at Opto 22 headquarters learning all the programming options and features of groov EPIC, the Edge Programmable Industrial Controller.

July's group of students represented a variety of industries and provided some great feedback on their training experience. Take a look at what they said.

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Topics: Training, groov EPIC, Factory Training

Add LoRa sensors to your control program

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 26, 2023 7:27:24 AM

See how to set up a full LoRaWAN network stack in the latest episode of IntegrateLive! 

Last week, Opto 22's Benson Hougland joined the IntegrateLive! team for another hands-on project.

Sarah Sonnier and Jessica Williams from SiteSync also joined, to focus on using a groov EPIC and the SiteSync MultiTech gateway to set up a full LoRaWAN network stack. (LoRaWAN is a low-power, wide area networking protocol built on top of the LoRa radio modulation technique.)

The setup included a LoRaWAN Network Server, Join Server, and Application Server. Curious how it turned out? Watch the live demo.

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Topics: Webinars, groov EPIC, IntegrateLive!, LoRaWAN

Three simple steps to a groov View HMI

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 18, 2023 10:31:01 AM

Watch this updated groov View Quick Start video to learn how simple it is to start designing and building your HMI.

With browser-based groov View, you can easily build an operator interface to see and interact with exactly what you need. groov View is included with groov EPIC and groov Server for Windows.

To help you get up and running in no time at all, we've put together a new video that takes you through 3 simple steps of setting up an HMI with groov View. This is a quick, high-level overview presentation designed to get you started and more comfortable with the tool.

Watch and learn: groov View Quick Start.

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Topics: Videos, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC, HMI

Improve OEE in minutes

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 11, 2023 11:08:25 AM

Watch Opto Technology Partners HiveMQ and 4IR Solutions improve OEE in this 60-minute webinar recording.

One of the most important manufacturing industry innovations has been the concept of OEE or Overall Equipment Effectiveness. OEE can help just about any manufacturing and production line in the world.

If you're looking to improve your OEE metrics and boost productivity, this webinar our friends at HiveMQ and 4IR Solutions put together is a must-watch. 

Experts from HiveMQ, 4IR, and Riveron guide you through the process of implementing, measuring, and improving OEE, even if you’re starting from scratch.

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Topics: Webinars, groov EPIC, OEE, Technology Partners

More groov EPIC graduates for the class of 2023

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 28, 2023 12:02:03 PM

Opto 22 welcomes another full class of students for the June 2023 groov EPIC Premium Factory Training class.

Are you looking for in-person, classroom PLC training? Or do you need help configuring and programming hardware and software for your industrial automation or IIoT application? Our groov EPIC Premium Factory Training course is for you!

The latest group of 12 students complete the program this week. They now have new knowledge and skills to apply to their own applications when they return home. 

This month we have a few local visitors, but students also made the trip from as far as Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Maryland, Florida, Washington, and the Carolinas. They're spending 4 days immersed in the groov EPIC system—learning all its features, capabilities, and programming options.

See what's included when you sign up to learn about groov EPIC - the Edge Programmable Industrial Controller.

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Topics: Training, groov EPIC, Factory Training

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