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Janice Colmer

Janice has worked at Opto 22 for more than 15 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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OptoPartners - Welcome aboard

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 6, 2021 8:38:23 AM

Opto 22 continues to expand its network of system integrators and distributors.

We'd like to take the time to mention three new OptoPartners that have recently joined our OptoPartner program. We value these new members as they have proven their engineering expertise and in-depth understanding of Opto 22 hardware and software, and use it to help customers find their ideal automation and IIoT solutions.

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Topics: IIoT, system integrator, OptoPartner

Watch this: Connect a Smart Factory to the Cloud with MQTT & Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 30, 2021 12:53:08 PM

New recorded webinar shows how easy it is to connect field assets to the cloud using HiveMQ and then visualize the real-time data in Canary Cloud.

Did you miss this week's webinar with our Tech Partners HiveMQ and Canary Labs? It's now available for on-demand viewing and you might even want to watch it again to catch all the details of the live demo!

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, groov RIO, Technology Partners

Proud member of the Eclipse Foundation and Sparkplug Working Group

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 29, 2021 9:44:35 AM

Opto 22 recently announced it has joined the Eclipse Foundation—the Sparkplug governing body and industry collective.

As an industrial automation and internet of things (IIoT) manufacturer, Opto 22 is dedicated to educating and influencing the direction of the MQTT IoT protocol. It's an important part of the product strategy behind our groov EPIC and groov RIO product solutions. Therefore, it was a logical step to join the Eclipse open-source software community to foster further collaboration and innovation around the MQTT and Sparkplug standards.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, developer, groov RIO, Inductive Automation, Cirrus Link Solutions, Eclipse Foundation

EPIC news: Ignition 8 plus more RAM, disk space

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 26, 2021 9:27:51 AM

Announcing a second processor model for Opto 22's groov EPIC system.

We have a lot of exciting product news to share, and at the top of that list is the release of the GRV-EPIC-PR2. Yes, you now have two processor options when designing a groov EPIC system! Both GRV-EPIC-PR1 and GRV-EPIC-PR2 provide a powerful, open software and hardware ecosystem for automation and IIoT but with the following important differences:

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Topics: New products, groov EPIC, Ignition

MQTT and Sparkplug made easy with HiveMQ

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Join Opto 22 for another webinar hosted by HiveMQ to see the powerful yet simple MQTT technology in action.

Here is another virtual event to add to your calendar. Don't miss an all-new webinar: Connecting a Smart Factory to the Cloud with MQTT & Sparkplug.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, groov RIO, Technology Partners

Get hands-on experience with the groov RIO Learning Center

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 14, 2021 9:35:07 AM

Learn more about edge I/O technology and the capabilities of the groov RIO module with the new learning center unit.

If you're up-to-date on your OptoBlog posts, you've heard about the revolutionary I/O that offers over 200,000 unique, software-configurable I/O combinations in a single, compact, PoE-powered industrial package called groov RIO.

Ready to learn about and experiment with groov RIO? Now you can with the groov RIO Learning Center (GRV-RIO-LC).

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Topics: Training, OptoU, groov RIO, groov RIO Learning Center

A chance to return to in-person events with Opto 22 and Canary Labs

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 12, 2021 2:23:51 PM

Join Opto 22 in Phoenix, Arizona May 3 - 4th as we take part in the 2021 Canary Road Show.

Ready for a road trip? Then we have exciting news to share.

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Topics: Events & conferences, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Advanced data logging in Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 24, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This new Node-RED developer video shows you how to do more with your data with CSV logging and file storage.

Welcome back to the world of Node-RED. Video host Terry Orchard just completed a new episode on more advanced ways of logging your data. Rather than just logging to a text file, perhaps you want to change your data to a CSV file and save it to a USB drive on the groov RIO. This video gives you simple step-by-step instructions on how to do just that.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, developer, groov RIO

CODESYS on groov EPIC: real applications, real talk

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 22, 2021 9:54:21 AM

Watch the CODESYS in the field presentation from this month's CODESYS Tech Talk.

In case you missed the Spring CODESYS Tech Talk virtual event, we have an important session to share with you. OptoPartner Trimax joined us in presenting a current wastewater application that uses the CODESYS runtime engine on groov EPIC.

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Topics: Events & conferences, Codesys, groov EPIC

How to build a basic UI in Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 15, 2021 11:48:48 AM

Next up in the Node-RED developer video series, this tutorial makes it easy to create your own HMI or dashboard.

When we first introduced the Node-RED developer video series a few months ago, we started off with how to "Set up groov I/O nodes." Once you've installed and configured them, it's time to do something interesting with your data.

This new video does just that. Next up in the Node-RED video series is the Basic Node-RED Dashboard UI Tutorial.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov Manage, developer, groov RIO

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