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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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Wiring help is just a few clicks away

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 28, 2022 9:38:57 AM

It's easy to access wiring diagrams directly through the groov Manage home page on groov EPIC or RIO.

Have you ever been wiring up one of the I/O modules on your groov EPIC and you can't remember which port that wire goes into? Good news....you can quickly find the answer by viewing the wiring diagram through your browser or the groov EPIC processor's touchscreen.

Here are some scenarios where you can use groov Manage to see some handy specs and wiring diagrams.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov RIO

groov EPIC and RIO for the win

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 27, 2022 1:37:41 PM

Opto 22 receives the 2022 Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Leadership Award

We're honored to share the exciting news that the edge technology included in groov EPIC controllers and groov RIO edge I/O modules has earned Opto 22 a special recognition! Based on its recent analysis of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) industry, Frost & Sullivan announced Opto 22 as the 2022 Global Enabling Technology Leader.

For over 60 years, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its detailed market analysis to help investors, corporations, and governments navigate economic changes and identify new technologies, trends, and growth opportunities.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the Enabling Technology award to a company that develops pioneering technology and has demonstrated a high market acceptance for these new edge solutions. Thanks to the support of technology partners like Cirrus Link Solutions, Inductive Automation, CODESYS, and HiveMQ, the groov EPIC and RIO product lines have achieved this industry status.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, IIoT, groov EPIC, edge computing, groov RIO

Unlock the Power of the Edge with Ignition

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Don't miss Opto 22's product solution demo during the virtual portion of the tenth annual ICC conference.

The annual Ignition Community Conference continues to grow in popularity each year, as this year's in-person event has already sold out. But, if you were unable to score a ticket, we have good news! 

A virtual ICC is also happening October 3 - 5th, with several opportunities to see what you missed at the live event, as well as a new schedule of product solution demos to check out.

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

ENTELEC unveils Innovations Lab

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 19, 2022 11:10:29 AM

Join Opto 22 and see groov EPIC in action at the one day ENTELEC Fall Seminar for the energy industry.

If your schedule allows you to be in the area of Odessa, Texas October 6th, you'll want to include the annual ENTELEC Fall Seminar in your plans. ENTELEC is a user association focusing on the convergence of telecom and IT including digitization, IIoT, automation, cyber security, AI, cloud and edge computing, specific to petroleum, natural gas, pipeline, and electric utility companies.

Their Fall Seminar is a one day conference designed to fit your schedule and priced to fit any budget. It's a well planned day offering new technology demos, industry training programs and networking opportunities, especially focused on the Energy and Oil & Gas industries.

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Topics: Energy management, Events & conferences, Training, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, edge computing, oil and gas

groov RIO, now with OPC UA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 14, 2022 9:43:37 AM

The latest video in our developer series is a quick-start guide for setting up OPC UA on groov RIO.

You heard it here first a few weeks ago in the OptoBlog! groov RIO is the first universal Ethernet I/O module with an embedded OPC UA server. Now you can connect your favorite OPC UA-compatible SCADA or HMI software directly to your multi-signal, multifunction Ethernet I/O System. 

Terry Orchard shows you how simple it is. In his latest developer video, learn how to set up an OPC UA server on groov RIO to accept connections from OPC UA clients and request groov data.

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Topics: Videos, Ignition Edge, groov RIO, OPC UA

Heads in the Cloud for digital transformation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 13, 2022 2:22:56 PM

Listen in as OptoPartner 4IR Solutions discusses the state of the industrial automation industry with Opto 22's Rene Gamero.

Are you looking for another good listen to add to your podcast library? We suggest the Heads in the Cloud podcast hosted by 4IR Solutions. You might recall we recently welcomed the 4IR team to the OptoPartner program, and we're excited to be a part of their product solutions.

In this episode, 4IR CEO James Burnand and Opto 22's International Technical Sales Executive Rene Gamero have an honest and heartfelt discussion about the transformation we're seeing in the industrial automation industry, and what new tools and technologies can help overcome the current challenges.

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Topics: IIoT, groov EPIC, OptoPartner, podcast, digital transformation

Machine Learning and the Rundown with IntegrateLive!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 8, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Don't miss the recording of IntegrateLive! episode 6, as five automation companies combine technologies for better ways to maintain critical infrastructure.

Weren't able to attend the last IntegrateLive! virtual workshop? We've got the recording ready for you. In this latest episode, you'll hear from Opto 22 and automation changemakers like Canary, HiveMQ, Avadine, and APERIO. See how MQTT Sparkplug B moves data from edge to cloud and back, creating both enterprise and edge level HMIs that display process health and data quality.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, IntegrateLive!, machine learning

Meet IoT Certified OptoPartner 4IR Solutions

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 7, 2022 9:13:09 AM

Welcome a new OptoPartner who brings proven, cutting-edge IIoT cloud solutions.

Do you need help designing, installing, or updating your Opto 22 system? An OptoPartner can help. We have OptoPartners both internationally and throughout the United States that have proven track records of working with Opto 22 industrial control products (like the groov EPIC system and groov RIO edge I/O).

And for special projects that cross the line between OT and IT, you can contact one of our IoT Certified OptoPartners. We recently welcomed a new partner with valuable IIoT experience: 4IR Solutions.

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

groov RIO 3.4.1 ready for download

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 29, 2022 7:30:00 AM

A quick fix update was just released for groov RIO, version 3.4.1.

As an OptoBlog subscriber, you're always the first to hear about product news or firmware updates. This time we have another recent release for groov RIO to tell you about.

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, groov RIO

Opto 22 is hiring

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 23, 2022 1:47:28 PM

Opto 22 is actively recruiting for positions in engineering and manufacturing.

Team Opto is continuing to grow and we're looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people who are passionate about their work and ready to make a contribution in the field of industrial automation.

We've been in business for more than 45 years and financial stability is a cornerstone to our success, which is vital in the challenging economic state of the world today. The cutting edge technology found in our groov EPIC and groov RIO products is growing in demand, and therefore we are looking to fill more positions in both engineering and manufacturing.

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Topics: Careers, Technical Writer, Firmware Engineer, maintenance technician, manufacturing

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