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Janice Colmer

Janice has worked at Opto 22 for 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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New groov EPIC case study features seawater reverse osmosis system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2019 2:31:57 PM

FCI Watermakers improves large-scale seawater reverse osmosis system design with groov EPIC.

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

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Topics: groov EPIC, EPIC, IIoT, OEM, Water & wastewater, reverse osmosis

New year, new case study for Alta Forest Products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 3, 2019 10:44:37 AM

The world's largest producer of fence boards improves efficiency with data visualization.

Walk into the fencing department of your local home improvement store, and you're likely to find Alta Forest Products wood fencing prominently featured. To remain the world's largest fence board producer, Alta has invested heavily in redesigning the handling and processing systems at its four sawmills, scattered over two states. 

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Topics: groov View, groov, HMI, data visualization

PAC Project R10.2 is available now

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 11, 2018 1:35:48 PM

Do you use PAC Control, PAC Display or OptoOPCServer?  Then you'll want to download version R10.2 of PAC Project software. 

This update adds support for soon-to-be released groov I/O modules, and also addresses important bug fixes. 

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Topics: PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, software

New Automation 101 video explains Sparkplug for MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 10, 2018 11:13:46 AM

The industrial MQTT communication protocol is a powerful tool that allows you to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement.

Its simplicity and flexibility make it a popular choice for today's IIoT applications. Adding the open-source Sparkplug specification to MQTT adds even more structure and better support for industrial applications.

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Topics: MQTT, Sparkplug, groov EPIC, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Ignition Edge

2018 Holiday Greetings & Schedule

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 4, 2018 12:52:29 PM

It's hard to believe 2018 is nearly coming to a close! Our Opto 22 lobby is once again transforming for the holidays. 

As we reflect on an exciting year that included the epic launch of our award-winning groov EPIC platform along with many successful new customer applications, we want to extend our warm wishes and appreciation for your support and business this past year.

We thank you for your investment in Opto 22 products and solutions, are eager to continue assisting you in any way, and are excited to see your projects grow and succeed. You can count on Opto 22 for cutting-edge technology, quick responses to your needs, and a sleigh full of new products in 2019.

As we do each year, we'll be taking a few extra days around the holiday to spend with our families. So, please review the following schedule for placing orders and making any calls to our sales and support teams.

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Topics: holiday hours, holiday schedule, groov EPIC

Why groov EPIC? Watch the new webinar

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 3, 2018 2:23:14 PM

This webinar, the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT, is now available for on-demand viewing.

Did you miss the recent Opto 22 webinar, Why groov EPIC? Senior Application Engineers Garrick Reichert and Kyle Orman presented the groov EPIC system features and explained why this is an ideal solution for your automation and IIoT projects.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

New video: get a 2-minute overview of groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 13, 2018 4:25:27 PM

New video highlights all the key features of the groov EPIC system—in just 120 seconds

Have a spare 2 minutes? Spend them watching the new groov EPIC video, You'll get a quick tour of the system and answers to your questions about product specifications and features.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Videos

New webinar series: Why groov EPIC?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 8, 2018 2:52:46 PM

Join Opto 22 engineers to learn why groov EPIC is right for your future applications.

The cutting edge technology that’s part of the groov EPIC (Edge Programmable Industrial Controller) system is crucial for IIoT and automation projects in today’s world. With the convergence of OT and IT in recent years, it’s important to understand how groov EPIC is bridging the gap between these operational and information technologies. 

This webinar is the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT.

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Topics: EPIC, groov EPIC, groov, Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov Manage, I/O

groov EPIC announced as a Finalist in the 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 16, 2018 8:35:50 AM

Control Engineering magazine hosts its annual awards program, which highlights some of the best new control, instrumentation, and automation products.

We're thrilled that groov EPIC is selected as a 2019 Engineers' Choice Finalist! But we need your help to win the award in our category.

Please consider submitting your vote for groov EPIC (edge programmable industrial controller) under its Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category.

Voting closes December 21, 2018, with winners announced online on February 14, 2019 and featured in the February 2019 issue of Control Engineering. 

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Topics: groov, EPIC, Awards and recognition, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, New products, IoT, Internet of Things

New groov Maintenance options make upgrading your groov View software easier than ever

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 11, 2018 2:26:05 PM

Do you have a groov Box or groov Server for Windows? Then you'll want to hear about our new maintenance renewal process and new options for 1-, 3-, or 10-year plans.

Why renew your groov maintenance? 

That's how you get new upgrades for your  groov View software.  Updates include:
  • New features like events, expanded gadgets, and interactive trends.
  • Enhancements to existing features, like more pens for realtime trends, and using images as buttons
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Topics: groov, groov server for windows, groov View, groov maintenance license

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