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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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A discussion of digital transformation - ARC Advisory Group interviews Opto 22's Arun Sinha

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 22, 2019 11:21:52 AM

Opto 22 recently returned to the annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida with more EPIC news to share.

This year's ARC Forum event focused on "Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities". Attendees had the opportunity to learn about new technologies, practices and standards to help with their business's digital transformation.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC, software, ARC Forum, cybersecurity

New white paper explains Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 19, 2019 9:52:40 AM

A new kind of industrial controller simplifies and secures automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity.

We've recently published a new white paper that explains why and how Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers (EPICs) are the solution for today's–and tomorrow's–automation applications.

For today's controls engineers, new demands to use and share data present three main challenges: security, complexity, and expense.

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Topics: OEM, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC, groov EPIC, white paper

New video: What is an MQTT broker?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 8, 2019 8:23:27 AM

This latest video in our Automation 101 series provides a deeper dive and explanation of the MQTT central server, or the "broker".

As you recall from previous posts, 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.

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

Experiment with EPIC–groov EPIC Learning Center now available

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 4, 2019 2:46:07 PM

Ready to learn about or experiment with groov EPIC, Opto 22's new groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller? 

Now you can get more hands-on experience with the groov EPIC system. The groov EPIC Learning Center is packed with fully functioning EPIC hardware and software, and is designed as an integral part of our free OptoU Online Training at https://training.opto22.com.  

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

New I/O modules for the groov EPIC system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 1, 2019 2:01:51 PM

Meet our latest line up of modules designed to give you more I/O choices for your groov EPIC system.

Along with the recent news of including IEC 61131-3 programming options for groov EPIC, there are 5 new I/O modules being added to the groov EPIC product line. Learn more about each module to see what new capabilities can help with your applications.

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Topics: I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O

And the Engineers' Choice award goes to...groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Control Engineering magazine recently announced the voting results of its annual Engineers' Choice Awards program.

We continue to appreciate the positive feedback and recognition the groov EPIC controller has received since its release. Opto 22 engineers are honored that groov EPIC has been named the Engineers' Choice Award winner in the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, IIoT, groov EPIC

Big Updates for groov: New Programming Option and OPC-UA Included

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 15, 2019 10:32:15 AM

Take advantage of several new features and enhancements now available for the groov EPIC system, groov Edge Appliance, and groov Server for Windows.

free firmware upgrade is all it takes to start enjoying the new programming capabilities available for your groov EPIC system: CODESYS to run your IEC 61131-3-compliant applications! Many performance improvements are also included. 

And for the groov Box, and groov Server for Windows, you'll benefit as well with a simple software download to update your groov View projects that improves performance, and now connects to any OPC UA Server for no additional charge! This goes for groov EPIC, too!

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

Proud to be your First Team supplier

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 6, 2019 8:35:42 AM

Automation World magazine conducted its annual Leadership in Automation survey, and we are pleased to be named as a 2019 First Team honoree in the following categories:

  • Edge Computing
  • IoT Platforms
  • Mobile HMI/SCADA
  • PLCs/PACs
  • Data Acquisition Hardware
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Topics: Awards and recognition, groov EPIC, Automation World

You're hearing it here first...another EPIC announcement

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 1, 2019 10:02:20 AM

We appreciate our loyal OptoBlog subscribers and want you to be the first to hear about important product news. So, we're excited to announce on February 4, 2019 that the groov EPIC system will include IEC 61131-3 programming options.

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Topics: IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC

EPIC announcements to be unveiled at Orlando events

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 24, 2019 11:56:18 AM

Make plans to join us February 4th-8th, 2019 at one or both of these industry events as we unveil an expanded groov EPIC product line and system features.

Don't miss an opportunity to meet with other leaders in the automation industry as the 23rd annual ARC Industry Forum returns to Orlando. This year's event focuses on "Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities".

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

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