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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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On-demand webinar: Six simple steps to digital transformation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 3, 2020 9:22:34 AM

Watch Inductive Automation's recent webinar to see how and why your business is ready for its digital transformation.

Did you miss last week's webinar? Or just need to review it again? Inductive Automation's Simple Steps for Enterprise Digital Transformation is now available for on-demand viewing, featuring Opto 22's groov EPIC and the soon-to-be-released
groov RIO as a platform for edge data collection and Ignition I/O.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, edge computing, digital transformation, Inductive Automation

Reactions and reviews for groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Follow along with Vladimir Romanov of SolisPLC as he starts an EPIC video series that takes a deep dive into groov EPIC.

In the world of industrial controls and automation, we all have our go-to resources for getting the latest product news. You probably have your favorite websites, blogs, social media channels, or e-newsletters that you depend on for industry information. Well, you might want to add Vlad Romanov to your list as well.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

How to build IIoT solutions with Ignition 8 and MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 26, 2020 10:31:34 AM

A new webinar, hosted by Cirrus Link Solutions, explores the tools used to build an IIoT solution with Ignition and MQTT — both part of the groov EPIC system.

Virtual events have become a necessity in today's business environment, and you'll want to add this upcoming webinar to your schedule. 

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

Webinar: Simple Steps for Enterprise Digital Transformation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 23, 2020 3:07:52 PM

Opto 22 is teaming up with Inductive Automation to present practical solutions for leveraging data across your enterprise.

Has your favorite conference or seminar been cancelled? Take advantage of an informative webinar happening this week!

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, edge computing, digital transformation, webinar, Inductive Automation

COVID-19 UPDATE: Team Opto is online and at the ready

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 17, 2020 7:04:39 PM

With the uncertainty in the world today caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it's important to know Opto 22 is still committed to being your trusted automation supplier.

As you've seen more precautionary measures unfold this week from businesses around the globe, rest assured Opto 22 is taking the necessary steps to keep normal operations going while also protecting its staff.

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Topics: groov EPIC, snap pac, customer service, Opto 22 product support, COVID-19 Update

Making digital transformation a reality

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 4, 2020 3:16:27 PM

Join Opto 22 at the 5th annual Smart Industry Base Camp conference in Chicago March 30 - April 1.

**UPDATE!! Smart Industry Base Camp has just announced this event has been cancelled due to travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at another Industry 4.0 event soon!**
Check our Events schedule for conference and trade show updates.

 


Opto engineers are looking forward to returning to Smart Industry Base Camp to share some key insights on helping you meet your digital transformation and IIoT goals in 2020.

This three day conference focuses on the digital transformation of industrial organizations, including manufacturing, processing as well as energy and water infrastructure.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

More I/O options for groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 20, 2020 7:52:21 AM

Another groov I/O module was just released as the groov EPIC system continues to expand.

We've just added GRV-IVIRMS-10 to our growing list of I/O options for
groov EPIC.

As the latest addition to the family of analog voltage input modules, GRV-IVIRMS-10 provides true RMS (root mean square) voltage monitoring for 10 inputs up to 300 VAC/VDC with channel-to-channel isolation and 20-bit resolution. True RMS calculation is critical for non-sinusoidal power monitoring applications such as variable speed drives (VSD), heating controls, computers, HVAC, and solid-state components where typical peak measurement averaging can under- or over-shoot actual voltage by 5 - 40%.

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Topics: I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O, analog input module

Another win for groov EPIC!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 3, 2020 2:02:13 PM

For the second year in a row, groov EPIC has been selected as a winner in
Control Engineering's Engineers' Choice Awards.

Our team of Opto engineers was thrilled to learn groov EPIC is once again the Engineers' Choice for IIoT edge controllers. groov EPIC was eligible and nominated to be a repeat contender this year because of the significant product updates and features added in 2019, including IEC 61131-3 programming support.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, IIoT, groov EPIC

Podcast: Integrating Edge Computing with Legacy Systems

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 28, 2020 9:22:19 AM

Listen in as Opto 22's Josh Eastburn and Benson Hougland discuss edge computing concepts with Automation World's Dave Greenfield.

Automation World continues its informative podcast series "Get Your Questions Answered" with an all new podcast for 2020. This podcast series connects with industry experts to answer the questions of automation tech users across the process and discrete manufacturing industries. 

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Topics: PLCs, IIoT, groov EPIC, Automation World, podcast, edge computing

Votes are in! Opto 22 recognized as Leader in Automation for 2020

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 20, 2020 11:43:54 AM

The results are in from Automation World magazine's 9th annual Leadership in Automation program.

Opto 22 has once again been recognized as a First Team supplier in automation for 2020. Hundreds of Automation World subscribers cast their votes during the past year which required them to write-in their ballot choices. Over two dozen categories were featured, representing a wide variety of automation technologies, software, and products used by today's manufacturing professionals across the discrete, batch, and continuous process manufacturing industries.

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Topics: Energy management, PACs, Awards and recognition, mobile, IIoT, Data acquisition, groov EPIC, HMI, Automation World

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