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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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How to use the Node-RED package for groov View

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 26, 2021 11:02:46 AM

Follow this new video to create Node-RED flows that interact with groov EPIC's embedded HMI server.

Thanks to all your positive feedback, Terry Orchard is continuing with his video series for groov EPIC and RIO users in the developer community.

Next up: How to use the Node-RED package for groov View.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, developer

Recognized as a 2021 Leader in Automation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 23, 2021 9:19:54 AM

The results are in from Automation World magazine's 10th annual Leadership in Automation program.

Opto 22 has once again been recognized as a First Team supplier in automation for 2021. Hundreds of Automation World subscribers cast their votes during the past year which required them to write-in their ballot choices with unaided recall. 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: PACs, Awards and recognition, mobile, IIoT, Data acquisition, groov EPIC, HMI, Automation World

Meet the newest members of the OptoPartner program

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 22, 2021 7:30:00 AM

We're starting the new year by welcoming 8 new automation and integration companies to the OptoPartner program.

We've introduced several new OptoPartner integrators this past year, and that list continues to grow in 2021. Opto 22 is pleased to partner with more automation experts in the field who have a proven track record of success. We asked these new partners to introduce themselves to the Opto community and this is what they shared:

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Topics: Integrators, IIoT, system integrator, OptoPartner

SNAP PAC Firmware 10.4c available now

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

The latest firmware release for all SNAP PAC controllers and brains introduces new features as well as addresses important bug fixes.

For all you SNAP PAC users, an important update is available now! SNAP PAC firmware 10.4c is ready for download.

This latest maintenance release has some noteworthy updates you'll want to review. You can check out the README for a complete list of enhancements and bug fixes. It lists revision changes made to the firmware used in SNAP PAC S-series, R-series, and SoftPAC controllers; SNAP PAC EB-series and SB-series brains; and G4EB2 and G4D32EB2 brains.

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Topics: Firmware, snap pac

Join us at the CODESYS Tech Talk

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 15, 2021 8:30:00 AM

The upcoming 5-day virtual event is your chance to learn, engage and discuss CODESYS tech innovations and engineering in real-time.

CODESYS is a free, platform-independent IEC 61131-3 programming tool for industrial automation systems. And if you use groov EPIC controllers, you already know EPIC supports CODESYS as a control programming option and runtime engine. CODESYS GmbH is one of Opto 22's valued Technology Partners, so we jumped at the invitation to be a part of their annual user conference.

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Topics: Webinars, Events & conferences, Codesys, groov EPIC, Technology Partners

Learn the power of SSH on groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 12, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Terry Orchard is back in his studio to give you a video overview of the Secure Shell Access (SSH) feature on groov  EPIC.

Whether you're already using Opto 22's groov EPIC or have been researching its features, it's important to note the extensive programming options it comes with. You can use the easy flow chart-based PAC Control, the familiar IEC 61131-3 compliant languages of CODESYS, or build Node-RED flows to move data.

But, did you know EPIC allows you to build your own custom applications using languages you know like Python, C/C++ and run them on an open, Linux®-based operating system? That's the topic of Terry Orchard's latest video, part of the new Opto 22 Developer series.

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Topics: Videos, Security, groov EPIC, developer, secure shell, ssh

Get your CODESYS update

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 8, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Download the latest Opto 22 library package for the CODESYS Development System on your groov EPIC.

If you've activated a license (GROOV-LIC-CRE) for the CODESYS Runtime Engine on your groov EPIC processor....good news! We've just released an update for your CODESYS Library.

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Topics: Codesys, groov EPIC, groov RIO

On-demand Webinar: Introduction to MQTT Sparkplug with HiveMQ & Opto 22

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 29, 2021 10:13:24 AM

Couldn't get into our HiveMQ webinar? You can still try out the live demo for yourself! Just follow along with this recording.

Integrating and sharing data between different systems and services is a key challenge to IIoT applications. Many IIoT architectures become a complex set of integration "spaghetti," as  Dominik Obermaier, CTO and co-founder of HiveMQ, explains. Even with MQTT as the hub of an IIoT system, true interoperability can be difficult to achieve.

We are always looking for ways to help you solve that challenge and build your own robust IIoT systems, so we teamed up with HiveMQ to present an Introduction to MQTT Sparkplug - Plug 'n Play Interoperability for IIoT.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Sparkplug, groov RIO

Product Update News - First of 2021

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 26, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Firmware and software updates were released this month to help you get the most from your groov systems.

January 2021 started off with some important new releases from the Opto 22 engineering team. There are significant groov View updates that affect the groov family of products: groov EPIC, groov Box and groov Server for Windows.  We've even updated the PAC Project software suite to version 10.3003.  Here's a quick recap of what you need to know. 

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Topics: groov, PAC Project, Firmware, PAC Control, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC, software

PID control made easy at OptoU

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

New OptoU online training series covers PID in PAC Control

The instructors/engineers at OptoU are kicking off the new year with some exciting new PAC Control training lessons. Based on feedback and popular demand, we've released a new series in Opto 22's online training that covers everything related to PID control.

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Topics: Training, PAC Control, PID loop control, OptoU

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