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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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The Evolution of Control Systems

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 12, 2022 7:59:03 AM

Tune into this recent Manufacturing Hub podcast where Opto 22's Benson Hougland discusses how control systems have changed over time and what the future looks like.

In today's world of industrial automation, podcasts, webinars, online forums and communities are playing a vital role in educating engineers and keeping them informed of the latest technologies. The Manufacturing Hub podcast is growing in popularity and has become a great resource for all levels of automation professionals.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, industrial automation, podcast

New year, new OptoPartners

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 4, 2022 8:15:50 AM

Ringing in 2022 with some new additions to the OptoPartner program.

As our network of system integrators continues to grow, we're looking forward to an exciting year of new projects and applications that these Opto 22 experts bring. We value these new members as they have proven their engineering expertise and in-depth understanding of Opto 22 hardware and software and use it to help customers find their ideal automation and IIoT solutions. As usual, we asked our new partners to give a quick overview of their company to share on our website.

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Topics: Integrators, IIoT, OptoPartner

Important information about Log4Shell/Log4j (CVE-2021-44228)

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 16, 2021 7:20:12 AM

Which products are affected, and how to update your affected systems

Opto 22 engineers have addressed the Log4Shell/Log4j vulnerability recently reported in news media this week. Firmware and software updates for affected products are now available. Opto 22 urges you to apply these updates immediately, regardless of whether you're using groov View.

The Log4j vulnerability affects all products running groov View software, including: 

  • GRV-EPIC-PR1, GRV-EPIC-PR2
  • GROOV-AR1, GROOV-AR1-BASE, GROOV-AR1-SNAP
  • GROOV-AT1, GROOV-AT1-SNAP
  • GROOV-SVR-WIN, GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE, GROOV-SVR-WIN-SNAP

Please see this Opto KB Article (KB90085) for more details.

Please note that the following Opto 22 products are NOT affected:

  • groov RIO (GRV-R7-MM1001-10 and GRV-R7-MM2001-10)
  • SNAP I/O brains, SNAP PAC controllers, and the PAC Project software suite
  • Legacy products including mistic, Optomux, FactoryFloor, and others 
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Topics: Updates, Firmware, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC, Log4Shell, Log4j

2021 Holiday Greetings and End-of-year Schedule

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 15, 2021 9:44:07 AM

Seasons Greetings from Opto 22 as we look back on the year 2021.

As we reflect on another year, we want to convey our deepest appreciation to all our customers, distributors, partners, and loyal Opto users. We are grateful for your support and commitment to Opto 22 products, and we promise to continue to innovate and provide cutting-edge solutions to you in 2022.

Let's take a moment for a quick year-in-review.

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Topics: groov EPIC, holiday hours, holiday schedule, groov RIO

Internet of Things TEDx Talk reaches milestone

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 6, 2021 11:01:52 AM

Benson Hougland's TEDx Talk on the Internet of Things and why it matters surpasses 1 million views.

The term IoT (Internet of Things) is becoming more commonplace in the world of industrial automation. The idea of companies making digital transformations and embracing the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) now sounds familiar and part of a typical business plan in our industry. Perhaps that's why this TEDx Talk on the topic of IoT has reached the next level of popularity?

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Topics: Videos, Internet of Things, IoT

Get your groov RIO 3.3 update

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 30, 2021 10:06:01 AM

In step with our recent groov EPIC 3.3 firmware release comes our groov RIO 3.3 firmware update.

Ready to hear about new features included in our popular groov RIO edge I/O module? The recently released groov RIO firmware update 3.3 is now available. Here are some reasons you'll want to update!

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Topics: Firmware, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, groov RIO, power monitoring

Two new groov EPIC I/O modules for power monitoring and universal I/O

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 18, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Learn about two new I/O modules just announced for the groov EPIC controller.

Two highly anticipated groov EPIC modules are here: the 3-phase power monitoring module with 64 channels of data (!), and the highly flexible, software-configurable multifunction, multi-signal module. These new modules can take your system to another level of efficiency and another step closer to your digital transformation goals.

Are you looking to lower your energy spend, avoid equipment failure, and reduce carbon emissions? These latest I/O offerings allow engineers to bring energy, performance, and machine health data directly from the edge into backend systems, for old and new equipment alike, aiming to reduce complexity, cost, and timelines.

Let's take a closer look at these new I/O options: 

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Topics: Energy management, I/O, I/O modules, groov EPIC, Edge I/O

New OptoPartner videos en Español

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 18, 2021 9:15:00 AM

New videos help you get to know Sincrón Diseño Electronico, Opto 22's long time partner in Colombia.

OptoPartner and distributor Sincrón Diseño Electronico has recently developed a couple of exciting videos for our Spanish-speaking audience.

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Topics: OptoPartner, OptoChannel, OptoPartner video

How to set up port redirection on groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 11, 2021 9:55:48 AM

Newly added in EPIC firmware 3.3.1 : manage unsecured devices on-prem or at remote sites through secure, on-demand connections.

Last week in the OptoBlog, Ben Orchard shared an overview of what's included in the latest groov EPIC firmware update 3.3.1. One of the highlights was a new networking tool: Port Redirect.

If you've updated to 3.3.1 and you're itching to try this new feature out, here's a step-by-step outline on how it works on a groov EPIC (GRV-EPIC-PR1 or GRV-EPIC-PR2).

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Topics: Firmware, groov EPIC, port redirect

SNAP PAC to groov EPIC - is it time?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 9, 2021 4:01:42 PM

Opto 22's updated technical note helps current SNAP PAC users decide if, when, and how to migrate to the newer groov EPIC system.

Opto 22 customers have been relying on the SNAP PAC system for their controls and automation applications for almost 15 years. But now you keep hearing about the new technology of the groov EPIC system.

How is it different?

Should you make the switch?

What would be the benefits of upgrading, and what issues would arise from making the change?

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Topics: I/O, PAC Display, groov View, groov EPIC, snap pac

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