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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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What we experienced at the 2020 Ignition Community Conference

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 23, 2020 11:02:00 AM

Hear about Opto 22's top takeaways from this year's virtual Ignition Community Conference.

Last week our engineering team attended ICC 2020—the annual Ignition Community Conference hosted by Inductive Automation. This event has been growing in size ever since 2013, but became a virtual event as is the norm in 2020. If you missed it, read on for some of the highlights.

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Topics: Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

Get your groov RIO update here!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 21, 2020 1:18:28 PM

Improve the performance of your edge I/O with the latest groov RIO firmware update 2.0.2.

If you're a groov RIO edge I/O user, you'll want to take advantage of this new firmware update. Firmware version 2.0.2 is available for download now.

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Topics: Firmware, IIoT, groov RIO, Edge I/O

New Opto 22 Visio Stencils Now Available

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 15, 2020 3:51:01 PM

New Microsoft® Visio Stencil libraries representing products like groov EPIC and groov RIO are now available on the Opto 22 website.

Are you drawing or creating graphics for your control system diagrams or HMIs? We'd like to help you with that. Our engineering and graphics teams have worked together to create some detailed Microsoft Visio Stencils of Opto 22 products, including new templates for groov EPIC and groov RIO.

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Topics: groov EPIC, HMI, groov RIO, visio stencils

Talking industrial automation with CSIA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 14, 2020 2:19:59 PM

Listen in as Opto 22's Josh Eastburn and CSIA's Lisa Richter dig into the past, present, and future of Opto 22 and our industry outlook for 2020 in this new podcast.

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) continues its popular podcast series, "Talking Industrial Automation", and host Lisa Richter asked our own Josh Eastburn to share his insights in a recent episode.

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Topics: IIoT, groov EPIC, system integrator, OptoPartner, podcast, groov RIO

Get to know Galco - now an Opto 22 distributor

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 9, 2020 10:19:23 AM

Please welcome Galco Industrial Electronics Inc. as a new stocking distributor of all Opto 22 product lines.

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the Opto 22 distribution channel: Galco. Based in Madison Heights, Michigan, Galco serves all of North America and is committed to providing exceptional support for all Opto 22 product sales and services.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoChannel

More to learn at OptoU

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 1, 2020 8:45:00 AM

New lessons on PAC Control just added to Opto 22's free online training program.

Now more than ever, online training and communication tools have become the key to success in today's world. With COVID-19 changing the way everyone does business, we've seen how important our OptoU lessons have become to our current customers, engineers who are new to the industry, as well as for those looking to be educated on new technology.

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Topics: PAC Control, OptoU

Take another look at groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 31, 2020 10:57:04 AM

Get an up-to-date overview of the groov EPIC system in only two minutes with this new video.

Since its release in 2018, groov EPIC has continued to evolve, with new features that make it an even stronger choice for your IIoT and automation applications.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, Codesys, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Ignition

Envision with Ignition

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 24, 2020 9:54:54 AM

The annual Ignition Community Conference will be a free, virtual event this year.

Inductive Automation's annual Ignition Community Conference (ICC) provides unique opportunities to get expert tips from Ignition trainers, see real-world Ignition projects from other industries, and meet with industry leaders and subject-matter experts from around the world of industrial automation. As with most 2020 conferences, the show must go on but in a virtual format, and Opto 22 will be there too.

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Topics: Ignition Edge, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, digital transformation

Think Ignition I/O - Grantek and Opto 22 show you groov RIO in action

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 19, 2020 1:02:39 PM

This month's Ignition Community Live event with OptoPartner Grantek is now available for on-demand viewing.

You might recall from earlier OptoBlog posts that we always jump at the chance to be a part of Ignition Community Live events. They are a great way to show off how seamlessly groov EPIC and groov RIO work with Inductive Automation's Ignition® platform. This time, Opto 22's Benson Hougland joined forces with Doug Yerger from Grantek for a cross-country demo.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

An EPIC Case Study: American Metal Processing

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 14, 2020 10:05:08 AM

The nation's largest rotary heat-treating facility improves reliability, alarming, operator control, traceability, and data logging with groov EPIC.

When their PLCs began experiencing regular failures and the operating system of their HMI approached its end of life, American Metal Processing (AMP) knew it was "on borrowed time." In addition, the majority of system components were not integrated or automated beyond direct motor control. What was the best road to a modern system? How could the company achieve the data integrity, tracking, and connectivity required by their customers?

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Topics: Case studies, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC

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