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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IntegrateLive! Virtual Workshop: Power Monitoring

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 27, 2024 12:03:49 PM

Take a deep dive into the transformative potential of monitoring your power consumption. 

Join us for the first IntegrateLive! episode of 2024! OptoPartner Corso Systems will help us present a live demo virtual workshop showing the capabilities of the groov RIO EMU (energy monitoring unit) along with Ignition software.

Go beyond the sustainability and ESG data collection to understand how monitoring your energy and power usage offers several benefits that could revolutionize the way you manage and optimize your operations.

Register to attend:  Not Just Green - Power monitoring is your gateway to operational efficiency
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Topics: Webinars, Ignition, power monitoring, groov rio emu

The Smart Manufacturing Roadshow: Indiana

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 20, 2024 8:36:14 AM

See real world examples of smart manufacturing success, a lunchtime mini-expo of programs, technologies, and interactive workshops.

Calling all Indiana-based manufacturers! You're invited to help shape the future of smart manufacturing in the state of Indiana, and Opto 22 will be there.

This free, one day roadshow includes advanced workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities. Hear from industry and technology experts who can help explain and demonstrate how to achieve digital transformation in your manufacturing plants. 

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, Ignition, smart manufacturing, energy monitoring

Where's your EPIC?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 19, 2024 7:00:00 AM

Tell us how you use groov EPIC in your projects, and we'll send you our popular mini 3D-printed EPIC.

Remember how we celebrated your EPIC stories this past holiday by creating the mini groov EPIC ornament?

Well, it's back by popular demand. We're still hearing from many of you who are eager to share how you use or are planning to use groov EPIC in your applications, so let's keep the momentum going!

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC

Scaling Success - Deploying IloT for Maximized ROI

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 14, 2024 9:42:20 AM

This previously-recorded IIoT World webinar provides tips on how the IIoT can help your business.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming industries worldwide, but many businesses hesitate to take the plunge. You're not alone if you're wondering how IIoT can help your business achieve its goals.

In a recent webinar hosted by IIoT World, a panel of industry experts discussed the challenges and benefits of IIoT investment and how to deploy IIoT solutions for maximized return on investment (ROI).

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, digital transformation

Join the OptoForums community

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 7, 2024 12:04:08 PM

Get great resources and tips from experienced Opto 22 product users—and help other users with your insights.

You’ll see the OptoForums mentioned here on the blog from time to time, and that's for good reason. The Forums have valuable technical advice, sample code, product feature discussions, and firmware release previews that you can't get anywhere else.

The OptoForums community just surpassed 10,000 members! A sincere thank you to all our valuable contributors. And if you're not already a member, now is the time to sign up or sign in with your MyOpto account. You can find the direct link under the Community tab on our website.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoForum

Elevate your OT data securely to the cloud

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 31, 2024 12:37:25 PM

Watch how easy it is to securely connect real-world, OT data to Ignition Cloud Edition.

Good news! Our friends at Inductive Automation recently made all the presentations from the 2023 Ignition Community Conference available for public viewing. 

If you weren't able to join us last September in Folsom, California, then now's your chance to see one of the most attended sessions of the conference. 

In a fast-paced 35-minute demo, Opto 22's VP of Product Strategy, Benson Hougland, walks you through how to use groov EPIC, Ignition Edge, and Ignition Cloud Edition to quickly create scalable, high-performance, cybersecure architectures for democratizing your OT system’s data: Elevate your OT Data Securely to the Cloud.

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Topics: Events & conferences, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition Cloud Edition

Where to see groov in action in 2024

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 31, 2024 12:30:54 PM

Visit Opto 22's Events page to see where you can find Opto engineers demonstrating groov products in 2024.

We're already a month into the new year and our calendar of events is filling up quickly. Opto 22 engineers, sales and marketing staff will be in attendance at various trade shows, conferences and participating in virtual webinars throughout the year.

Take a look at what's available online or in your area and plan to join us at one or more of these industry events. You'll have several opportunities to see live demos of groov EPIC and groov RIO.

Here's what's on the schedule so far.

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Topics: Webinars, Events & conferences, groov EPIC, groov RIO

New case study: Production facility meets pandemic vaccine demand

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 25, 2024 9:05:46 AM

See how Zendal overcame multiple challenges of cybersecurity, incompatible equipment, lockdown, logistics, and remote teams.

During the year 2020, dozens of companies worldwide worked to develop vaccines for the pandemic-causing virus COVID-19. Biofabri, a subsidiary of Spanish international biopharmaceutical group Zendal, became responsible for industrial production of the antigen vaccine for most of Europe.

Their task was daunting. Somehow they would have to construct and automate a new fill-and-finish facility during a worldwide pandemic, in a country with one of the strictest lockdowns. Logistics were soon in chaos, with even basic supplies unavailable. Zendal had a variety of older equipment in place with incompatible controllers and individual HMIs. They also had no control over the make or model of PLCs that package suppliers would provide with new equipment. 

And towering over all other problems were issues of cybersecurity. 

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Topics: Case studies, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, cybersecurity

New year offers more groov EPIC training

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 25, 2024 8:58:34 AM

Opto 22 headquarters welcomed a new group of groov EPIC students to kick off 2024 training.

The value of in-person, instructor-led training at the Opto 22 factory and headquarters is evident after working with another great class of Opto students this week—all eager to become groov EPIC experts. And kudos, once again, to the team of Opto trainers who devote their time to developing a class curriculum that is beneficial for all levels of engineering and types of applications.

This month, students made the trip to California from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, and parts of central California to attend and spend 4 days immersed in the groov EPIC system—learning all its features, capabilities, and programming options.

If you haven't attended training yet, we hope you can join us at one of our upcoming classes.

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Topics: Training, groov EPIC, Factory Training

Need help with your automation project?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2024 8:39:05 AM

Choose the OptoPartner you need from Opto 22's growing network of system integrators.

The newest members of the OptoPartner program come from all around the world. Take a look at the descriptions below and see if one might be a fit for your next project.

In projects verified by our engineers, these new partners have proven their engineering expertise and in-depth understanding of Opto 22 products, including groov EPIC and RIO.

We asked our new members to provide an overview of their companies, and here's what they had to say.

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Topics: Integrators, IIoT, OptoPartner

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