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Janice Colmer

Janice has worked at Opto 22 for 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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Proud to be your First Team supplier

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 6, 2019 8:35:42 AM

Automation World magazine conducted its annual Leadership in Automation survey, and we are pleased to be named as a 2019 First Team honoree in the following categories:

  • Edge Computing
  • IoT Platforms
  • Mobile HMI/SCADA
  • PLCs/PACs
  • Data Acquisition Hardware
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Topics: Awards and recognition, groov EPIC, Automation World

You're hearing it here first...another EPIC announcement

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 1, 2019 10:02:20 AM

We appreciate our loyal OptoBlog subscribers and want you to be the first to hear about important product news. So, we're excited to announce on February 4, 2019 that the groov EPIC system will include IEC 61131-3 programming options.

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Topics: IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC

EPIC announcements to be unveiled at Orlando events

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 24, 2019 11:56:18 AM

Make plans to join us February 4th-8th, 2019 at one or both of these industry events as we unveil an expanded groov EPIC product line and system features.

Don't miss an opportunity to meet with other leaders in the automation industry as the 23rd annual ARC Industry Forum returns to Orlando. This year's event focuses on "Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities".

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, ARC Forum

New groov EPIC case study features seawater reverse osmosis system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2019 2:31:57 PM

FCI Watermakers improves large-scale seawater reverse osmosis system design with groov EPIC.

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

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Topics: Water & wastewater, OEM, IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC, reverse osmosis

New year, new case study for Alta Forest Products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 3, 2019 10:44:37 AM

The world's largest producer of fence boards improves efficiency with data visualization.

Walk into the fencing department of your local home improvement store, and you're likely to find Alta Forest Products wood fencing prominently featured. To remain the world's largest fence board producer, Alta has invested heavily in redesigning the handling and processing systems at its four sawmills, scattered over two states. 

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Topics: groov, groov View, HMI, data visualization

PAC Project R10.2 is available now

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 11, 2018 1:35:48 PM

Do you use PAC Control, PAC Display or OptoOPCServer?  Then you'll want to download version R10.2 of PAC Project software. 

This update adds support for soon-to-be released groov I/O modules, and also addresses important bug fixes. 

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Topics: PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, software

New Automation 101 video explains Sparkplug for MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 10, 2018 11:13:46 AM

The industrial MQTT communication protocol is a powerful tool that allows you to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement.

Its simplicity and flexibility make it a popular choice for today's IIoT applications. Adding the open-source Sparkplug specification to MQTT adds even more structure and better support for industrial applications.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

2018 Holiday Greetings & Schedule

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 4, 2018 12:52:29 PM

It's hard to believe 2018 is nearly coming to a close! Our Opto 22 lobby is once again transforming for the holidays. 

As we reflect on an exciting year that included the epic launch of our award-winning groov EPIC platform along with many successful new customer applications, we want to extend our warm wishes and appreciation for your support and business this past year.

We thank you for your investment in Opto 22 products and solutions, are eager to continue assisting you in any way, and are excited to see your projects grow and succeed. You can count on Opto 22 for cutting-edge technology, quick responses to your needs, and a sleigh full of new products in 2019.

As we do each year, we'll be taking a few extra days around the holiday to spend with our families. So, please review the following schedule for placing orders and making any calls to our sales and support teams.

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Topics: groov EPIC, holiday hours, holiday schedule

Why groov EPIC? Watch the new webinar

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 3, 2018 2:23:14 PM

This webinar, the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT, is now available for on-demand viewing.

Did you miss the recent Opto 22 webinar, Why groov EPIC? Senior Application Engineers Garrick Reichert and Kyle Orman presented the groov EPIC system features and explained why this is an ideal solution for your automation and IIoT projects.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC

New video: get a 2-minute overview of groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 13, 2018 4:25:27 PM

New video highlights all the key features of the groov EPIC system—in just 120 seconds

Have a spare 2 minutes? Spend them watching the new groov EPIC video, You'll get a quick tour of the system and answers to your questions about product specifications and features.

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Topics: Videos, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC

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