OEM Integrates Open SDKs to Stay Competitive

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 16, 2024 9:39:26 AM

Laundry OEM Gurtler Industries reinvents their dispensing systems with groov EPIC and Opto 22's free Software Development Kits (SDKs).

What do you do when competitors in the chemical storage and dispensing industry are surpassing you, and a shift in technology is needed to put you back at the forefront of laundry operations?

Learn how Gurtler Industries, a third-generation family business based in the United States Midwest, regained its position as a leading provider of laundry chemical products, services, and support for many industries including healthcare, hospitality, and textile rentals. When their competitors began leveraging data collection, remote monitoring, and enhanced visualizations, Gurtler knew they also needed to expand the capabilities of their dispensing systems to maintain their competitive market position.

In this case study, find out how Gurtler Industries was able to stay ahead of the competition by transitioning to an open-source platform with Opto 22's free Software Development Kits (SDKs) and advanced hardware solutions.

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Topics: Case studies, OEM, PAC Control, groov EPIC, sdk

Case Study: Varland Plating Upgrades 30-Year-Old Legacy System

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 8, 2024 2:26:33 PM

How do you go from serial comms to serious SCADA without downtime or compromise?

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Varland Plating has provided high quality, precision barrel-plated finishes to their customers since 1946. Varland manually performed plating operations until the early 1990s. Then automated systems improved turnaround times and product quality. More recently, the company saw the advanced capabilities of Opto 22's groov products—smaller equipment footprint, Ethernet, data visibility, and more—and entered a new era of industrial automation.

In this case study, find out how Varland Plating was able to bring a 30-year-old automation system into the future without downtime or compromising their SCADA goals.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, serial module, Ignition

Streamlining Alarm Management

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 17, 2024 11:51:07 AM

New case study follows Cambrex as they reduce false alarms and increase usability for plant operators with groov EPIC and Ignition.

As in most manufacturing sectors, pharmaceutical companies prioritize safety and security when it comes to facilities management and control systems. Recently, addressing updates in both these areas became crucial for Cambrex.

For 40 years, Cambrex has been a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with more than a dozen global locations. They deliver drug substance, drug product, and analytical services to some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. At their Charles City, Iowa location, their work with highly potent molecules and controlled substances requires a complex alarm and monitoring system. But they hadn't planned for scalability.

This new case study shows how Cambrex revamped their systems to be more efficient and user-friendly.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, Ignition, pharmaceutical

Tucker Energy Services' DIY upgrade

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 22, 2024 5:51:00 AM

New case study shows how you can save costs and gain control over your systems, even with no PLC experience.

Have you been faced with challenges like outdated equipment, manual operations, or the inability to manage data in your projects or applications? Or are you short on time to implement new technology that has a steep learning curve? Then you'll want to read the latest case study featuring Tucker Energy Services.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, oil and gas

Case Study: Heat Treatment OEM Chooses Flexibility, Scalability

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 7, 2024 11:34:13 AM

Mercer Technologies continues to innovate—adding energy cost per part.

Are you considering ways to include energy monitoring in your industrial applications? Now you can hear first hand how long-time Opto customer Mercer Technologies is making it happen.

The latest case study in the groov case study library features Mercer Technologies' story of innovation. See how they leverage energy monitoring data from Opto 22's groov product family.

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Topics: Case studies, OEM, groov EPIC, groov rio emu, energy monitoring

Pinturas Tropical adds precision to paint production

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 23, 2024 2:16:07 PM

New case study shows how a new dosing and batching system saved labor costs and time.

Pinturas Tropical is a leading paint and coating producer operating in Santo Domingo, the capital city and main industrial hub of the Dominican Republic. They have been delivering durable paint products for over three decades. However, their existing PLC-controlled dosing and batching system required manual adjustments and led to waste in raw materials.

How Pinturas Tropical overcame these challenges is the subject of a new groov EPIC case study.  Read how and why they turned to renowned systems integrator and certified OptoPartner RMS Industrial Tech to revamp their batch control system through better visualization and record keeping.

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

Leveraging technology at the DX Forum

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 17, 2024 8:30:00 AM

Make plans to attend the first annual Digital Transformation Forum at the Boston Convention Center, May 1-2.

Experience two days dedicated to helping manufacturers take on digital transformation challenges. Join Opto 22's Director of Technical Marketing, Dan White, at the upcoming DX Forum.

On May 1st at 1:45 p.m., see how ALTA Refrigeration created more efficient, productive, and secure systems by leveraging digital technology. Dan will be joined by ALTA's Peter Santoro and Todd Hedenstrom for a presentation of their case study.

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Topics: Case studies, Events & conferences, groov EPIC, digital transformation

The move to groov for an IIoT approach in water management

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 8, 2024 12:40:30 PM

A new case study explains how Paloma Irrigation and Drainage District bridged the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) for seamless data flow and efficient management.

The Paloma Irrigation and Drainage District (PIDD) has been operating for over 100 years in Gila Bend, Arizona. It provides essential irrigation and drainage services to 30,000 agriculturally diverse acres and nearly 100 homes. More than just irrigation, the PIDD safeguards the environment and upholds the community's water rights.

The PIDD faced several pressing challenges, including high maintenance costs, limited monitoring and control, and inefficient manual operations. These challenges led them to look at industrial internet of things (IIoT) possibilities, which highlighted the need for a more modern, cost-effective, and data-driven approach to water management.

In this case study, read how PIDD bridged the gap between their operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) for seamless data flow and efficient management, propelling them into their SCADA expansion.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, IIoT, Raspberry Pi, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

Real-world examples of industrial edge computing

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 19, 2024 12:19:32 PM

Visit the groov Case Study Library for application stories utilizing groov EPIC and RIO in a variety of industries.

Looking for real-world examples of industrial edge computing in action? Several new case studies featuring groov EPIC and groov RIO have been added to the Opto 22 case study library over the past year. 

Take advantage of this valuable website resource as each application story can be read via a web page or downloaded as a PDF document. Hear how current industrial automation challenges are being solved by Opto 22 customers world wide.

If you haven't visited the case study library lately, here's what you might've missed.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, groov RIO

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

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