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Modern Wastewater: Perceptive Controls

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Oct 13, 2021 9:42:07 AM

ICC 2021 Discover Gallery finalist, Perceptive Controls, talks about their continued success with the Waterford, MI Department of Public Works

In February of this year, we looked at a pioneering MQTT Sparkplug project at the Department of Public Works in Waterford Township, Michigan. Thanks to the work of system integrator Perceptive Controls, Waterford’s project went on to become a finalist in the 2021 Ignition Community Conference Discover Gallery and was showcased in the latest Sparkplug Working Group virtual meetup. Recently, I followed up with Kevin Finkler, software engineer at Perceptive, to talk about using MQTT in the real world.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

2 million views and counting

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 11, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Opto 22's YouTube channel is growing with more videos and subscribers.

What started several years ago as a platform to host a few Opto 22 product videos has now reached a new milestone. The Opto 22 YouTube channel recently reached 2 million views and is closing in on 20,000 subscribers.

Whether you're new to the industrial automation industry, or are looking for specific developer tips on using MQTT or Node-RED, the OptoVideo channel is your one stop for all things automation and digital transformation. 

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Topics: Case studies, Webinars, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, automation 101, Ignition, groov RIO, YouTube

Precision Energy: RDI Controls

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jul 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Turbine control experts execute fast, cost-effective retrofit of a failing control system

RDI Controls provides fully engineered retrofit packages for industrial and aeroderivative turbine control systems. It has carried out over 160 retrofit and design projects on a variety of turbines from brands like GE, Westinghouse, Pratt-Whitney, and Rolls Royce using control systems from Allen-Bradley, ABB/Bailey, and Westinghouse/Emerson. But Opto 22 is RDI's supplier of choice, and this new case study explains why.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, OptoPartner

Smart BBQ: Automated Concepts, Inc.

Posted by Josh Eastburn on May 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Rapid prototyping for simple (and delicious) connected control

What does it take to turn a hobby into a business? For one barbecue enthusiast, Dave Counts of Automated Concepts, Inc. (ACI) proposed using Opto 22’s groov RIO. He thought the multifunction I/O and simple Node-RED programming would provide a lot of flexibility to help his customer design a prototype barbecue control system.

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Topics: Case studies, Node-RED, OptoPartner, groov RIO

Connected O&G: Engenuity, Inc.

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Apr 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Oil & Gas OEM uses integrated data and control to deliver reliable automated pressure testing

Engenuity, Inc. provides control automation and data integration solutions across several industries, with a primary focus on advanced technologies for oil & gas. You've probably seen their OptoPartner profile featured here before.

In a new case study, we dig into the details of how they use groov EPIC to design an automated solution that cuts the cost of validated pressure testing at remote well sites.

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Topics: Case studies, OEM, Oil & gas, groov EPIC, OptoPartner

Engineering Ideas Clinic at the University of Waterloo

Posted by Arun Sinha on Apr 13, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Industrial automation hub brings the real-world into the classroom for students

Though I have the highest regard for the university where I received my engineering degree, I felt the curriculum was more theoretical than practical. I was steeped in differential equations and engineering mathematics and didn’t actually have a design project or build anything until my senior year.

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Topics: Case studies, Videos, groov EPIC, industrial automation, Ignition, system integrator, groov RIO, digital transformation, Inductive Automation

Warehouse to Enterprise: Emerald 66/NACI

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Mar 23, 2021 9:25:54 AM

New plant uses unique edge architecture to run at the pace of modern business

With demand for hand sanitizer more than doubling across the US, and continuing annual growth of more than 20% expected in coming years, 2020 presented the cleaning industry with a big financial opportunity. Emerald 66 Enterprises (E66) mobilized resources to meet this need, setting up shop in an empty denim processing plant in Seminole, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Modern Wastewater: Waterford DPW

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Feb 1, 2021 11:22:49 AM

One community makes the leap into MQTT-based utility management

Formally organized in 1834, Waterford Township is located geographically in the center of Oakland County, Michigan, USA, and is home to over 72,000 residents. It is known regionally for its 34 lakes, from which it earns its name.

However, in the public utilities industry, Waterford is known for its leadership and persistent innovation in water/wastewater management. The Department of Public Works has been featured previously in an Opto 22 case study, and a generation later, DPW is working on another landmark project.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition, digital transformation

Smart Food: Mama Sita's/OptoTech

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jan 4, 2021 2:03:07 PM

Opto 22 talks connected manufacturing in the food industry.

Way back when face-to-face interviews were a thing, I had the opportunity to sit down with Pons Tugonon to talk about the development of connected food manufacturing. Pons leads OptoTech (now P&E Automation), a long-time international system integrator and distributor for Opto 22, and his work with the Mama Sita’s brand (Marigold Manufacturing Corporation) of authentic Filipino food products shows off the potential for industrial edge computing in manufacturing.

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Topics: Case studies, Videos, Food & beverage, groov EPIC

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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