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OptoForums - restructured and ready to help

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 12, 2022 8:00:00 AM

New categories and reorganization of topics are just some of the reasons to visit the OptoForums.

Whether you're new to using Opto 22 products or a long-time user, you can benefit from checking out the OptoForums. It's where engineering minds meet to post questions, answer fellow forum user questions, recommend solutions or even provide code samples—all related to Opto 22 hardware and software.

Moderated by Opto 22's Ben Orchard and Terry Orchard, the Forums are another great resource to keep bookmarked for troubleshooting or application advice.

And the Forums recently went through some reorganization, with more topics and categories added to help you find your answers more quickly and efficiently. Take a look at what's new.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, CODESYS, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, OPC UA, OptoForum

New CODESYS resources for developers

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 30, 2022 7:30:00 AM

A new section just added to the Opto 22 Developer site supports the latest 3.0.0 release of the Opto 22 CODESYS library package.

If you haven't visited developer.opto22.com in awhile, you'll want to spend some time reviewing our latest technical guides and resources. The site gets a lot of traffic from developers working with groov EPIC, SNAP PACs, Node-RED, and even industrial I/O for Raspberry Pi. 

Since all Opto 22 products are designed on open standards, you have a variety of ways to interact with them and integrate with other systems. The developer site helps you do that.

Now we've added a section dedicated to helping you program CODESYS on groov EPIC controllers.

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Topics: Node-RED, CODESYS, groov EPIC, developer

CODESYS Library Package gets new OptoMMP features

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 19, 2022 12:24:26 PM

Version 3.0.0 of the Opto 22 Library Package for the CODESYS Development System is now available.

For all of you taking advantage of the CODESYS programming environment available for groov EPIC, you'll want to hear about this week's version 3.0.0 release of the Opto 22 CODESYS library package. With CODESYS, you can program groov EPIC for industrial control and monitoring using any familiar IEC 61131-3 compliant language.

Version 3.0.0 brings you a new collection of OptoMMP client function blocks you can use to access any area of an Opto 22 device's memory map.

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Topics: Updates, CODESYS, groov EPIC

Programming with CODESYS and need a Modbus master?

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on May 16, 2022 7:30:00 AM

groov EPIC becomes a Modbus master/client with a few easy lessons.

With Modbus continuing to be a popular protocol for industrial devices, the chances are pretty good you will need to write a program to communicate with Modbus slave/server devices more than a few times. The groov EPIC controller offers several Modbus communication options, and CODESYS, an IEC 61131-3 compliant development environment, is one of them.

With your PLC programming experience and the Using groov EPIC as a Modbus Master in CODESYS course on OptoU, creating a CODESYS project with Modbus master functions will be a breeze.

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Topics: Training, Modbus, CODESYS, groov EPIC, OptoU

Recorded Tech Talk: CODESYS in the field with IntegrateCA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 4, 2022 10:01:07 AM

Watch the recorded presentation from the Spring 2022 CODESYS Tech Talk and see a real-world application using groov EPIC and the CODESYS runtime engine.

If you missed attending the virtual CODESYS Tech Talk earlier this month. now you can watch the Opto 22 presentation on demand.

Opto 22's Benson Hougland, Senior Application Engineer Garrick Reichert, and Allen Ray of Integrate Controls and Automation present a current CODESYS in-the-field application. 

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Topics: Webinars, CODESYS, groov EPIC

CODESYS and groov EPIC in the field

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 1, 2022 1:34:18 PM

Attend the "CODESYS in the field" presentation at the Spring 2022 CODESYS Tech Talk.

The Spring 2022 CODESYS Tech Talk returns! As the only event dedicated exclusively to CODESYS users in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the Tech Talk focuses on the latest and exciting innovations in all areas related to the engineering of control systems. 

This 5 day virtual event is your chance to learn, engage and discuss tech innovations and engineering in real-time. Join the discussions with CODESYS experts and delve into the CODESYS cloud-based platform, the CODESYS software architecture, and the various Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) possibilities.

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Topics: Events & conferences, CODESYS, groov EPIC

Flexible, low-cost water monitoring with edge I/O

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 11, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Remote I/O over MQTT helps Rust Automation deploy affordable remote monitoring in a challenging environment.

Did you watch the Fall CODESYS Tech Talk virtual event that we shared with you last October? It demonstrated how the CODESYS runtime engine works and why it's included on Opto 22's groov EPIC.

Jared Bates, from OptoPartner Rust Automation & Controls, joined us for that presentation. He discussed a current water management application that utilizes CODESYS on EPIC, groov RIO remote I/O, and MQTT for secure data communications. 

Now, we've put the story of all that cutting-edge technology into a case study, so you can dig into all the details!

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

Ready to write a CODESYS project?

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Jan 11, 2022 9:02:12 AM

Use your PLC programming experience to program groov EPIC.

Ready to write a control program for your groov EPIC, but not sure how to get started? With three options to write your control program–PAC Control, the easy-to-learn flowchart language, the Linux-based Secure Shell (SSH) to run your custom program, and CODESYS, an IEC-61131-3 compliant language–which do you choose?

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Topics: Training, CODESYS, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center, PLC programming

New groov EPIC firmware 3.3.1 is here

Posted by Ben Orchard on Nov 3, 2021 1:11:19 PM

Several highly requested features have been added to the latest firmware update for groov EPIC PR1 and PR2.

Even with the Covid pandemic lingering on, our mostly remote team of software engineers at Opto 22 have been hard at work. As a result, we have a groov EPIC firmware update that addresses a bunch of requested features, and like any software update, some bug fixes as well.

Simply known as version 3.3.1, you can freely download and take advantage of these improvements right away.

Let's take a look at what's new...

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, CODESYS, groov EPIC, Ignition

CODESYS and groov EPIC in the real world

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 27, 2021 10:46:38 AM

Watch the "CODESYS in the field" presentation from the Fall 2021 CODESYS Tech Talk.

In case you missed the Fall CODESYS Tech Talk virtual event, we have an important session to share with you. As an experienced Opto 22 user and engineer, Jared Bates from Rust Automation & Controls joined us to present a current water/wastewater application that uses the CODESYS runtime engine on groov EPIC.

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Topics: Events & conferences, CODESYS, groov EPIC

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