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See groov EPIC at events in April and May

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 11, 2018 4:51:33 PM

If you'd like to see the new groov EPIC system in action—or talk with us about any automation project—here are two opportunities coming up soon.

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Topics: EPIC, Integrators, groov, Process control, Discrete control, Events & conferences

Order your new groov EPIC system starting now

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 26, 2018 12:01:00 PM

Opto 22's groov EPIC® system starts shipping on May 18.

You can start ordering now!

Pre-orders will ship first, and based on early feedback from several EPIC Roadshows, this new system will be in high demand. Customers are excited about the built-in features of groov EPIC, not only for IIoT applications but for all automation and data acquisition applications.

Here are just a few of these features:

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Topics: EPIC, MQTT, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Node-RED, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, PAC Control, I/O, Integrators, New products, Machine builder, IoT, Remote monitoring, PLCs, Internet of Things, groov, Process control, Discrete control

groov EPIC data sheets now available

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2018 10:10:52 AM

You've been asking for more details about our brand-new groov EPIC® system for the IIoT and automation, and here they are! 

We just published a part numbers list and the first several data sheets, with preliminary descriptions, specs, wiring diagrams, and dimensions. So take a look and start planning the system you want. 

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Topics: groov, EPIC, I/O, PACs, PLCs, Data acquisition, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Integrators, New products, Machine builder, OEM, IoT, Remote monitoring, Internet of Things, Discrete control, Process control

You're the first to know...about our EPIC announcement!

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 12, 2018 9:52:04 AM

When we announce a new product, we want you—our loyal customers and OptoBlog readers—to be the first to hear about it. 

And this isn't just one product. This is EPIC: the world's first Edge Programmable Industrial Control system—a brand-new I/O and control system built for the future of automation and designed for the way you work.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Node-RED, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, PAC Control, PAC Project, I/O, Integrators, PACs, New products, OEM, Machine builder, IoT, Remote monitoring, Water & wastewater, groov, Internet of Things, Process control, Energy management, Discrete control, Food & beverage, PLCs, Building management, Oil & gas, EPIC

Automation 101: New videos show you how to wire, configure, & move data

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 22, 2017 10:00:00 PM
  • How do you get machine data without interfering with the process? 
  • What's an easy way to monitor temperature in a server room?
  • How can you control the flow of heating and cooling water in your HVAC system?

These are the kinds of fundamental questions that come up over and over in automation applications, and our new Automation 101 video series aims to answer them. 

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Topics: Discrete control, Process control, Remote monitoring, Building management, Data acquisition, Energy management, I/O, PAC Control, Training, Videos

OptoNews Tip: Choosing the right SNAP I/O module

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 12, 2017 8:50:54 AM

Maybe you're monitoring temperature, or controlling a production line, or getting data from a load cell. Whatever your goal, you want to get the I/O that works best for your application. 

Or maybe you happen to notice we have more than one SNAP-AIV voltage input module and wonder how they're different. 

Here are a couple of ways to find a SNAP module with the features you need and compare similar modules.

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Topics: optonews, Tips, I/O, Discrete control, Process control, Data acquisition, Energy management, Integrators, Machine builder, OEM

OptoNews: Join us at The Automation Conference and save $100

Posted by Jean Femia on May 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's the big event for automation professionals in the U.S., coming up May 23-24 in Chicago.

At The Automation Conference you'll network with experts in our field, check out the latest trends and new products, and get practical insights from other experienced practitioners on key subjects like:

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Topics: Events & conferences, IIoT, IoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Internet of Things, Discrete control, optonews, Process control

OptoNews Tip: Find warranty and agency approval info for Opto 22 products

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Suppose you're spec'ing a system and you know that one location will require Factory Mutual-approved I/O. Which Opto 22 SNAP I/O modules have FM approval?

Or suppose the products you purchase must be UL approved, or meet certain European Union (CE) standards. 

What if you just want to know what the warranty period is for a specific Opto 22 part?

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Topics: optonews, Tips, Integrators, Machine builder, OEM, Process control, Discrete control

Automation 101: Adding Control to AC Motors

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 30, 2017 9:01:33 AM

In one of our previous blog posts we talked about AC motors, the workhorse of modern industrial automation. We learned how they use magnets, electromagnets, and magnetic fields to generate huge amounts of torque to run our industrial processes.

To understand how modern motor control works, let’s take a closer look at how a 3-phase AC induction motor works.

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Topics: Discrete control, Electronics, PACs, Process control

Automation 101: AC motors

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 28, 2017 9:01:22 AM

This is the first post in a series of upcoming posts on Industrial Automation 101 topics.

These posts are geared towards people new to the industry who are looking for basic information on how some of the gear in the industrial automation field works, when to use it, and maybe even how to troubleshoot it here and there.

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Topics: Discrete control, Electronics, Process control

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