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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: We'll see you at Hannover Messe

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 29, 2017 3:57:34 PM

Hannover Messe, the world's leading industrial conference with over 6500 international exhibitors, will be held 24-28 April 2017 in Hannover, Germany. 

Join us there for a look at the present and the future of automation:

  • Industry trends
  • New technologies
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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2017-03-29, Events & conferences, Data acquisition, Energy management, Process control, Remote monitoring

Your IoT middleware checklist

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a recent developer survey conducted by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, IEEE IoT, and Agile IoT, 40.8% of respondents indicated that the IoT solutions they were either currently building or planning to build are IoT platforms or IoT middleware.

Almost every large IT or OT company today has some form of IoT platform or middleware.

In fact, right now there are over 150 self-described IoT platforms in the market today. Not neccessarily created equally.

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Topics: IoT, IIoT, PACs, PLCs, REST, Node-RED, Energy management

OptoNews: New case study - University's power comes from the sun

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 1, 2017 3:51:19 PM

Although we may think of Middle Eastern countries as being oil-rich, that description doesn't always apply. The country of Jordan, for example, has typically imported 96% of its energy from neighboring countries.

But Jordan has plenty of sun, and the government is committed to investing heavily in renewable energy. 

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Topics: IoT, IIoT, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Integrators, Case studies, Energy management, groov, mobile, optonews, OptoNews 2017-02-01

OptoNews: Data center retrofit after 30 years

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:58:11 PM
  • Think about how much computers have changed in the last 30 years.
  • Think about the quantity of data that enterprise data centers (EDCs) process today.
  • And think about how facility management priorities have changed to meet rising energy costs.

Now imagine what needs to be done to update a 30-year-old EDC.

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Topics: optonews, PACs, REST, REST API, RESTful server, Videos, Case studies, Security, Energy management, Building management, OptoNews 2016-12-14

OptoNews: New IIoT real-world case study and presentation video

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 12, 2016 3:12:10 PM

If you're into technology, you may already have a smart thermostat or refrigerator or lights in your home. That's fun and sometimes even useful.

But what's the real value of the Internet of Things?

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Topics: IoT, Internet of Things, IIoT, Events & conferences, optonews, OptoNews 2016-10-12, Integrators, Energy management, Remote monitoring

OptoNews Tip: PID loop with a long dead loop time

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 28, 2016 4:24:57 PM

OptoForum member tohox recently posted a question about using PID control loops on a SNAP-PAC-R1 rack-mounted controller.

The issue? A really long dead loop time. 

"The time delta between the moment the strategy opens a given loop's valve [and] starts the pump+furnace and the moment a temperature increase is measured can sometimes be on the order of an hour," tohox notes.

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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2016-09-28, PID loop control, I/O, PACs, Tips, Modbus, Energy management, Building management

OptoNews: New IoT resources page answers your questions

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 14, 2016 4:08:08 PM

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what is it good for?

Is anybody actually using it yet for real applications?

Here's a page of resources to answer some of your questions: The Internet of Things.

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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2016-09-14, IoT, Internet of Things, Videos, Remote monitoring, Energy management

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