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New white paper explains Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 19, 2019 9:52:40 AM

A new kind of industrial controller simplifies and secures automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity.

We've recently published a new white paper that explains why and how Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers (EPICs) are the solution for today's–and tomorrow's–automation applications.

For today's controls engineers, new demands to use and share data present three main challenges: security, complexity, and expense.

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Topics: OEM, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC, groov EPIC, white paper

New groov EPIC case study features seawater reverse osmosis system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2019 2:31:57 PM

FCI Watermakers improves large-scale seawater reverse osmosis system design with groov EPIC.

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

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Topics: Water & wastewater, OEM, IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC, reverse osmosis

Is access to your data frictionless?

Posted by Benson Hougland on Nov 29, 2018 8:55:18 AM

Your industrial plants and facilities produce a lot of data that you could use for improving processes, reducing maintenance costs, and making better business decisions. But securely getting that data from the sensors, transmitters, and analyzers that produce it to the people who need it can be difficult.

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Topics: PACs, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, EPIC, groov EPIC, Big data

New webinar series: Why groov EPIC?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 8, 2018 2:52:46 PM

Join Opto 22 engineers to learn why groov EPIC is right for your future applications.

The cutting edge technology that’s part of the groov EPIC (Edge Programmable Industrial Controller) system is crucial for IIoT and automation projects in today’s world. With the convergence of OT and IT in recent years, it’s important to understand how groov EPIC is bridging the gap between these operational and information technologies. 

This webinar is the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT.

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Topics: Webinars, groov, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC, groov EPIC, I/O, groov Manage

Coming soon: IEC 61131-3 on groov EPIC

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Oct 18, 2018 9:08:13 AM

As the "P" in EPIC implies, we are adding more Programming options to groov EPIC in the near future.  Our goal is for this Controller to be truly EPIC, and give developers and engineers multiple programming options on an Edge device, in addition to PAC Control, C/C++, Python, and more that's already available.  So, it's time to get excited about the future of EPIC, and discuss how developers will soon be able to get creative by using an IEC-61131-3 tool set for their applications.

Many automation engineers are familiar with the IEC 61131-3 standard, though you might not know it by that name. If you use ladder logic, you may be using one of the languages the standard defines.

Developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the standard defines the five accepted basic software architecture and programming languages of PLC control programming.

Of these five, one (Instruction List) has already been deprecated in the 3rd edition (61131-3). That leaves us with four languages, three graphical and one textual:

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Topics: groov, EPIC, Codesys, IEC 61131-3

groov EPIC announced as a Finalist in the 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 16, 2018 8:35:50 AM

Control Engineering magazine hosts its annual awards program, which highlights some of the best new control, instrumentation, and automation products.

We're thrilled that groov EPIC is selected as a 2019 Engineers' Choice Finalist! But we need your help to win the award in our category.

Please consider submitting your vote for groov EPIC (edge programmable industrial controller) under its Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category.

Voting closes December 21, 2018, with winners announced online on February 14, 2019 and featured in the February 2019 issue of Control Engineering. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, New products, Awards and recognition, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC

Four-port serial module now available for the groov EPIC system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 8, 2018 12:55:18 PM

Opto 22 has just announced the release of the groov serial I/O module, GRV-CSERI-4. This module plugs into a groov EPIC chassis alongside groov EPIC analog and discrete I/O modules, allowing you the mix of signals you need at any location.

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Topics: groov, PAC Control, EPIC, I/O modules, serial

OptoNews: PAC Project R10.1 just released

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

We've recently released PAC Project version R10.1 with enhancements and a few bug fixes for each PAC Project application: PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, and PAC Manager.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, PACs, PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Manager, EPIC, PAC Display

Next-gen industrial communications solve networking problems

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Working in systems integration often means putting on many hats. Sometimes you can just fulfill your normal duties of designing, building, and commissioning a controls/automation system.

But then other times you find yourself thrown into the mix as the sales estimator—asked to come up with a budgetary number for a project—or you’re deemed the “IT” person for a project.

Being designated the “IT” person can be a difficult road to navigate. Often you’re not truly an admin on any given network, but you’re asked to perform the duties of an admin.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, MQTT, EPIC

New videos added to Node-RED and IIoT playlists

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 17, 2018 9:15:00 AM

With the growth of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and edge devices, are you looking for better ways to access your data? Opto 22's new groov EPIC system includes the Node-RED environment with the MQTT transport protocol for efficient publish/subscribe data communications. Watch this new video to see how it works! 

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Topics: Videos, groov, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, MQTT, EPIC

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