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Big Updates for groov: New Programming Option and OPC-UA Included

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 15, 2019 10:32:15 AM

Take advantage of several new features and enhancements now available for the groov EPIC system, groov Edge Appliance, and groov Server for Windows.

free firmware upgrade is all it takes to start enjoying the new programming capabilities available for your groov EPIC system: CODESYS to run your IEC 61131-3-compliant applications! Many performance improvements are also included. 

And for the groov Box, and groov Server for Windows, you'll benefit as well with a simple software download to update your groov View projects that improves performance, and now connects to any OPC UA Server for no additional charge! This goes for groov EPIC, too!

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Topics: groov, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC

New year, new case study for Alta Forest Products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 3, 2019 10:44:37 AM

The world's largest producer of fence boards improves efficiency with data visualization.

Walk into the fencing department of your local home improvement store, and you're likely to find Alta Forest Products wood fencing prominently featured. To remain the world's largest fence board producer, Alta has invested heavily in redesigning the handling and processing systems at its four sawmills, scattered over two states. 

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Topics: groov, groov View, HMI, data visualization

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

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've added more Programming options to groov EPIC.  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 can now 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

New groov Maintenance options make upgrading your groov View software easier than ever

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 11, 2018 2:26:05 PM

Do you have a groov Box or groov Server for Windows? Then you'll want to hear about our new maintenance renewal process and new options for 1-, 3-, or 10-year plans.

Why renew your groov maintenance? 

That's how you get new upgrades for your  groov View software.  Updates include:
  • New features like events, expanded gadgets, and interactive trends.
  • Enhancements to existing features, like more pens for realtime trends, and using images as buttons
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Topics: groov, groov server for windows, groov View, groov maintenance license

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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