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New White Paper: Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 31, 2020 8:43:52 AM

See how next-generation edge-based distributed I/O and controllers open new possibilities for connected infrastructure.

In the field of industrial automation, terms like digital transformation, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or edge computing have become common topics of discussion. Today's businesses have IoT goals. End users need devices and applications to share data seamlessly across machines, sites, and the enterprise so they can optimize production and reduce costs. How do we achieve these goals?

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, white paper, edge computing, groov RIO, Edge I/O

MQTT: Bringing it all together

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jul 29, 2020 8:45:29 AM

Building industrial MQTT networks at scale with Opto 22 groov devices.

If you've followed this series since the beginning, you should have a good idea of how to set up your groov EPIC or groov RIO for MQTT communication. You also understand the importance of Sparkplug B in building MQTT systems and designing industrial-strength IoT networks.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, MQTT implementation, groov RIO

Protect Your groov Systems

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 17, 2020 10:30:54 AM

New groov enclosures provide protection and convenience for your groov EPIC and groov RIO products.

Opto 22's mechanical engineering team has just released two new products designed with our customers' groov systems installation projects in mind. If you are using groov EPIC or groov RIO for your applications, we now offer two options for wall-mounted enclosures to keep your systems protected and easily accessible. Both enclosures are made of sturdy polycarbonate, have a transparent cover, and are a handy size for small areas.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO

Ignition Community Live - you don't want to miss it

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 16, 2020 9:26:10 AM

Register to attend two upcoming Ignition Community Live events showcasing OptoPartners and Opto 22 products.

You might recall a recent Ignition Community Live that featured Opto 22 and Cirrus Link Solutions. It covered how to build a complete end-to-end IIoT connected solution from scratch. With product demos of groov EPIC and groov RIO, you saw how to easily connect data to and from the Edge to Ignition and beyond.

These popular live events, hosted by Inductive Automation, are a great way to get in on the action. Now you have a chance to participate in more of these Edge learning opportunities. We highly recommend two upcoming Ignition Live events to add to your calendar.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

Visit Opto 22 virtually

Posted by Benson Hougland on Jul 8, 2020 1:38:17 PM

Opto 22 is making the best of the new normal. 

Like most of you, it seems I’m doing all of my communicating through my computer or mobile device, whether at home or at work. I find myself longing for face-to-face meetings and wanting to visit you and your facility, plant, or remote site to learn more about how you apply Opto products in your applications.

Another thing I regret is that we’re unable to host you here at Opto 22 headquarters. Maybe you were planning to attend our interactive groov EPIC factory training, visit with our sales and application engineers, or just take a tour of our USA-based manufacturing facility here in Temecula, CA, where we proudly make everything we design, sell, and support. All those activities are currently on hold for now.

But technology gives us ways to meet virtually.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Factory Training, Opto 22 product support, Virtual Tour, Made in USA

MQTT: Mission-critical fault tolerance

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jun 16, 2020 9:01:50 AM

Our MQTT series continues with a deep dive into groov EPIC’s (and now groov RIO’s) features for high-reliability MQTT networks.

At its heart, MQTT was designed for unreliable networks. Back in the ’90s, ConocoPhillips (now Phillips 66) was looking for a way to improve telemetry reporting over its low-bandwidth dial-up and costly VSAT (small satellite dish) SCADA network. IBM partnered with system integrator Arcom Control Systems (now Cirrus Link Solutions) to develop a minimalist communication protocol that could gracefully handle intermittent network outages and high latency among many distributed devices over TCP/IP. 

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Sparkplug, MQTT implementation, groov RIO

OptoChannel grows with Swedish distributor Modern Elteknik

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 19, 2020 11:21:09 AM

Welcome Modern Elteknik to the Opto 22 distribution channel as they increase the Opto 22 market presence in Gothenburg, Sweden.

With the expansion of the groov EPIC and groov RIO product lines, Opto 22 is increasing its worldwide reach through its growing list of OptoChannel distributors. The latest partner, Modern Elteknik, is a Swedish logistics distributor in automation and electronics, with over 50 years of experience. The company's customers include machine builders, panel builders, industrial companies, subcontractors and end users.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, Sweden, Modern Elteknik

Go further with groov EPIC 2.0

Posted by Josh Eastburn on May 5, 2020 4:03:17 PM

With the latest firmware update, groov EPIC gets I/O for the IIoT and more

Out this week, groov EPIC firmware version 2.0 is a milestone for the platform, and there are more than a few reasons to consider updating. Here’s an overview of what’s included.

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Topics: Updates, PAC Control, IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, Codesys, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Meet the newest IoT Certified OptoPartners

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 16, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Welcome two more companies to the OptoPartner program that have proven, cutting-edge IIoT product solutions.

Do you need help designing, installing, or updating your Opto 22 system? An OptoPartner can help. We have OptoPartners both internationally and throughout the United States that have proven track records of working with Opto 22 industrial control products (like the groov EPIC system).

And for special projects that cross the line between OT and IT, contact one of our IoT Certified OptoPartners.

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Topics: IoT, IIoT, groov EPIC, system integrator, OptoPartner

Reactions and reviews for groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Follow along with Vladimir Romanov of SolisPLC as he starts an EPIC video series that takes a deep dive into groov EPIC.

In the world of industrial controls and automation, we all have our go-to resources for getting the latest product news. You probably have your favorite websites, blogs, social media channels, or e-newsletters that you depend on for industry information. Well, you might want to add Vlad Romanov to your list as well.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

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