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The Art of the Possible: Clarify

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jan 18, 2022 3:12:56 PM

Explore the open automation ecosystem in this new monthly series, beginning with Clarify’s time-series visualization platform.

Last year, Opto 22 had the opportunity to showcase some amazing partner collaborations like our webcast with HiveMQ and Canary. The open automation ecosystem continues to explode with potential, so this year we wanted to bring you even more.

Throughout 2022, we’ll explore what’s possible when you pair Opto 22 hardware with other open automation tools. This series will include some heavy-hitters you might be familiar with as well as some new names. Hopefully at least one will turn on a lightbulb for you!

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Topics: Node-RED, Data acquisition, groov EPIC, machine data, groov RIO, system integration, Art of the Possible, open source

Why Consider Energy Monitoring?

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jan 17, 2022 1:39:33 PM

Monitoring energy use is a simple first step to decreasing costs and improving operations.

A manager usually doesn’t approve a major expenditure without a detailed accounting of where the money is spent. So why isn’t energy typically accounted for in the same way?

On the OT (Operational Technology) side of manufacturing, process, and other industrial facilities, energy is often a fixed, overhead cost. The plant manager or machine operator is responsible for performance metrics like throughput and quality, while the energy bill is paid by someone in the accounting department. The implication of this lack of energy visibility is often operational costs that are higher than necessary.

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Topics: Energy management, groov EPIC, power monitoring

Ready to write a CODESYS project?

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Jan 11, 2022 9:02:12 AM

Use your PLC programming experience to program groov EPIC.

Ready to write a control program for your groov EPIC, but not sure how to get started? With three options to write your control program–PAC Control, the easy-to-learn flowchart language, the Linux-based Secure Shell (SSH) to run your custom program, and CODESYS, an IEC-61131-3 compliant language–which do you choose?

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Topics: Training, CODESYS, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center, PLC programming

Measure live power and energy consumption

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jan 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Take a closer look at the new EPIC I/O  module (GRV-IVAPM-3) and get up to speed on how to install and configure it for your power monitoring applications.

Hopefully, you caught the recent blog post that announced our new 3-phase groov Power Monitoring module (GRV-IVAPM-3). In this next blog post, we’ll take a closer look at this module to help you get up to speed on how to install and configure it for your power monitoring applications.

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Topics: Energy management, I/O, groov EPIC, power monitoring

Important information about Log4Shell/Log4j (CVE-2021-44228)

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 16, 2021 7:20:12 AM

Which products are affected, and how to update your affected systems

Opto 22 engineers have addressed the Log4Shell/Log4j vulnerability recently reported in news media this week. Firmware and software updates for affected products are now available. Opto 22 urges you to apply these updates immediately, regardless of whether you're using groov View.

The Log4j vulnerability affects all products running groov View software, including: 

  • GRV-EPIC-PR1, GRV-EPIC-PR2
  • GROOV-AR1, GROOV-AR1-BASE, GROOV-AR1-SNAP
  • GROOV-AT1, GROOV-AT1-SNAP
  • GROOV-SVR-WIN, GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE, GROOV-SVR-WIN-SNAP

Please see this Opto KB Article (KB90085) for more details.

Please note that the following Opto 22 products are NOT affected:

  • groov RIO (GRV-R7-MM1001-10 and GRV-R7-MM2001-10)
  • SNAP I/O brains, SNAP PAC controllers, and the PAC Project software suite
  • Legacy products including mistic, Optomux, FactoryFloor, and others 
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Topics: Updates, Firmware, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC, Log4Shell, Log4j

2021 Holiday Greetings and End-of-year Schedule

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 15, 2021 9:44:07 AM

Seasons Greetings from Opto 22 as we look back on the year 2021.

As we reflect on another year, we want to convey our deepest appreciation to all our customers, distributors, partners, and loyal Opto users. We are grateful for your support and commitment to Opto 22 products, and we promise to continue to innovate and provide cutting-edge solutions to you in 2022.

Let's take a moment for a quick year-in-review.

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Topics: groov EPIC, holiday hours, holiday schedule, groov RIO

OptoForums Top 5 for 2021

Posted by Ben Orchard on Dec 7, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Get a recap of the most searched topics and popular OptoForum posts of the year.

Let’s take a look back at 2021 through the eyes of the OptoForums. You remember last year's top 5, right?

For starters, we had almost 200 more people sign up this year over last. (Y-Axis below is the number of daily sign-ups).

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, OPC UA, OptoForum

New Node-RED dashboard features in groov firmware 3.3

Posted by Terry Orchard on Dec 1, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Dashboard UI on integrated and HDMI displays, Dashboard-only user accounts, and login directly to the Dashboard!

If you follow this blog closely you'll have seen the news that the groov family has had a recent firmware release—version 3.3.1 for groov EPIC and 3.3.0 for groov RIO

This release brings a lot of great features that you can see in the OptoBlog posts linked above, but here I'd like to talk a bit more about the additional features added for Node-RED, specifically for the Node-RED Dashboard.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Two new groov EPIC I/O modules for power monitoring and universal I/O

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 18, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Learn about two new I/O modules just announced for the groov EPIC controller.

Two highly anticipated groov EPIC modules are here: the 3-phase power monitoring module with 64 channels of data (!), and the highly flexible, software-configurable multifunction, multi-signal module. These new modules can take your system to another level of efficiency and another step closer to your digital transformation goals.

Are you looking to lower your energy spend, avoid equipment failure, and reduce carbon emissions? These latest I/O offerings allow engineers to bring energy, performance, and machine health data directly from the edge into backend systems, for old and new equipment alike, aiming to reduce complexity, cost, and timelines.

Let's take a closer look at these new I/O options: 

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Topics: Energy management, I/O, I/O modules, groov EPIC, Edge I/O

How to set up port redirection on groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 11, 2021 9:55:48 AM

Newly added in EPIC firmware 3.3.1 : manage unsecured devices on-prem or at remote sites through secure, on-demand connections.

Last week in the OptoBlog, Ben Orchard shared an overview of what's included in the latest groov EPIC firmware update 3.3.1. One of the highlights was a new networking tool: Port Redirect.

If you've updated to 3.3.1 and you're itching to try this new feature out, here's a step-by-step outline on how it works on a groov EPIC (GRV-EPIC-PR1 or GRV-EPIC-PR2).

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Topics: Firmware, groov EPIC, port redirect

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