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Node-RED Updates in groov EPIC 3.4

Posted by Terry Orchard on Jun 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM

See what's new in the latest version of Node-RED included in groov EPIC 3.4 firmware.

With every groov firmware update we also include updates to the software our devices run, whether that’s groov View, Ignition, or Node-RED. The recent groov EPIC 3.4.0 update is no different! In this post, I’ll briefly go over some of the biggest updates to Node-RED, which has been bumped to v2.2.2. If you want to know more about the 3.4.0 groov EPIC firmware, check out Ben’s forum post.

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Topics: Updates, Node-RED, groov EPIC

Big release news: groov EPIC 3.4 firmware is here

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jun 22, 2022 8:15:46 AM

Major release adds embedded OPC UA server, expanded MQTT/Sparkplug options, SNMP, Scratch Pad data access, and more

Everyone here at Opto is very excited to announce that the latest EPIC firmware update is now live.

Just as you update the OS on your phone to get the latest improvements in security, stability and performance, the OS on your groov EPIC is no different. It is after all, a quad core Linux computer, so updates are very important for the exact same reasons: security, stability, and performance.

And often these updates come with some cool new features. With this release, you'll find several.

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, OPC UA

Launching a Nationwide Equipment Network

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 9, 2022 9:11:16 AM

ALTA Refrigeration achieves faster, easier product development and servicing with groov EPIC and MQTT.

What’s the secret to providing superior service and staying competitive in a changing market? Over ten years, ALTA Refrigeration transformed itself from a custom engineering services company into a scalable industrial equipment manufacturer. Read their case study.

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Topics: Case studies, MQTT, groov EPIC

¡Somos Distribuidores Opto 22! - Síncron Diseño Electrónico

Posted by Rene Gamero on Jun 7, 2022 4:06:21 PM

¡ En Síncron Diseño Electrónico somos OptoPartners !

Una alianza estratégica que nace para permitirnos ser el único distribuidor de equipos para automatización industrial y monitoreo remoto de Opto 22 autorizado en Colombia. Nos hemos convertido en socios estratégicos para crecer y prosperar a través del flujo general de información, servicios y productos ampliamente reconocidos en la industria de la automatización.

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Topics: groov EPIC, OptoPartner, groov RIO, Spanish, Colombia

Join us in June: upcoming events showcase groov EPIC and RIO

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 31, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Check our list of June 2022 events to see if there is an opportunity to see groov EPIC or RIO in your area.

We've just updated the Opto 22 events calendar and June is shaping up to be a busy month of conferences and seminars. Get registration and agenda details on each of these upcoming shows and we hope you can join us on the road!

  • ARC Industry Forum - June 6-9, 2022 - Orlando, FL
  • Ignition Discovery Day - June 9, 2022 - Orlando, FL
  • Ignition Oil & Gas Collective - June 22, 2022 - Houston, TX
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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO

Learn the benefits of power and energy monitoring

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 26, 2022 11:43:03 AM

Better machine health, lower energy costs: see the financial and operational advantages in this new video.

Why isn't energy accounted for the same as other major business expenditures? It's time to change that. Opto 22's Director of Business Development, Arun Sinha, shows what you gain when you implement a plan to monitor and manage energy consumption and power usage.

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Topics: Energy management, Videos, groov EPIC, power monitoring, groov rio emu

Important: Update to continue sending emails from Opto 22 products

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 18, 2022 7:00:00 AM

New technical note shows you how to update security settings for your email applications.

You can use many Opto 22 products to send email notifications to keep engineers and technicians aware of important conditions in your system. For example:

  • You can send email through a PAC Control strategy running on a groov EPIC or SNAP PAC controller.
  • Your groov View HMI can send event notifications via email.
  • Your Node-RED flow on groov RIO or groov EPIC can send email.

But you must make changes now to keep receiving emails!

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Topics: PAC Control, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, snap pac, groov RIO, email notifications

Programming with CODESYS and need a Modbus master?

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on May 16, 2022 7:30:00 AM

groov EPIC becomes a Modbus master/client with a few easy lessons.

With Modbus continuing to be a popular protocol for industrial devices, the chances are pretty good you will need to write a program to communicate with Modbus slave/server devices more than a few times. The groov EPIC controller offers several Modbus communication options, and CODESYS, an IEC 61131-3 compliant development environment, is one of them.

With your PLC programming experience and the Using groov EPIC as a Modbus Master in CODESYS course on OptoU, creating a CODESYS project with Modbus master functions will be a breeze.

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Topics: Training, Modbus, CODESYS, groov EPIC, OptoU

Google Apps ending access to less secure apps - are you ready?

Posted by Ben Orchard on May 9, 2022 10:08:18 AM

Prepare to make security changes to your email accounts by May 30, 2022.

For a long time, automation engineers have sent email alerts and reports from automation applications via a ‘throwaway’ Gmail account. This seemed harmless enough at the time and really useful, but it wasn’t very secure. As email abuse has risen over the years, it's time for the “less secure” party to come to an end.

Does this mean an end to all email alerts? Not at all. You just need to adjust your Google Gmail settings and update to a new application password in each application. Of course, this applies (with different end dates) to most other email providers as well as Google; check with your email provider for details. This blog will focus on Google Gmail.

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Topics: Security, Node-RED, groov EPIC, snap pac, groov RIO, email notifications

IntegrateLIVE! - Protect your control network with open solutions

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 3, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Take part in a new virtual workshop that brings together changemakers in automation.

IntegrateLive! is a new collaboration that aligns integrators, vendors, and end users that share these values:

OPEN: Dedicated to making data flow freely between solutions and willing to work with others, even when they are competitors.
SERVICE: Fair business practices, publicly available pricing, and clear communication about what works and what doesn't.
HUMBLE: Not believing we have all the answers. Together we are better. Striving to learn from others and serve others at the same time.

The end result? An integrated solution ecosystem that you can use to solve everyday industrial problems.

Opto 22 is excited to be a part of this open collaboration and invites you to witness live demonstrations of different vendors' technologies working together.

This post has been updated since it's original publication date. The IntegrateLive! workshop recording is now available for on-demand viewing. Watch now.

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO, open source

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