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How to build IIoT solutions with Ignition 8 and MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 26, 2020 10:31:34 AM

A new webinar, hosted by Cirrus Link Solutions, explores the tools used to build an IIoT solution with Ignition and MQTT — both part of the groov EPIC system.

Virtual events have become a necessity in today's business environment, and you'll want to add this upcoming webinar to your schedule. 

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition

Webinar: Simple Steps for Enterprise Digital Transformation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 23, 2020 3:07:52 PM

Opto 22 is teaming up with Inductive Automation to present practical solutions for leveraging data across your enterprise.

Has your favorite conference or seminar been cancelled? Take advantage of an informative webinar happening this week!

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, edge computing, digital transformation, webinar, Inductive Automation

COVID-19 UPDATE: Team Opto is online and at the ready

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 17, 2020 7:04:39 PM

With the uncertainty in the world today caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it's important to know Opto 22 is still committed to being your trusted automation supplier.

As you've seen more precautionary measures unfold this week from businesses around the globe, rest assured Opto 22 is taking the necessary steps to keep normal operations going while also protecting its staff.

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Topics: groov EPIC, snap pac, customer service, Opto 22 product support

Making digital transformation a reality

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 4, 2020 3:16:27 PM

Join Opto 22 at the 5th annual Smart Industry Base Camp conference in Chicago March 30 - April 1.

**UPDATE!! Smart Industry Base Camp has just announced this event has been cancelled due to travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at another Industry 4.0 event soon!**
Check our Events schedule for conference and trade show updates.

 


Opto engineers are looking forward to returning to Smart Industry Base Camp to share some key insights on helping you meet your digital transformation and IIoT goals in 2020.

This three day conference focuses on the digital transformation of industrial organizations, including manufacturing, processing as well as energy and water infrastructure.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

More I/O options for groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 20, 2020 7:52:21 AM

Another groov I/O module was just released as the groov EPIC system continues to expand.

We've just added GRV-IVIRMS-10 to our growing list of I/O options for
groov EPIC.

As the latest addition to the family of analog voltage input modules, GRV-IVIRMS-10 provides true RMS (root mean square) voltage monitoring for 10 inputs up to 300 VAC/VDC with channel-to-channel isolation and 20-bit resolution. True RMS calculation is critical for non-sinusoidal power monitoring applications such as variable speed drives (VSD), heating controls, computers, HVAC, and solid-state components where typical peak measurement averaging can under- or over-shoot actual voltage by 5 - 40%.

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Topics: I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O, analog input module

MQTT: Faster, better with Sparkplug B

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Feb 18, 2020 3:30:40 PM

In part 2 of our series, we look at how to set up groov Manage and Ignition Edge for publishing with Sparkplug B payloads.

MQTT is the darling of enterprise IoT because of its efficiency, simplicity, and flexibility, which makes it ideal for use in applications that communicate with resource-constrained edge-of-network devices. After being nurtured for years within IBM, and incorporated into their smart energy, health, and utilities solutions, MQTT has become the chosen messaging protocol across all the major cloud IoT platforms as well as highly scalable applications, like Facebook Messenger.

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

Another win for groov EPIC!

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 3, 2020 2:02:13 PM

For the second year in a row, groov EPIC has been selected as a winner in
Control Engineering's Engineers' Choice Awards.

Our team of Opto engineers was thrilled to learn groov EPIC is once again the Engineers' Choice for IIoT edge controllers. groov EPIC was eligible and nominated to be a repeat contender this year because of the significant product updates and features added in 2019, including IEC 61131-3 programming support.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, IIoT, groov EPIC

Podcast: Integrating Edge Computing with Legacy Systems

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 28, 2020 9:22:19 AM

Listen in as Opto 22's Josh Eastburn and Benson Hougland discuss edge computing concepts with Automation World's Dave Greenfield.

Automation World continues its informative podcast series "Get Your Questions Answered" with an all new podcast for 2020. This podcast series connects with industry experts to answer the questions of automation tech users across the process and discrete manufacturing industries. 

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Topics: PLCs, IIoT, groov EPIC, Automation World, podcast, edge computing

What's new in Node-RED v1.0

Posted by Terry Orchard on Jan 22, 2020 1:43:14 PM

The OpenJS Foundation and nodered.org have officially released Node-RED version 1.0!

Since the previous major Node-RED version v0.20, there have been big changes and improvements to both the visual editor on the surface and the runtime under the hood. These improvements are what truly make this a full version 1.0 update, and not just an iterative v0.21. This blog post will cover what has been updated or changed at a high level, and discuss the impact on users of Node-RED running on groov EPIC.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov EPIC

Votes are in! Opto 22 recognized as Leader in Automation for 2020

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 20, 2020 11:43:54 AM

The results are in from Automation World magazine's 9th annual Leadership in Automation program.

Opto 22 has once again been recognized as a First Team supplier in automation for 2020. Hundreds of Automation World subscribers cast their votes during the past year which required them to write-in their ballot choices. Over two dozen categories were featured, representing a wide variety of automation technologies, software, and products used by today's manufacturing professionals across the discrete, batch, and continuous process manufacturing industries.

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Topics: Energy management, PACs, Awards and recognition, mobile, IIoT, Data acquisition, groov EPIC, HMI, Automation World

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