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Wiring help is just a few clicks away

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 28, 2022 9:38:57 AM

It's easy to access wiring diagrams directly through the groov Manage home page on groov EPIC or RIO.

Have you ever been wiring up one of the I/O modules on your groov EPIC and you can't remember which port that wire goes into? Good news....you can quickly find the answer by viewing the wiring diagram through your browser or the groov EPIC processor's touchscreen.

Here are some scenarios where you can use groov Manage to see some handy specs and wiring diagrams.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov RIO

Use Swagger UI to make API calls with Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 11, 2022 9:20:23 AM

Next up in the Node-RED videos series is a tutorial about using Swagger to help set up API calls.

In under 20 minutes, this new developer video from Terry Orchard will take you through all the steps you need to get a solid understanding of using Swagger UI pages to create API calls you can bring into Node-RED. Using them together, you can control all sorts of APIs from your groov device, both getting and posting data, using simple Node-RED.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov Manage, developer

How to build a basic UI in Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 15, 2021 11:48:48 AM

Next up in the Node-RED developer video series, this tutorial makes it easy to create your own HMI or dashboard.

When we first introduced the Node-RED developer video series a few months ago, we started off with how to "Set up groov I/O nodes." Once you've installed and configured them, it's time to do something interesting with your data.

This new video does just that. Next up in the Node-RED video series is the Basic Node-RED Dashboard UI Tutorial.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov Manage, developer, groov RIO

groov EPIC firmware 3.0 is ready

Posted by Ben Orchard on Nov 4, 2020 8:46:14 AM

Get an overview of exciting new features just added to groov EPIC and see why you'll want to update. (Hint: LDAP)

Everyone here at Opto 22 is very excited to announce the groov EPIC firmware 3.0 release. In fact, there is so much cool stuff in this release, I am a little lost knowing in what order to list them, so let's just jump right in and see what's in store…

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Topics: Updates, Firmware, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Ignition, LDAP

OptoPartner program going strong

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 22, 2020 1:48:30 PM

Welcome two more integration companies with groov EPIC and RIO expertise to the OptoPartner program.

It's always exciting to see how Opto 22 products are used in field applications and our growing list of OptoPartners gives customers even more options for finding their ideal product solution. OptoPartners are experienced and skilled in using our industrial control products and are qualified to help with integrating, installing, and maintaining Opto 22 systems.

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Topics: Integrators, groov EPIC, groov Manage, system integrator, OptoPartner, groov RIO

New guide to using MQTT/Sparkplug B

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 13, 2020 1:56:42 PM

Waiting to dip your toe into the MQTT pool? Jump into this new user guide, and get started with MQTT and Sparkplug B on your Opto 22 groov products.

If you're already an OptoBlog subscriber, chances are you've become familiar with the MQTT protocol. We understand it can be a little daunting to take the leap into a new approach, though, so we expanded and revised our popular four-part MQTT blog series to create a complete guidebook for lightning fast MQTT publication on Opto 22's groov EPIC and RIO.

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

Take another look at groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 31, 2020 10:57:04 AM

Get an up-to-date overview of the groov EPIC system in only two minutes with this new video.

Since its release in 2018, groov EPIC has continued to evolve, with new features that make it an even stronger choice for your IIoT and automation applications.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, CODESYS, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, Ignition

Enter the RIO world

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 23, 2020 9:54:21 AM

Take advantage of a new section of Opto 22's website devoted to groov RIO resources and tools.

As an OptoBlog subscriber, you've heard us talking about our latest edge I/O offering, groov RIO (GRV-R7-MM1001-10). It's I/O for the IIoT™. We've previously shared a press release, video, webinar, and a white paper resource for this exciting new product. And now there is one place to go for all your groov RIO questions...

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, groov Manage, groov RIO, Edge I/O

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

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

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