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The move to groov for an IIoT approach in water management

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 8, 2024 12:40:30 PM

A new case study explains how Paloma Irrigation and Drainage District bridged the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) for seamless data flow and efficient management.

The Paloma Irrigation and Drainage District (PIDD) has been operating for over 100 years in Gila Bend, Arizona. It provides essential irrigation and drainage services to 30,000 agriculturally diverse acres and nearly 100 homes. More than just irrigation, the PIDD safeguards the environment and upholds the community's water rights.

The PIDD faced several pressing challenges, including high maintenance costs, limited monitoring and control, and inefficient manual operations. These challenges led them to look at industrial internet of things (IIoT) possibilities, which highlighted the need for a more modern, cost-effective, and data-driven approach to water management.

In this case study, read how PIDD bridged the gap between their operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) for seamless data flow and efficient management, propelling them into their SCADA expansion.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, IIoT, Raspberry Pi, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

More chances to see live groov demos

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 20, 2024 9:08:30 AM

See what shows and conferences have been added to Opto 22's 2024 event schedule.

Have you visited the Events page on the Opto 22 website lately? A recent post shared what trade shows have been scheduled for the first quarter of the year, but now there are more opportunities to see groov products in action—hopefully coming to a city near you.

Get details on upcoming events in Boston, Chicago, and Paris, France.

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

Real-world examples of industrial edge computing

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 19, 2024 12:19:32 PM

Visit the groov Case Study Library for application stories utilizing groov EPIC and RIO in a variety of industries.

Looking for real-world examples of industrial edge computing in action? Several new case studies featuring groov EPIC and groov RIO have been added to the Opto 22 case study library over the past year. 

Take advantage of this valuable website resource as each application story can be read via a web page or downloaded as a PDF document. Hear how current industrial automation challenges are being solved by Opto 22 customers world wide.

If you haven't visited the case study library lately, here's what you might've missed.

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Topics: Case studies, groov EPIC, groov RIO

See live demos of groov EPIC and RIO at ENTELEC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 11, 2024 11:56:13 AM

The upcoming conference in Houston provides opportunities to learn best practices for data mobility and security for today’s industrial cyber environment.

Join us in Houston for this year's ENTELEC Conference & Expo, April 1-4, 2024. It's a chance to explore a complete edge solution for your project using Opto 22’s groov EPIC and RIO products, along with Opto 22 Technology partners Inductive Automation (Ignition Edge), Cirrus Link Solutions (MQTT Modules), and Snowflake (Data Cloud).

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Topics: Events & conferences, Oil & gas, MQTT, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, Inductive Automation, Cirrus Link Solutions, Snowflake

New OptoDistributor in Europe: Cully Automation Ltd.

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 3, 2024 9:35:00 AM

Ireland-based distributor now available to help meet your automation needs.

Announcing a new addition to our international channel of distributors and partners: Cully Automation Ltd in Ireland. Cully Automation offers groov EPIC, groov RIO, and the complete Opto 22 product line in the region.  

With over 20 years’ experience in water treatment, process control, automation, and instrumentation within water utilities and multi-sector industries, Cully Automation brings extensive knowledge to help you choose automation products. Opto 22’s edge products and technologies complement their areas of expertise for an ideal partnership.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoChannel

Join the OptoForums community

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 7, 2024 12:04:08 PM

Get great resources and tips from experienced Opto 22 product users—and help other users with your insights.

You’ll see the OptoForums mentioned here on the blog from time to time, and that's for good reason. The Forums have valuable technical advice, sample code, product feature discussions, and firmware release previews that you can't get anywhere else.

The OptoForums community just surpassed 10,000 members! A sincere thank you to all our valuable contributors. And if you're not already a member, now is the time to sign up or sign in with your MyOpto account. You can find the direct link under the Community tab on our website.

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoForum

Where to see groov in action in 2024

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 31, 2024 12:30:54 PM

Visit Opto 22's Events page to see where you can find Opto engineers demonstrating groov products in 2024.

We're already a month into the new year and our calendar of events is filling up quickly. Opto 22 engineers, sales and marketing staff will be in attendance at various trade shows, conferences and participating in virtual webinars throughout the year.

Take a look at what's available online or in your area and plan to join us at one or more of these industry events. You'll have several opportunities to see live demos of groov EPIC and groov RIO.

Here's what's on the schedule so far.

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Topics: Webinars, Events & conferences, groov EPIC, groov RIO

Build and preview your automation system with groov System Configurators

Posted by Dan White on Jan 17, 2024 9:00:00 AM

These website tools make it easy to design your automation systems and choose the parts you need.

Hey Opto crew! Today, I want to walk you through something pretty cool and super useful – our System Configurators at Opto 22. These tools are all about making your life easier when it comes to picking the right automation gear. No fluff, just the good stuff, including all the specs for the parts you'll need, and you can access them all from the Products section of our website.

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Topics: groov EPIC, snap pac, groov RIO

Firmware updates for I/O modules

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jan 10, 2024 10:46:00 AM

New features and improved performance are available on groov I/O modules with the click of a button.

A well-known electric car company is somewhat famous for its ability to add features and fix bugs with over-the-air updates to millions of cars. Of course, they are not the only ones with this feature. Many companies have been updating their hardware with firmware updates for decades, but it really captures the imagination when the hardware is something you drive.

Closer to our hearts and minds, Opto 22 has been adding features and squishing bugs on our controllers for more years than most of us can recall (it's our 50th year in 2024!). There are a few SNAP I/O modules that can have their firmware updated via our PAC Manager program—the serial data ones for example—but now with groov EPIC and RIO, ALL our modules can have new features and refined performance added at the click of a button.

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Topics: Firmware, I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O, groov RIO

groov RIO with CODESYS lessons now on OptoU

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 10, 2024 9:29:01 AM

Get free online instruction for using the CODESYS runtime engine on groov RIO in the new training series.

A customer favorite in 2023 was the groov RIO 3.5 firmware release. With this release, you could use the groov RIO edge I/O module as a controller with the CODESYS runtime engine onboard.

This was a game changer for many of our customers. Our Director of Technical Marketing, Dan White, even shared one of the first applications taking advantage of the new RIO 3.5 features in this CODESYS Tech Talk with Costa Farms.  It illustrated how the addition of CODESYS has transformed groov RIO into a full-fledged Edge PLC, opening up a world of possibilities for automation and control.

Now you can get a better understanding of how this new feature can work in your application by following along with some brand-new lessons on OptoU—Opto 22's free online training site. 

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Topics: Training, CODESYS, OptoU, groov RIO

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