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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

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.

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

Create a data table in Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 2, 2022 1:37:37 PM

Next up in the Node-RED developer video series is a tutorial on adding data tables.

Did you know that you can install additional gadgets to the Node-RED dashboard? Terry Orchard returns to the OptoStudio to show off the features of the ui-table node. Learn how to install the table node package and configure different kinds of tables to fit your needs, complete with several examples using live, real-world data. 

 

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov EPIC, groov RIO

The Art of the Possible: .NET-based Industrial Applications

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Apr 27, 2022 8:57:40 AM

How can you deliver modern Industry 4.0 capabilities that still come in under budget? Harry McCollum of Tatsoft illustrates.

Today’s applications require more than a one-vendor approach. FrameworX by Tatsoft provides an open, extensible software platform as an alternative to the big control vendors. It includes everything you need to build world-class industrial applications at an affordable price: SCADA, HMI, MES, IIoT, mobile, dashboards, and more. With FrameworX, you can do it all without breaking the bank!

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Topics: groov EPIC, groov RIO, Art of the Possible, open source, Tatsoft

Power & Energy Monitoring - Why and how?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 19, 2022 9:54:36 AM

New website resources outline how to securely access and share your energy data.

Opto 22 gives you lots of options when it comes to helping you monitor your power and energy usage.  The groov RIO EMU (energy monitoring unit) is an edge I/O module meant for easy distributed power and energy monitoring of one 3-phase load. Check out our previous announcements for all the details.

However, for monitoring multiple loads located near each other, and for a complete system including real-time control, groov EPIC with power monitoring modules might be the better choice.

But, you might have more questions about which is the right solution for you, why and how do you get started monitoring your machine health or energy data? And how do you do it securely?

Check out our new website resources for some guidance on these important energy topics.

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Topics: Energy management, groov EPIC, groov RIO, power monitoring

How to use context storage in Node-RED

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 14, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Follow along in this new developer series video as Terry Orchard guides you through storing and passing data in a Node-RED flow.

What if you need to snapshot a message from a very specific part of a Node-RED flow?

For those of you who've been using the Node-RED programming tool or are just getting started, Terry's latest video provides some guidance on storing data. In a Node-RED flow, each node can add to, modify, or delete data in different ways.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov EPIC, groov RIO

It's time to update to groov RIO 3.3.1

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 11, 2022 10:13:34 AM

A recent firmware release provides important updates for groov RIO MM1 and MM2 devices.

Keep your groov RIO edge I/O module up to speed with the latest firmware updates and fixes. The recently released groov RIO firmware version 3.3.1 is now available. Here are some reasons you'll want to update.

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Topics: Firmware, PAC Control, groov RIO

New webinar: Enabling Indiana's Factories for the Future

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 5, 2022 11:04:20 AM

Get insight on an exciting project that Opto 22 is involved in and hear from our Tech Partners about this groundbreaking Industry 4.0 and energy management endeavor.

Learn about how Indiana is leading the way in advancing manufacturers to make Industry 4.0 quick, simple, and cost-effective. Indiana has launched a first-of-its-kind program to enable its manufacturing industries to become the Factories of the Future. Watch the recorded webinar.

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Topics: Energy management, Webinars, groov RIO, Cirrus Link Solutions

groov EPIC and RIO showcased in the UK

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 31, 2022 1:01:53 PM

Opto 22 UK distributor System Devices will be featuring groov EPIC and groov RIO at the upcoming Drives and Controls 2022 exhibition.

As the industrial automation industry returns to live, in-person events. we are pleased to announce that System Devices will be exhibiting at next week's Drives & Controls event in Birmingham (United Kingdom). System Devices is a long-time distributor of Opto 22 products as well as being certified IoT OptoPartners and trainers.

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Topics: Events & conferences, groov EPIC, OptoPartner, groov RIO, OptoChannel

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