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Tucker Energy Services' DIY upgrade

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 22, 2024 5:51:00 AM

New case study shows how you can save costs and gain control over your systems, even with no PLC experience.

Have you been faced with challenges like outdated equipment, manual operations, or the inability to manage data in your projects or applications? Or are you short on time to implement new technology that has a steep learning curve? Then you'll want to read the latest case study featuring Tucker Energy Services.

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Topics: Energy management, Case studies, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, oil and gas

Pinturas Tropical adds precision to paint production

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 23, 2024 2:16:07 PM

New case study shows how a new dosing and batching system saved labor costs and time.

Pinturas Tropical is a leading paint and coating producer operating in Santo Domingo, the capital city and main industrial hub of the Dominican Republic. They have been delivering durable paint products for over three decades. However, their existing PLC-controlled dosing and batching system required manual adjustments and led to waste in raw materials.

How Pinturas Tropical overcame these challenges is the subject of a new groov EPIC case study.  Read how and why they turned to renowned systems integrator and certified OptoPartner RMS Industrial Tech to revamp their batch control system through better visualization and record keeping.

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Topics: Case studies, Modbus, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, OptoPartner

Learn with Interactive Demos: groov View and Ignition Cloud Edition

Posted by Dan White on Mar 4, 2024 1:42:11 PM

Visit Opto 22's two product demo sites for a hands-on learning experience.

I know, you're always on the hunt for tools that make your life easier and your projects cooler, and I've got something you might want to check out—interactive demos for groov View and Ignition Cloud Edition.

This is a chance to dive into what these platforms can really do for your visualization and overall SCADA needs. If you’re already familiar with Opto 22 products, you’ve probably heard of groov View—an intuitive, web-based HMI/visualization software that comes standard on every groov EPIC. You may not have heard of Inductive Automation’s Ignition—a versatile industrial application platform for SCADA, MES, IIoT projects, and more.

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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC, interactive demo, Ignition Cloud Edition

Top 10 Videos of 2023

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 3, 2024 9:59:25 AM

Did you watch all of the 10 most popular videos on the Opto 22 YouTube channel in 2023?

If you're one of the over 27,000 subscribers who follow the OptoVideo channel on YouTube, you have first access to all the new video content we produce. Whether it's a new Node-RED developer video, product overview, or a technical how-to workshop, you get it all.

So what topics proved most useful (and popular) with our viewers last year? Let's review Opto 22's Top 10 Videos of 2023.

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Topics: Videos, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov RIO, YouTube

A new and improved SVG and GIF library for your HMI projects

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 29, 2023 6:28:16 AM

Take your groov View HMI to the next level!

Are you building HMI screens to use with your groov EPIC (GRV-EPIC-PR1 or GRV-EPIC-PR2) or groov Server for Windows (GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE)? We can help! We've just debuted a new section of the Opto 22 website where you can find all your SVGs, PNGs, GIFs, product images, and logos in one convenient location.

These images and animations work especially well if you're using browser-based groov View. Included with your EPIC, groov View lets you easily build an operator interface to see and interact with exactly the devices and data you need. Choose from a variety of images suited for all kinds of industrial applications. 
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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC, HMI, SVG, GIF

Advanced HMI Design

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 16, 2023 9:13:36 AM

Learn advanced design techniques for groov View in the latest groov workshop video.

Opto 22's Paul Hardt shows you ways to make your groov View operator interface even better—with a basic layout structure, a grid for lining up HMI elements, and layered gadgets. With browser-based groov View, you can easily build an HMI to see and interact with exactly what you need. groov View is included with groov EPIC and groov Server for Windows. 

Recently, Paul showed you the groov View Quick Start Guide, outlining 3 simple steps to an HMI. This time he takes a deeper dive into what you can do with the more advanced features of the design tool.

Watch: Advanced HMI Design Techniques with groov View.

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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC, HMI

groov Manage: groov View

Posted by Ben Orchard on Aug 16, 2023 9:10:16 AM

An easy-to-use tool for building a flexible HMI, included with your groov EPIC.

I don’t think I am going too far out on a limb by saying that the web browser is one of the most commonly installed and used software applications on any device. You might read this intro in your email app, but you will soon switch to a browser to read this blog. (I hope!)

So why stop at just viewing your SCADA HMI screens in a browser—why not build them there as well?

Enter the groov View menu option, the focus of this part 8 of our 12-part blog series on the groov Manage menu.

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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov Manage series

Case Study: Nucor subsidiary POK brings foundry to industry 4.0

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 8, 2023 12:27:15 PM

New factory saves initial and recurring costs, improves products with groov EPIC and Ignition.

Moving to Industry 4.0 takes time and determination, especially for an established company in a heavy industry. Castings Foundry POK in Guadalajara, Mexico, a Nucor subsidiary, uses equipment from manufacturers all over the world, which may include PLCs from a variety of automation suppliers. But data from all this equipment needed to be shared with corporate SCADA and ERP systems.  

In this new Opto 22 case study, see how POK's new factory solved this problem, saving an estimated 60% in initial costs, making operators' jobs easier with comprehensive HMIs, and improving product quality. 

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Topics: Case studies, groov View, groov EPIC, Ignition

Three simple steps to a groov View HMI

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 18, 2023 10:31:01 AM

Watch this updated groov View Quick Start video to learn how simple it is to start designing and building your HMI.

With browser-based groov View, you can easily build an operator interface to see and interact with exactly what you need. groov View is included with groov EPIC and groov Server for Windows.

To help you get up and running in no time at all, we've put together a new video that takes you through 3 simple steps of setting up an HMI with groov View. This is a quick, high-level overview presentation designed to get you started and more comfortable with the tool.

Watch and learn: groov View Quick Start.

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Topics: Videos, groov server for windows, groov View, groov EPIC, HMI

Case Study: Clearing Harmful Algal Blooms

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 11, 2023 11:32:14 AM

AECOM, Ecosa, ENGraphted, and Opto 22 team up for a new solution to a complex environmental problem.

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes, rivers, and oceans are an increasingly severe problem worldwide. HABs can produce toxins that harm humans, kill fish, smother aquatic life, and destroy tourist economies. 

If you were headed to Florida as a tourist in 2016 or 2018, you would have witnessed this devastation. Due to massive algae blooms, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and closed beaches on both coasts. The invasive, toxic blue-green algae choked many freshwater lakes, rivers, and residential waterways as well.

Faced with the ugly, slimy, stinky water, not just tourists but residents and business owners who did not have the ability to leave the area were stuck. The toxic slime threatened human health and devastated tourism-related businesses, as dead fish and aquatic life piled up along the shorelines.

Available solutions for HABs weren't ideal, so Dan Levy of AECOM put together a team to develop a new process for removing the algae. Read about the process, how they developed efficient algae harvesters, and what the harvested biomass is used for in this new case study.

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Topics: Case studies, groov View, groov EPIC

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