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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

An EPIC Case Study: American Metal Processing

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 14, 2020 10:05:08 AM

The nation's largest rotary heat-treating facility improves reliability, alarming, operator control, traceability, and data logging with groov EPIC.

When their PLCs began experiencing regular failures and the operating system of their HMI approached its end of life, American Metal Processing (AMP) knew it was "on borrowed time." In addition, the majority of system components were not integrated or automated beyond direct motor control. What was the best road to a modern system? How could the company achieve the data integrity, tracking, and connectivity required by their customers?

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

Video series gives you tips for using Modbus TCP devices with groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 7, 2020 9:09:43 AM

Watch these new groov EPIC videos for tips on using your Modbus TCP devices with groov View, PAC Control, Node-RED, and Inductive Automation's Ignition software.

Opto 22 engineer Ben Orchard is back in the Opto 22 studio with several new video lessons on communicating to Modbus TCP devices with a groov EPIC processor.

For each lesson, Ben is using a groov EPIC Learning Center (GRV-EPIC-LC) along with a Modbus SATEC P130 power meter, which is measuring the voltage and frequency of the mains power in our studio. 

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Topics: Modbus, PAC Control, Node-RED, groov View, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center, Ignition

groov EPIC 1.5.0 is ready, and here's why you'll want to update

Posted by Ben Orchard on Dec 17, 2019 2:38:04 PM

groov EPIC firmware version 1.5.0 is available now and has several great new features and a few bug fixes. While our groov EPIC Readme file has all the technical details, here's a sweeping look at the new features I'm most excited about.

(Existing groov EPIC users can log into your MyOpto22 groov Manage account now to get your free update!)

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Topics: Firmware, EPIC, groov View, groov EPIC

Get your October product news and updates

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 29, 2019 8:48:51 AM

What's new at Opto 22? We've had plenty to talk about this past month, so here's a recap of product, firmware, and software updates, as well as new groov I/O module releases!

Learn about new groov EPIC system capabilities, and make sure you are using the latest versions of firmware and software to optimize system performance.

New groov  I/O modules available now

Three new groov I/O modules were released this week as we continue to expand the groov EPIC system to support your application requirements. These modules include designs for mixed signal types, signal isolation, channel density, and also meet precise requirements for temperature control. 

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Topics: Updates, PAC Project, I/O modules, Codesys, groov View, groov EPIC

Riding out the storm with the groov EPIC system

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Oct 10, 2019 10:22:30 AM

How one integrator used the remote connectivity in groov EPIC and groov View to save his systems from Midwest storms.


Rainstorms have pounded Wisconsin this season, along with much of the Midwestern United States, producing strong winds, flood waters, and tornadoes. Opto 22 field sales rep Dave Engsberg calls this area home and shared a story last week about one groov EPIC system on a particularly rainy night.

His story is a great example of what secure remote connectivity can mean for your applications: the difference between continuing operations or being submerged under water.

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Topics: groov View, groov EPIC

Outside-in Journal: Training Day Part 3

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Sep 23, 2019 3:54:52 PM

See what the final day of Opto 22's factory training looks like from the inside.

As the resident engineer-in-training, I’ve taken on the job of communicating to the outside world what it looks like inside of Opto 22. I’ve started off by giving you a look into the mindset and technologies at work here through the lens of our on-site training. Follow these links if you missed part 1 or part 2 of the series.

Last time I left you hanging right when we were about to get into CODESYS® near the end of Day 2. Today I make good on that teaser, as well as looking at Day 3 content (including Node-RED, MQTT, and the groov View™ graphics library) before Ben and Norma wrap up the class with a lesson on design fundamentals.

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Topics: Training, Node-RED, MQTT, Codesys, groov View, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center, Factory Training

Outside-In Journal: Training Day Part 2

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Sep 10, 2019 12:52:37 PM

Step inside Opto 22 HQ again for day 2 of groov EPIC training.

The Outside-In series brings you an outsider’s perspective into the way Opto 22 operates behind the scenes. Today, we’re back in Temecula, CA (not Australia… I know! I was surprised too) for the next day of groov EPIC® system factory training. If you missed the first day, the class was introduced to groov Manage and PAC Control™. Plus, we got to see Terry Orchard demo Linux® secure shell access on the EPIC.

Day 2 wraps up PAC Control and covers PAC Display™, groov View™, Ignition Edge® and CODESYS®. If you’re interested in the hands-on training available for HMI/SCADA development or IEC 61131-3 languages on the EPIC platform, keep reading.

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Topics: Training, IIoT, Ignition Edge, PAC Display, Codesys, groov View, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center, Factory Training

Making the switch: SNAP PAC to groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 28, 2019 8:46:20 AM

New technical note helps current SNAP PAC users decide if, when, and how to migrate to the new groov EPIC system.

Opto 22 customers have been relying on the SNAP PAC system for their controls and automation applications for over 10 years. But now you keep hearing about the new technology of the groov EPIC system. How is it different? Should you make the switch? What would be the benefits of upgrading, and what issues would arise from making the change?

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Topics: I/O, PAC Display, groov View, groov EPIC, snap pac

How to activate your groov EPIC (video)

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 22, 2019 9:03:00 AM

Ready to start using your new GRV-EPIC-PR1, the groov EPIC Edge Programmable Industrial Controller? An EPIC can do so much more than a traditional controller.

But first, you'll need to activate it. Once you've activated, you can:

  • Get future software and firmware updates
  • Receive automatic notifications about updates
  • Build and use web-based HMIs with groov View (the visualization software)
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Topics: Ignition Edge, Codesys, groov View, groov EPIC, ssh

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