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Your guide to networking groov products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 9, 2020 11:12:41 AM

Updated technical guide provides instructions for setting up communications between your Opto 22 groov products and your systems and equipment.

Are you using one or more of Opto 22's groov products? Our documentation team has just updated the "Guide to Networking groov Products" to help you securely monitor, control, and move data between your automation equipment and computer networks, including the internet. 

Networking can be a complex subject, and connecting both operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) can bring up some security concerns. We're here to simplify that process.

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Topics: groov, Networking, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov server for windows, groov EPIC, 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

A RIO review for beginners

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 30, 2020 1:52:17 PM

OptoPartner SolisPLC shares an out-of-the-box experience and tutorial using their first groov RIO module.

You might remember SolisPLC's Vlad Romanov from an earlier OptoBlog post this year. He was looking for an industrially hardened platform for running Ignition Edge and became interested in learning more about the groov EPIC system. Opto 22 sent him a groov EPIC Learning Center (GRV-EPIC-LC) so he could take it for a test drive.

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Topics: Training, Ignition Edge, groov RIO, Edge I/O

What we experienced at the 2020 Ignition Community Conference

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 23, 2020 11:02:00 AM

Hear about Opto 22's top takeaways from this year's virtual Ignition Community Conference.

Last week our engineering team attended ICC 2020—the annual Ignition Community Conference hosted by Inductive Automation. This event has been growing in size ever since 2013, but became a virtual event as is the norm in 2020. If you missed it, read on for some of the highlights.

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Topics: Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

Envision with Ignition

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 24, 2020 9:54:54 AM

The annual Ignition Community Conference will be a free, virtual event this year.

Inductive Automation's annual Ignition Community Conference (ICC) provides unique opportunities to get expert tips from Ignition trainers, see real-world Ignition projects from other industries, and meet with industry leaders and subject-matter experts from around the world of industrial automation. As with most 2020 conferences, the show must go on but in a virtual format, and Opto 22 will be there too.

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Topics: Ignition Edge, Ignition, Ignition Community Conference, groov RIO, digital transformation

Ignition Community Live - you don't want to miss it

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 16, 2020 9:26:10 AM

Register to attend two upcoming Ignition Community Live events showcasing OptoPartners and Opto 22 products.

You might recall a recent Ignition Community Live that featured Opto 22 and Cirrus Link Solutions. It covered how to build a complete end-to-end IIoT connected solution from scratch. With product demos of groov EPIC and groov RIO, you saw how to easily connect data to and from the Edge to Ignition and beyond.

These popular live events, hosted by Inductive Automation, are a great way to get in on the action. Now you have a chance to participate in more of these Edge learning opportunities. We highly recommend two upcoming Ignition Live events to add to your calendar.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, Ignition Community Live

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

An Ignition filled week in sunny Orlando

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 14, 2020 2:49:45 PM

Take advantage of more opportunities to learn about Inductive Automation's Ignition software, part of the groov EPIC system.

Opto 22 will be sponsoring and participating in three Ignition-related events in Orlando in February. If you plan on attending the annual ARC Industry Forum, you'll want to extend your visit that week to include one or more of these Inductive Automation events.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Discovery Day

Attend Free Inductive Automation Discovery Day Seminar in Chicago

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 4, 2019 3:26:08 PM

Opto 22 is once again partnering with Inductive Automation for a free all-day seminar in downtown Chicago on November 19, 2019:
Digital Transformation Made Easy with Ignition and MQTT: Learn how Combining IT & OT Empowers Innovation Within Your Enterprise

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Discovery Day

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