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Outside-In Journal: Unboxing the groov EPIC Learning Center

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Oct 31, 2019 8:25:22 AM

Curious to get your hands on a groov EPIC learning center (LC)? So was I. Lucky me, this was dropped off at my cubicle recently. Let’s see what’s inside!

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Topics: Training, IIoT, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

groov EPIC announced as a Finalist in the 2020 Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Control Engineering magazine hosts its annual awards program, which highlights some of the best new control, instrumentation, and automation products.

We're excited that Opto 22's groov EPIC (Edge Programmable Industrial Controller) is once again in the running for an Engineers' Choice award! 

Major new features were added to the groov EPIC controller this year, making it a repeat contender:

1 - Programming options now include IEC 61131-3 compliant languages like:

  • Function Block Diagram (FBD)
  • Structured Text (ST)
  • Sequential Function Charts (SFC)
  • Ladder Diagram (LD)

2 - For greater security in data communications, you can now connect the GRV-EPIC-PR1 to a virtual private network (VPN), and configure the EPIC as a client to connect to an OpenVPN server.

3 - For Ignition users, you can now choose Ignition or Ignition Edge platforms. Full Ignition gives you access to more Ignition modules, external access to the OPC UA server (no need for a PC!), scripting, and database support.

But groov EPIC can't get the recognition without your help!

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, New products, Awards and recognition, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC

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

groov EPIC Learning - You Have Options!

Posted by Norma Rodriguez on Aug 29, 2019 12:37:03 PM

Pick from three options to fit your time and budget.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Topics: PAC Control, IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, Codesys, groov EPIC, HMI, groov EPIC Learning Center, OptoU

Calling all Linux and IIoT developers...

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 14, 2019 8:33:58 AM

The Embedded Linux Conference North America is happening in San Diego,
August 19 -23, 2019.

Join us at the premier vendor-neutral conference for developers, the Embedded Linux Conference, combined with the Open Source Summit.

You'll collaborate with other developers, attend technical training sessions, and learn about the latest innovations in Linux and the industrial IoT from over 800 technical experts who are focused on developing open IoT solutions. Both software and firmware developers are encouraged to attend.

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Topics: IIoT, software, Linux, open source software

Recognize your trusted automation suppliers

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Last chance to get your votes in for the annual Automation World Leadership in Automation survey.

Every year as part of their Leadership in Automation program, Automation World magazine asks its readers—that's youto choose their go-to suppliers. These are the automation equipment manufacturers that automation engineers trust the most. 

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Topics: IIoT, Automation World, industrial automation

A discussion of open-source software and SCADA

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 25, 2019 8:30:00 AM

An Automation World podcast poses the question, "Is open-source software a good choice for SCADA?"

A new podcast series, Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered, addresses questions submitted exclusively by its readers and subscribers. Opto 22's Benson Hougland and Terry Orchard recently sat down with Automation World's Editor-in-Chief, David Greenfield, to provide some insight on this open source and SCADA discussion.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, Linux, open source software

The Edge Unleashed at Ignition Discovery Day

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Attendees learned how to build a complete IIoT infrastructure for improved efficiency and real-time analytics.

The Opto 22 Road Crew was in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month to take part in another Ignition Discovery Day. These are one-day seminars hosted by Inductive Automation® that show the unique capabilities of the Ignition Edge® platform, and how it offers the automation industry a new architecture for collecting and analyzing data.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC

Automation & IIoT Learning Center includes free Premium Factory Training

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 25, 2019 10:57:02 AM

Two complimentary seats (a $1990 value!) with your purchase of the groov EPIC Learning Center

Start your control or industrial internet of things (IIoT) project today with the groov EPIC Learning Center (GRV-EPIC-LC). Packed with fully-functioning EPIC hardware and software, the Learning Center gives you a compact and complete system to prototype your projects.

AND you get two complimentary seats in our instructor-led, hands-on training at
Opto 22's Southern California headquarters. 

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, groov EPIC Learning Center

New video: How to connect groov EPIC to an HDMI touchscreen

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 21, 2019 11:18:06 AM

This video provides step-by-step instructions for adding an external touchscreen to the groov EPIC processor.

Our video library continues to expand and we've just added another video to the groov workshop series

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Topics: IIoT, groov View, groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov EPIC Learning Center

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