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EPIC offers extensibility

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Mar 20, 2019 10:31:58 AM

EPIC is more than just a name; it is an acronym describing the primary capabilities in the system. In this blog post, we’ll look more in depth at the P for programmability.

With today’s traditional PLC systems, you typically have one fixed development system with a limited set of tools. This is a burden that most engineers have had to suffer with. Oftentimes, you have to use inefficient workarounds to programmatically accomplish what is needed for different components of a given industrial automation application.

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Topics: IIoT, Codesys, IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC

New white paper explains Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 19, 2019 9:52:40 AM

A new kind of industrial controller simplifies and secures automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity.

We've recently published a new white paper that explains why and how Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers (EPICs) are the solution for today's–and tomorrow's–automation applications.

For today's controls engineers, new demands to use and share data present three main challenges: security, complexity, and expense.

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Topics: OEM, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC, groov EPIC, white paper

New video: What is an MQTT broker?

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 8, 2019 8:23:27 AM

This latest video in our Automation 101 series provides a deeper dive and explanation of the MQTT central server, or the "broker".

As you recall from previous posts, the industrial MQTT communication protocol is a powerful tool that allows you to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement. Its simplicity and flexibility make it a popular choice for today's IIoT applications.

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Topics: Videos, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, groov EPIC, developer

Experiment with EPIC–groov EPIC Learning Center now available

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 4, 2019 2:46:07 PM

Ready to learn about or experiment with groov EPIC, Opto 22's new groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller? 

Now you can get more hands-on experience with the groov EPIC system. The groov EPIC Learning Center is packed with fully functioning EPIC hardware and software, and is designed as an integral part of our free OptoU Online Training at https://training.opto22.com.  

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Topics: Training, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC

And the Engineers' Choice award goes to...groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Control Engineering magazine recently announced the voting results of its annual Engineers' Choice Awards program.

We continue to appreciate the positive feedback and recognition the groov EPIC controller has received since its release. Opto 22 engineers are honored that groov EPIC has been named the Engineers' Choice Award winner in the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, IIoT, groov EPIC

EPIC announcements to be unveiled at Orlando events

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 24, 2019 11:56:18 AM

Make plans to join us February 4th-8th, 2019 at one or both of these industry events as we unveil an expanded groov EPIC product line and system features.

Don't miss an opportunity to meet with other leaders in the automation industry as the 23rd annual ARC Industry Forum returns to Orlando. This year's event focuses on "Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities".

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, ARC Forum

New groov EPIC case study features seawater reverse osmosis system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2019 2:31:57 PM

FCI Watermakers improves large-scale seawater reverse osmosis system design with groov EPIC.

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

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Topics: Water & wastewater, OEM, IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC, reverse osmosis

New Automation 101 video explains Sparkplug for MQTT

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 10, 2018 11:13:46 AM

The industrial MQTT communication protocol is a powerful tool that allows you to exchange device data freely among devices and applications, with little or no IT involvement.

Its simplicity and flexibility make it a popular choice for today's IIoT applications. Adding the open-source Sparkplug specification to MQTT adds even more structure and better support for industrial applications.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

Why groov EPIC? Watch the new webinar

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 3, 2018 2:23:14 PM

This webinar, the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT, is now available for on-demand viewing.

Did you miss the recent Opto 22 webinar, Why groov EPIC? Senior Application Engineers Garrick Reichert and Kyle Orman presented the groov EPIC system features and explained why this is an ideal solution for your automation and IIoT projects.

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC

Is access to your data frictionless?

Posted by Benson Hougland on Nov 29, 2018 8:55:18 AM

Your industrial plants and facilities produce a lot of data that you could use for improving processes, reducing maintenance costs, and making better business decisions. But securely getting that data from the sensors, transmitters, and analyzers that produce it to the people who need it can be difficult.

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Topics: PACs, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, MQTT, EPIC, groov EPIC, Big data

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