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New technology for our trusty toolboxes

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 8, 2020 9:31:22 AM

Opto 22 will be participating in a Smart Industry webinar, part of the Base Camp digital online series that introduces you to the latest edge technology.

Before COVID-19 changed the way the world does business, Opto 22 was scheduled to exhibit and sponsor the 2020 Smart Industry Base Camp conference. Although the event was cancelled, our Smart Industry hosts remain committed to sharing the important IIoT and Industry 4.0 related content that was part of the conference agenda. Therefore, the show must go on (line)!

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Topics: Webinars, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, edge computing, digital transformation

Making digital transformation a reality

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 4, 2020 3:16:27 PM

Join Opto 22 at the 5th annual Smart Industry Base Camp conference in Chicago March 30 - April 1.

**UPDATE!! Smart Industry Base Camp has just announced this event has been cancelled due to travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at another Industry 4.0 event soon!**
Check our Events schedule for conference and trade show updates.

 


Opto engineers are looking forward to returning to Smart Industry Base Camp to share some key insights on helping you meet your digital transformation and IIoT goals in 2020.

This three day conference focuses on the digital transformation of industrial organizations, including manufacturing, processing as well as energy and water infrastructure.

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, groov RIO, digital transformation

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

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

Browse, watch, and learn with Opto 22's new website video library

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 15, 2019 9:47:01 AM

Now easily find videos you want to see.

We think you'll like our redesigned Videos page on Opto22.com. We've learned you'd rather see our videos logically grouped together rather than search through a long list of titles.

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Topics: Videos, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov EPIC, automation 101

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

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 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

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