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Next-gen industrial communications solve networking problems

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Working in systems integration often means putting on many hats. Sometimes you can just fulfill your normal duties of designing, building, and commissioning a controls/automation system.

But then other times you find yourself thrown into the mix as the sales estimator—asked to come up with a budgetary number for a project—or you’re deemed the “IT” person for a project.

Being designated the “IT” person can be a difficult road to navigate. Often you’re not truly an admin on any given network, but you’re asked to perform the duties of an admin.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, MQTT, EPIC

New videos added to Node-RED and IIoT playlists

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 17, 2018 9:15:00 AM

With the growth of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and edge devices, are you looking for better ways to access your data? Opto 22's new groov EPIC system includes the Node-RED environment with the MQTT transport protocol for efficient publish/subscribe data communications. Watch this new video to see how it works! 

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Topics: Videos, groov, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, MQTT, EPIC

What gets measured, gets managed... gets improved

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Sep 11, 2018 11:19:00 AM

The adage “what gets measured, gets managed” is an old one[1], and I had heard it many times, but a director of mine in a previous job put a new spin on it: “What gets measured, gets managed, gets improved.”

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, MQTT, EPIC

September webinar: groov EPIC system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Advanced Control Solutions hosts your next chance to see the groov EPIC system in action

Join OptoPartner and distributor Advanced Control Solutions (ACS) for a groov EPIC webinar on September 24th

An automation solutions provider for the Southeastern United States, ACS is also a regional supplier of the groov EPIC system. 

At this live webinar, you'll learn how to add simplicity, security, and performance to your applications, with little reliance on IT personnel. 

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

Introducing OptoU - free online training

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Looking to learn more about IIoT technologies, control systems, and how they work together? It’s time to check out OptoU!

This free online training program provides convenient, on-demand training courses to fit in with your busy schedule. With its “watch and learn” premise, course topics are made up of video and written lessons. The secure sign-in feature lets you return to unfinished lessons and learn at your own pace.

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Topics: PACs, Networking, Training, I/O, Security, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, EPIC

groov EPIC webinar, when you want it

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 10, 2018 2:20:02 PM

Would you like to know more about the new groov EPIC system?

Now you can, on your own schedule.

  • Learn how to simplify your automation and IIoT projects.
  • See how to improve security and performance, with minimal reliance on IT personnel.
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Topics: Webinars, groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, OEM, New products, Integrators, Security, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, EPIC

The internet of things: new business models for manufacturers?

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jun 27, 2018 10:50:17 AM

The convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) systems may help manufacturers embrace new service offerings using web-based business models.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, OEM, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, EPIC

Outbound! Monitor OEM machinery with little to no IT involvement

Posted by Dan White on May 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Day in and day out, I work alongside machine builders who share a common problem: Once equipment has been shipped to a customer site, it is quite difficult to ensure that it is running properly and being adequately maintained.

I once heard the phrase, "even a Cadillac will fail prematurely if you drive it into a brick wall." Premature failure of the machinery (regardless of whose fault) can tarnish the image of the manufacturer, lead to increased warranty costs, and create tension between OEMs and end users.

But how do I (the machine builder) get access to the control system if it is operating inside a customer’s firewall? 

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Topics: Remote monitoring, Machine builder, OEM, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, MQTT, EPIC

Tech Briefs' Product of the Month: It's EPIC!

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Tech Briefs brings the latest technical news from NASA, the military, federal laboratories, universities, and commercial companies to automation designers and engineers.

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

ARC Advisory Group interviews Opto 22's Benson Hougland on IIoT products

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 28, 2018 12:01:00 PM

The 22nd Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando this February focused on digitizing and securing industry and infrastructure. 

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, IoT, PACs, New products, Events & conferences, API, REST API, REST, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, Ignition Edge, EPIC

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