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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

groov EPIC announced as a Finalist in the 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 16, 2018 8:35:50 AM

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

We're thrilled that groov EPIC is selected as a 2019 Engineers' Choice Finalist! But we need your help to win the award in our category.

Please consider submitting your vote for groov EPIC (edge programmable industrial controller) under its Industrial Internet of Things connectivity category.

Voting closes December 21, 2018, with winners announced online on February 14, 2019 and featured in the February 2019 issue of Control Engineering. 

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

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

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

Welcome new OptoPartner, Merlin CSI

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

With over 25 years of experience in industrial controls and automation and a focus on the future, Merlin CSI offers valuable expertise and the vision to help with your applications. We're pleased to add them to our growing list of IoT Certified OptoPartners. 

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Topics: Process control, groov, Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Integrators, I/O, PID loop control, Node-RED, Data acquisition

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

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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