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An Ignition filled week in sunny Orlando

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 14, 2020 2:49:45 PM

Take advantage of more opportunities to learn about Inductive Automation's Ignition software, part of the groov EPIC system.

Opto 22 will be sponsoring and participating in three Ignition-related events in Orlando in February. If you plan on attending the annual ARC Industry Forum, you'll want to extend your visit that week to include one or more of these Inductive Automation events.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Discovery Day

MQTT: Basic publishing with groov EPIC

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Jan 8, 2020 8:35:33 AM

Wondering how to implement MQTT with groov EPIC? Follow along with this series, starting with basic string publishing.

Ever since ‘00, when the next year rolls around I think, “Welcome to the future!” Every year it feels much truer, and how could 2020 be any less? I’m excited about what we have planned for you this year. Among other things, we’re upping our commitment to MQTT in a big way. Stay tuned for announcements on that in the coming months.

For the moment, though, I want to address the current feature set groov EPIC offers for MQTT, the lightweight pub-sub communication protocol for IoT. With so many ways to do it—via groov Manage, Node-RED, or Ignition Edge—you may be wondering which, if any, is right for your application. In this series, I’m going to look at different scenarios where you might want to use MQTT and show you how to get started.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, EPIC, groov EPIC, groov Manage, MQTT implementation

Attend Free Inductive Automation Discovery Day Seminar in Chicago

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 4, 2019 3:26:08 PM

Opto 22 is once again partnering with Inductive Automation for a free all-day seminar in downtown Chicago on November 19, 2019:
Digital Transformation Made Easy with Ignition and MQTT: Learn how Combining IT & OT Empowers Innovation Within Your Enterprise

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Ignition, Discovery Day

An EPIC case study in the oil and gas industry

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 2, 2019 7:48:56 AM

Learn how tech-based company netDNA automates water management for fracking and water transfer with the help of groov EPIC.

In the oil and gas industry, technological advances like hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling have caused a boom in exploration and drilling. The initial “gold rush” approach to oil and gas development focused on people resources, with most work done manually.

But now companies are looking to add automation in the field, especially for water pumping and treatment, key ingredients in successful unconventional oil and natural gas production. In an industry with remote, widely separated, and changeable operations, automation and data communications aren't easy.

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Topics: Case studies, Oil & gas, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC

Outside-in Journal: Training Day Part 3

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Sep 23, 2019 3:54:52 PM

See what the final day of Opto 22's factory training looks like from the inside.

As the resident engineer-in-training, I’ve taken on the job of communicating to the outside world what it looks like inside of Opto 22. I’ve started off by giving you a look into the mindset and technologies at work here through the lens of our on-site training. Follow these links if you missed part 1 or part 2 of the series.

Last time I left you hanging right when we were about to get into CODESYS® near the end of Day 2. Today I make good on that teaser, as well as looking at Day 3 content (including Node-RED, MQTT, and the groov View™ graphics library) before Ben and Norma wrap up the class with a lesson on design fundamentals.

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Topics: Training, Node-RED, MQTT, 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

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

Publish Allen-Bradley PLC tags using MQTT & Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 2, 2019 3:03:36 PM

New video shows you how to use the Ignition Edge® MQTT Transmission module in groov EPIC to publish tag data from Allen-Bradley® PLCs.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, Sparkplug

Watch and learn: another video added to Ignition Edge series

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 13, 2019 8:26:02 AM

Last week's new video showed you how to activate Ignition Edge on groov EPIC. This week brings another new video in the Ignition Edge series: Configure Ignition Edge's OPC-UA Server on groov EPIC.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC

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