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A discussion of digital transformation - ARC Advisory Group interviews Opto 22's Arun Sinha

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 22, 2019 11:21:52 AM

Opto 22 recently returned to the annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida with more EPIC news to share.

This year's ARC Forum event focused on "Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities". Attendees had the opportunity to learn about new technologies, practices and standards to help with their business's digital transformation.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC, software, ARC Forum, cybersecurity

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

Help is here - a guide for developing with groov EPIC

Posted by Terry Orchard on Jan 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Have you ever been stuck on a coding problem? Unsure of which tool to use for an application? Or if you have the functionality you need to get the job done? Maybe you’ve just got a new system and need a map to help you learn the new features and functionality.

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Topics: PAC Control, REST API, Node-RED, MQTT, Ignition Edge, IEC 61131-3, groov EPIC, developer

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

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

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

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

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