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See what you missed in March

Posted by Janice Colmer on Apr 5, 2023 12:17:47 PM

From overcoming security and supply chain interruptions, to learning a "new perspective" with groov, watch as Opto 22 shares tips and insight in two recent online events.

With today's busy schedules and so many online discussions available in the industrial automation space, it's easy to miss some learning opportunities. If you missed them, here are two recent webinars you can watch now.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, groov EPIC, cybersecurity, groov RIO, cloud computing

Building a Unified Namespace with MQTT Sparkplug

Posted by Janice Colmer on Mar 15, 2023 8:22:10 AM

Did you miss last week's HiveMQ online workshop? You can still follow along with the live demo in this recording.

The power of MQTT technology is on display in a recent webinar that highlights the manufacturing sector and how the plant floor can be digitally transformed.

You'll learn the key components to getting the data you need from your manufacturing equipment in this demo hosted by HiveMQ's Kudzai Manditereza, which brings together Opto 22, Spruik, and N3uron.

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, manufacturing

Node-RED Configuration Nodes and Project Management

Posted by Terry Orchard on Mar 1, 2023 9:45:00 AM

Learn best practices for managing Node-RED projects on groov devices.

It’s important to be able to manage Node-RED projects for recovery, version control, copying flows to other devices, and sharing code. There are several ways to do this, but what should you be aware of and what are the best practices for doing this on a groov device? 

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO

How to achieve data-driven manufacturing

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 23, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Join Opto 22 and tech partner HiveMQ for a live demonstration of building a Unified Namespace with MQTT Sparkplug.

Here's help for your manufacturing digital transformation: watch this live webinar showcasing MQTT technology. Opto 22 VP of Marketing & Product Strategy, Benson Hougland, will present along with OptoPartner G5 Consulting (now Spruik) and the team from HiveMQ.

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, HiveMQ, manufacturing

Getting started with MQTT in groov products

Posted by Janice Colmer on Feb 15, 2023 8:45:24 AM

Download the updated MQTT technical guide (form 2350) to better understand using MQTT in groov EPIC and groov RIO.

If you've been a long-time OptoBlog subscriber or have used Opto 22 groov products, you've heard about the MQTT technology included in groov EPIC and RIO.  We've even created a section of the website dedicated to MQTT Resources like white papers, videos, and technical articles to give you a better understanding of this popular protocol.

One of the resources worth referencing is the Getting Started with MQTT in groov Products technical guide.  This comprehensive, structured user's guide helps you make an educated decision about which of the MQTT clients and options in groov products are best suited for your application. The guide explains the features, differences, and configuration procedures of each. Plus, you'll find some additional resources to help you build out your MQTT network or make a pitch for using MQTT.

Just recently, the guide has been updated to include changes made to the groov Manage menu. You'll notice configuration for both MQTT and OPC UA have been moved to a new menu button called "Data Service." The guide features illustrations and more details about these recent updates.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, groov Manage, groov RIO

IntegrateLive! delivers on multi-vendor MQTT Sparkplug build, in live demo

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 25, 2023 6:45:00 AM

Catch up with a successful Plugfest in episode 10 of IntegrateLive!

What happens when you take hardware from Opto 22, SignalFire, Wireless Telemetry, and Phoenix Contact, along with software from Software Toolbox 's DataHub using both legacy PLC data and new greenfield data, and then bring MQTT Sparkplug into the mix to publish the data?

See for yourself as the IntegrateLive team, along with representatives from all these companies, make magic happen in this special edition Plugfest, made possible by the Eclipse Foundation and its Sparkplug Working Group.

Watch the recording to see how Cirrus Link Solutions, Inductive Automation, HiveMQ, Canary, and Flow Software also all had important roles in this ambitious MQTT Sparkplug build-out.

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Topics: MQTT, groov EPIC, Sparkplug, Ignition, Cirrus Link Solutions, IntegrateLive!

See MQTT on groov EPIC and RIO live at Onshore Wellsite Automation

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 18, 2023 9:20:20 AM

Join Cirrus Link Solutions and Opto 22 in Houston for a joint exhibit showcasing solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Looking at automation to meet your challenges with wellsite applications? Come to the upcoming Onshore Wellsite Automation event. We'll be there with Opto Technology Partner, Cirrus Link Solutions

Join us in Houston January 31 - February 1, where you'll see live product demos using MQTT on groov EPIC and groov RIO. You'll also learn best practices to achieve data mobility and the security required for today’s industrial cyber environment. 

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Topics: Events & conferences, Oil & gas, MQTT, groov EPIC, groov RIO, Cirrus Link Solutions, wellsite automation

Control Engineering article highlights 3 IIoT case studies

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 10, 2023 1:16:01 PM

See how system integrators in water/wastewater, natural gas production, and manufacturing leveraged MQTT and industrial edge devices to securely access and use key data.

If your goal is to get useful data from field devices and legacy systems, you’ve probably found that putting together an IIoT system is complicated, requiring many OT and IT devices, software, and protocols.

But these 3 real-world case studies show how two tools—the MQTT communications protocol and industrial edge devices—can simplify your IIoT project. 

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Topics: IIoT, MQTT, cybersecurity, MQTT implementation, edge computing, control engineering

MQTT Sparkplug Special Edition

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Join us for another episode of IntegrateLive! dedicated to the MQTT Sparkplug specification.

Kick off the new year with a discussion led by the Sparkplug Working Group in the first IntegrateLive! event of 2023. With the recent release of Sparkplug 3.0, this special edition of IntegrateLive! will offer more insight and in-depth conversation on the new spec and how to choose your next Sparkplug-compliant solution.

Opto 22 is a proud member of this Eclipse Foundation group, which is dedicated to educating others on the benefits of MQTT and Sparkplug. The Sparkplug Working Group directly impacts the future success of hundreds of thousands of automation projects by enabling "plug and play" IIoT! 

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Topics: Webinars, MQTT, Sparkplug, Eclipse Foundation, IntegrateLive!

OptoForums - restructured and ready to help

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 12, 2022 8:00:00 AM

New categories and reorganization of topics are just some of the reasons to visit the OptoForums.

Whether you're new to using Opto 22 products or a long-time user, you can benefit from checking out the OptoForums. It's where engineering minds meet to post questions, answer fellow forum user questions, recommend solutions or even provide code samples—all related to Opto 22 hardware and software.

Moderated by Opto 22's Ben Orchard and Terry Orchard, the Forums are another great resource to keep bookmarked for troubleshooting or application advice.

And the Forums recently went through some reorganization, with more topics and categories added to help you find your answers more quickly and efficiently. Take a look at what's new.

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Topics: Node-RED, MQTT, CODESYS, groov EPIC, Ignition, groov RIO, OPC UA, OptoForum

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