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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

Outside-In Journal: Training Day Part 1

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Sep 4, 2019 10:18:01 AM

Documenting the journey from the outside world into the world of Opto: First in a series.

After more than a decade as an automation engineer, I recently joined Opto 22’s marketing group. A few weeks ago, my workday was focused on maintaining the cell culture process automation of a world-class pharmaceutical manufacturer. This system had dozens of distributed controllers and hundreds of devices that worked together to deliver thousands of kilograms of the finest monoclonal antibodies you’ve ever seen. It was big.

What I enjoyed most about my job, though, was helping other engineers succeed. In the early years, I learned pretty quickly that you could take a group of smart people, give them bad tools, callous management, and a ridiculous schedule, and they would fail every time. I did the best I could to fix the managerial and scheduling issues, but the tools were always a limitation.

Now it’s my job to help connect other engineers with the kinds of tools and technologies I wish I’d had. I’m kicking it off with a deep-dive into the first place I visited as a new Opto employee: the training room.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth your time and money to get some Opto training yourself, I’ll be walking through everything you can expect to experience.

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Topics: Training, PAC Control, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, 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

New EPIC firmware 1.4: VPN Client, Network Diagnostics, and more

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 22, 2019 9:05:00 AM

Firmware update 1.4.0 is now available for the groov EPIC processor, GRV-EPIC-PR1.

Our engineering team released an exciting new update for groov EPIC this week. Here are some of the highlights.

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Topics: Node-RED, Ignition Edge, Codesys, groov EPIC, software, serial module, OpenVPN

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

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

It's an EPIC holiday at Opto 22!

Posted by Benson Hougland on Dec 16, 2018 4:31:56 PM

Ready to see groov EPIC in action? Have some holiday fun by taking control of our lobby Christmas Tree lights and Lionel Train.

Visit our live groov demo site and you'll find a section dedicated to Holiday Lights.

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Topics: PAC Control, Node-RED, groov EPIC, holiday schedule

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

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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