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2 million views and counting

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 11, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Opto 22's YouTube channel is growing with more videos and subscribers.

What started several years ago as a platform to host a few Opto 22 product videos has now reached a new milestone. The Opto 22 YouTube channel recently reached 2 million views and is closing in on 20,000 subscribers.

Whether you're new to the industrial automation industry, or are looking for specific developer tips on using MQTT or Node-RED, the OptoVideo channel is your one stop for all things automation and digital transformation. 

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Topics: Case studies, Webinars, Node-RED, MQTT, groov EPIC, automation 101, Ignition, groov RIO, YouTube

How to select the right HMI solution for your groov device

Posted by Josh Eastburn on Sep 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Sharpen your drawing tools. It's time to go to work.

Visualization for industrial automation is bigger than it’s ever been, and it’s not just about control anymore. As it becomes increasingly important to turn data into information efficiently and ubiquitously, visualization platforms deal with more data types, presentation formats, and a broader range of users and use cases. As always, Opto 22 gives you many tools so you can choose what fits your project best. Let’s take a look at some of those options.

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Topics: Node-RED, Ignition Edge, PAC Display, groov View, groov EPIC, HMI, Ignition, groov RIO

Advanced techniques to move data with Node-RED and MySQL

Posted by Janice Colmer on Aug 10, 2021 3:01:25 PM

A new video has just been added to the Node-RED developer series that takes a closer look at MySQL database nodes.

Have you been watching our Node-RED video series? If you're an NR user or want to become one, you don't want to miss out on Terry Orchard's tutorials. His latest video will unlock your honest-to-goodness Node-RED superpowers with step-by-step instructions on moving user inputs and device signal data into and out of a MySQL database.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov RIO, MySQL

TPO on groov RIO

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jul 28, 2021 9:38:49 AM

Learn more about Time Proportional Output (TPO) and how you can use it on the groov RIO edge I/O module.

Do you need to control a digital output from an analog input?

If so, perhaps TPO is the solution you seek. Did you know that a groov RIO has 8 built-in TPO controllers and each can be configured for a different time period? We just need a little setup assistance in the form of a Node-RED flow. Before we get into that, let's talk more about just what TPO is.

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Topics: Node-RED, groov EPIC, groov RIO, OptoForum, time proportional output

New podcast discussion: What brings OT and IT together

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 13, 2021 9:01:27 AM

Listen and watch episode 18 of The Manufacturing Hub Podcast for more insight on what challenges OT engineers are facing today.

Opto 22's leader in product strategy, Benson Hougland, is back in the OptoDemo Studio to discuss new Industry 4.0 tools and what it means for engineers in the industrial automation space and beyond.

As a guest on The Manufacturing Hub Podcast, Benson is part of an hour-long conversation with hosts Vlad Romanov and Dave Griffith. (You might remember Vlad as being an OptoPartner, and we've mentioned his SolisPLC training platform and groov product reviews in previous OptoBlog posts.) We were thrilled to be working together again and hope you enjoy the discussion.

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, groov EPIC, industrial automation, podcast, groov RIO

From Raspberry Pi to Factory Floor

Posted by Ben Orchard on Jun 9, 2021 8:44:20 AM

Some developer tips for successfully moving your project from home to the plant floor.

We know a lot of developers love to tinker and prototype projects on Raspberry Pi hardware. I do the same at my house with over 12 Raspberry Pi computers doing different things. It's such an affordable and fun platform with a huge community behind it... what's not to love? The challenge comes when it’s time to move your project from the house/office to the factory floor.

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Topics: Node-RED, Raspberry Pi, groov EPIC, developer, groov RIO

groov RIO update 3.2 now available

Posted by Janice Colmer on May 17, 2021 3:49:51 PM

New communication options arrive for groov RIO MM1 owners.

Opto engineers have released new firmware for groov RIO MM1 module (GRV-R7-MM1001-10), and it comes with some new features and enhancements worth talking about. Let's go over the 3.2 update highlights.

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Topics: Firmware, Node-RED, Ignition Edge, groov RIO

Smart BBQ: Automated Concepts, Inc.

Posted by Josh Eastburn on May 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Rapid prototyping for simple (and delicious) connected control

What does it take to turn a hobby into a business? For one barbecue enthusiast, Dave Counts of Automated Concepts, Inc. (ACI) proposed using Opto 22’s groov RIO. He thought the multifunction I/O and simple Node-RED programming would provide a lot of flexibility to help his customer design a prototype barbecue control system.

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Topics: Case studies, Node-RED, OptoPartner, groov RIO

Engenuity OptoPartner Video - Oil and Gas Pros

Posted by Arun Sinha on Apr 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Pressure testing validation of well control and BOP

In this OptoPartner video see Jeff Hilpert, President of Engenuity Inc., talk about the benefits of controls and data in a single solution.

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Topics: Oil & gas, Node-RED, MQTT, CODESYS, groov EPIC, industrial automation, MariaDB, system integrator, OptoPartner, edge computing, OptoPartner video

Need Help Getting Started with Digital Transformation?

Posted by Arun Sinha on Mar 31, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Check out G5 Consulting in the latest OptoPartner video

Are you thinking about digital transformation, Industry 4.0 or IIoT and looking for someone to help get you there? Talk to David Schultz of G5 Consulting and Engineering Services.

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Topics: IIoT, Node-RED, MQTT, Sparkplug, Ignition, system integrator, digital transformation, Cirrus Link Solutions, OptoPartner video

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