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A Brief Overview of Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)

Posted by Matt Newton on Jan 31, 2017 4:04:08 PM

Ahh, the Sixties...

The 1960s was a decade full of inventions, especially innovative new tools that the manufacturing industry would eventually adopt:

  • In 1964 the BASIC computer language was invented.
  • The following year the compact disc went on sale in the US for a mere $1,000 per unit (maybe that’s why software was so darned expensive).
  • 1969 brought us the first barcode scanner.
  • And that same year Al Gore invented the Internet, leading to the development of the Industrial Internet of Things as we know it today. Way to go, Al.
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Topics: groov, OEM

OptoNews: New Opto iPAC/aPAC mobile app release (R1.50)

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 28, 2016 4:26:18 PM

Do you use Opto iPAC or Opto aPAC on your phone or tablet to commission and troubleshoot Opto 22 systems? With these mobile apps, you can:

  • Automatically discover Opto 22 systems on your network
  • Change point status or variable values from your phone, wirelessly
  • Create watch lists to monitor
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Topics: Updates, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, I/O, mobile, OptoNews 2016-09-28

OptoNews: AMST controls coatings on tiny MEMS

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 22, 2016 4:57:06 PM

How do you control coatings on a device the width of a human hair?

In today's world, ultra-tiny micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) provide key capabilities in phones, cars, drones, and medical sensors, just to name a few places.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Electronics, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-06-22

OptoNews: New ATEX approval for Opto 22 products

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 8, 2016 4:52:14 PM

ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres in workplaces.

Several Opto 22 products are now approved for both standards and offer you options for applications in potentially explosive areas.

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Topics: Process control, Food & beverage, Discrete control, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Integrators, I/O, Oil & gas, OptoNews 2016-06-08

OptoNews: Customize your groov mobile operator interface

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 27, 2016 5:00:05 PM

Want to make your groov operator interface look just the way you want, with your own company logo and colors?

The groov R3.1 release includes new tools to customize pages and gadgets, so you can do that and more. 

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Topics: groov, Updates, Remote monitoring, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, OptoNews 2016-04-27

OptoNews: Frick integrates refrigeration equipment efficiently

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 30, 2016 3:34:06 PM

Way back in 1883, the Frick Company started manufacturing refrigeration compressors. During the next 100 years they became well known for a variety of reliable refrigeration system components.

By the 1980s Frick began automating their systems with Opto 22 products, and they began to notice a new need in the industry: custom system design and integration.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Food & beverage, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Migration, Integrators, Building management, OptoNews 2016-03-30

OptoNews: Save $100 on The Automation Conference

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 16, 2016 3:52:25 PM

Plan now to attend The Automation Conference & Expo this May in Chicago, Illinois—and save $100 on the cost of admission with your Opto 22 VIP code (see below).

The Conference focuses on the process industries, discrete manufacturing, and packaging, and this year it includes over two dozen educational sessions on:

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, Events & conferences, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-03-16

OptoNews: Invitation to the Open IoT Summit

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 2, 2016 4:15:59 PM

Curious about the technology for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Interested in developing products or solutions for the IoT?

Then don't miss the Open IoT Summit next month in San Diego. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, optonews, OEM, Events & conferences, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-03-02

OptoNews: Embedded World 2016

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 17, 2016 4:00:00 PM

OptoPartner Hy-Line Systems GmbH invites you to Embedded World 2016 in Nürnberg, Germany, next week from 23-25 February. 

Embedded World brings together everything for embedded systems, from ASIC and FPGA design to programming to wireless, this year with an emphasis on the Internet of Things and security for embedded systems. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Events & conferences, OptoNews 2016-02-17

OptoNews Tip: Guide to Networking groov

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 17, 2016 3:30:00 PM

You already know that groov is the simple way to build your own mobile operator interface—your own mobile appso you can securely monitor and control your systems and equipment from a smartphone or tablet.

With groov it really is easy to build your interface and control who can use it.

But there's one part that can be more complicated: setting up your network so you can access the data you need while maintaining security for your systems. 

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Topics: groov, Remote monitoring, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators, Networking, Building management, OptoNews 2016-02-17

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