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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

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

Start EPIC communication to your serial devices

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 30, 2019 10:56:51 AM

Learn how to set up, install, and communicate using a groov EPIC serial I/O module.

Many industrial automation applications require communication between the controller and multiple serial devices. The GRV-CSERI-4 module provides four independent and isolated serial ports for this purpose. Each port is software configurable to communicate with RS-232 or RS-485 (half duplex or full duplex) serial devices.

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Topics: PAC Control, I/O modules, groov EPIC, I/O, serial module

I/O module quality indicator LED sheds light on system status

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jul 22, 2019 10:21:08 AM

New video workshop takes a closer look at the LED quality indicator on groov EPIC I/O modules.

Are you seeing a yellow light on one of your groov EPIC I/O modules? This means that one or more of its values is outside of the expected range. Opto 22 applications engineer Ben Orchard explains why this is important and how to use this feature in a video that's just been added to the groov EPIC hardware playlist.

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Topics: PAC Control, I/O modules, groov EPIC

PAC Project Suite Updated

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jun 20, 2019 8:28:59 AM

New PAC Project version R10.2002 now available

Take advantage of several fixes and improvements in this latest release of the PAC Project software suite, both Basic and Professional editions. 

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Topics: PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Manager, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, OptoDataLink

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

PAC Project R10.2 is available now

Posted by Janice Colmer on Dec 11, 2018 1:35:48 PM

Do you use PAC Control, PAC Display or OptoOPCServer?  Then you'll want to download version R10.2 of PAC Project software. 

This update adds support for soon-to-be released groov I/O modules, and also addresses important bug fixes. 

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Topics: PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, software

Four-port serial module now available for the groov EPIC system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 8, 2018 12:55:18 PM

Opto 22 has just announced the release of the groov serial I/O module, GRV-CSERI-4. This module plugs into a groov EPIC chassis alongside groov EPIC analog and discrete I/O modules, allowing you the mix of signals you need at any location.

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Topics: groov, PAC Control, EPIC, I/O modules, serial

OptoNews: PAC Project R10.1 just released

Posted by Janice Colmer on Oct 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

We've recently released PAC Project version R10.1 with enhancements and a few bug fixes for each PAC Project application: PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, and PAC Manager.

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Topics: groov, Updates, optonews, PACs, PAC Project, PAC Control, PAC Manager, EPIC, PAC Display

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