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New IoT Webinar: Live technologies demo

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 7, 2017 11:18:56 AM

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) just a lot of hype, or can the IoT technologies we keep hearing about provide real value?

RESTful APIs, Node-RED, and MQTT are just some of the new technical terms we're all starting to learn.

If you'd like to see these technologies in action to understand how they might be useful for your applications, then join us for a new webinar on December 12.  

Opto 22's Senior Applications Engineer Kyle Orman will demo these technologies and more. He'll show you how to exchange live data between real-world I/O and IoT platforms. 

You'll see: 

- IoT hardware that's proven in industrial locations
- RESTful APIs to get data from PAC controllers
- Examples of simple logic flows created with Node-RED 
- Ignition Edge® OPC-UA drivers built into the  groov Box
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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, OEM, Integrators, API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED, Data acquisition, MQTT, Ignition Edge

OptoNews: Fall 2017 Technology Showcase in Ontario

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 22, 2017 9:28:52 AM

Join us at the SORT Fall Technology Showcase in Ontario, Canada next Thursday, September 28.

  • See advanced solutions for automotive, metal and steel, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and other industries.
  • Learn about the latest technologies to address your manufacturing challenges.
  • Attend live demonstrations and seminars.
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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Events & conferences, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

New case study: ARi improves efficiency in industrial separation processes

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 5, 2017 9:36:09 AM

Start with sugar, and you could end up with a sweet business.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, PACs, I/O, PAC Control

Adventures of an Applications Engineer - Part 2

Posted by Mary St. John on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:32 PM

Beer and post season

In my last post, a green submarine traveled through space and time to the bottom of the ocean, and an Opto 22 SNAP PAC (programmable automation controller) interfaced with a lot of Modbus equipment to coordinate systems.

These next two adventures are also examples of how well Opto 22 PACs play with others.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, Integrators, PAC Control, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews: New releases for PAC Project, PAC firmware, & Node-RED for groov Box

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 15, 2017 11:13:41 AM

We've recently released new versions for key products:

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Topics: groov, Updates, PACs, PAC Project, Firmware, PAC Control, Node-RED

OptoNews: Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance update

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Does it comply?

For some time now we've been working to make sure our products comply with the latest requirements for RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and CE marking (a mark indicating that the product meets all legal requirements to be sold in the European Economic Area, or EEA). 

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Topics: Machine builder, optonews, PACs, OEM, I/O, SSRs

Adventures of an Applications Engineer - Part 1

Posted by Mary St. John on Aug 4, 2017 1:31:13 PM

As an applications engineer, sometimes known as OptoMary on our OptoForums, perhaps I shouldn’t have favorite customers. They’re all my favorites!

Sure, our products and people have helped build flashy Vegas shows, huge amusement parks, and various NASA endeavors that we may or may not be allowed to discuss in detail. We also have the less flashy water/wastewater installations and beloved "dam customers" that can be pretty Coulee, too.

In these Adventures of an Applications Engineer posts I'll share some of my favorite favorites. 

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Topics: Deepsea Challenge, PACs, I/O, PAC Project, Modbus

2017 Automation Conference: IoT doesn't always mean Internet

Posted by Matt Newton on Jun 1, 2017 2:57:59 PM

Last week Opto 22 exhibited at the Automation Conference in Chicago. It was a great event, with a lot of interesting material presented and some really cool new technology demonstrated.

I conducted two workshops for attendees while I was there, both on Rapid IIoT Application Development with Node-RED, RESTful APIs, and MQTT.

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Topics: groov, Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Node-RED

OptoNews Tip: Compare SNAP PAC controllers and brains

Posted by Jean Femia on May 23, 2017 4:06:48 PM

It's easy to get confused between Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers and SNAP PAC brains. 

They're both intelligent processors for automation, some of them look alike, and there's even overlap in what some of them do.

Let's take a look at how SNAP PAC controllers and brains are similar and how they're different.  

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Topics: Tips, PACs, I/O, API, REST API

Predictive Analytics from Process Control Data

Posted by Matt Newton on May 11, 2017 9:05:28 AM

The holy grail of IIoT applications is the ability to basically predict the future.

We want to know when something, either a system or a component in our process is going to fail—before it actually does.

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Topics: Internet of Things, IoT, PACs, API, REST API, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things

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