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Next-gen industrial communications solve networking problems

Posted by Garrick Reichert on Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Working in systems integration often means putting on many hats. Sometimes you can just fulfill your normal duties of designing, building, and commissioning a controls/automation system.

But then other times you find yourself thrown into the mix as the sales estimator—asked to come up with a budgetary number for a project—or you’re deemed the “IT” person for a project.

Being designated the “IT” person can be a difficult road to navigate. Often you’re not truly an admin on any given network, but you’re asked to perform the duties of an admin.

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Topics: EPIC, MQTT, Data acquisition, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Integrators, IoT, Internet of Things, groov, Remote monitoring

Outbound! Monitor OEM machinery with little to no IT involvement

Posted by Dan White on May 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Day in and day out, I work alongside machine builders who share a common problem: Once equipment has been shipped to a customer site, it is quite difficult to ensure that it is running properly and being adequately maintained.

I once heard the phrase, "even a Cadillac will fail prematurely if you drive it into a brick wall." Premature failure of the machinery (regardless of whose fault) can tarnish the image of the manufacturer, lead to increased warranty costs, and create tension between OEMs and end users.

But how do I (the machine builder) get access to the control system if it is operating inside a customer’s firewall? 

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Topics: EPIC, MQTT, OEM, Machine builder, Data acquisition, Node-RED, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Remote monitoring

ARC Advisory Group interviews Opto 22's Benson Hougland on IIoT products

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 28, 2018 12:01:00 PM

The 22nd Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando this February focused on digitizing and securing industry and infrastructure. 

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Topics: EPIC, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Node-RED, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, API, REST, REST API, Events & conferences, PACs, New products, IoT, Remote monitoring, Internet of Things, groov

Order your new groov EPIC system starting now

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 26, 2018 12:01:00 PM

Opto 22's groov EPIC® system starts shipping on May 18.

You can start ordering now!

Pre-orders will ship first, and based on early feedback from several EPIC Roadshows, this new system will be in high demand. Customers are excited about the built-in features of groov EPIC, not only for IIoT applications but for all automation and data acquisition applications.

Here are just a few of these features:

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Topics: EPIC, MQTT, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Node-RED, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, PAC Control, I/O, Integrators, New products, Machine builder, IoT, Remote monitoring, PLCs, Internet of Things, groov, Process control, Discrete control

Request-response vs. publish-subscribe, part 2: Which to use?

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In part 1 we met two communication models for computers on a network: request-response and publish-subscribe. Now let's take a look at when you might want to use each, and why.

Request-response: proven and reliable

In a request-response architecture, each client opens a direct connection to each server, because the client requests data directly from the server.

In automation, typically clients are PCs and servers are PLCs or PACs. So each PC opens a direct connection to each PLC or PAC from which it needs data. 

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Topics: EPIC, MQTT, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Networking, Integrators, OEM, Machine builder, IoT, Remote monitoring, Internet of Things, groov

groov EPIC data sheets now available

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2018 10:10:52 AM

You've been asking for more details about our brand-new groov EPIC® system for the IIoT and automation, and here they are! 

We just published a part numbers list and the first several data sheets, with preliminary descriptions, specs, wiring diagrams, and dimensions. So take a look and start planning the system you want. 

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Topics: groov, EPIC, I/O, PACs, PLCs, Data acquisition, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Integrators, New products, Machine builder, OEM, IoT, Remote monitoring, Internet of Things, Discrete control, Process control

You're the first to know...about our EPIC announcement!

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 12, 2018 9:52:04 AM

When we announce a new product, we want you—our loyal customers and OptoBlog readers—to be the first to hear about it. 

And this isn't just one product. This is EPIC: the world's first Edge Programmable Industrial Control system—a brand-new I/O and control system built for the future of automation and designed for the way you work.

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Topics: MQTT, Ignition Edge, Data acquisition, Node-RED, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, PAC Control, PAC Project, I/O, Integrators, PACs, New products, OEM, Machine builder, IoT, Remote monitoring, Water & wastewater, groov, Internet of Things, Process control, Energy management, Discrete control, Food & beverage, PLCs, Building management, Oil & gas, EPIC

Automation 101: New videos show you how to wire, configure, & move data

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 22, 2017 10:00:00 PM
  • How do you get machine data without interfering with the process? 
  • What's an easy way to monitor temperature in a server room?
  • How can you control the flow of heating and cooling water in your HVAC system?

These are the kinds of fundamental questions that come up over and over in automation applications, and our new Automation 101 video series aims to answer them. 

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Topics: Discrete control, Process control, Remote monitoring, Building management, Data acquisition, Energy management, I/O, PAC Control, Training, Videos

Predictive Maintenance on a Compressor

Posted by Arun Sinha on Aug 16, 2017 2:46:09 PM

You may have been thinking about doing an IoT application that could help your company, but embarking on your first industrial IoT application may seem daunting.

I’ve heard Opto 22 Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy Benson Hougland tell people to "start small," or "just get started." 

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Topics: Data acquisition, Remote monitoring, IoT, IIoT, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things

OptoNews: We'll see you at Hannover Messe

Posted by Jean Femia on Mar 29, 2017 3:57:34 PM

Hannover Messe, the world's leading industrial conference with over 6500 international exhibitors, will be held 24-28 April 2017 in Hannover, Germany. 

Join us there for a look at the present and the future of automation:

  • Industry trends
  • New technologies
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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2017-03-29, Events & conferences, Data acquisition, Energy management, Process control, Remote monitoring

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