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

Justifying an Automation Project

Posted by Arun Sinha on Nov 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Over the years, one of the most difficult things I’ve had to help clients with is justifying an automation project. Whether it’s a new system or an upgrade, the challenge is often in quantifying the benefits financially.

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

OptoNews: Latest groov code samples available now

Posted by Jean Femia on Oct 3, 2017 3:07:22 PM

What if your operators could enter machine data on their phones and that data automatically appeared in a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet? 

What if production or usage data from your spreadsheet was automatically updated in your supervisor's groov mobile operator interface?

Could be pretty handy, right?

Well, we've got a couple of code samples to show you how to make it happen. 

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Topics: API, groov, IIoT, IoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Internet of Things, Integrators, REST, REST API, mobile, optonews

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

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

EdgeX Support Services Provide the Foundation for IIoT

Posted by Matt Newton on May 4, 2017 8:33:04 AM

In our last post we covered how Core Services in the new EdgeX project from the Linux Foundation help engineers quickly build edge computing and IIoT applications. Core Services are the microservices EdgeX provides to convert physical electrical signals from industrial devices into digital information.

In this post, we’ll focus on how EdgeX makes digital data from industrial assets available to higher-level computing systems like predictive analytics and machine learning.

But before the data is made available to those systems, EdgeX uses what it calls Supporting Microservices to do some pretty high-tech stuff to package the data and make it easily accessible.

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

Useful Node-RED Nodes for Your IIoT Application

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 18, 2017 1:59:59 PM

In several previous posts we talked about some of the software technologies automation professionals should put on their radar in preparation for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

JavaScript, node.js and Node-RED offer a ton of benefits to those looking to build their IIoT application. Learn more about the Industrial Internet of Things in the State of the IIoT white paper.

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

Software Technologies Industrial Automation Professionals Need For Industrial IoT Applications

Posted by Matt Newton on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is coming at us fast. Big players like Dell, IBM, and Amazon are entering industrial markets and creating disruption among the typical market vendors. And with these new players comes a variety of technologies that are being applied in new and interesting ways to build the IIoT.

Over the next several blog posts, we’ll be discussing the top 5 software technologies and languages that systems integrators and automation engineers should begin learning about to be ready to build Industrial Internet of Things applications. Sign up for the blog to get access to followup blog posts as they’re released.

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Topics: IIoT, IoT, API, REST API

Adding Cognitive Computing To Industrial Automation

Posted by Matt Newton on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence, the cloud, and cognitive computing.

But what the heck do those things have to do with industrial automation, and why should automation professionals be getting up to speed on these technologies?

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Topics: IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Internet of Things, Discrete control, I/O, IoT, Machine builder, PACs, REST API

OptoNews Tip: New groov API section for developers

Posted by Jean Femia on Feb 15, 2017 5:56:53 PM

Our developer.opto22.com site gets a lot of traffic from developers working with SNAP PACs, groov, Node-RED, and industrial I/O for Raspberry Pi. 

Since all Opto 22 products are designed on open standards, you have a variety of ways to interact with them and integrate with other systems. The developer site helps you do that.

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Topics: IoT, IIoT, Internet of Things, Integrators, Industrial Internet of Things, Machine builder, OEM, API, REST API, PACs, groov, optonews, OptoNews 2017-02-15

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