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New video: get a 2-minute overview of groov EPIC

Posted by Janice Colmer on Nov 13, 2018 4:25:27 PM

New video highlights all the key features of the groov EPIC system—in just 120 seconds

Have a spare 2 minutes? Spend them watching the new groov EPIC video, You'll get a quick tour of the system and answers to your questions about product specifications and features.

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Topics: groov EPIC, Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT, Videos

New videos added to Node-RED and IIoT playlists

Posted by Janice Colmer on Sep 17, 2018 9:15:00 AM

With the growth of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and edge devices, are you looking for better ways to access your data? Opto 22's new groov EPIC system includes the Node-RED environment with the MQTT transport protocol for efficient publish/subscribe data communications. Watch this new video to see how it works! 

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Topics: MQTT, Node-RED, Videos, EPIC, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, groov

2018: How Do Engineers Choose Automation Today?

Posted by Arun Sinha on Jan 8, 2018 2:41:50 PM

The web has transformed the way engineers, technicians, and plant managers find, select, and buy industrial automation, instrumentation, and controls.

I recently binge-watched the series "Halt and Catch Fire" on Netflix. It’s a fictional but historically based drama about the rise of the personal computing industry starting in the mid 1970s and running through to the internet age.

It was really interesting, especially for those of us who lived through it, or some of it (I started college in 1985). Not to mention the great soundtrack, if you like 1980’s punk, new wave, and alternative music!

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Topics: IoT, Internet of Things, Videos

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

OptoNews: Data center retrofit after 30 years

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:58:11 PM
  • Think about how much computers have changed in the last 30 years.
  • Think about the quantity of data that enterprise data centers (EDCs) process today.
  • And think about how facility management priorities have changed to meet rising energy costs.

Now imagine what needs to be done to update a 30-year-old EDC.

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Topics: optonews, PACs, REST, REST API, RESTful server, Videos, Case studies, Security, Energy management, Building management, OptoNews 2016-12-14

OptoNews: New PAC REST API video - exchange data with Access database

Posted by Jean Femia on Dec 14, 2016 3:57:22 PM

In the last OptoNews, we showed you how an Excel® spreadsheet can exchange data with an Opto 22 SNAP PAC using the SNAP PAC controllers' RESTful API (application programming interface).

This time we'll show you how you can use the REST API with a Microsoft® Access® database. 

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Topics: API, REST, REST API, RESTful server, PACs, optonews, IoT, IIoT, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Videos, Integrators, PAC Control, OptoNews 2016-12-14

OptoNews: New PAC REST API video - exchange data with Excel

Posted by Jean Femia on Nov 30, 2016 4:06:07 PM

What does the new built-in RESTful API in Opto 22 SNAP PAC S-series and R-series programmable automation controllers mean to you?

It means you can use a variety of programming languages to easily access data in the PAC.

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Topics: API, REST, REST API, RESTful server, PACs, PAC Control, optonews, OptoNews 2016-11-30, IoT, IIoT, Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Videos

OptoNews: New video case study - Vista delivers water through technology

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 28, 2016 4:27:19 PM

Vista Irrigation District, near San Diego in Southern California, is no stranger to change. 

For nearly 100 years the district has provided reliable water to farm and residential customers—through population growth, drought years, and changes in land use.

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Topics: optonews, Water & wastewater, Case studies, Videos, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-09-28

OptoNews: New IoT resources page answers your questions

Posted by Jean Femia on Sep 14, 2016 4:08:08 PM

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what is it good for?

Is anybody actually using it yet for real applications?

Here's a page of resources to answer some of your questions: The Internet of Things.

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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2016-09-14, IoT, Internet of Things, Videos, Remote monitoring, Energy management

OptoNews: New industrial refrigeration video case study

Posted by Jean Femia on Aug 3, 2016 3:54:09 PM

How do you get fresh apples in March?

California Controlled Atmosphere (CalCA) knows the secret: strictly controlled storage.

CalCA builds produce storage systems for growers in California and all over the world. Each system must be flexible to accommodate fluctuating harvests and individual produce varieties.

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Topics: optonews, OptoNews 2016-08-03, Videos, Case studies, PACs, Food & beverage

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