New groov EPIC case study features seawater reverse osmosis system

Posted by Janice Colmer on Jan 17, 2019 2:31:57 PM

FCI Watermakers improves large-scale seawater reverse osmosis system design with groov EPIC.

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

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Topics: Water & wastewater, OEM, IIoT, EPIC, groov EPIC, reverse osmosis

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

OptoNews: SCADA system for smaller water/wastewater districts

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 12, 2017 5:13:08 PM

When you're a smaller water/wastewater treatment district, it can be difficult to fund the SCADA systems you need.

All water/wastewater operations have to be strictly monitored and their data stored for reference, no matter the size of the district. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Water & wastewater, IoT, optonews, Integrators, IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Data acquisition, OptoNews 2017-04-12

OptoNews: Custom desalination system for Bahamas resort

Posted by Jean Femia on Jan 4, 2017 3:40:07 PM

Once a haven for pirates, today Nassau and nearby islands host thousands of tourists.

One essential to keep tourists happy and healthy is fresh water, and most resorts rely on desalination to provide it.

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Topics: Case studies, Process control, Water & wastewater, optonews, PACs, Integrators, OptoNews 2017-01-04

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

OptoNews Case Study: Vista Irrigation District upgrades technology

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 27, 2016 5:01:13 PM

From 1923 to the present, Vista Irrigation District has successfully battled THE two big Southern California issues: increasing population and drought. 

Transporting over 5 billion gallons of water each year, the district has hundreds of miles of pipeline and more than 30 remote sites. 

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Topics: Case studies, Remote monitoring, Water & wastewater, optonews, PACs, Migration, Integrators, OptoNews 2016-04-27

OptoNews: Choosing I/O modules for temperature monitoring

Posted by Jean Femia on Jun 17, 2015 4:31:00 PM

Do you monitor temperatures?

A lot of control engineers do, especially in fields like water treatment, refrigeration, thermoforming, refining, food processing, and energy or building management.

There are a variety of temperature sensors on the market—ICTDs, thermocouples, RTDs, thermistors, infrared sensors. Accuracy, cost, wiring complexity, and environmental conditions are some of the factors that determine which one is best for your application.

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Topics: Energy management, Process control, Food & beverage, Water & wastewater, Machine builder, optonews, OEM, Integrators, OptoNews 2015-06-17

Thermocouple ensures a hot shower

Posted by Ben Orchard on May 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Nothing like a cold shower to get you moving:

Most of us never give any thought to our hot water service pilot flame. But when it goes out...cold shower first thing in the morning, anyone?


The first time it happened, I simply re-lit the pilot and showered with cold water. After the third cold shower, I knew it was time to be a little more proactive!

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Topics: Energy management, groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, Water & wastewater, Electronics, Tips, IoT, Machine builder

OptoNews: Liquid waste overflows avoided with groov

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 29, 2015 5:09:00 PM

High on the list of things you'd rather not do: clean up liquid waste from an overflowing storage tank.

Avoiding this kind of mess is especially good when your business includes storing and disposing of liquid waste from industry and manufacturing.

That's the business Plummer's Environmental Services is in.

Along with a variety of other services—including hydro excavating, manhole rehabilitation, and emergency spill response—the Michigan-based company collects liquid waste from Midwest industrial and municipal customers, stores it, and treats it.

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Topics: Case studies, Water & wastewater, optonews, OptoNews 2015-04-29, Integrators

Visualizing ALL water usage - part 3

Posted by Ben Orchard on Apr 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Monitoring the water mains:

As mentioned in my blog last week, it was not until I monitored my water usage that I found out I was not monitoring ALL of my water usage.

My whole house water meter was just that, the whole house. It did not show any of the garden/lawn water use.

Let's talk about how we might get that data and what it could mean for conserving water in all aspects of our lives.

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Topics: Energy management, groov, Internet of Things, Remote monitoring, Water & wastewater, Electronics, IoT

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