Opto 22 and Dell announce joint Hannover Messe exhibition

April 20, 2017 – Industrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things (IoT) application toolset provider Opto 22 and Dell announced their joint exhibition at the Hannover Messe 2017 industrial automation trade show, 24–28 April, in Hannover, Germany, at Hall 8 Stand F31. Products from both companies will be showcased, demonstrating how to integrate and deliver edge computing applications and connect real-world signals and industrial “things” to the digital world of information technology, mobile, and cloud computing.

Converging Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) is a critical stumbling block for many industrial IoT applications. As a Dell IoT Partner Program member, Opto 22 is in the market to deliver a complementary product solution for connecting real-world electrical devices and signals to Dell’s Edge Gateway line of products. The two companies provide a solution to bridge the cultural and technology gap between OT and IT.

This combination fuses together an industrial hardware platform, data visualization for mobile and web clients, industrial automation protocol support including Modbus/TCP and OPC UA, and advanced data flow processing through software development environments like Node-RED. Combined with the ability to connect multiple data sources including devices, databases, and third-party APIs (application program interfaces), Opto 22 and Dell deliver a single, cohesive platform for nearly any IoT or edge computing application.

Connecting existing industrial assets to IT systems requires translating the electrical signals (voltage and current) in the physical world to the bits and bytes of the digital world. Opto 22 manufactures the I/O and controllers that translate signals on that “last mile” of the data route.

Designed on open standards and built for harsh industrial environments, Opto 22’s SNAP PAC System integrates hardware and software for industrial Internet of Things, industrial control, remote monitoring, and data acquisition applications. Designed to simplify the typically complex process of understanding, selecting, buying, and applying an automation system, the SNAP PAC System consists of these integrated components:

  • SNAP I/O—analog, digital, and serial I/O modules for wiring directly to field devices, machines, and sensors. Variety of signal types; 1 to 32 I/O points per module.
  • SNAP PAC brains—intelligent I/O processors for distributed control on Ethernet and serial networks
  • SNAP PAC controllers—standalone or rack-mounted industrial controllers with networking options and a RESTful API, or a software-based controller
  • PAC Project Software Suite—flowchart-based control programming, HMI (human-machine interface) development and runtime, plus optional OPC server, database connectivity software, and software-based controller for PC-based control
  • groov—a tool for building and using custom mobile operator interfaces and system dashboards to monitor and control systems and equipment from any web-enabled device

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