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Opto 22 announces groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller

February 142018
Opto 22 announces groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller

February 14, 2018 – Industrial automation manufacturer and industrial internet of things tools developer Opto 22 announced an industrial system designed to address the needs of automation engineers and developers solving the automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) problems in today’s data-centric environment.

The groov EPIC system combines I/O, control, data processing, and visualization into one secure, maintainable, edge-of-network industrial system. groov EPIC is designed to let engineers and developers focus on delivering value, not on triaging loosely connected components.

Combining intelligent I/O with an embedded Linux real-time controller, gateway functions, and an integrated display, groov EPIC offers industrial hardware design with a modern software ensemble.

The groov EPIC system will be of particular interest for process control, machine control, OEM, manufacturing, SCADA/RTU, building and facilities, and IIoT applications. Commercial, retail, warehousing, and distribution customers will also find that the system opens a variety of options for tracking, storing, and visualizing data.

Of particular interest to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be optional access to the Linux operating system through secure shell (SSH). This access, along with toolchains and interpreters for Java, C/C++, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and more, allows OEM developers to execute their own custom developed applications on this edge processing control system.

Features of the system include:

  • Industrial modular intelligent I/O, real-time Linux-based automation controller, and edge gateway in a single stainless-steel chassis
  • UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant
  • Integrated color touchscreen with HDMI output for optional external monitor
  • Integrated power supply and dead-front design
  • On-board system configuration, commissioning, and troubleshooting; no PC required
  • Remote configuration and troubleshooting from any web browser on any device
  • Dual, independent Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces
  • Dual USB ports for serial communications, touchscreen monitors, or WiFi adapters
  • Multiple power supply options including AC, DC, and pass-through
  • -20 to 70 °C operating temperature range
  • Touch-sensitive pad on I/O modules for configuring, commissioning, and testing
  • Spring-clamp terminal strip directly atop I/O module accommodating up to 14 AWG wire
  • LED indicators for module health, and for individual discrete channels
  • I/O module density of up to 24 channels per module
  • Multi-featured analog inputs supporting voltage, current, and loop sourcing in single module
  • Analog input resolution of 20 bits at 0.1% accuracy over span
  • Channel-to-channel isolation available for most I/O modules
  • Real-time, open-source Linux OS running on an industrial quad-core ARM processor
  • 2 GB RAM, 6 GB user space on industrial solid-state drive

Software features include:

  • groov Manage software for tool-less configuration, commissioning, and debugging on-board and from anywhere on the network
  • PAC Control flowchart-based control development environment with scripting and visual
  • debugger
  • groov View visualization server for creating and viewing HMIs, trends, and events for any mobile device or web browser; also viewable locally on integral touchscreen
  • Node-RED flow-based development environment and runtime for edge data processing,
  • handling, and communications
  • Ignition Edge from Inductive Automation with drivers to Allen-Bradley, Siemens, and more
  • MQTT/Sparkplug protocol for industrial publish/subscribe communications
  • 100% backward compatible with SNAP PAC systems and SNAP Ethernet I/O
  • Available secure shell access, SDKs, and cross-compiler for custom user-written applications
     

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