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Opto 22 updates groov operator interface software

Opto 22 updates groov operator interface software

March 15, 2016 - Opto 22 announced groov 3.1, an update to its mobile operator interface system that adds integrated image management, image uses, and on-screen and project options so a user can create a unique operator interface that’s customized for an application.

groov connects machines, equipment, and control systems with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. With groov 3.1, industrial automation engineers, system integrators, and machine OEMs can create highly customized operator interfaces that meet their needs, including data-rich dashboards for IoT (Internet of Things) applications.

Graphics features added in groov 3.1 include an Image Indicator gadget that uses multiple images to indicate states or ranges of values. For example, four different images of a stack light could indicate a machine status of running, stopped, paused, or needing attention. Likewise, different images could indicate various tank fill levels. Another feature is applying images to button gadgets, typically used for on/off or start/stop controls, while page navigation links let a user create custom navigation controls anywhere on the groov page.

The Image Library in groov 3.1 manages all the graphics used in a groov project for easy uploading, accessing, and handling. When a graphic is imported into a groov project, it is added to the Image Library. During interface development, the same image can be used throughout a user project, saving time and disk space. When the image is updated or changed in the library, all instances of the image throughout the project are updated as well.

These graphics features result in a significantly more visually appealing and functional mobile interface, along with a greater degree of customization than ever before.

For OEMs, machine builders, and anyone who needs to customize an operator interface with a specific logo and color scheme, groov 3.1 project options let a user change default menu and caption bar colors, freeze the menu bar, and replace the default “groov” logo at the top of the screen with a user own graphic. 

Additional improvements in groov 3.1 include options to precisely adjust text size, color, style, font, and background color in gadgets; to size gadgets like LEDs smaller to achieve greater detail and density; and to select and change properties of multiple gadgets simultaneously. A new tag overview screen shows all tags in use and the events for each tag. Also, groov systems that connect to Modbus/TCP devices can now access individual bits within Modbus registers.

Prices start with either the standalone groov Box hardware appliance (GROOV-AR1-BASE) at a list price of $1295.00 USD or groov Server for Windows software (GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE) at a list price of $995.00 USD.

About Opto 22

Opto 22 develops and manufactures hardware and software for applications involving industrial automation and control, energy management, remote monitoring, and data acquisition. Designed and made in the U.S.A., Opto 22 products have an established reputation worldwide for ease-of-use, innovation, quality, and reliability. Opto 22 products, including the groov mobile operator interface, use standard, commercially available networking and computer technologies, and are used by automation end-users, OEMs, and information technology and operations personnel in over 10,000 installations worldwide. The company was founded in 1974 and is privately held in Temecula, California, U.S.A. Opto 22 products are available through a global network of distributors and system integrators.