Your groov is on its way!
We started shipping groov on Monday, April 22, and as you can see by the photo below, some of us got together out by the Shipping Department to celebrate. Opto 22 Founder Bob Engman (top center in the photo) says with pride that it's the most important shipment in Opto 22 history since we sent out the first batch of solid-state relays, nearly 40 years ago.
Of course you know by now that groov is Opto 22's new easy way to build operator interfaces for your SNAP PAC System and then monitor and control your system from any device with a modern web browser—computer, tablet, smartphone, even an HDTV.
When your groov arrives, just follow the steps in the Quick Start to set up the groov Box and start building an HMI. For a preview, check out our new video.
If you have any questions while you're getting started, check the groov User's Guide for help (here or on the CD packed with your groov). And remember, as always, free Product Support is included when you buy groov.
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When your groov arrives, in most cases it will take less than five minutes to connect the groov Box, complete initial setup, build a sample HMI, and test it.
Here to show you exactly how that's done is Application Engineer Ben Orchard.
A couple of things you'll notice:
- Ben is using a Mac laptop to set up groov and build his sample HMI. That's right: a Mac. groov is browser-based, so it doesn't matter.
- The groov Box is pretty small. Approximate dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 4.75 inches (16.5 x 9 x 12 cm). Easy to install just about anywhere.
Watch 5 Minutes to groov.
Join us at the Control Systems Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference next week, May 1-4, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The conference is a great opportunity to learn about new applications, advancements in control systems, best practices, and more.
Come to Expo Booth 10 and we'll show you groov in action. See for yourself why we say groov is a revolution in building, deploying, and viewing operator interfaces for systems and equipment.
We've had people ask if they can use groov to build a simple operator interface for Allen-Bradley® systems.
Yes! You'll need a SNAP PAC controller and a little programming, but you absolutely can build a groov HMI for A-B Logix systems right now.
The groov4AB technical note shows you how, step by step. You can use any SNAP PAC controller: standalone S-series, rack-mounted R-series, or software-based SoftPAC.
It's all possible because SNAP PACs can communicate using EtherNet/IP. Here's how it works:
- The A-B system writes data to and reads data from the PAC's internal Scratch Pad using EtherNet/IP.
- The PAC translates Scratch Pad data to variables.
- In groov, you use these variables to tag gadgets when you build your screens.
- Since data can go in both directions, an operator can use groov screens for both monitoring and controlling the A-B system.
Note that you can do something similar with Modbus/TCP systems, since SNAP PACs also communicate using Modbus/TCP. We don't have a technical note for that yet, but you can see how it would work there as well.
In a later version of groov, we'll add support for OPC UA, so you'll be able to build a groov HMI for any OPC UA-compatible control system or equipment. In the meantime, check out the technical note: Building a groov HMI for Allen-Bradley Logix Systems.
Questions? Contact Opto 22 Product Support.